Fresh: Facts, and Opinions, this week

  The West’s racist response to terrorism, by Tom Regan. Column It was a horrible attack. The terrorist gunmen walked up and down the beach, slaughtering men, women and children with each step they took. In one case, a small child begged for

Party dissent in China as time for a new mandate for Xi nears

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs March 26, 2016 China’s leader Xi Jinping is facing serious criticism from within the ruling Communist Party as the time approaches when he must be reconfirmed as party boss and the country’s president. Since being selected by the

Balkanization and the Radovan Karadžić verdict

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić  was convicted and sentenced today by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague. The U.N judges found him guilty of genocide for the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, and of nine other war crimes charges. Read

The Attacks on Brussels

At least 30 people were killed and scores injured in terrorist attacks on Brussels today, March 22. Reports and analysis on Facts and Opinions, listed below, provide the crucial information as well as the deep context. But first, a note. Soon, if they

Facts, and Opinions, that matter this week

  Trump or no Trump, the Democrats are going to win in the fall. Tom Regan, F&O Columnist I’m tired of all the handwringing about Donald Trump. Yes, he’s bringing out a lot of new white voters, particularly angry white men. Yes, more Republicans

Electronic or on calf skin, knowledge never more threatened

By Richard Ovenden, University of Oxford March, 2016 Information is constantly under attack. A current debate around the longstanding use of vellum (a parchment made using calf skin) for printing key legislative documents highlights the continued concern over this. Some are advocating a switch

BRICS turning to rubble

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs March 18, 2016 The leadership chaos in Brazil and South Africa is a timely reminder for emerging economies that unless they also press ahead with political, administrative, judicial and social reform they are doomed. The presidents of both

‘Smeary’ Lake Erie — progress, and setbacks

The Great Lakes are no longer a dumping ground for industrial pollution. But farm run-off, aquatic invaders and climate change are once again putting fish and clean water in jeopardy   By Brian Bienkowski, Environmental Health News March, 2016 EAST LANSING, Michigan—When

FINDINGS: The best of reporting on Donald Trump

by Sarah Smith, ProPublica If elected president of the United States, Donald Trump has promised to “open up” libel laws so he can sue news organizations like they’ve “never got sued before.” While the First Amendment is still intact, ProPublica compiled a list

For curious people who think: Facts, and Opinions, that matter

Brain food for your week: Facts, and Opinions, that matter. Enjoy. Reports: The Dunblane massacre at 20: how Britain rewrote gun laws. By Peter Squires Thomas Hamilton walked into Dunblane Primary School, near Stirling, Scotland on March 13 1996, armed with four legally-owned handguns