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Posted inWar and Peace

Will Putin go nuclear?

Reading Time: 4 minutes Vladimir Putin has a well-earned reputation for saber-rattling that in the end amounts to nothing. But when the saber is the most destructive weapon known to humanity—nuclear weapons some seven times more powerful than those used in Hiroshima and Nagasaki—it is dangerous to be dismissive. When the Russian leader announced in a speech that the […]

Posted inReligion

Catholics outnumber Protestants in Northern Ireland. Could this be the end of the United Kingdom?

Reading Time: 5 minutes The writing has been on the wall since Brexit. The United Kingdom, made of England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, is now counting its days. A further nail was driven into the coffin today as statistics from the 2021 census were released showing that, for the first time ever, Catholics now outnumber Protestants in Northern […]

Posted inWar and Peace

Putin escalates Ukraine conflict with mobilization of reserves, nuclear blackmail

Reading Time: 3 minutes In a highly-anticipated yet repeatedly delayed speech, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Wednesday morning (Sept 21) that the country is to embark on a large-scale mobilization of military reserves. This is in response to successive failures in the ongoing war in Ukraine, most recently resulting in a lightning-quick counteroffensive in the Kharkiv region that liberated […]

Posted inBiology

Life on Mars? Perseverance rover finds organic matter

Reading Time: 2 minutes Humans have been captivated by fictional images of Martian life since the 19th century. In 1877, Giovanni Schiaparelli, an Italian astronomer, observed canali–channels, then mistranslated as canals–on the planet, unintentionally sparking a movement of Martian conspiracists enchanted by the possibility of extraterrestrial life.  Since then, we’ve been inching closer and closer to finding the real […]

Posted inFree Expression

Banned Books Week: Fighting censorship and preserving free speech

Reading Time: 3 minutes With the number of book bans increasing at a rapid pace and becoming evermore divisive, the attention to Banned Books Week, which runs September 18-24, 2022, is more important than ever. The American Library Association’ (ALA)’s officials reported 729 challenges in 2021, making it the highest number of challenges tracked since the ALA Office of […]

Posted inWar and Peace

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan: The other Eurasian wars

Reading Time: 2 minutes In the past week, the terms “border clash” and “dispute” have been used to describe two conflict zones in Eurasia easily overshadowed by Russia’s ongoing war in Ukraine, and recent news of Ukraine’s robust counterattacks. But such terms obscure the greater import of these situations: first in Armenia, where Azerbaijan advanced over four miles after […]