Category: College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Strangelove’s Advice to U.S. and Russian Nuclear Planners

November 26th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Walter Clemens 0 comments

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By Walter Clemens, College of Arts & Sciences

Relations between Washington and Moscow are strained for many reasons. And advice from the ivory tower, no matter how well intentioned, can sometimes make things even worse…

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Pope Francis in Turkey: Developing a Bond with the Orthodox

November 25th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Jenny White, Newsmakers, Newsmax 0 comments

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Jenny White, College of Arts & Sciences

Just six months ago, on May 25, Pope Francis and the Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I met in Jerusalem, a 50th anniversary commemoration of the meeting of their respective predecessors, which energized the modern effort to restore full communion between the Churches…

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“You can anticipate a negative reaction by some of the Turkish public if the Pope stays in the new 1,000-room Presidential Mansion, which was built illegally despite a court order stopping it. It was built on protected forest land planted by Ataturk, cutting down hundreds of trees. Also, President Erdogan is building an additional 250-room personal villa next door and architectural plans no longer show Ataturk’s home (he’s their George Washington). By staying there, people think, the Pope is legitimating the ruling party’s graft, lawlessness, and autocracy.”

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Map: The world’s longest train journey now begins in China

November 21st, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Min Ye, Newsmakers, Washington Post 0 comments

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Min Ye, College of Arts & Sciences

On Nov. 18, an 82-container freight train left the eastern Chinese industrial city of Yiwu…

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“It’s a push against the U.S. rebalance to Asia.”

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Amnesty slams Indonesia’s ‘oppressive’ blasphemy laws

November 21st, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Jeremy Menchik, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Jeremy Minchik, College of Arts & Sciences

A new report by Amnesty International accuses Indonesia of upholding blasphemy laws which the rights group views as fueling harassment, intimidation and attacks against religious minorities in the Southeast Asian nation…

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“Yet Indonesia is unusual in that the law is extended to prosecute heresy and target sects like Lia Eden and Ahmadiyah. Prosecuting heretical beliefs is incompatible with democratic governance and should end.”

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‘Green Revolution’ Brings Greater CO2 Swings

November 20th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Josh Gray, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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Josh Gray, College of Arts & Sciences

Agriculture has undergone a “green revolution” over the past 50 years, with more and more crops being produced from an acre of land than ever before…

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“We did the math and it turns out — surprising to me — they actually account for a lot of that increase. This is a direct consequence of intensive management of these ecosystems.”

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Are farm crops key players in changes to seasonal carbon cycle?

November 20th, 2014 in 2014, Christian Science Monitor, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, John Gray, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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Josh Gray, College of Arts & Sciences

Earth’s plants take up and release carbon dioxide each year in a seasonal cycle, a “breathing” pattern that apparently has deepened during the past 50 years…

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“We know that crops have increased in productivity over this time period and they were in the right place to be influencing this.”

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Boosts in Crop Productivity Cause Upswing in Carbon Cycle

November 20th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Mark Friedl, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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Mark Friedl, College of Arts & Sciences

Boosts in crop productivity such as corn reportedly cause an upswing in the carbon dioxide cycle, according to a new study, meaning plants are pulling in more atmospheric carbon as well as releasing more…

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“The fact that this land area can affect the composition of the atmosphere is an amazing fingerprint of human activity on the planet.”

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Better Corn Productivity Reduces Carbon Dioxide In Summer Months

November 19th, 2014 in 2014, Blogs, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Mark Friedl, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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Mark Friedl, College of Arts & Sciences

Iowa corn farmers have a lot of clout during the political cycle in America…

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“Something is changing about this cycle. Ecosystems are becoming more productive, pulling in more atmospheric carbon during the summer and releasing more during the dormant period.”

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Governing Religion Democratically in Indonesia

November 19th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Jeremy Menchik, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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By Jeremy Menchik, College of Arts & Sciences

Can Indonesia learn from other countries in dealing with religious diversity?…

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Drug cartel chaos in Mexico

November 18th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, NECN, Newsmakers, Renata Keller 0 comments

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Renata Keller, College of Arts & Sciences

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