October 1, 2011
Walker White's Sept. 28 letter on the analogies between people challenging Einstein's theory of relativity and those challenging climate change is correct in terms of the scientific process but not correct in terms of applying science to public policy. One can legitimately challenge Newtonian physics, but that doesn't mean that public policy should encourage people to jump out of skyscrapers because a small group doesn't believe in gravity. When every major international scientific society says that global warming is...
November 21, 2012
Vice President, Global Public Policy, Facebook Marne Levine is Vice President, Global Public Policy and oversees the company's efforts to educate governments and non-governmental organizations on its plans, products and policies to foster understanding and support for innovative technologies like Facebook. Marne has substantial government experience working on international issues and particular sensitivity to navigating policy challenges in an Internet company. She joined Facebook from the Obama Administration, where she served as Chief of Staff at the...
August 14, 2011 |
As the Ottoman Empire vanished after World War I, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk created a new Turkey in the mold of Europe. Controlling all levers of power, including the military, Ataturk implemented his vision by mandating a separation between religion, public policy and government, and by telling his compatriots to consider themselves intuitively Western. It took a century and a democratic revolution invoked by the Justice and Development Party (AKP) — a coalition of conservatives, reformed Islamists and Islamists that came to power...
June 24, 2012 |
Matthew Quirk's first novel carves its title from a cultural cliche: that there is "a list of the five hundred people inside the Beltway with real power, the select who [run] Washington and, by extension, the country. " That conceit has more in common with Facebook lists of the Greatest Rock Guitarists or Hollywood's Hottest Superstars than with the chaos in which things get done in this country. But millions of Americans accept the cliche as true, and Quirk, a former writer for the Atlantic, has...
July 31, 2009 |
Two brothers, Stone Weeks, 24, and Holt Weeks, 20, died July 23 in a multi-vehicle collision on Interstate 81 near Interstate 66 in Warren County, Va., as they were on their way back to their parents' home in Rockville from Rice University in Houston. The chain-reaction crash started when a tractor-trailer struck their car as they waited in a traffic jam. Stone Weeks was an assistant and researcher for historian Douglas Brinkley and had worked with him on Brinkley's just-published "The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore...
April 25, 2013
Cory L. Richards, 64, an authority on sexual and reproductive health and the executive vice president and the vice president for public policy of the Guttmacher Institute, died of pancreatic cancer April 4 at the Washington Home and Community Hospice. He lived in Washington. His husband, Douglas Mitchell, confirmed his death. Mr. Richards spent 38 years with the Guttmacher Institute, a nonprofit organization that specializes in research and study of sexual and reproductive health and rights.