Iran honors its military who die in Syria. Not hiding it.
Vladimir Putin’s gift to Ali Khamenei. Top photo from here.
Which Putin will we see next? Rational, logical, emotional?
The Kremlin’s reactions to these events highlight a key difference between the Western and Russian understanding of the role of the state. While Western nations largely consider the state to be in the service of the citizens that have established and nurtured it, the Russian understanding is the opposite. In Russia, the people are to serve the state, which exists to prevent the blossoming of chaos.
Peter Thiel has an op-ed promoting nuclear power in the New York Times. Here’s what is wrong with that. Nuclear power just can’t get its act together. Serious financial problems for reactor manufacturers. Distrust between DOE and the states. Those problems, and more, need to be solved before nuclear can play a role in limiting and decreasing carbon dioxide emissions. We need nuclear as a part of the solution to global warming. We will need participation from many parts of the public in solving these problems.