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Posted inWar and Peace

So this is 90 seconds to midnight

Reading Time: 4 minutes On January 24, the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists officially moved the hands on the Doomsday Clock, which for three quarters of a century has been used to depict humanity’s risk of global disaster from nuclear war. When the clock was first launched, on the cover of the June […]

Posted inWar and Peace

How do a conservative Christian and a liberal atheist agree on Ukraine?

Reading Time: 7 minutes A conservative Christian and a liberal atheist walk into a…YouTube interview and discuss their agreement on Ukraine. You could be forgiven for thinking there is little scope for agreement, but you would be wrong. How have they both arrived at the same destination—hosting YouTube channels giving daily geopolitical analyses of the War in Ukraine, with […]

Posted inHistory

Remembering the Catholic Church’s role in the immolation of Vietnam

Reading Time: 6 minutes Nearly sixty years after a Vietnamese Buddhist monk set himself on fire in Saigon, we have largely forgotten the reason—not the US invasion, but an oppressive Roman Catholic regime that precipitated what came to be called the Buddhist crisis.

It’s time for the Catholic Church to acknowledge its active hand in that disaster and the war that followed.

Posted inDeep Dive

2022: The year in global review, Part I

Reading Time: 8 minutes All end-of-year lists are suspect. One must embrace futility when trying to summarize what happened on a planet of eight billion for one spin around the sun. So why do we do write them? At best, to break up our routines of knee-jerk outrage at the latest inane news item, and to think more systematically […]

Posted inWar and Peace

In the fog of war, UN says at least 18,000 civilian casualties in Ukraine

Reading Time: 3 minutes It happens in every conflict, every international power play: reliable real-time numbers go out the window. In China, it’s lately taken the form of local government under-counting infection and casualty rates from COVID-19, despite overwhelmed emergency and funeral services telling a different story. In recent civil war around Tigray, in Ethiopia, the sheer complexity of […]

Posted inWar and Peace

Our culture of cruelty

Reading Time: 3 minutes OnlySky · Our culture of cruelty | Seth Andrews Against the backdrop of devastation in Ukraine, the humanitarian crisis, the thousands of dead and wounded, and as Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky described to Congress his land “soaked in blood,” the reliably toxic Donald Trump Jr. recently tweeted that “Zelensky is basically an ungrateful international welfare […]

Posted inWar and Peace

Belarus Foreign Minister suddenly dies

Reading Time: 2 minutes Belarus has been inextricably linked to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. And although Putin has used the country and its land as a springboard to conduct offensives against its neighbor, extracting a huge proportion of its physical hardware in terms of tanks and military vehicles, the Belarusian armed forces are not themselves fighting. Belarus leader Alexander […]

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