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Plastic Is Just as Destructive to the Climate as Oil and Gas

May 30, 2019           |                                       

The phenomenon of climate change invokes images of black smoke billowing out of smokestacks, emissions from exhaust pipes on an endless highway of bumper-to-bumper traffic, or the insect-like cranes of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and drilling operations dotting the landscape. We do not view our plastic shopping bags as part of the climate crisis — but […]

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Turkmen President Pardons Hundreds Of Inmates

May 30, 2019           |                                       

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov has pardoned 764 inmates on the occasion of a religious holiday, according to state media reports. Berdymukhammedov on May 29 was quoted as saying that the pardons marked the Night of Revelation, an important stage during the holy month of Ramadan, which is currently being observed by Muslims around the world. […]

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JERUSALEM—Israel’s parliament voted to dissolve itself early Thursday, sending the country to an unprecedented second snap election this year as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a governing coalition before a midnight deadline. The dramatic vote, less than two months after parliamentary elections, marked a setback for Netanyahu and sent the longtime leader’s future […]

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Tips for publishing something new every day, and approaching your progression as a writer with kindness rather than judgement. I’m Furaha Asani—a researcher with a PhD, a teacher, a mental health advocate, a writer, and an unpaid opinion-holder on social media. As 2015 was drawing to a close, I decided to give myself a challenge […]

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Self-employed mums are being unfairly penalised when starting a family – and so are dads who want to take parental leave, whether they are self-employed or employees. Moves are afoot to challenge the discrimination and it can’t come soon enough for many parents. Around 4.8 million people, 15% of the UK workforce, are self-employed. Amongst […]

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By Ralph NaderApril 16, 2019 The famous anthropologist, Margaret Mead, once said to me that children have a distinct moral authority to change some of their parents’ habits or opinions. She gave use of seat belts and smoking cigarettes as examples. Indeed, most of us know instances when sons and daughters have looked into the […]

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Iran's Social-Media Struggles Laid Bare By Telegram And Cleric's Viral Moment

April 13, 2019           |                                       

About a year ago, Iran blocked the highly popular messaging app Telegram, an encrypted tool that half the country’s 81 million people used for sharing news and information, debating in private, and conducting business. Authorities had reportedly boasted that “the blocking of the Telegram app should prevent users from accessing it via VPN” — the […]

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ProPublica’s “Zero Tolerance” Series Wins Paul Tobenkin Award

April 11, 2019           |                                       

ProPublica reporters Ginger Thompson, Michael Grabell and Topher Sanders are the recipients of this year’s Paul Tobenkin Memorial Award for their stories in the “Zero Tolerance” series examining the Trump administration’s immigration policy at the border. Administered by Columbia Journalism School, the Tobenkin Award recognizes outstanding achievements in reporting on racial or religious hatred, intolerance […]

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren is unveiling a new way to tax corporations: Take them at their word. Due to the vagaries of American corporate accounting, companies routinely tell investors on conference calls that they made billions in profit over the previous quarter, then turn around and tell the IRS that, actually, they made no money at […]

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IAEA Urges Saudis to Accept Safeguards Agreement on Nuclear Material

April 6, 2019           |                                       

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is calling on Saudi Arabia to sign a comprehensive safeguards agreement for nuclear material, as the Trump Administration rushes to deliver nuclear technology to them. IAEA Director Amano Yukiya noted that the Saudis are not violating anything yet, and haven’t refused to sign a safeguards agreement – they just […]

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While the recent US/North Korean summit in Hanoi ended abruptly with no agreement, Donald Trump was sufficiently strong in his self-belief to ignore the setback. It simply wasn’t in his nature to accept that Kim Jong-Un was a more efficient deal-maker, and that at least avoided an immediate crisis. This volatile relationship may be out […]

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Researchers Find More Cases of Facebook App Data Exposure

April 4, 2019           |                                       

SAN FRANCISCO—Security researchers have uncovered more instances of Facebook user data being publicly exposed on the internet, further underscoring its struggles as it deals with a slew of privacy and other problems. The researchers from the firm UpGuard said in a blog post Wednesday that the data, which included user names and passwords, came from […]

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Kyrgyz President's Brother Quits Atambaev's Party Amid Split

April 3, 2019           |                                       

BISHKEK — Asylbek Jeenbekov, a Kyrgyz lawmaker and brother of President Sooronbai Jeenbekov, has quit the Social Democratic Party (SDPK) chaired by former President Almazbek Atambaev. Jeenbekov announced his decision in parliament on April 3, saying the SDPK had turned into a party in which “one person’s dictatorship is prevailing,” a clear reference to Atambaev. […]

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