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Gorbachev: 'It All Looks as if the World Is Preparing for War'

Former president of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev, writing for Time:

The current situation is too dangerous.
More troops, tanks and armored personnel carriers are being brought to Europe. NATO and Russian forces and weapons that used to be deployed at a distance are now placed closer to each other, as if to shoot point-blank.
While state budgets are struggling to fund people’s essential social needs, military spending is growing. Money is easily found for sophisticated weapons whose destructive power is comparable to that of the weapons of mass destruction; for submarines whose single salvo is capable of devastating half a continent; for missile defense systems that undermine strategic stability.
Specifically, I propose that a Security Council meeting at the level of heads of state adopt a resolution stating that nuclear war is unacceptable and must never be fought.

Holiday gift guide

The holidays are upon us and, if you're like us, the season has probably caught up to you faster than you were prepared for. Whether or not you celebrate Christmas, this time of the year is often associated with showing appreciation through the act of giving, and we've compiled a modest selection of gift ideas, from small stocking stuffers to fine furniture, that are perfect for the conscientious consumer.

All geared up

AHL celebrates its 70 year anniversary with the creation of a novel public pop-up space: Pedal Parc is here. Read more