Europe faces a 1945 moment

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs  August 28, 2015 Europe’s dysfunctional and divisive refugee policies have now collapsed entirely in the face of the onslaught of hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers from the Middle East and Africa. The latest visible expression of that

Bucking Pop Music Labels: Colleen Peterson

BRIAN BRENNAN: BRIEF ENCOUNTERS  August 2015  The newspapers couldn’t figure out how to classify Colleen Peterson’s singing when she was first making her way in the music business in the late 1960s. Neither could the record industry. Sometimes she was listed under folk,

Hail to the Chieftains: Paddy Moloney

BRIAN BRENNAN: BRIEF ENCOUNTERS  August 2015 Nobody had ever made a living playing Irish traditional instrumental music so Paddy Moloney followed his mother’s advice and got himself a day job. He worked from nine to five as a clerk at a Dublin building

Bison on the prairie, a conservation success story

By Todd Reubold, Ensia August, 2015 From rhinos to #CecilTheLion, we live in a world where stories of species loss and illegal wildlife trade dominate the conservation headlines, so a good news story every now and then is a welcome surprise. Three years

Refugees are now the biggest crisis facing the European Union

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs  August 20, 2015 Among the many compelling pictures in recent weeks of would-be refugees swarming across the Mediterranean one from the Greek island of Lesbos caught my attention in particular. It was a short video of an infuriated

Facts, and Opinions, this week

Seventy years ago this month the Pacific War of World War II ended, and the Atomic Age began. First off this week, F&O focuses on the war, and continuing aftermath: Japanese Remorse: Once More With Feeling, by Jonathan Manthorpe (*subscription) Japan’s current Prime

Science and “the environment” should not be separated

By Manu Saunders, Ensia August, 2015 Does the natural world have any relevance to modern science? Of course it does; but sometimes it seems like that’s not the case. This is a myth perpetuated directly and indirectly through media, policy decisions, academic disciplines,

From the West End to The Well-Manicured Man: John Neville

BRIAN BRENNAN: BRIEF ENCOUNTERS   August 2015  John Neville was a star of the London stage during the 1950s, excelling both in Shakespearean roles and in productions of contemporary plays. Though known primarily as a classical actor with impeccable diction, Neville surprised critics and