Read — 2013/01/19

Today’s selection of articles includes:

  1. As Dispute over Islands Escalates, Japan and China Send Fighter Jets to the Scene“, by Jane Perlez (NY Times). Tensions rise in the East China Sea. Note the remark by Thomas Berger, professor of international relations at Boston University: “raw nationalism and fragmented political systems…[are] preventing smart people from making rational decisions”. Any relevance to American domestic politics? Note also the strategic importance of the disputed islands, control of which would help give China submarines “unobserved access to the Pacific Ocean”.
  2. The Starry Messenger“, by the editors (NY Times). A short panegyric on Galileo’s bold proclamation concerning Jupiter’s moons, and a lament that “obstinacy [still] places reason under siege”.