15 May 2017

All the news for 15 May 2017 [ 240 news items | Now showing page 1 of 12 ]

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Dispatches from the ruins

In the first two decades of the new millennium, stories of the post-apocalypse have permeated pop culture, from books such as Cormac McCarthy’s The Road (...   [ continue reading...]

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Marriage should not come with any social benefits or privileges

A previously unknown species – single people – has recently been discovered. First, there was Eric Klinenberg’s book Going Solo: The Extraordi...   [ continue reading...]

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Decolonizers Show Up for Palestinian Hunger Strikers on New York's Fifth Avenue

At night, Fifth Avenue in Manhattan is overtaken by an odd contamination: not the everyday smothering of dirt and smog, but searing glow of street lamps and 24-...   [ continue reading...]

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Mosul on My Mind: What It Really Means to Be on a "Flattening" Planet

The closest I ever got to Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, was 1,720.7 miles away -- or so the Internet assures me. Although I've had a lifelong interest in h...   [ continue reading...]

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Donald Trump is Deep into Watergate Territory Now: Former Congresswoman Who Probed Nixon Speaks Out

Fallout continues to grow over President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey last week. The firing came just days after Comey requested more resources to...   [ continue reading...]

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North Korea Links to ‘WannaCry’ Ransomware Attacks Suspected

Some code in an earlier version of the WannaCry software had also appeared in programmes used by the Lazarus Group, which researchers from many companies have i...   [ continue reading...]

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Trump’s New Bank Regulator: Lawyer Who Helped Banks Charge More Fees

by Cezary Podkul In the early 2000s, banks successfully sued to stop Iowa from limiting their ability t...   [ continue reading...]

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Democracy needs politeness

Autocrats shouted, cursed, and bullied, while American revolutionaries used politeness as a tool of radical politicsBy Steven BullockRead at Aeon   [ continue reading...]

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A Little Paternalism in Medicine Is a Good Thing - Facts So Romantic

Informed consent has its limits. It isn’t always ideal to treat the patient as a consumer in the decision-making process.Photograph by Monkey Business Ima...   [ continue reading...]

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Bangladesh’s LGBT Community Launches a Blog Commemorating Slain Activists

The blog features pieces by members of the LGBT community remembering Xulhaz Mannan and Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy, and explaining the fear they live with since their d...   [ continue reading...]

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Iran elections: presidential debates or reality TV show?

The third and final round of the presidential debates took place on May 12, a week before Iranians head to the polls to cast their votes on May 19. The debate w...   [ continue reading...]

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"This Isn't Science": We Have No Idea How Much Pain Inmates Feel During Execution

Just weeks after Arkansas attempted to execute eight men in 11 days, lethal injection in back in the news. On Tuesday, Georgia is scheduled to execute J.W. Led...   [ continue reading...]

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Trump to Pick Conservative Talk Show Host for Top USDA Science Position

Nika Knight, staff writerPresident Donald Trump is expected to pick Sam Clovis, a conservative talk show host who campaigned for Trump in Iowa, for the position...   [ continue reading...]

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Headlines for May 15, 2017

Computer Hack Using Stolen NSA Cyberweapon Wreaks Havoc in 150 Countries, James Clapper: Trump Represents Assault on U.S. Institutions, Trump Threatens to End D...   [ continue reading...]

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Patti Smith, Edward Snowden, and Noam Chomsky Agree: Trump Must Halt Prosecution Against WikiLeaks

Andrea Germanos, staff writerLegendary singer and artist Patti Smith, National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, world-renowned scholar Noam Chomsky...   [ continue reading...]

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Malcolm X in the 21st Century

Black Liberation MovementMalcolm Xby Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali Had he not been assassinated, Malcolm X might still be among us, speaking Truth to Power...   [ continue reading...]

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Repeal Denmark's blasphemy ban - a petition

Denmark’s blasphemy ban was recently revived when a man was charged for burning the Quran. Signatories argue...   [ continue reading...]

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Dancing With the Devil: Trump's Politics of Fascist Collaboration

President Trump speaks at the 36th annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 15, 2017. (Photo: Doug Mills / The New Yo...   [ continue reading...]

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Neuroscientist Carl Hart: We Need to Stop Jeff Sessions from Escalating the Racist War on Drugs

In an escalation of the war on drugs, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has rescinded two Obama-era memos that encouraged prosecutors to avoid seeking inordinately...   [ continue reading...]

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US Bank to Stop Funding Pipelines as Divestment Movement Expands Worldwide

Nika Knight, staff writerAs a nearly ten-days-long global mobilization calling for divestment from fossil fuels comes to an end, climate campaigners are celebra...   [ continue reading...]

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