Brian Meléndez

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A Mysterious 3,000-Year-Old Castle Has Been Found Under a Lake in Turkey

Sometimes legends are true.<p>Sunken cities are typically the stuff of legend, but now archaeologists have found the real thing hiding deep within Lake …

Chinese premier warns world entering period of political and economic upheaval

Li Keqiang urges China to brace for ‘graver situations’ ahead in apparent reference to President Donald Trump<p>China’s premier has warned the world is entering a period of profound political and economic upheaval as the spectre of Donald Trump hung over the opening day of the country’s annual …

China
Crime

Neuroscience Learns What Buddhism Has Known for Ages: There Is No Constant Self

Proving that science and religion can, in fact, overlap, University of British Columbia researcher Evan Thompson has confirmed the Buddhist teaching …

Consciousness
South Carolina

Celebrities Reveal Where They’ll Move if Donald Trump Becomes President

The republic of Brooklyn is still safe, according to Spike Lee.<p>Admit it, you’ve thought about it. If trends in the Republican Party hold, and something terrible happens to <b>Hillary Clinton</b> and/or <b>Bernie Sanders</b> (and/or <b>Michael Bloomberg</b>), <b>Donald Trump</b> could become the 45th president of the United …

Donald Trump

The incredible story of the man who volunteered to enter Auschwitz and exposed the horrors of the Holocaust

In the early days of World War II, most of the world was unaware of the horrors occurring inside Nazi Germany's Auschwitz camp — until Polish army captain Witold Pilecki volunteered to figure out the camp's inner workings.<p>On September 19, 1940, German SS troops did exactly what Pilecki was hoping …

World History

Yanis Varoufakis: ‘If I’m convicted of high treason, it would be interesting’

As Greece’s finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis won fans with his leather jacket, abrasive wit and swashbuckling battles with the EU. Six weeks on from resigning, and with a snap election just announced, what now for the bad boy of anti-capitalism?<p>The island of Aegina is just 17 miles from Athens, a …

Europe

Now, solar-powered trash cans that provide free Wi-Fi

<b>Washington:</b> A US company has turned solar-powered trash cans in New York into free public Wi-Fi hotspots. Bigbelly had earlier developed …

John Oliver Flew to Moscow to Interview Edward Snowden. Yes, Really.

Unlike <i>Mad Men</i> or <i>Wolf Hall</i>, this huge T.V. event of Easter Sunday came without any fanfare whatsoever. <b>John Oliver</b>, HBO’s comedy newscaster of record, aired a lengthy interview with none other than N.S.A. whistleblower <b>Edward Snowden</b>. The interview starts in the video above around the 13:45 mark. …

Edward Snowden
Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico

New Snowden documents show that the NSA and its allies are laughing at the rest of the world

'I drink your milkshake'<p>A team of nine journalists including Jacob Appelbaum and Laura Poitras have just published another massive collection of classified records obtained by Edward Snowden<i>.</i> The trove of documents, published on <i>Der Spiegel,</i> show that the National Security Agency and its allies are …

Surveillance

Putin's Extraordinary Path From Soviet Slums To The World's Stage

The Russian President's ascension to power is filled with spies, armed conflicts, oligarchs, oil and (of course) judo.<p>So here's how a onetime "nobody" climbed up the ranks to become the "World's Most Powerful Person."

Russia

The Best Longreads Of 2014 On World Affairs

The year 2014 was a tumultuous one, with more than its fair share of world-changing events. The media has covered the chaos using all the methods at its disposal: Live blogs, images and rapid on-the-ground reporting have allowed journalists to disseminate the news in real time, giving a visceral …

European leaders warn against too much economic pain on Russia

The<p>European Union's unanimous resolve to punish Russia for its aggression in Ukraine appeared to be cracking as French, German, Austrian and Italian leaders voiced concern at an alliance summit of inflicting too much pain on Moscow as its economy tumbles.<p>French President<p>Francois Hollandewas the …

Will religion ever disappear?

Atheism is on the rise around the world, so does that mean spirituality will soon be a thing of the past? Rachel Nuwer discovers that the answer is far from simple.<p>A growing number of people, millions worldwide, say they believe that life definitively ends at death – that there is no God, no …

Religion

Obama: Isolating Cuba hasn't worked

<b>Washington (CNN)</b> -- A political standoff that spanned five decades and 10 presidents began to crumble Wednesday with President Barack Obama's move to normalize relations with Cuba.<p>The announcement was the product of a year of clandestine back-channelling between the U.S. and Cuba, facilitated by …

South America

India mass sterilisation: women were ‘forced’ into camps, say relatives

Brother-in-law of one victim says women were ‘herded like cattle’ after 12 die and scores injured following botched operations<p>Relatives of the 12 women who died after a state-run mass sterilisation campaign in India went horribly wrong have told local media they were forced by health workers to …

Rare Maps Show Life in Hong Kong's Vice-Filled 'Walled City'

The infamous, secret city was a hotbed of temptation and violence that most refused to enter—even after the walls came down.<p>The Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong looks like a beehive, with cramped quarters stacked haphazardly on top of one another. It grew up organically, clearly constructed without …

How Technology Is Transforming Microfinance

<i>Vikas Lalwani is a member of the marketing team at FusionCharts, a startup providing JavaScript charts to 23,000+ customers. He also volunteers as community manager at Zidisha,</i><p>Microfinance, in simplest words, can be defined as providing small loans to people in need. It is already a $70 billion …

Consume, Consume, Consume With The False Promise Of Happiness!

Victor Lebow an economist, retail analyst and author, wrote a very pertinent account of modern consumerism in his 1955 paper, “Price Competition in …