Value for money: journalism and politics

Everybody is asking for money this week, to beat year-end deadlines. It’s exhausting. As well as giving money that works sideways at best — to charities and NGOs, from conservative think tanks to environmental groups — I wish more people would be

Earth, from space, in an unforgettable timelapse

Noteworthy: Watch earth roll by via the lens of European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst, in a six-minute time-lapse comprised of 12 500 images. Gerst captured the photos during a six-month Blue Dot mission on the International Space Station.

eReaders are the enemies of sleep

If you receive gifts of e-books in your virtual Christmas stocking this year, you might want to avoid reading them before bedtime. Worldwide research shows that exposure to electronic light in the hour before bedtime can impair sleep and alertness the next

F&O’s lineup of Facts and Opinions

  FEATURES: Newfoundland’s Offshore Account. Photo-essay by Greg Locke/F&O  (subscription*) The few oilfields off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada, in the Northwest Atlantic, are  small compared to the hundreds of producing wells in the North Sea and Gulf of Mexico, but the royalties not

An atheist praises Pope Francis

Facts and Opinions’ Seeking Orenda  columnist Tom Regan is a fan of Pope Francis. Regan is an atheist. He explains in his column, My atheist fan letter to Pope Francis. An excerpt: When you’re an atheist you don’t spend much time thinking about “important” religious

Music videos were the lasting legacy of the Monkees’ Michael Nesmith

Michael Nesmith achieved fame as a member of the Monkees during the 1960s. But as Arts columnist Brian Brennan reports, he left a more lasting impact as the technological genius who developed the concept of music videos. An excerpt of Brennan’s Brief Encounters column, Hey,

Journalism Underpinned New York’s ban on Fracking

Careful, evidence-based journalism underpinned New York’s decision Wednesday to ban fracking in the state. This story by the not-for-profit investigative news room ProPublica provides the back story of the state governor’s announcement. Fracking — the technique of fracturing underground rock by piping in

Manthorpe on the International Criminal Court: a hobbled creature

The International Criminal Court is a “hobbled creature,” unable to bring to justice perpetrators of crimes against humanity, writes  International Affairs columnist Jonathan Manthorpe’s. It’s under-resourced, shunned by China, Russia, and America, and under attack by critics with much to gain who say it’s a

Tyrants trump under-resourced International Criminal Court

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs Dec. 17, 2014 When the International Criminal Court came to life in 2002 it was touted as a place where tyrants and their underlings would be brought to account for genocide and crimes against humanity. But the ICC,

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