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A warning to the American media from a Russian journalist who covers Putin

Congratulations, US media! You’ve just covered your first press conference of an authoritarian leader with a massive ego and a deep disdain for your trade and everything you hold dear. We in Russia have been doing it for 12 years now — with a short hiatus when our leader wasn’t technically our …

America's Show of Force Towards Russia Has Changed. Here's How.

And what to make of those U.S. tanks in Germany.<p>Operation Atlantic Resolve started in 2015, billed as an "ongoing response" to Russian aggression in Ukraine. Designed to reassure our NATO allies, particularly those closest to the Russian bear, the exercise occurs in cycles. In each, different U.S. …

Russian intelligence group aliases sound like bad WiFi network names

As part of the Obama administration’s Great Revenge against Russia over the latter’s meddling in the US presidential election, the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Dec. 29 released a joint report (pdf)—code-name “Grizzly Steppe”—that includes newly …

The Fighter

Sam Siatta was deep in a tequila haze, so staggeringly drunk that he would later say he retained no memory of the crime he was beginning to commit.<p>It was a few minutes after 2 a.m. on April 13, 2014. Siatta had just forced his way into a single-story home in Normal, Ill., a college town on the …

In Gritty Sao Paulo, Samba Reinvents Itself With An Introspective Sound

"São Paulo is the graveyard of samba." So claimed the late Brazilian poet Vinicius de Moraes, who co-wrote Brazil's most famous song, "The Girl From Ipanema." Home to more than 20 million people, the landlocked city, a graveyard of buildings ordered against the sky, clashed with samba music's …

President Obama’s Historic Trip to Cuba

President Barack Obama traveled to Cuba for a visit rich in symbolism and defined by high expectations for a new era in U.S.-Cuban relations<p>Updated March 22, 2016 5:23 p.m. ET 3 COMMENTS

Cuba

Ukraine Takes Over Biggest Lender to Cap Sweeping Bank Purge

Ukraine will nationalize its No. 1 bank as the former Soviet republic concludes a cleanup of ailing lenders and seeks to snuff out threats to …

The Long and Brutal History of Fake News

Bogus news has been around a lot longer than real news. And it’s left a lot of destruction behind.<p>The fake news hit Trent, Italy, on Easter Sunday, 1475. A 2 ½-year-old child named Simonino had gone missing, and a Franciscan preacher, Bernardino da Feltre, gave a series of sermons claiming that the …

This Is The Story A UN Court Didn’t Want Three Rape Survivors To Tell

Three women from Rwanda changed history when they testified about rape and genocide at a United Nations court. Nearly 20 years later, the same court tried to gag the film that tells their story.<p>KIGALI, Rwanda — At first glance, Seraphine Mukakinani’s life seems unremarkable. She didn’t finish …

Mood Disorders Are Linked To Higher Intelligence, Science Says

No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness.”- Aristotle<p>Nowadays, doctors tend to give medicaments at the first symptoms of a mood …

The Brain

Newspeak for the rest of us: Learning a new language can give new insight, improve tolerance

Why it’s important to be expand your mind<p><i>This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.</i><p>There are many benefits to knowing more than one language. For example, it has been shown that aging adults who speak more than one language have less likelihood of …

I went looking for spawning salmon and found a fishing bobcat. Standing on the bridge watching the fish struggle upstream, I just happen to catch this Hoh inhabitant catching breakfast. You never know what you might come across even on a quiet snowy morning. Ranger Lee #hohrainforest #olympicnationalpark #wildlife #bobcat #salmon #breakfast

'Iraq + 100' Is Painful, But Don't Look Away

<i>Cool, they flee war zones, but the problem ain't ours</i><p><i>Even if our bombs landed on them like the Mayflower</i><p>-- Riz MC, "Immigrants," <i>Hamilton Mixtape</i><p>In a just world, every single person who was in favor of invading Iraq would have to read this book. It would be tattooed on the eyes of the invasion's …

Books

Brace yourself: the most disruptive phase of globalization is just beginning

To properly understand globalization, you need to start 200,000 years ago.<p>Richard Baldwin skillfully takes on this daunting task in a new book, starting all the way back with the hunter-gatherers. For too long, he says, traditional analysis of trade has been too narrow, he argues.<p>The economist, who …

13 Things I Found on the Internet Today (Vol. CXCXVIII)

1. London Underground Posters from the 1920sFrom Bonhams and Library of Congress, via <b>IO9</b> 2. England’s 35 acre, secret subterranean Cold War City<i>Deep</i> …

BBC - Culture - The dark side of nursery rhymes

Goosey Goosey Gander may be about religious persecution, while Lucy Locket is about 18th Century prostitutes, writes Clemency Burton-Hill.<p>Plague, medieval taxes, religious persecution, prostitution: these are not exactly the topics that you expect to be immersed in as a new parent. But probably …

Want to Be a Better Writer? Cut These 7 Words

by Joe BuntingIf you’re reading this, then you want to be a better writer. However, becoming a better writer is elusive, isn’t it? It’s more art than …

Point of View in Writing: The Simple Guide for Authors

Budding writers often ask me:<p>“How do I master Point of View?”<p>The inability to grasp this concept is the most common problem I see in aspiring …

Creative Writing

The Birth of Language

In response to:<p><i>At the Birth of Language</i> from the August 18, 2016 issue<p><i>To the Editors</i>:<p>In his review of Robert Berwick and Noam Chomsky, <i>Why Only Us:</i> …

Trump Body Language Take Likely Got Lost In Translation: Experts

Donald Trump claims he could tell from the “body language” of his intelligence briefers that they are unhappy with President Obama, but experts say it’s more likely he was seeing what he wanted to see — if he was seeing anything at all.<p>"We absolutely see what we wish to see," Boston College …

The language rules we know – but don’t know we know

Mark Forsyth tasted internet fame this week when a passage from a book he wrote went viral. He explains more language secrets that native speakers know without knowing.<p>Over the weekend, I happened to go viral. Or rather a single paragraph from a book I wrote called The Elements of Eloquence went …

7 Language Hacks to Learn Any Language Faster

When most of us first start learning anything new, it's easy to feel confused with where to get started.

The odd language rule English speakers know — but don't know we know

Does the second part of that sentence sound strange to you? Perhaps you think I should have written "loose green top."<p>You're not wrong (though not entirely right, because descriptivist linguistics): An intuitive code governs the way English speakers order adjectives.<p>The rules come so naturally to …

The Hidden Costs of America's Addiction to Mercenaries

Washington’s reliance on unheralded private military contractors to fight its wars has mutated into a strategic vulnerability.<p><b>A decade ago</b>, I found …

War

Yes, he can close Guantanamo Bay – but Obama wasted the best chance to do it years ago

In six months, Guantanamo Bay could be history. It depends on the 2016 election results, and a rediscovered sense of fiscal sanity on the part of …

Obama Authorizes "Reckless" Release of 15 Dangerous Guantanamo Bay Detainees

Former U.S. President George W. Bush’s “War on Terror” required unconventional tactics and methods for detaining terrorists or unlawful combatants …

Guantanamo Bay

Prison gang targeted white guards in ‘Black August’ plan: FBI

White cops and correction officers are being targeted for death by a black prison gang in what’s being called “Black August,” according to a chilling …

FBI Agent Michael German Taught Hollywood How to Get Counterterrorism Right

His book <i>Thinking Like a Terrorist: Insights of a Former FBI Undercover Agent</i> swiped at the powers that be, who didn’t want to hear that their …