13 September 2017

All the news for 13 September 2017 [ 263 news items | Now showing page 1 of 14 ]

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Is Tribalism a Natural Malfunction? - Issue 52: The Hive

From an office at Carnegie Mellon, my colleague John Miller and I had evolved a computer program with a taste for genocide. This was certainly not our intent. W...   [ continue reading...]

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Why Hasn’t Evolution Made Another Platypus? - Issue 52: The Hive

Snuffling through the underbrush, the shaggy little creature wanders through the sylvan night, sticking its nose in one place, then another, seeking the aroma o...   [ continue reading...]

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When It Comes to Our Wars in the Greater Middle East, Maybe We’re the Bad Guys

Imagine telling the family of a fallen soldier they died to ensure Saudi hegemony in the Gulf, an eternal Guantanamo, or the spread of terror groups and refugee...   [ continue reading...]

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Jacobin Sells Out

We’ve held out as long as we could, but that day is finally upon us. The signs couldn’t be clearer: we’re now selling tote bags on the Ja...   [ continue reading...]

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Talking gibberish

The study of languages has long been prone to nonsense. Why is linguistics such a magnet for dilettantes and crackpots?By Gaston DorrenRead at Aeon   [ continue reading...]

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A Supermarket for State Surveillance and Border Wars

It took Stephen* two years to get to the UK. The journey began in his home country of Sudan, crossing through Libya, Italy, France and Belgium before reaching t...   [ continue reading...]

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We are dead stars

You might have heard that we are made of ‘star stuff’, but what exactly does that mean? In this collaboration between The Atlantic and the podcast T...   [ continue reading...]

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How to Read Donald Trump: On Burning Books but Not Ideas

A momument for Chilean President Salvador Allende in Santiago, Chile. (Photo: Federico Valido) The organizers of the white supremacist gathering in Charlottesv...   [ continue reading...]

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Civilians ‘Direct Targets’ as Conflict Spreads in Central African Republic

Rape, torture, pillage, murder and forced displacement by the Union for Peace in Central Africa (UPC) rebel forces are the new horrifying realities faced by com...   [ continue reading...]

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Night Thoughts - book review

Night Thoughts is the subversive musings that Wallace Shawn cannot admit during the day; witty and involving, the book should be spread widely, finds Dominic...   [ continue reading...]

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A Letter to Einstein from the Future - Issue 52: The Hive

We don’t believe in time travel, and we’re not into mysticism. But what if we could write a letter to Albert Einstein to tell him about gravity and...   [ continue reading...]

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Your Next New Best Friend Might Be a Robot - Issue 52: The Hive

One night in late July 2014, a journalist from the Chinese newspaper Southern Weekly interviewed a 17-year-old Chinese girl named Xiaoice (pronounced Shao-ice)....   [ continue reading...]

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"Schrödinger’s Immigrant" by Robert Rowthorn and David Růžička

When Central and Eastern European leaders try to explain why they do not want to accept refugees, they tend to contradict one another. Some insist that refugees...   [ continue reading...]

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Working With the Corporate Psychopath

The word psychopath carries connotations to Hannibal Lector, the psychopathic and cannibalistic serial killer in Silence of the Lambs. Yet, next to Anthony Hopk...   [ continue reading...]

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While China Endorses Myanmar’s Crackdown on Rohingya, UN Sees It as Ethnic Cleansing

A UN commission of experts defined ethnic cleansing as "rendering an area ethnically homogeneous by using force or intimidation to remove persons of given group...   [ continue reading...]

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NREGA Workers Protest ‘Great Injustice’ in Budget, Wages and Delayed Payments in Letter to Jaitley

Coming together under the banner of NREGA Sangharsh Morcha, the workers have been protesting at Jantar Mantar since September 11. The post NREGA Workers Protest...   [ continue reading...]

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#ClimateSilence: Corporate Media Called Out for Whiffing on 'Most Important Story in the World'

Julia Conley, staff writerUsing social media on Wednesday, advocates for climate action spoke out forcefully—and in huge numbers—against major media...   [ continue reading...]

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Supreme Court Gives Texas Republicans a Big Boost in 2018 and Beyond

The conservative majority on the Supreme Court waded into the legal battle over Texas’ redistricting maps, allowing the state to retain congressional and...   [ continue reading...]

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Centre Cancels FCRA Licences of JNU, DU, IIT Delhi for Alleged Non Compliance

According to the home ministry, the institutes have failed to file their annual returns for the last five years. The post Centre Cancels FCRA Licences of JNU, D...   [ continue reading...]

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Some Federal Agencies Are Dropping a Tech Giant’s Software. The Reason? Russia.

Citing fears of Russian spying, the Department of Homeland Security announced Wednesday that all federal executive branch departments and agencies must take ste...   [ continue reading...]

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