Faced with a deepening economic and humanitarian crisis, Sri Lanka called off an ill-conceived national experiment in organic agriculture this winter. Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa promised in his 2019 election campaign to transition the country’s farmers to organic agriculture over a period of 10 years. Last April, Rajapaksa’s government made good on that […]

«Germany’s social peace is in great danger». Unfortunately, as tensions over Russia’s war in Ukraine escalate, officials fear the situation could get worse. On Monday, as we reported last week, Russia is shutting down its main pipeline to Germany, Nord Stream 1, for 10 days of scheduled maintenance. Many in Berlin fear it will never reopen. «The situation on […]

The threat of such additional sanctions, for Washington already had imposed a series of sanctions in 2014, was purportedly meant to deter the invasion. That having failed, it was then claimed the sanctions would force Russia to the negotiating table. Given the centrality of economic warfare to Washington’s foreign policy, it is worth exploring how the […]

The run-up in inflation over the past year surprised central banks and consistently outstripped economists’ forecasts. In Canada, the consensus forecast of a 7.3 per cent increase in the May CPI was well below the 7.7 per cent result. The Bank of Canada promises a preliminary study soon of the costly «inflation forecast […]

BY NOW, YOU’VE probably been taught to gird your sun-starved skin for battle with cancer-causing cosmic rays every time you go outside. If they sink into tissues and get absorbed into the bloodstream, that could be a problem. Then, like other over-the-counter drugs the Food and Drug Administration oversees, sunscreens should be studied to make sure […]

LaMDA, it would appear, has passed Lemoine’s sentimental version of the Turing test. Lemoine, who calls himself an ethicist, but whom Google spokesperson Brian Gabriel contended is a mere «software engineer,» voiced his concerns about the treatment of LaMDA to Google management but was rebuffed. According to Lemoine, his immediate supervisor scoffed at the suggestion of LaMDA’s […]