'Will Prime Minister Narendra Modi be able to continue political engagement with Pakistan against the inevitable upsurge of negative and hostile public sentiment?''Would he be able to maintain a careful balance between measured retaliation and continued engagement? There is reason to be doubtful on this score,' says former foreign secretary Shyam Saran. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's brief visit to Lahore is not as much of a surprise as it may appear at first sight. A series of initiatives he has taken towards Pakistan since his invitation to his Pakistani counterpart for his swearing in ceremony last year, fall into a recognisable pattern. Right through the impasse caused by the mis-steps of his aides, through the continuing violence across the border and the exchange of aggressive rhetoric, the prime minister has been remarkably consistent in losing no opportunity to reach out to Nawaz Sharif and keep lines of communication open at all times.In this, he shares the conviction of his … [Read more...] about Modi in Pakistan: A risky political gamble
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A walk on the wild side: Hippos next door and elephants at the hotel bar in Zambia By Andrew Yates for the Daily Mail Published: 17:24 GMT, 22 November 2013 | Updated: 17:24 GMT, 22 November 2013 e-mail 1 View The bar was just 20 yards away along a small, wooden-decked walkway under a tree - and we were desperate for a drink. It was hot, it was lunchtime and the overnight flight from chilly Britain had taken its toll. But the staff were adamant. We had to wait - because a large bull elephant was standing between us and the bar. And no matter how placid it appeared, tugging lazily with its trunk at the branches above the walkway, it would apparently not take well to being disturbed. So there we were, minutes after arriving at our hotel, watching a five-tonne wild elephant from only a few feet away. Up close and personal: Andrew and his family saw so many elephants that at times it was like Jurassic Park My wife, Rose, and I were with our two teenage children in … [Read more...] about A walk on the wild side: Hippos next door and elephants at the hotel bar in Zambia
*Primary author is Angela Braden at Science Mommy Cry-it-out sleep training has not been proven safe, contrary to what many parenting media report. When we outlined the logical and factual failures typical of such reporting, we got an immediate rebuttal. Here’s why we stand by our original assertions and then some. Here is the original post, Parents Misled by Cry-It-Out Sleep Training Reports. Here is the rebuttal by Dr. David Rettew, whose PT blog is the ABCs of Child Psychiatry. This post is a responses to his critiques. Dr. David Rettew took a keen interest in our recent post on the problem of parenting media’s sweeping failures in reporting on cry-it-out sleep training. He seemed to reiterate some of the problems we noted, but also accused us of being overdramatic in voicing our concerns with infant sleep training in general. It is an impassioned issue for us, admittedly, because the cool detachment of sleep training advocates is so alarming from a developmental … [Read more...] about Rebuking Bad Parenting Advice: Did We Go Too Far?
Brainteaser: Two children are being bullied. One child breaks down crying. The other child kicks her tormenter in the shin. Which one continues to be bullied?Hint: it’s simpler than you think.* “You're worthless. You should kill yourself. Everyone would be happier if you did.” This is not someone’s depressed inner voice. This is what real children tell other real children in middle school. How should the target of this kind of comment react? Punch them? Explain that those words are unkind? Tell a teacher? Say, “How about you give it a try, and tell me how it goes?” What if the comments don’t go that far? What if those kids just say, “You’ll never have any friends”? *** Source: Natalie Hampton/used with permission New to her school, and knowing no one, Natalie Hampton started seventh grade expecting to make new friends. She was friendly and made an effort, but as she told me, “everyone already had … [Read more...] about Meet the Teen Who Discovered the Secret of Social Capital
(CNN)During the 1966 Gemini 8 mission, commanded by astronaut Neil Armstrong, an error caused the spacecraft to spin so violently that his and astronaut David Scott's vision blurred. It was set to be the first space docking in history between two spacecraft, Gemini 8 and the Agena, during NASA's second human spaceflight program. The astronauts were stuck in a loop, spinning faster and faster. "We have serious problems here," Scott told Mission Control. "We're tumbling end over end. We're disengaged from the Agena." Despite the wild rotation, which would be enough to potentially cause a blackout, Armstrong was able to think quickly and use re-entry control system thrusters on the spacecraft's nose to regain control. The mission was aborted, but Armstrong and Scott landed safely back on Earth. It's not unlike the harrowing failed launch that astronaut Nick Hague went through last year during what would have been his first trip to space. Two minutes after he launched in the cramped … [Read more...] about What it takes to be an astronaut: the real ‘right stuff’