Archive for November, 2015

Why do jihadis seem so evil?

November 23rd, 2015 by Roger Darlington

“There appears … to be something especially potent about Islam in fomenting terror and persecution. Contemporary radical Islam is the religious form through which a particular kind of barbarous rage expresses itself. So, to understand why jihadis have been drawn into a different moral universe that allows them to celebrate, brutally inhuman acts, we have […]

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A review of the latest (and last) “Hunger Games” film

November 22nd, 2015 by Roger Darlington

I’ve read all the three books by Suzanne Collins and now I’ve seen all the four movie adaptations. This weekend, the film franchise concluded with “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” which I have reviewed here.

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UTC or not UTC? – that was the question

November 22nd, 2015 by Roger Darlington

An international agreement has been reached to retain the “leap second” in coordinated universal time (UTC). The deal was reached at the International Telecommunications Union World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) which is currently taking place in Geneva. Leap seconds are periodically added to adjust irregularities between the earth’s rotation and UTC in order to remain close […]

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20th anniversary of the Dayton Agreement that ended the war in Bosnia

November 21st, 2015 by Roger Darlington

Twenty years ago today, an agreement was reached to end the three and a half year bloody ethnic war in Bosnia. The Dayton Agreement froze the conflict but did not resolve fundamental political issues. I saw the post-Dayton situation in Bosnia at first hand when, eight years ago, I visited Sarajevo. You can read the account […]

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What hope is there for Kenya?

November 20th, 2015 by Roger Darlington

I recently visited Nairobi for a week and wrote about my experience here. More recently, I have read a book on the post-colonial history of the country which I have reviewed here. Somewhere between hope and despair, author Daniel Branch concludes: “Kenya may never be prosperous or be a nation; but armed with a government […]

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A 30-mile traffic jam in Kenya

November 20th, 2015 by Roger Darlington

Since my son and his family relocated to Kenya about three months ago, I have been more than usually interested in the history of, and news from, the country. So I was amazed to learn that more than 1,500 trucks are locked into a traffic jam stretching for 50 km (30 miles) on the highway between […]

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How to recognise a stroke

November 20th, 2015 by Roger Darlington

It’s called the FAST test and you can learn about it here.

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Why we should support Wikipedia

November 19th, 2015 by Roger Darlington

Dear Roger, A year ago, you gave £XX to keep Wikipedia online for hundreds of millions of readers. We are deeply grateful for your support, and we need your help again this year. Please renew your donation today. We are the small non-profit that runs one of the top websites in the world. The others […]

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100 amazing women from around the world

November 19th, 2015 by Roger Darlington

Our news and current affairs are still dominated by men, so it’s good to see the BBC compile a list of 100 women who are changing the world. Check out some of these special people here.

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Why did the forecasts of the opinion pollsters get the result of the British General Election so wrong?

November 17th, 2015 by Roger Darlington

So far, we still don’t know. An official study commissioned by the British Polling Council, being chaired by Professor Patrick Sturgis, is due to report its initial findings in January. But a survey by the British Election Survey (BES) seems to offer some useful indications. It looks as if the BES approach of random sampling […]

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