Tomorrow marks 50 years since the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons opened for signatures. To date, 191 countries have signed the treaty, including the five designated nuclear states. The treaty entered into force in 1970 and more countries have adhered to this treaty than any other arms limitation or disarmament agreement in history. In 1963, John F. Kennedy speculated that by the 1970s … Continue reading Are Nuclear Weapons a Real Threat?
With three Superbowl titles to its name, the Washington Redskins are one of the most historic and successful teams in the NFL. But in recent years the team has faced increasing pressure to change its franchise name. Redskins is a racial slur towards Native American Indians and many feel that one of the most prolific sports teams in the US shouldn’t have a name with … Continue reading Washington Redskins: Is it time for a name change?
Jiří Louda states that every monarch in Europe today are descendants of William I of England. Nobility would marry into this prestigious family line so that their descendants might one day be a king or queen. Many of the stories from history we are familiar with are bedazzled with romance, courtship, and beatitude. Too often, however, is it a mask of a grim truth, a gruesome notion familiar to the Ancient Egyptians and the Ancient Chinese. The disturbingly morbid notion of dynasties. Continue reading The Kim Dynasty Mantra
Trees are pleasant to have around us. They offer protection from harsh sunlight and shelter from the rain. They provide homes for whole ecosystems and nesting places for birds. But there’s no escaping that they can be a nuisance. Roots spread and cause disruption to roads, pavements, and buildings. Branches have to be chopped if they pose a risk to falling onto vehicles or people. All this comes at a cost. But what is the true value of a tree? Continue reading Economy of Trees
In March 2017 NASA measured the arctic sea ice cap at an all-time low for the time of the year. Ice caps grow and shrink on a natural annual cycle and March is when the cap reaches its wintertime maximum extent. Compared to the average wintertime maximum extent since 1981 the ice cap has shrunk over 1.22 million sq km — more than the whole country of South Africa. Continue reading Geopolitics of the Arctic