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17 Sep '16
Ms. Shriver criticized as runaway political correctness efforts to ban references to ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation from Halloween celebrations, or to prevent artists from drawing on ethnic sources for their work.
She deplored critics of authors like Chris Cleave, an Englishman, for presuming to write from the point of view of a Nigerian girl in his best-selling book “Little Bee.”
26 May '16
Extremist clerics and secretive associations funded by Saudis and others have transformed a once-tolerant Muslim society into a font of extremism.
"From a nondescript office building in St. Petersburg, Russia, an army of well-paid 'trolls' has tried to wreak havoc all around the Internet — and in real-life American communities."
Τα τρολ του Πουτιν. Τα ελληνικα σαιτ ειχαν τις εγχωριες ομαδες αληθειας, αλλα στα διεθνη αγγλοφωνα μμε ειναι μεγαλη πληγη.
23 May '15
"Ireland appeared poised on Saturday to become the world’s first nation to approve same-sex marriage by a popular vote, with early vote counts showing strong and broad support for a measure that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago in what traditionally had been a Roman Catholic stronghold."
"And then there were the wife bonuses."
Η ζωή των συζύγων του 0.001% στο Μεγάλο Μήλο. Αντίστοιχη των γυναικών στην Σ. Αραβία.
A wife bonus, I was told, might be hammered out in a pre-nup or post-nup, and distributed on the basis of not only how well her husband’s fund had done but her own performance — how well she managed the home budget, whether the kids got into a “good” school. (...) Women who didn’t get them joked about possible sexual performance metrics.
26 Mar '15
Το γκαδερώνω λίγο καθυστερημένα, αλλά είναι πολύ ενδιαφέρουσα και ανησυχητική είδηση.
"Still, nothing that just happened justifies the pervasive rhetoric of failure. Actually, my sense is that we’re seeing an unholy alliance here between left-leaning writers with unrealistic expectations and the business press, which likes the story of Greek debacle because that’s what is supposed to happen to uppity debtors. But there was no debacle. Provisionally, at least, Greece seems to have ended the cycle of ever-more-savage austerity."
20 Feb '15
Like many Americans, I’ve been wary of labor unions.
More broadly, I disdained unions as bringing corruption, nepotism and rigid work rules to the labor market, impeding the economic growth that ultimately makes a country strong.
I was wrong.
3 Feb '15
Alberto Nisman, the prosecutor whose mysterious death has gripped Argentina, had drafted a warrant for the arrest of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, accusing her of trying to shield Iranian officials from responsibility in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center here, the lead investigator into his death said on Tuesday.
Φιλμάκι που δείχνει τη σημασία του Θεού Κόνδορα για κάποιους ινδιάνους των περουβιανών Άνδεων, περιοχή Κοϊλιούρκι, τη σχέση που έχουν μαζί του. Yawar Fiesta, μια παραδοσιακή γιορτή στην οποία ο Θεός Κόνδορας τα βάζει με έναν ταύρο,
9 Jan '15
"In this short documentary filmed at Charlie Hebdo in 2006, cartoonists and editors design a satirical front page image of Muhammad."
26 Sep '14
The scattered attacks have raised alarm about how Europe is changing and whether it remains a safe place for Jews. An increasing number of Jews, if still relatively modest in total, are now migrating to Israel.
a recent graduate, said only a small minority of students were extreme but that a softer bias was common even among the mainstream. “In my school, to be called a Jew was to be cursed, or insulted,” she said, noting a problem that officials have tried to root out at many German schools...
23 Aug '14
"Brute-force, Industrial Age artifacts that rarely deliver what they promise ... planners are systematically biased toward excessive optimism, which dam promoters exploit with deception or blatant corruption ... For many countries, the national economy is so fragile that the debt from just one mega-dam can completely negatively affect the national economy"
Κάτι δεν πάει καθόλου καλά στις ΗΠΑ. Μπορώ να καταλάβω το σάστισμα του αρθρογράφου - το ομολογεί κι ο ίδιος ότι είναι συντηρητικός - που δεν ξέρει τι συμπέρασμα να βγάλει. Όμως το βίντεο από το τοπικό τηλεοπτικό κανάλι (λινκ στο κείμενο), με τους εκφωνητές και τον κόσμο σοκαρισμένους με τη μητέρα-τέρας, είναι απίστευτο
12 Aug '14
"Watching him acting in earnest, you could not help but be aware of the exuberance, the mischief, that was being held in check, and you couldn’t help but wonder when, how or if it would burst out."
23 Jul '14
"Long before extremists rolled through Iraq and seized a large piece of territory, the group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria took over most of Raqqa Province, home to about a million people, and established a headquarters in its capital. Through strategic management and brute force, the group, which now calls itself simply the Islamic State, has begun imposing its vision of a state that blends its fundamentalist interpretation of Islam with the practicalities of governance."
23 Jul '14
"When war between Israel and Hamas broke out two weeks ago, the Palestinian militant group was so hamstrung, politically, economically and diplomatically, that its leaders appeared to feel they had nothing to lose.
"Now, this conflict has demonstrated that while Hamas governed over 1.7 million people mired in poverty, its leaders were pouring resources into its military and expanding its ability to fight Israel. "
21 Jul '14
"(This) is a war in which both peoples have a considerable amount of right on their sides. The failure to acknowledge the humanity and legitimate interests of people on the other side has led to cross-demonization. That results in a series of military escalations that leave both peoples worse off."
The parade of burly Queens ambulance drivers gave the small courthouse audience a glimpse into an urban subculture so inured to death and violence that they were oblivious to the casual callousness and misogyny of their own testimony.
1 Apr '14
Όχι πως οι υπεύθυνοι φαίνεται να ενδιαφέρονται ιδιαίτερα, αλλά... "Climate change is already having sweeping effects on every continent and throughout the world’s oceans, scientists reported on Monday, and they warned that the problem was likely to grow substantially worse unless greenhouse emissions are brought under control."
Ιδιαίτερα καυστικό άρθρο για τη στάση του Λονδίνου στην ουκρανική κρίση.
Britain, open for business, no longer has a “mission.” Any moralizing remnant of the British Empire is gone; it has turned back to the pirate England of Sir Walter Raleigh. Britain’s ruling class has decayed to the point where its first priority is protecting its cut of Russian money — even as Russian armored personnel carriers rumble around the streets of Sevastopol. But the establishment understands that, in the 21st...
10 Feb '14
A narrow majority of voters in Switzerland on Sunday approved proposals that would reintroduce restrictions on the number of foreigners who are allowed to live and work in the country.
7 Jan '14
Ο 85-χρονος (!) πλέον Τσόμσκυ δείχνει τον δρόμο: "The term “master class” is a bit overused, but I feel no hesitation in using it here. It was a master class taught by a master, and if someone were to ask me what exactly is it that academics do, I would point to these lectures and say, simply, here it is, the thing itself."