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The maddening end of 'Mad Men'


SPOILER ALERT: This blog post discusses the final episode of “Mad Men.” If you haven’t watched it yet and don’t want any plot spoilers, do not read!

Let’s be honest: I started watching “Mad Men” for the vintage clothes. And the mid-century sets. And the retro barware. But throughout these seven years, I got hooked on the characters: Peggy, Joan, Roger, Pete, Betty, Sally--and, yes, even Don.

Nuclear weapons: the greatest threat to the environment


As the Vatican gets set to roll out its highly anticipated encyclical on the environment, it is wise to recall the greatest signal threat to the global environment is the explosion of a nuclear weapon. Even one such explosion would significantly alter the world's environment, as the radiation cloud would drift around the planet.

Whither the Middle East?


Authors' note: This blog post is part two of a two-part series. Read part one: "A Middle Eastern House of Cards."

Great uncertainty hovers over discussions of the shape of the new order that will emerge from the violence and chaos sweeping through the Middle East today. The old order, unnaturally born from the Sykes-Picot Agreement 100 years ago, is coming to an end, dealt a death blow by the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, and alternative visions for the region have proved misguided.


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