Anne-Marie Slaughter on a League of Democracies
Slaughter: No. Obama should not seek a League of Democracies, and the way the McCain camp put out the League of Democracies, it was pretty clearly intended as an alternative to the United Nations. I and John Ikenberry and other Democrats had also talked about a Concert of Democracies, a Caucus of Democracy, some group that engage democracies beyond the West, because our point was right now we talk about democracies, we think about the EU, Japan, the US. But India, Brazil, South Africa, Indonesia, Chile, Mexico, these are counties that are all democracies and it shouldn’t be seen as the West versus the rest. This should be seen as countries from every part of the world, with every culture, religion in the world have been able to govern themselves. That’s a very important message to send.
Anne-Marie Slaughter says no to a specific league.
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It's one factor that can help explain the religiosity gap.
- Sociologists have long observed a gap between the religiosity of men and women.
- A recent study used data from several national surveys to compare religiosity, risk-taking preferences and demographic information among more than 20,000 American adolescents.
- The results suggest that risk-taking preferences might partly explain the gender differences in religiosity.
She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.
- For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
- These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
- Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
A NASA astronomer explains how astronauts dispose of their, uh, dark matter.
- When nature calls in micro-gravity, astronauts must answer. Space agencies have developed suction-based toilets – with a camera built in to ensure all the waste is contained before "flushing".
- Yes, there have been floaters in space. The early days of space exploration were a learning curve!
- Amazingly, you don't need gravity to digest food. Peristalsis, the process by which your throat and intestines squeeze themselves, actually moves food and water through your digestive system without gravity at all.
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