posted by Paul Hamill on June 8, 2012 at 12:00 pm
A practice of shoot first and ask questions later, and an over-emphasis on short-term gains, make us more reliant on these tools than we maybe should be.
DEB RIECHMANN / Associated Press
The commander of US and NATO troops in Afghanistan apologized Friday for civilian deaths in a coalition airstrike earlier this week – the first confirmation by NATO forces that civilians were killed in the operation.
CHRISTOPHER BODEEN / Associated Press
China moved to shore up ties with Afghanistan on Friday, signing a joint declaration pledging wide-ranging cooperation and laying the groundwork for enhanced influence with Kabul after the departure of most foreign troops at the end of 2014.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was back in Norway last weekend to talk cooperation and alliance for the predicted Arctic resource rush. Duly, she’s been working behind the scenes in Congress to urge ratification of a United Nations treaty that will most likely become official international “rules of the road” in the Far North.
Fredrik Dahl / Reuters
Iran and the United Nations nuclear watchdog began a new round of talks on Friday in an attempt to seal a deal to resume a long-stalled probe into suspected atomic weapon research in the Islamic state.
Sydney Freedberg / AOL Energy
US ARMY WAR COLLEGE: It’s a week into the war, and things are getting ugly. Fifty American and allied troops are dead, four hundred are wounded — some in city fighting against Islamic militants, some when the surprisingly sophisticated foe shot down their aircraft with shoulder-fired missiles and anti-helicopter mines.
Larry Elliot / The Guardian
Spain is on Saturday expected to become the fourth eurozone country to seek international help for its debt crisis when Europe‘s policy leaders agree a package to bail out its crippled banking sector.
Deepa Babington and Lefteris Papadimas / Reuters
Thirteen years after abandoning rural Greece for a career in graphic design, Spiridoula Lakka finds herself in the last place she expected to end up – watering a patch of lettuce and herbs in her sleepy village.
An ongoing discussion has been about whether having natural resources like oil or coal is actually beneficial to a country. The argument which I’ve made is that a boom in natural resources production can cover up some short-sighted economic policies; in effect, the earnings from producing oil mean that countries do not have to invest in their education or produce their own manufactured goods. The other side of the argument is that it can only be a good thing for new resources to be found.
The decreased reliance on imported oil is a result of increased domestic oil production and a decline in consumption from the economic downturn and a moderate increase in fuel efficiency. But, increased oil production has not shielded American consumers from experiencing pain at the pump.
The proposed construction of a clean coal plant in Texas raises the question of whether or not carbon capture and storage is an effective path toward climate mitigation. While such plants may our address climate change issues, their economic viability remains uncertain.
Vladmir Putin’s recent visit to China has included an array of agenda items ranging from energy to greater security cooperation in Asia. There are a couple of key lessons that the United States can take away from the effort to strengthen Sino-Russian relations.
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