The Crisis in Ukraine Has Disturbing Echoes of the 1930s

If the 1930s teach us anything, it is that things can fall apart easily. An international order carefully held together through institutions designed to preserve peace can unravel overnight. Faced with German aggression, the post-Versailles order collapsed at a mere push of the finger. Czechoslovakia disappeared from the map of Europe without a single bullet… Continue reading The Crisis in Ukraine Has Disturbing Echoes of the 1930s

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1 injured in shark attack off coast of San Miguel Island

One person was injured Saturday in a shark attack off the coast of San Miguel Island in Santa Barbara County. Coast Guard Petty Officer Aidan Cooney said Monday morning that the person was transported via helicopter to the hospital in stable condition. Cooney declined to provide any identifying or personal information about the victim, including… Continue reading 1 injured in shark attack off coast of San Miguel Island

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Pritzker Issues Updated Executive Order as Mask Mandate Ends

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued an updated executive order on Monday, officially ending mandatory masking in most indoor settings in the state. According to the new order, masks will no longer be required inside of most businesses and will not be required inside of schools, but those institutions will be allowed to enact their own… Continue reading Pritzker Issues Updated Executive Order as Mask Mandate Ends

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Paczki Day: More Than 30 Chicago-Area Spots to Find Paczki This Tuesday

It’s almost Fat Tuesday, also called Paczki Day – the one day of year where many indulge by eating the sweet, deep-fried Polish treat. Paczki are made with rich flour plus some alcohol, and typically filled with jam, chocolate or fruit before being topped with sugar or icing. While they’re similar to doughnuts, some bakers… Continue reading Paczki Day: More Than 30 Chicago-Area Spots to Find Paczki This Tuesday

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What happened to Athena, LBJ Wildflower Center’s 11-year mascot?

AUSTIN (KXAN) — For 11 years, the great horned owl Athena has made her presence known at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, serving as an unofficial “mascot,” Executive Director Lee Clippard said. But Athena has not returned this year, leaving many speculating what might have led to her disappearance. SXSW 2022: Addressing rumors about… Continue reading What happened to Athena, LBJ Wildflower Center’s 11-year mascot?

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Nearly half a million have fled Ukraine, UN refugee agency reports

Fighting in Ukraine has so far pushed roughly a half million people across the country’s borders, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, reported on Monday.  Read the full story, “Nearly half a million have fled Ukraine, UN refugee agency reports”, on globalissues.org →

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General Assembly holds emergency special session on Ukraine crisis

As fighting escalates in Ukraine, UN Member States met on Monday for a rare emergency special session of the General Assembly to discuss the crisis.   Read the full story, “General Assembly holds emergency special session on Ukraine crisis”, on globalissues.org →

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UN Human Rights Council pauses session to consider ‘urgent debate’ on Ukraine crisis

The scheduled work of the UN Human Rights Council was halted temporarily on Monday as Member States were called to vote on a request from Ukraine to hold an urgent debate on the matter and to condemn Russia’s military operation.   Read the full story, “UN Human Rights Council pauses session to consider ‘urgent debate’ on… Continue reading UN Human Rights Council pauses session to consider ‘urgent debate’ on Ukraine crisis

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The latest from the Pentagon on Russia

Pentagon officials say Russia could be poised to step up bombing in Ukraine. The United States and NATO are sending more weapons to Ukraine.

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Richest people in the world

Forbes’ annual billionaires list reveals which big-money titan has the most money of them all

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The Fight to Save Lives in Ukraine’s Largest Children’s Hospital

Sixteen children have died in Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion on Feb. 24, and 45 have been injured, according to official figures shared with TIME. Many of the wounded are being brought to Okhmatdyt Children’s Hospital in the capital Kyiv. Ukraine’s largest pediatric facility has already evacuated patients with non-life-threatening conditions, but… Continue reading The Fight to Save Lives in Ukraine’s Largest Children’s Hospital

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The New Batman Is Deeply Unsettling. The Director Says That’s the Point

Early in The Batman, our hero strides into a train station where a group of face-painted hooligans are harassing a citizen of Gotham. He starts punching their ringleader. Maybe too many times. And a little too hard. Is he enjoying it? The man Batman has saved doesn’t say thank you. Instead, he crawls backward, begging… Continue reading The New Batman Is Deeply Unsettling. The Director Says That’s the Point

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