As Israeli politics shift rightward, It is time for a paradigm shift in how we think about the Middle East, writes Richard N Haass.It has been nearly 60 years since the philosopher and historian Thomas Kuhn wrote his influential book, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Kuhn’s thesis was simple but heretical: breakthroughs in science occur not through the gradual accumulation of small changes to existing thinking, but rather from the sudden emergence of radical ideas that cause existing models to be replaced with something fundamentally different.As was the case when astronomers determined that the earth revolves around the sun and not vice versa, these “paradigm shifts” usher in an entirely new model that becomes the basis for “normal” scientific study and experimentation until it, too, is replaced. I mention Kuhn because his idea is as relevant for social science as it is for natural science.The example I have in mind is the contemporary Middle … [Read more...] about No end in sight to resolving problems of the Middle East
The colourful, unconventional Wexford TD, a former construction firm owner, tells Juno McEnroe he wants to become an MEP so that he can stand up for the less-well-off. MICK Wallace’s office is stacked full of papers and files, overseen by a large print, on one wall of his office, of Cuba’s revolutionary Che Guevara. After eight years as a rebel of a different sort in Leinster House, the Wexford TD has now set his sights on the European Parliament. A passionate speaker, a champion of whistleblowers, and a thorn in the side for banking and the National Management Asset Agency (Nama), Mr Wallace, a former construction firm owner, faces a challenge to be an MEP in a crowded constituency with 22 other contenders, many of whom are financed by parties and have support in wider parts of Ireland South. Mr Wallace is still investigating Nama after setting up a whistleblower website. This, and other justice issues, keep files mounting up in his office. He and fellow … [Read more...] about Dáil rebel Mick Wallace wants to take fight to Europe
PUBLISHED: 19:24 20 April 2019 | UPDATED: 19:24 20 April 2019 David Hannant Norwich Head Coach Daniel Farke celebrates victory with the home fans at the end of the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, Norwich Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 06/04/2019 ©Focus Images Limited www.focus-images.co.uk +447814 482222 Hands up, who thought promotion would be in the bag by now? Me too. Emi Buendia has been missed for so many reasons Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdObviously, I didn't think at the beginning of the campaign that promotion would be sealed with three games remaining, but with all that has happened already and the sheer momentum, I believed it would be in the bag by now.A hat-trick of draws wasn't in my script, I must confess, from three games which – on paper – should have been winnable.Don't get me wrong, I didn't expect us to win all three and there is no shame in any of the results. Wigan, … [Read more...] about David Hannant: Why I’m totally fine with promotion not being in the bag yet
Stuart Thompson, University of WestminsterPanama disease, an infection that ravages banana plants, has been sweeping across Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa. The impact has been devastating. In the Philippines alone, losses have totalled US$400m. And the disease threatens not only the livelihoods of everyone in this US$44 billion industry but also the 400m people in developing countries who depend on bananas for a substantial proportion of their calorie intake.However, there may be hope. In an attempt to save the banana and the industry that produces it, scientists are in a race to create a new plant resistant to Panama disease. But perhaps this crisis is a warning that we are growing our food in an unsustainable way and we will need to look to more radical changes for a permanent solution.To understand how we got here, we need to take a look back at the history of the banana, and in particular the middle of the last century, when a crisis that had been growing for decades … [Read more...] about The quest to save the banana from extinction
Louise O'Neill is the award-winning author of Only Ever Yours, Asking for It, Almost Love and The Surface Breaks, with a reputation for hard-hitting books tackling feminist themes.Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 09:00 AM I visited Cape Clear island last weekend. It was a work trip — I was conducting research for my new novel — as I wouldn’t be one for stepping onto a boat for pleasure, not since the Journey Home from Inisheer Disaster of ’94. Note to parents: allowing your child to eat an entire tube of Pringles before setting sail in ‘rough swells’ is never going to end well.Sign in or register for FREE to continue enjoying and to comment on our great range of opinion writersSign InNot a member yet? Register here More From The Irish Examiner … [Read more...] about Did I want to be special? Or did I just want to be seen?