It’s not absolutely foolproof, but it has protected us all from nuclear war for 75 years.
Rich countries are punishing the economies of the poor by imposing knee-jerk travel bans on an entire region of Africa on suspicion of harbouring the Omicron virus—even though it's already confirmed in Europe and Asia.
It would be colossally stupid for Vladimir Putin to invade Ukraine, and he is not a stupid man. He would end up occupying a country of 45 million people most of whom resent the Russian occupation.
Long-range, million-dollar drones have been killing people remotely for more than a decade, but those are big aircraft making big explosions and they usually avoid densely populated urban areas.
When the EU announced last month a further round of sanctions on the Lukashenko regime for the migrant caper, the president spun out even further. But Russia’s response gives him little room to move.
What two weeks together arguing about climate issues did for the key delegates at Glasgow was to create a pressure-cooker atmosphere in which hard positions softened and movement finally became possible.
So the scientists, and the rest of us too, walk a fine line between hope and despair, with occasional bursts of silent rage. But that is the human condition.
What right do Western countries have to hold onto money until Afghanistan proves it won’t be 'a haven for terrorism?' How could the Taliban prove it won’t become one, and how long would that take?