By THE EDITORIAL BOARD DEC. 16, 2014
Peshawar, Pakistan. Credit Zohra Bensemra/Reuters
With the slaughter of at least 145 schoolchildren and teachers at a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Tuesday, the Taliban took its grisly war against the state to a more horrific place.
The massacre by the Pakistani Taliban, which has carried out increasingly deadly attacks in recent years, should prompt the country’s military and political leaders to reconsider their conflicted approach to the insurgency that is threatening the state’s survival. Continue reading The Taliban’s Massacre of Innocents in Pakistan→
“The greatest and most endangered species in the Amazon rainforest is not the jaguar or the harpy eagle,” says Mark Plotkin, “It’s the isolated and uncontacted tribes.” In an energetic and sobering talk, the ethnobotanist brings us into the world of the forest’s indigenous tribes and the incredible medicinal plants that their shamans use to heal. He outlines the challenges and perils that are endangering them — and their wisdom — and urges us to protect this irreplaceable repository of knowledge.
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — The Vietnamese government must allow the media to operate freely. This is essential to the country’s continued economic and political liberalization, and to the Communist Party’s efforts to regain the support of the people, which it needs for the sake of its own survival.
I retired 10 years ago after a long career as a research scientist for Agriculture Canada. When I was on the payroll, I was the designated scientist of my institute to address public groups and reassure them that genetically engineered crops and foods were safe. There is, however, a growing body of scientific research – done mostly in Europe, Russia, and other countries – showing that diets containing engineered corn or soya cause serious health problems in laboratory mice and rats.I don’t know if I was passionate about it but I was knowledgeable. I defended the side of technological advance, of science and progress. Continue reading Former Pro-GMO Scientist Speaks Out On The Real Dangers of Genetically Engineered Food→
Emails: I am not sure whether words can describe my how I feel in these two days. My parents are Hong Kong police… I understand their thinking: Students are controlled and brainwashed by other parties… the Hong Kong government is not good but better than the Chinese government, occupying Central would lead to a severe effect on Hong Kong’s economy and social disrupt[ion]… Whenever I tried to explain, they would say I am too young to understand these things… The protest was not only formed by the voice of a group of students, but the voice of the majority of Hong Kong people. Living in Hong Kong for most of my life, it is so obvious that the city has changed so much. Not [for] the good.
Dưới đây mình giới thiệu một bài thơ rất hay và xúc động vừa được trình bày ngày 23/9/2014 tại Đại hội đồng Liên Hợp Quốc.
Nhà thơ Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner đến từ đảo Marshall – Republic of Marshall Island đã có bài phát biểu trong lễ khai mạc Hội nghị thượng đỉnh về khí hậu của Đại hội đồng Liên Hợp Quốc đang diễn ra tại New York. Kathy đã được lựa chọn từ 500 ứng cử viên dân sự được đề cử bởi Liên hợp quốc. Continue reading Bài thơ Dear Matefete Peinam→
Vietnam has an urgent need to boost its capacity of electricity generation if it wants to sustain current-level growth rates. The Vietnamese government has laid out an ambitious plan to meet future electricity demands, but making use of multiple energy sources remains a challenge. In this context, the U.S.-Vietnam nuclear cooperation agreement could play a critical role in shaping the country’s electricity production over the next decades. Continue reading The U.S.-Vietnam 123 Agreement Could Help Vietnam’s Electricity Needs→