Is Russia invading Ukraine? Ask Ukraine, and the answer is yes. Ask Russia, and the answer is no … ish. Ask the United States, and you’ll learn that Russia, since annexing Crimea from Ukraine in March, has been demonstrating a “pattern” of “escalation of aggression.” U.S. officials have avoided labeling Russia’s “incursions” an invasion, perhaps to dodge the diplomatic and military implications of doing so.
What we know is that there are currently more than 1,000 heavily armed Russian troops in southeastern Ukraine and 20,000 Russian soldiers massed on the border, according to NATO. We know that armored vehicles and military equipment have been rolling into Ukraine from the direction of Russia in the dark of night; that Russian paratroopers were recently apprehended by Ukrainian authorities; that a massive convoy of Russian trucks entered Ukrainian territory without Kiev’s consent earlier this month. If you believe the Kremlin and pro-Moscow Ukrainian separatists, the Russian troops in Ukraine are on vacation, the captured Russian paratroopers entered Ukraine “by accident,” the Russian government is not directing and arming the rebels battling the Ukrainian military, and the truck convoy was delivering humanitarian aid. Then again, Vladimir Putin once declared that the “little green men” occupying Crimea were local self-defense forces who had gone shopping for Russian military uniforms, only to later admit that they were—surprise!—Russian soldiers.
The reality is this:Russia and Ukraine are effectively at war, and have been for some time, though Moscow has recently decided to operate more openly..…
As they pull up to the place where Michael Brown was killed, shot six times by a policeman, they sink to the ground and stare at a cross bearing his name.
”I don’t get it,” says Jurmael, 22. He and Tyler, 21, live in the neighborhood. Like Brown, they are African Americans and are close to his age. “I do get one thing though,” Tyler says. “The name on the cross could just as well be one of ours.”
Michael Brown was stopped on Canfield Drive by a white officer for the same reason that people are stopped everyday by the police. Roberts and Greer even have a name for the “offense” — a common one in Ferguson, Missouri: “WWB,” “Walking while black.” Every black person living in Ferguson knows the meaning of the abbreviation because it is a constant part of their lives.
A very well-written, and very depressing, piece of reporting from Spiegel Online. The photo gallery is also worth viewing.
Re: your "rule about naked people" -- How about people who take nude photos of themselves not be stupid and use storage devices that can be hacked, like cloud storage (or take any risks close to that)? Just HOW much personal responsibility does your generation need to shed before you get it through your thick skulls that it only costs $20 for a decent external hard drive these days? :|
"The lock on your diary wasn’t very good, so it’s your fault I read your diary."
Through the Queen and Country series you're a writer who delves a lot into international politics and you have to portray other cultures as well. That's an area rife with controversy and grey zones. When portraying Israel, Africa, and Afghanistan how to you create a nuanced view and not make a cultural caricature. Have you ever had fears about portraying these kind of issues in entertainment, perhaps inaccurately?
I work very hard in my research to try and understand the prominent opposing views. That said, there are certain stories and locations I’ve shied away from precisely because I fear that I would not be adequately able to represent the situation honestly (which is not necessarily the same thing as fairly, for instance). Israel is a good example of this — the situation is so infinitely more complex than most people are willing to acknowledge; the fact is, a lot of people don’t want to be challenged about their already-made-conclusions. They’ve made a decision, they don’t want to fly in the face of it.
There are certain lines, I suppose — you’re going to be hard-pressed to find a comics reader (or reader anywhere) who thinks that Boko Haram has the right idea, for instance — a Q&C story where Tara’s dealing with the abduction of, say, 200 schoolgirls isn’t really going to risk being controversial. Where it gets a little more delicate is in depicting the political motivations on different sides as to why there’s inaction, or action, or ambivalence.
I have my biases, and I rarely hide them, but I try to, at least, be honest (or as honest as my research and experience will allow) in my depictions in my stories. I think it makes for better story, honestly.
I recently bought your run on Wolverine on Comixology. Immediately became some of my favorite Wolverine stories. I couldn't help but feel as though the run ended somewhat abruptly. If you don't mind me asking but did you leave the book on your own accord or were you taken off of it?
I departed the book, though I suspect it was just prior to being politely shown the exit. The numbers on our run weren’t terrific, and, when you’re talking about Wolverine, that’s saying something ;) This was all a while ago, but the long and the short of it was that I departed because I’d gone exclusive to DC, which, y’know… exclusive to DC. Loved working on the title with Darrick and Leo, I have to say.
I know you've written him a handful of times but, would you ever consider doing a run on Daredevil? That's something I'd personally love to see. Of course, in a perfect world, this would happen sometime after Mark Waid's brilliant run comes to it's natural end on Mark's terms.
