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A man of knowledge lives by acting, not by thinking about acting. Carlos Castaneda.
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The Weekly Global Roundup: Progress – Or The Lack Thereof – In Afghanistan And In Europe (October 15 to 20, 2018)

Afghanistan continues to be trapped in a circle of violence, the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK) have made some progress, and in Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s fragile coalition suffers another blow. In Afghanistan, a bomb went off at an election rally in Afghanistan, killing at least 22 people, and later in the week a bomb placed under a sofa killed an election candidate. In the EU and the UK, following an acrimonious clash last month, a deal seems more likely now, with the EU said to be offering the UK a Canada+++ deal. And in Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s fragile coalition received another blow, as they received the worst results since the Second World War in Bavaria’s regional elections. Continue reading

Mary Roach’s “Packing For Mars: The Curious Science Of Life In The Void”

A short review of Mary Roach’s “Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void”. Continue reading

The Weekly Global Roundup: Disappearances In China, Tanzania, And Turkey (October 8 to 13, 2018)

The missing head of Interpol is held in China, Africa’s youngest billionaire was kidnapped in Tanzania, and a prominent Saudi Arabian journalist is said to be murdered in Turkey. In China, the government confirmed that it was holding the missing head of Interpol, Meng Hongwei – also a vice-minister of public security in the country – is under investigation for unspecified breaches of the law. In Tanzania, Africa’s youngest billionaire, entrepreneur and politician Mohammed Dewji, was kidnapped by gunmen. And in Turkey, prominent Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who has been critical of his country’s monarchy, went to the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul to obtain a document so he could get married to his Turkish fiancée, but never emerged thereafter. Continue reading

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