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From film house to ghost house: eight former embassies around the world
By Mary on 19 Sep 2014 - 10:40 | From the Looking Sideways channel, By Mary on 19 Sep 2014 - 10:40 | From the Home channel

Blogger Craig Thompson takes a look at how former embassies around the world have been repurposed. I thought it interesting. I think you might enjoy it, too.

 

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Fiddling with words while Syria burns
By Biljana Scott on 5 Feb 2014 - 11:06 | From the Diplomacy channel, By Biljana Scott on 5 Feb 2014 - 11:06 | From the Looking Sideways channel, By Biljana Scott on 5 Feb 2014 - 11:06 | From the Home channel

The Geneva II talks have just ended with little to show for them, or so the press claims.

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Droning on about drones (III) – War: from property to people - 245
By Aldo Matteucci on 12 Aug 2013 - 00:18 | From the Looking Sideways channel, By Aldo Matteucci on 12 Aug 2013 - 00:18 | From the Home channel

I’ve pointed out previously that “war” covers two very different kinds of affray: raids and conquest. This distinction is fundamental – yet it is hardly mentioned in international fora dealing with international and humanitarian law.

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Put the Internet for World Heritage List (instead)! - 244
By Aldo Matteucci on 11 Aug 2013 - 03:58 | From the Looking Sideways channel, By Aldo Matteucci on 11 Aug 2013 - 03:58 | From the Home channel

I perused the UNESCO World Heritage list, recently. As I scrolled the “properties” that made it, I asked myself: would my life change in any way, were these cultural sites to disappear, one and all? The honest answer is: I’d feel sad, but my life would go on as before.

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Gödel’s theorem and the Italian garbage collection system - 243
By Aldo Matteucci on 10 Aug 2013 - 01:11 | From the Looking Sideways channel, By Aldo Matteucci on 10 Aug 2013 - 01:11 | From the Home channel

At a champagne and caviar event, referring to Gödel’s theorem identifies the speaker as pleasantly and ironically post-modern. Suavely dropping the name Gödel is akin to be seen driving the Rolls Royce of learned ignorance.

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Droning on about drones (I) - 241
By Aldo Matteucci on 8 Aug 2013 - 05:31 | From the Looking Sideways channel, By Aldo Matteucci on 8 Aug 2013 - 05:31 | From the Home channel

Ambassador Dumitriu has thrown down the gauntlet on the issue of “lethal autonomous robots.”[1] As Contrarian in Residence, I could no

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Wrong metaphors - 240
By Aldo Matteucci on 15 Jul 2013 - 20:35 | From the Looking Sideways channel, By Aldo Matteucci on 15 Jul 2013 - 20:35 | From the Home channel

Alasdair MACINTYRE is a well-known philosopher.[1] His After virtue. A study in moral theory is considered a classic.

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The ultimate human right – the “right to a non-projected future” - 239
By Aldo Matteucci on 15 Jul 2013 - 05:07 | From the Looking Sideways channel, By Aldo Matteucci on 15 Jul 2013 - 05:07 | From the Home channel

I came across Albert O. HIRSCHMAN’s economic development writings when I was trying to enter the trade, long time ago. Then I found him somewhat “obvious” – if insightful. Certainly, he is today the only intellectual in that crowded field I remember with respect.

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Diplomacy and spying: ye olde chestnut - 238
By Aldo Matteucci on 25 Jun 2013 - 08:33 | From the Looking Sideways channel

Governments have been caught spying on each other. So what else is new? Before taking informed decisions, governments weigh benefits and costs of action. To this end they gather – by hook or crook – as much contextual and social information as they can afford.

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Diplomats on a swing … (not swinging diplomats) - 237
By Aldo Matteucci on 22 Jun 2013 - 12:55 | From the Looking Sideways channel

I was answering my eMail, at the reception of the resort in Kerala where I’m staying at the moment, when I heard sweet talk coming from the side. A mother and her teen-age boys were rocking gently on a wooden swing, talking, and sharing.

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