Two centenarians who died on consecutive days last week personify the American Century. Charlie Munger, born in the US heartland of Nebraska, became a billionaire; Henry Kissinger, a German-Jewish refugee, came to dominate the superpower’s foreign policy.
As the climate crisis worsens and our country finds itself on the frontline, we need to look at what we are doing – as a state and as citizens – to change our behavior, to limit the damage we are causing the environment and to adapt to the consequences of our failure.
The election triumph of far-right politician Geert Wilders in the Netherlands – irrespective of whether this is enough for him to become prime minister – is yet another warning that however many serious challenges the European Union faces from outside, the greatest danger lies within its walls.
Fifty years after the student uprising at the Athens Polytechnic, the anniversary’s meaning has been whittled down to what it will remain in history – an act of self-sacrifice, a spontaneous collision of youth with tyranny.
Each day that passes without an easing of the bloodshed in Gaza, the more hearts harden in the region and across the globe. Until Thursday, neither side in the conflict wanted to make a gesture of good will.
The explosion of violence in Israel and Gaza has compounded the challenges already caused by the climate crisis, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, hostilities in the Southern Caucasus region and the production and supply chain problems, high prices and inflation, all long-term symptoms of the pandemic.
Some things never change. Politicians may promise and brag, news media may report breathlessly on any inch of progress, and legions of people distinguished in their fields may devote money, time and their reputation to the cause, but Greece seems unable to invest seriously in research and innovation.
The surprise lies not so much an unknown young man presenting himself as the savior of our politics, but that he nearly achieved his aim of being elected leader of the official opposition in the first round of voting.