The 59 skeletons were found in 1964,
lying together in a gravesite beside the Nile near what is now the
Egyptian-Sudanese border. They died between 13,000 and 14,000 years ago,
and some of them seemed to have died in battle.
"Listen to your caliph and obey him.
Support your state, which grows every day," said Abu Mohamed al-Adnani,
announcing the rebirth of the Caliphate in the broad territory between
Aleppo in northern Syria and Diyala province in eastern Iraq.
Conducting an orderly retreat is the
hardest thing not only in war but also in politics, as Russian President
Vladimir Putin is now learning. His own desire to avoid humiliation
gets in the way of rapid disengagement from a losing battle, which why
he waited until two days before last Sunday's Ukrainian presidential
election to say that he would respect the result.
If you were running China, and you
wanted to distract your own population from economic woes at home by
pushing one of your many territorial disputes with your neighbors into
open conflict, which one would you choose?
It's all too easy to imagine the
high-level meeting in Kiev where the Ukrainian government decided on its
next move. It probably sounded a bit like this: "Very well, gentlemen,
we are agreed on our strategy for dealing with the Russians. First we
will figure out exactly what they are trying to force us to do. And then
we'll do it."
From a Ukrainian point of view, the
priority is not to throw their revolution away again like they did after
the Orange Revolution 10 years ago. But from everybody else's point of
view, the priority now is to avoid an irreparable breach between Russia
and the West.
This is not how it was supposed to
happen. The standard climate-change predictions said people in the
tropics and the sub-tropics would be badly hurt by global warming long
before the people living in the temperate zones, farther away from the
equator, were feeling much pain at all.
Bad news on the climate front: It was
already clear that we are very likely to break through all the "do not
exceed" limits and go into runaway warming later this century, because
greenhouse emissions have not dropped, are not dropping, and probably
will not drop.
The good thing about volcanoes is that
you know where they are. If you don't want to get hurt, just stay away
from them. The bad thing about supervolcanoes is that you may know where
they are, but there's no getting away from them.
It's always dangerous to declare "mission accomplished." Former U.S. president George W.
Bush did it weeks after he invaded Iraq, and it will be quoted in
history books a century hence as proof of his arrogance and his