Europe/Americas update: October 3 2017

EUROPE RUSSIA The Russian government says that American authorities “broke in” to locked residential areas in its now-abandoned San Francisco consulate. The State Department says its people were just walking through the facility to make sure it had been vacated by the October 1 deadline it had given the Russians to clear out. This probably… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: October 3 2017

What do vegetarian Muslims do on the Festival of the Sacrifice?

Tomorrow marks the beginning of Eid al-Adha, the festival that concludes the Hajj and is celebrated by Muslims all over the world. The festival commemorates Abraham (Ibrahim) and his willingness to sacrifice his son at God’s command, a story that should be familiar anybody who knows their Bible stories (though the identity of the son… Continue reading What do vegetarian Muslims do on the Festival of the Sacrifice?

What’s the deal with Aung San Suu Kyi and the Rohingya?

There’s been a small but I think growing chorus of observers who are critical of Burmese opposition leader and human rights icon (sort of) Aung San Suu Kyi for the way she’s handled the ongoing genocide of the stateless Rohingya people in Myanmar’s Rakhine province. She hasn’t been totally silent; for example, last year she… Continue reading What’s the deal with Aung San Suu Kyi and the Rohingya?

which of course, in german, means “a whale’s vagina”

Sometimes, when you’re a 24-hour news network and you have to vamp for a while to occupy your 24-hour news schedule, things don’t quite come out right. Other times, when you’re a 24-hour news network whose core principle is that knowing anything about anything could risk biasing your news coverage, you find yourself saying stupid… Continue reading which of course, in german, means “a whale’s vagina”

which of course, in german, means "a whale’s vagina"

Sometimes, when you’re a 24-hour news network and you have to vamp for a while to occupy your 24-hour news schedule, things don’t quite come out right. Other times, when you’re a 24-hour news network whose core principle is that knowing anything about anything could risk biasing your news coverage, you find yourself saying stupid… Continue reading which of course, in german, means "a whale’s vagina"