<a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/vasily-kashin/second-cold-war_b_5754056.html?utm_hp_ref=world&ir=WorldPost class="colorbox">A New, Senseless Cold War Is Now Inevitable</a>

A New, Senseless Cold War Is Now Inevitable

MOSCOW — Turning points in history are rarely recognized as such by contemporaries. Even while following the news and sensing that something has gone wrong, people go about their lives in the usual way.

But everything can change drastically in a matter of months, and then these days will be only a memory of a past way of life in a big, open world. A new, second Cold War is likely to become an incontrovertible reality by the end of this year.

Russia cannot cut off support to …read more

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Review: ‘The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone,’ by Adele Griffin

By Mary Quattlebaum

This intricate, intoxicating novel by two-time National Book Award finalist Adele Griffin opens with a photo of a stunning girl named Addison Stone and a newspaper article announcing her death, at 18. It seems this talented New York artist-prankster fell on a summer night while plastering a billboard on the Manhattan Bridge overpass. Was this an accident? Suicide? Was she pushed? Two ex-boyfriends have motive but no alibi. And what of Addison’s obsession with a deceased young painter named Ida? Griffin inserts herself as biographer-investigator into this richly layered, metafictive mystery. As Addison’s writing teacher for a …read more

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<a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jean-claude-bastos-de-morais/paving-the-way-for-africa_b_5729684.html?utm_hp_ref=business&ir=Business class="colorbox">Paving the Way for Africa's High-Tech Agricultural Revolution</a>

Paving the Way for Africa's High-Tech Agricultural Revolution

A recent study on the African economic outlook reports that the agricultural sector accounts for around 60 percent of Africa’s total employment and about 25 percent of its GDP. This growing trend shows that Africa has the potential not only to feed its own people, but also to ensure food security around the world. A new era is unfolding in Africa’s agricultural sector. Driving this change is innovation, led by Africans themselves.

Year after year, I continue to witness ingenious innovations that are transforming the face of African agriculture in particular. The Innovation Prize for Africa, which I …read more

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<a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/georgianne-nienaber/terror-vwp_b_5745050.html?utm_hp_ref=world&ir=WorldPost class="colorbox">Is Visa Waiver Program a Pipeline for Terrorism?</a>

Is Visa Waiver Program a Pipeline for Terrorism?

With input from Coleen Rowley

Let’s suggest that the United States has a gaping hole in its Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) monitoring, and it is not on our southern borders. There has been little to no public discussion of a program that allows up to 19 million visitors to pass through ports of entry with minimal to no screening. Travelers who entered the United States under this program represented 40 percent of all overseas visitors in 2012.

Thirty-eight countries participate in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). …read more

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Review: ‘The Family Romanov,’ by Candace Fleming

By Abby McGanney Nolan

Candace Fleming’s latest book has the elements of an overheated dystopian thriller — political repression, malevolent figures, a protracted war, endangered children — but no prospect of a triumphal ending. Focusing on the last czar and his family, Fleming, who has also written books about Amelia Earhart and the Lincolns, delivers another engaging and insightful work of history, giving young readers a clear sense of the complicated world in which the Romanov family lived and died. She presents imperial Russia as full of problematic extremes, and Nicholas II as a leader incapable of handling them. …read more

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<a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/02/britain-hong-kong-democracy_n_5754862.html?utm_hp_ref=world&ir=WorldPost class="colorbox">Britain Is Honour Bound To Speak Up For Hong Kong</a>

Britain Is Honour Bound To Speak Up For Hong Kong

The former British colony of Hong Kong has all the attributes of a liberal society except one: its people lack the ability to choose who governs them. The latest political convulsion in the territory has been caused by electoral arrangements proposed by the National People’s Congress, which would prevent democrats and others of whom China might disapprove from seeking election as chief executive in a vote of Hong Kong’s citizens.

Such vetting is more or less what happens in Iran. Sooner or later this plan, or a modification of it, will have to be voted on by Hong Kong’s …read more

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Revitalizing Cities for all Residents

As a proud expatriate from London, now living in the United States, I welcome my periodic visits to that wonderful city with youthful excitement. However, recent visits to London have forced me to finally yield to a new reality. My beloved city has undertaken a quite amazing transformation. The metamorphosis of London into a dynamic twenty-first century metropolis has had the unintended consequence of transforming the dynamic of the city.
At the human level, this transformation is most apparent in the alarming disparities of income and wealth that has converted familiar neighborhoods in South London into …read more

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Review: ‘My Teacher Is a Monster,’ by Peter Brown

By Kristi Elle Jemtegaard

Here’s the perfect back-to-school choice, though maybe not for kindergarteners or other first-timers who are up to their eyeballs in anxiety. Seasoned first- and second-graders swaggering back into familiar halls and classrooms will gleefully recognize the universal monsterhood of teachers everywhere, while seasoned teachers, equally gleefully, will recognize that awkward moment when a student discovers them doing something all-too-ordinary outside the classroom. What an appalling thought: Teachers are humans, too! Young Bobby, whose hair looks like he’s got one finger perpetually stuck in a light socket, sees scaly green skin, sharp claws and a mouthful of fangs when …read more

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<a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gini-graham-scott/a-warning-about-warnings_b_5745674.html?utm_hp_ref=business&ir=Business class="colorbox">A Warning About Warnings</a>

A Warning About Warnings

I started thinking about when a professional you contact for advice should warn you about something and is responsible if something that goes wrong without that warning to avoid something or to recognize the risks involved in doing something. Whether the professional thinks the warning not necessary because someone should know not to do or because the warning might mean losing a sale, there are some situations where a professional from whom you are seeking advice should give you a fair warning. And without that warning, he or she might be responsible to some degree should things go wrong, because …read more

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