Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind. On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among us. You have no sovereignty where we gather…I declare the global social space we are building to be naturally independent of the tyrannies you seek to impose on us.
The bridge-dwellers spoke different languages, worshipped different gods, supported different premiership teams; but every single one Chike had spoken to was moving out soon, even those who had lived there for years. It was the Lagos delusion.
– “Welcome to Lagos” by Chibundu Onuzo
…the sole European leader willing to stand up to a newly assertive Russia.
Since the annexation of Crimea in 2014, Ms. Merkel has been the most consequential voice for punishing Russia. The next year, she welcomed a million refugees into Germany, and pushed the rest of Europe to do the same — thus, in the view of Russian ethno-nationalists, diluting European culture. And she still believes in a united, integrated European Union, a bastion of liberal values and, at least implicitly, a political and economic bulwark against Russia.
Angela Merkel, Russia’s Next Target, January 11, 2017 at 03:31PM