15 May 2017

All the news for 15 May 2017 [ 239 news items | Now showing page 1 of 12 ]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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The White House Just Responded to a Report Claiming Trump Divulged Classified Info to the Russians

Early Monday evening, national security adviser H.R. McMaster dismissed an explosive Washington Post report alleging that President Donald Trump shared highly...   [ continue reading...]

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Trump Appoints Voter Suppression Expert as "Voter Integrity" Director

Investigative reporter Greg Palast explains how Kris Kobach has used voter registration databases to purge millions of legitimate voters and now he is in charge...   [ continue reading...]

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After India, Pakistan Square Off, ICJ Says It Will Rule on Jadhav Matter ‘as Soon as Possible’

Arguments centred on question of urgency, and the status of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations The post After India, Pakistan Square Off, ICJ Says It W...   [ 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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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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The Future is a Pluriverse

Rather than propose a glowing vision of a commons-based society, I am content to point to hundreds of smaller-scale projects and movements. As they find each o...   [ 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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Scottish Politicians Use Orwell’s Words to Attack Adversaries

The leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Ruth Davidson cited Orwell saying that "Nationalism [...] is power-hunger tempered by self-deception". The post Scotti...   [ continue reading...]

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John Oliver Demands Congress Take Action After Trump's Firing of James Comey

On Sunday, John Oliver tore into President Donald Trump over his decision to fire FBI Director James Comey and the extraordinary tweets that followed days la...   [ 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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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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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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Hate as a Rational Political Category

Hate, and its ramified and sometimes incompatible modalities, is viewed as the province of those belonging to the extremes of the so-called political spectrum:...   [ continue reading...]

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Photo Essay: ‘The Loom Is My Love, My Legacy’

When he's not farming, Tsering Angchuk travels across villages in Ladhak with his portable loom, weaving his highly-reputed version of a woollen fabric called &...   [ continue reading...]

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