Links: Good news from The Hague and Joe Biden goes to Europe


Unqualified good news from The Hague: A United Nations tribunal rejected the appeal of Ratko Mladic, the general who led the mass murder of Bosnians in Srebrenica, including women and children. Mladic wanted his genocide and war crimes conviction overturned. He was instrumental in the continuation of this horrific war, not just the Srebrenica massacre. Politics has history.

Also in Politico, as President Joe Biden embarks on his first trip to Europe, riding a wave of goodwill, a look at areas where Europe and the United States are at odds. The challenge for the president is to turn goodwill into concrete diplomatic results on these outstanding issues.

On her blog “Letters from America,” historian Heather Cox Richardson examines the state of bipartisanship in the United States Senate, where Minority Leader Mitch McConnell continues to obstruct all measures he can, from rights to rights. vote to increase corporate taxes. Richardson is walking on his head, however. As important as voting rights are, it is the Pro Publica release of IRS files on some of America’s richest citizens that provides Democrats with the key to reclaiming populism, shedding its racist overtones. and nationalist, and instead focus the populist anger on the people who have ripped off the rest of us for decades. Find out more on this soon.

From the New York Times, a reminder that we are not yet out of the woods with the COVID-19 virus: In areas of the country with low vaccination rates, the number of people hospitalized with the virus is on the rise again. New variants continue to worry scientists. Businesses large and small should require that employees – and customers – be vaccinated or continue to practice safety measures such as social distancing and mask wearing. The more stigma attached to not being vaccinated, the better.

From our friends downstairs, and from Spectator Australia, a look at the issues with a bill that would make voluntary euthanasia legal in Queensland. The idea of ​​”voluntary” is slippery more than some people think and much more than the proponents of euthanasia allow. The “throwaway culture” has won the unborn child debate and now has its sights set on the elderly. Shame on all of us if we do not resist this pernicious attack on human dignity.

From the Washington Post, David Dushman, the last surviving soldier among the liberators of the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in 1945, has died. Dushman was Jewish and served in the Soviet Army. If you’ve been to the US Holocaust Museum and Memorial in Washington, or Auschwitz-Birkenau itself, then you know the horrors it encountered. Can you imagine what it was like to meet them for the first time? Don’t know what to expect? Dushman said he has been haunted his entire life by what he has witnessed. I hope the rest of us will also remain haunted our entire lives by what he saw.

Finally, on the Architecture of Cities blog, a look at some of the extraordinarily beautiful examples of Timurid architecture, named after the conqueror and emperor Timur, a 14th century Turkish-Mongolian ruler and emperor who founded a short empire. duration. The buildings are extraordinarily beautiful, adorned with exquisite blue tiles, Islamic calligraphy and geometric patterns, and equipped with monumental entrances and domes of great delicacy and technical prowess.

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