January 15, 2014 |
The Doomsday Clock is set at five minutes to apocalypse. Didn't we already live through the end of the world? Before you run off to tell your family you love them, it's not an actual five minutes, but rather a figurative warning that we as an earthly population are far too close to all-out nuclear disaster and other deadly cataclysms. "I can't tell you what happens in the room, but I can tell you it's a spirited and extremely deep discussion," John Mecklin, editor in chief of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday about how the doomsday minute decision is made.
January 15, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - After a long and lumpy recovery, the world economy may finally be at a turning point with global growth expected to accelerate this year behind the rising strength of the U.S. and other major developed countries. But world finance leaders are warning of lingering effects of the last recession and, in particular, citing some growing threats - capital flight in developing countries and deflation in rich nations. "With inflation running below many central banks' targets, we see rising risks of deflation, which could prove disastrous for the recovery," Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, said Wednesday in a Washington meeting.
January 13, 2014 |
JERUSALEM -- Under skies dotted with scattered clouds and a blimp, Israeli and international leaders attended the state memorial ceremony held Monday for former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who died Saturday. Draped in an Israeli flag and surrounded by wreaths, Sharon's casket lay on a raised black platform in the wide, paved plaza of the Knesset, where he served from 1973 as a lawmaker, Cabinet member and prime minister until felled by a stroke eight years ago. Israeli leaders, politicians and dignitaries in attendance, including Sharon's friends and adversaries, offered a snapshot of the country's political history.
January 9, 2014 |
The folks at Health Fitness Revolution looked at the world's heads of state (and a few former) and picked 11 they thought qualified as the fittest. I was surprised to see our cheeseburger-loving ex-president on the list. But Bill Clinton is there. According to the magazine's founder, Samir Becic , criteria included how the leaders coped with their own medical issues as well as their "promotion of a healthy lifestyle within their own country. " Clinton was known as a jogger and also for his love of jalapeño cheeseburgers.
December 12, 2013 |
At the memorial for Nelson Mandela, President Obama gave those who pander to right-wing outrage two great opportunities to rattle the cage of Obama haters. The first was his handshake with Cuban leader Raul Castro; the second was the "selfie" he posed for with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and British Prime Minister David Cameron. Taking the second one first, critics said it was disrespectful for the president to be clowning around with the two PMs in the middle of a funeral.
December 11, 2013 |
It's nearly 2014 and here's where we are in the gender wars: A female prime minister talking to a male president is presumed to be flirting, and he is presumed to be flirting back. His Ivy-League-educated wife, sitting with them, is presumed to be preparing to claw both their eyes out. Or so the Internet buzzed Tuesday when it took off after President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Denmark's Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt. The setting was the memorial service in Soweto's soccer stadium for Nelson Mandela; the prime minister and the Obamas were seated in the VIP section during the lengthy, dance-filled, upbeat celebration of Mandela's 95 years.