Monday, July 28th
Cease-fire in Gaza breaks down "A humanitarian truce that had given residents of the Gaza Strip a respite from nearly three weeks of fighting crumbled on Sunday after militants there fired a barrage of rockets into Israel and Israeli forces responded with limited airstrikes and artillery fire."
Security council ties that bind "This story could be a case study for junior diplomats, a lesson in the importance of relationships and how, sometimes, the national interest is best served in the long run by pursuing high ideals and international goals." (Sophie Morris)
The new instability "Over the past 40 years, the geography of family life has been destabilised by two powerful forces pulling in opposite directions and occasionally scraping against each other, much like tectonic plates."
Glasgow's race for gold "When Scotland’s largest city outvoted Abuja to win the games, no one could have foreseen that they would be held seven weeks before a plebiscite on the country’s independence."
Not nothing "I aimed to brush it aside. But this time, my aim was off. It was probably a matter of only a millimetre or so, but my finger landed, not next to the fly, but on it, and so what was meant to be a brushing motion became instead a squidging motion."
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