Tesfa-Alem Tekle/Sudan Tribune in AllAfrica
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has been inaugurated as the first female chief of the 54-member African Union. Speaking after the inauguration, Dlamini-Zuma pledged to meet the peace and security challenges Africa currently faces, including the conflicts in Mali and the Sahel region.
BBC News – Europe
A former Bosnian Serb leader, Radovan Karadzic, began his defense in the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia (ICTY) claiming he was a “tolerant man.” Karadzic was apprehended in 2008 after 13 years on the run; his war crimes trial at the ICTY began in 2009.
Pew Research Center
The percentage of Americans who believe global warming is occurring and is caused by man is on the rise. This trend also cuts across party lines.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday defended her government’s decision to phase out nuclear power and switch to renewable energies within a decade, but acknowledged the need to overhaul and speed up the transition plan. Business leaders have criticized the way the switchover has been managed, saying the costs are spiraling and hurting some companies.
Eric Yep / Wall Street Journal
Asia’s natural-gas market is heading for an overhaul that threatens to upset long-established pricing systems and could reduce prices in the region. Demand is rising, but more and more producers are entering the market.
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld.com
Scientists studying Earth system processes, including climate change, are now working with one of the largest supercomputers on the planet. The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) has begun using a 1.5 petaflop IBM system, called Yellowstone, that is among the top 20 supercomputers in the world.
Bill Chameides / The Great Energy Challenge, National Geographic
Fusion energy holds the promise of all the benefits of nuclear fission, without the downsides. Research at the National Ignition Facility is progressing, but the NIF failed to meet a fiscal year deadline. Despite the setback, scientists believe they are on the right path.
One way forward for nuclear power is to pursue small modular reactors (SMRs). SMRs offer a variety of benefits over conventional large reactors, which may go a long way to addressing the chronic problems facing the industry. Enhanced flexibility, cost advantages and safety features offer up SMRs as a viable path forward
In the News
Today, The American Security Project released a report on Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) and the opportunity for nuclear power in the coming years.
On Our Flashpoint Blog
As the new chair of the African Union’s political and security commission, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, took up her post yesterday, she vowed to tackle the growing ills of Mali and Islamic extremism in the Sahel . In large part, she was responding to last week’s United Nations Security Council resolution which empowered Africa’s regional institutions to come up with a solution, amid growing concern from the United States and others, about the convergence of crises in the west of the continent.
The closing down of Radio Svoboda’s Russian broadcasting is emblematic of exactly why it is still needed. The Russian law is nothing more than an effort to stifle the intrusion of Western democratic viewpoints and information into the greater political discussion.
The second Presidential Debate of 2012 will feature President Barack Obama and Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney discussing a variety of issues in a town hall-style forum. Here’s what should be asked on climate change.
Read about Iran’s nuclear program, new laser enrichment technology, the future of Nunn-Lugar, the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and much more!
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