ATTACK ON BIOFUELS RISES A NOTCH
"This land-use problem is not just a secondary effect," Searchinger said. "It is major. The comparison with fossil fuels is going to be adverse for virtually all biofuels on cropland."
The only possible exception he could see for now, he said, was sugar cane grown in Brazil, which takes relatively little energy to grow and is readily refined into fuel. He added that governments should quickly turn their attention to developing biofuels that did not require raising crops, such as those made from agricultural waste products.
"What is true for every election is also true for this one: Transparency strengthens democracy; politics behind closed doors weakens it," he said. "I regret this development and hope that the Russian authorities can find their way back to unimpeded cooperation with the Odihr and its long-established election observation mandate."
The Russian government, which still struggles to portray itself as democratic even as it has suppressed open elections, news media content and public dissent, reacted angrily.
"We profoundly regret their position," said Mikhail Kamynin, a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, according to the Interfax news agency.
The report containing economic proposals, by Jacques Attali, a former top adviser to President François Mitterrand said the government should allow at least 6,500 more cabs in the capital and make room for private cars, or "minicabs," to compete at lower rates. As Sarkozy said himself Jan. 23, when the report was released: "Paris is the only city in the world where you just cannot find a taxi."
Set on what appeared to be a collision course with Israel, Fawzi Barhoum, a spokesman for Hamas in Gaza, said that his group had "long ago adopted resistance as a strategic choice to claim our rights and principles and to protect our people, our land and our holy sites," and that Israel's "targeted attacks and dangerous escalations will only increase our commitment to this choice."
"We have nothing to do with anyone from the Mahdi army who violates the cease-fire with armed activities," the statement said. "They will be considered out of the organization. You all must know that our goal is independence."
What are the lessons for NATO if one looks at the problems of burden- and risk-sharing to which Germany is rather central?
First, formulating and executing an integrated common strategy for counterinsurgency warfare and state-building seems to be beyond the reach of NATO.
Second, different strategic cultures with respect to the legitimacy of military force and with respect to the parliamentary control of force impair a common approach.
Whether the operations in Afghanistan will in the end be a success or a failure, the mission has already demonstrated the limitations of NATO. Less ambition in the future may be necessary to preserve NATO as a valuable security services institution.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates
Vice City has sold 15 million units, and there are even more fake copies. Millions of kids play it all over the world. And you don't see all of us running around shooting police officers, do you?
The game did not "train" Moore to do what he did. It was a video game set in an imaginary world. Punching keys into a keyboard is very different from pulling the trigger on a gun. But of course, playing the game obsessively for months may have had an impact.
The game manufacturers cannot be blamed. They're simply making a game that takes you into an imaginary world. The problem here lies with the parents.
The only substantial prices paid for more recent work went to artists whose notoriety amounts to another form of widely recognized consecration...
"We were terrified. I wasn't sleeping. I wasn't eating. If you're a first-time buyer buying at the top of the market, there's no coming back from that," Chasanow, 30, said.
Eventually they were successful in getting the Victorian townhouse in their ideal neighborhood, Primrose Hill. But the search process was rocky and, they said, they felt the mood in the market shift palpably. They paid £2.166 million, or $4.2 million, for the 2,200-square-foot, five-level house, which needs renovating.
Still settling into their new home, the pair are no longer as anxious about whether their investment will hold its value; they do not plan to sell for many years. "This is the sort of place we could live in for a long, long time, possibly until we can't climb the stairs anymore," said Gentle, 30, a foreign exchange options trader in London...
Last year started badly for the industry and ended worse, with shrinking profits and tumbling stock prices, and 2008 is shaping up as more of the same, prompting even louder talk about a dark turning point.
"I'm an optimist, but it is very hard to be positive about what's going on," said Brian Tierney, publisher of The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Philadelphia Daily News. "The next few years are transitional, and I think some papers aren't going to make it."
In 2007, combined print and online ad revenue fell about 7 percent.
In the past six decades, only one other year - 2001, when there was a recession - had a steeper decline, according to the Newspaper Association of America. Adjusted for inflation, 2007 ad revenue was more than 20 percent below its peak in 2000.
But for every dollar advertisers pay to reach a print reader, they pay about 5 cents, on average, to reach an Internet reader. Newspapers need to narrow that gap, but the rise in Internet revenue slowed sharply last year.
If silence was once the mark of respect between a sporting community and its players, Wednesday sadly re-emphasized that we have lost the modern generation in that regard.
It was meant to be a golden moment, linking the past and the present at Wembley's £757 million stadium when, before a friendly contest between England and Switzerland, the teams bowed their heads and the huge audience was asked to observe the 50th anniversary of the Manchester United plane crash that killed 23 people...
How wretched. How sad that on a crisp and clear London night, the largest crowd gathered anywhere on a day designated for soccer across the globe, a tiny minority should so perfunctorily ruin the decency.