Baltimore’s Abuses: The U.S. Department of Justice released a troubling report on the city’s police department, detailing widespread constitutional violations, routine use of excessive force, and arrests made for no reason at all—all of which show a pattern of discrimination against black citizens. Here are the findings.
What Is War? “We have absolutely no idea,” says legal scholar Rosa Brooks, a former civilian advisor at the Pentagon. From terrorism to drones to cyberattacks, she argues, the space between war and peace has expanded and become more dangerous. And in order to operate safely and ethically in that space, Americans will need new definitions for combat.
Unwanted advice: “Hawaii [is] a great place to come vacation before you go to prison.” —Andrew Snyder, a therapist who preps white-collar criminals for prison time
Unneeded advice: “When I first saw that, I remember saying: Stop, you will kill your own egg!” —Niclas Fritzén, an entomologist, on how wasps sew spiders’ nests over their eggs
Unheeded advice: “We’re all pretty glad that Monet and Da Vinci didn’t go to a school that said, ‘You need to [paint] in this way to meet a rubric.’” —Timothy Brophy, a music professor and assessment expert
Repairing spinal cords is just one part of a larger, much more audacious project that [Chinese surgeon Xiaoping] Ren and a surgeon in Italy are leading. Clues to their plan can be seen on the walls of Ren’s lab, [in] three seemingly unrelated posters. The first shows two mice: a black mouse with a white head and a white mouse with a black head. The second shows a monkey with thick zigzag stitches circling its neck, like a choker necklace. The third shows a tiny Russian man in a wheelchair.
The common connection is their heads. The half-black/half-white mice look Photoshopped, but in fact Ren’s team surgically switched their heads, decapitating each mouse and grafting its head onto the body of the other. The monkey poster is the “after” shot of a primate head transplant performed in Ren’s lab in January. And now Ren is preparing to perform a head transplant on another primate, a human being—and the Russian in the wheelchair has volunteered to go first.
Mr. Tayler’s “Détente 2.0” proposes a written renunciation of “NATO’s plans to invite Ukraine and Georgia.” Leaving aside the fact that Ukraine is not currently seeking membership, this approach embodies a worldview past its sell-by date: the idea that the large can dictate to the small. Each sovereign country has the right to choose for itself whether it joins any treaty or alliance. This is enshrined in international documents that Russia itself has signed up to.
Throughout Mr. Tayler’s essay we see a fundamental confusion of cause and effect. It is Russia’s actions in Ukraine that have prompted NATO to increase its military presence in the eastern part of the Alliance. This was simply not on the agenda before 2014. Our response has always been defensive and proportionate, transparent and fully in line with our international obligations.
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