Through his months in solitary confinement,
he had never once been allowed to see a lawyer,
although he was pushed in front of
government television cameras to confess
that he had inadvertently
helped to promote a "velvet revolution" .
In Mr. Obama's second year it will become increasingly
clear to people at home that America risks
losing its status as the world's sole superpower
and undisputed top nation
as its relative economic power wanes.
One Thanksgiving in my 20s, I had a mountain of work
to do and decided to take advantage of
the long weekend by spending it solo,
forgoing the enormous feast I always made for friends.
"In other words, to put it into Euclid,
or old-fashioned plane geometry,
a straight line is not the shortest distance
between two points," says Charles Wallace.
The significance of hot spots is not confined to
their role as a frame of reference.
It now appears that they also have an important influence
on the geophysical processes that propel the plates
across the globe.
Konrad Adenauer has always treated his Cabinet ministers
as juniors, allowed to walk
only in the stern paternal grip of himself.
He has not hesitated to humiliate them in public
when he thought it necessary to teach a lesson.
Over millions of years the planet
has perfected a process of capturing
and sequestering carbon.
The world's protected areas,
which cover roughly 11 percent of
the planet's terrestrial surface,
capture 15 percent of the world's carbon.
A: Some people like fatty meat, whereas others hate it.
B: People's interests are different.