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Erin Lee Carr and Ta-Nehisi Coates Remember David Carr

Documentary filmmaker Erin Lee Carr remembers her father, legendary journalist David Carr, in a moving new memoir, “All That You Leave Behind.” Erin Lee Carr, went looking for support and comfort in the lifetime of correspondence that they had shared. She was also looking for clues—advice the famous mentor, journalist, and father might have to […]

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Afghan Taliban Accused Of Subjecting Captives To Ill-Treatment, Torture

on May 26, 2019

Afghan captives held by the Taliban have been subjected to “ill-treatment and actions that may amount to torture,” according to the United Nations’ Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). In a statement on May 26, UNAMA said it had interviewed 13 detainees from a group of 53 rescued last month from a Taliban-run detention facility in […]

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Russia’s NTV Routinely Uses ‘Abusive Tactics’ To Target Activists

on May 26, 2019

Human Rights Watch (HRW) says the recent arrest of a Russian activist shows the authorities’ unwillingness to rein in “abusive tactics” by the state-affiliated television station NTV. In a statement on May 24, the New York-based human rights watchdog said that NTV, owned by the Russian-state gas company Gazprom, is “notorious for harassing human rights […]

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Monsanto, Scientific Deception and Cancer

on May 26, 2019

Money may not be able to buy the purest love, but it can buy the best, life-ending cancer. For Monsanto, giant of rule and misrule in matters of genetically modified crops, known for bullying practices towards farmers, things have not been so rosy of late. Ever the self-promoter of saving the world an agricultural headache […]

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An “Emergency” to Send Billions in Weapons to the Saudis

on May 26, 2019

So Trump has declared an “emergency” to circumvent Congressional oversight of arms shipments to other countries. By law Congress by law is given 30 days advance before before such sales are completed, and it can obstruct them. But a loophole in the Arms Control Act allows the president to authorize sales in an emergency. One […]

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SAN FRANCISCO—A federal judge has blocked President Donald Trump from building key sections of his border wall with money secured under his declaration of a national emergency, delivering what may prove a temporary setback on one of his highest priorities. U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr.’s order, issued Friday, prevents work from beginning on two […]

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Iranian FM Arrives In Baghdad For Talks Amid Tensions With U.S.

on May 25, 2019

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has arrived in Baghdad for talks with his Iraqi counterpart and other officials amid heightened tensions between Iran and the United States. Zarif will meet with Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohamed Alhakim, President Barham Salih, and Prime Minister Mohammed al-Halbousi during his two-day visit that began on May 25, the […]

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Afghan Police Arrest Dozens For Celebratory Gunfire Following Cricket Victory

on May 25, 2019

Afghan police have arrested more than 40 people in the capital, Kabul, for celebratory gunfire that followed the Afghan national cricket team’s victory over Pakistan in a warm-up match for the Cricket World Cup on May 24. “We arrested 43 people in different districts of Kabul who were firing into the air and disrupting the […]

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WEST POINT, N.Y.—Vice President Mike Pence told the most diverse graduating class in the history of the U.S. Military Academy on Saturday that the world is “a dangerous place” and they should expect to see combat. “Some of you will join the fight against radical Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq,” he said. Pence congratulated […]

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John Walker Lindh Spent 17 Years in Prison — and the War Rages On Pot Industry Owes Reparations to Those Criminalized for Drug Use Trump Administration Announces Fresh Attack on LGBTQ and Reproductive Rights Inequality Chasm Between CEOs and Workers “Totally Out of Control” Cities Are Convincing Voters to Pay Higher Taxes for Public Preschool […]

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TOKYO—President Donald Trump opened a state visit to Japan on Saturday by needling the country over its trade imbalance with the United States. “Maybe that’s why you like me so much,” he joshed. Trump also promoted the U.S. under his leadership, saying “there’s never been a better time” to invest or do business in America, […]

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concrete Computers are essentially just faster collections of vacuum tubes. How can they emulate human activities like recognising faces or assessing criminality? Think about a least squares fit; you’re trying to assess the correlation between two variables by fitting a straight line to scattered points, so you calculate the sum of the squares of distances […]

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Doug Henwood on DSA

DSA’s explosive growth continues; it has already, in a few short years, become the center of a renewed American socialist movement. Dan interviews Doug Henwood, who recently published a lengthy article in The New Republic entitled “The Socialist Network: Inside DSA’s struggle to move into the political mainstream.” Check out Lisa Duggan’s Mean Girl: Ayn […]

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By contrast, Birmingham – under Dick Knowles and Albert Bore – took the bull by the horns. Using public funds to leverage private investment, and taking maximum advantage of European Union funds, they entirely remodeled the centre of the city and the sectoral composition of its economy. Sowing the seeds By the early 1980s it […]

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“Performance-based accountability” is a hackneyed, Skinnerian, neoliberal buzz-phrase often repeated dogmatically by charter school promoters in order to falsely claim that privately-operated nonprofit and for-profit charter schools are more accountable and higher-performing than public schools. But it is becoming clearer to everyone with each passing day that charter school promoters have long vastly over-promised and […]

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