I’d love to write Daredevil at some point, but in all sincerity, it’s one of the more intimidating prospects I can imagine. Following writers like Mark, Ed, Brian… the list goes on and on and there’re so many stories that are so good… I genuinely don’t know what, if anything, I could offer to build on Matt’s legacy.
Why do you think Marvel completely abandoned the Cole Alves story after you left? Were they mad about you leaving or did they just not like the story? Did they think they could get away with not explaining how Frank broke out of an unbreakable underwater cell? That's pretty sad...WarZone had a great ending, there was so much that could have been expanded on and continued. It's a shame.
I didn’t leave; I was fired. They canceled the book. I can only assume that editorial didn’t care for the direction of the story and/or the sales numbers (probably both). That was their decision and their right. Before I had concluded the run, Frank was already leading another team, so it’s pretty clear to me that Marvel editorial wasn’t concerned with what I had been writing nor was interested in attempting to build any continuity.
This sounds more bitter than I am, I’m afraid; as I said, it’s entirely their right — it’s the nature of work-for-hire. I’m NOT bitter about it, I should stress, although I remain a little sad that we (ie, the entirety of the team working on the book) didn’t get to take the story to the places we had planned to take it.
A fully developed elliptical galaxy is a gas-deficient gathering of ancient stars theorized to develop from the inside out, with a compact core marking its beginnings. Astronomers have for the first time caught a glimpse of the earliest stages of massive galaxy construction. The building site is a dense galactic core blazing with the light of millions of newborn stars that are forming at a ferocious rate.
Hello again. I've been enjoying the Veil miniseries lately but I have two questions. 1: What's up with the delays? Issue 5 has been solicited a few times with the most recent being October. I'm waiting patiently, but it can be tedious at times. 2: Are there plans to have more stories with this character? The way the current story is going it seems like it could lead to more than what's being told right now.
Toni fell behind. It’s as simple as that, and I’m not throwing him under the bus — when you see the pages, you’ll see what’s taking him so long.
There are plans for more. There are also plans to make sure this doesn’t happen again when that happens ;)
I appreciate your patience. Look at it this way: the book will be great for Halloween.
Dubbed WordHound, the freely available tool scours press releases, white papers, and Twitter accounts belonging to companies or sites that have recently suffered security breaches. The software then generates a list of commonly found words or phrases that attackers can use when trying to convert cryptographic hashes from compromised password databases into the corresponding plaintext passcodes. The tool, devised by security consultant Matthew Marx, was unveiled Wednesday at Passwords 14 conference in Las Vegas.
”People are influenced greatly by their environment when choosing a password,” Marx, who works for consultancy
, told Ars. “It could be a work environment, their personal life, or the sport teams they like. I wanted to create a tool that leveraged this human vulnerability.”
What we perceive as the big bang, physicists at the Perimeter Institure argue, could be the three-dimensional “mirage” of a collapsing star in a universe profoundly different than our own. Conventional understanding holds that the big bang began with a singularity – an unfathomably hot and dense phenomenon of spacetime where the standard laws of physics break down. Singularities are bizarre, and our understanding of them is limited.
Our universe may have emerged from a black hole in a higher-dimensional universe, proposed a trio of Perimeter Institute&t=h) researchers in the cover story of the latest Scientific American. “Cosmology’s greatest challenge is understanding the big bang itself,” write Perimeter Institute faculty member, Niayesh Afshordi.
The big bang poses a big question: if it was indeed the cataclysm that blasted our universe into existence 13.7 billion years ago, what sparked it?
Three Perimeter Institute researchers have a new idea about what might have come before the big bang. It’s a bit perplexing, but it is grounded in sound mathematics, testable, and enticing enough to earn the cover story in Scientific American, called “The Black Hole at the Beginning of Time.”
Many of today’s technological innovations from the iPhone to electric motors for hybrid cars require the use of materials—elements—that are scarce or difficult to obtain. As demand for these devices grows, the problem of dwindling critical element supplies must be addressed. That’s the conclusion of a white paper written by eminent scientists. The product of the 5th Chemical Sciences and Society Summit (CS3), the white paper recommends focusing research on finding alternative materials and new approaches to technology development in order to prevent these elements from disappearing.
The white paper, “The Efficient Use of Elements,” is a topic of discussion at this year’s the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society. The meeting features nearly 12,000 reports on new advances in science and other topics. It is being held here through Thursday.
Lebanese NGOs Wednesday called for the immediate release of 27 men who were detained on charges of being gay after police received a tipoff that a group of men were at a Turkish-style hammam in a Beirut neighborhood.
On Aug. 9, a unit with the judicial police’s Moral Protection Bureau raided the Agha hammam after a detainee told police at the Hbeish police station in Hamra that gay men sought “sexual encounters with other men” there, the NGOs said in a joint statement.
Police arrested the owner of the hammam, the employees and several clients. All clients remain in custody at the detention center, the statement said, quoting a colonel at the police station.