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It Is Happening Here, Trump Is Already Early-Stage Mussolini

Is there a moment when a fanatical leader can be stopped before he takes a nation into the abyss? A moment when those with the moral determination to …

Political Science

Infographic: How to make money by writing and editing

Writing and editing remain highly marketable skills.With the internet’s insatiable appetite for content, many organizations are putting serious money …

Writing

Initiative to break California into 3 states to go on November ballot

<b>(CNN) —</b> An initiative that would divide California into three separate states qualified Tuesday to appear on the ballot in November's general election.<p>Californians will vote whether to separate into three states: California, Northern California and Southern California -- subject to approval by US …

California

Antarctica is screwed and so are we

A series of new research papers published about the frozen continent reveal that what protected it in the past won’t protect it in the future.<p>Buckle …

Global Warming

Figure Out Where You Are With Nothing But a Watch and Protractor

In a recent episode of MacGyver, Angus (yes, that's his first name) finds his location in the desert using only a string, a protractor, and a watch. …

China is building a vast civilian surveillance network — here are 10 ways it could be feeding its creepy 'social credit system'

China is setting up a vast surveillance system that tracks every single one of its 1.4 billion citizens — from using facial recognition to name and shame jaywalkers, to forcing people to download apps that can access all the photos on their smartphones.<p>The growth of China's surveillance technology …

The Military Doesn't Advertise It, But U.S. Troops Are All Over Africa

<i>This story was originally published on Oct. 20, 2017, and is being republished with minor changes to update.</i><p>When U.S. troops were ambushed in Niger last October, the widespread reaction was surprise: The U.S. has military forces in Niger? What are they doing there?<p>Yet in many ways, the Niger …

Africa

EU rejects Irish border proposals and says Brexit talks could still fail

The EU’s chief negotiator has warned there is still a “risk of failure” in the Brexit negotiations as Brussels continues to reject Britain’s proposals on avoiding a hard border in Ireland.<p>Michel Barnier said on Friday that a quarter of the work needed to complete preparations for the UK to leave …

Great Britain

Google offers access to virtual 3D models of ancient monuments

Historic monuments around the world face threats from natural disasters, tourism and war, which is what led Ben Kacyra to found CyArk -- a non-profit organization working to scan and digitally archive ancient monuments. With laser scanning, photogrammetry, drone imaging and structured light …

Yellow Fever Encroaches Megacities, Straining Global Vaccine Supply

For the first time ever, Brazil is attempting a nationwide immunization campaign against yellow fever.<p>An ongoing outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease has killed hundreds of people in parts of Brazil where yellow fever traditionally wasn't considered a threat and most residents aren't vaccinated …

Public Health

Graffiti cleanup 'blitz' ahead of Amazon visit wipes out street art in Chicago

A Chicago alderman is planning to introduce an ordinance letting property owners protect graffiti as art after a cleanup blitz near a site being pitched to Amazon claimed an unintended target.<p>A work by a French street artist on the side of Cards Against Humanity's headquarters was blasted away as …

Syria's war of ethnic cleansing: Kurds threatened with beheading by Turkey's allies if they don't convert to extremism

Syrian Arab militiamen leading the Turkish attack on Afrin in northern Syria are threatening to massacre its Kurdish population unless they convert …

In Montreal, a Berlin Wall of the Mind?

MONTREAL — On one side of a grand square near the old Port of Montreal is a sculpture of a Frenchwoman in a Chanel suit, clasping a poodle and sneering at the Bank of Montreal, a former symbol of British colonial rule built in 1847.<p>On the opposite end, a dapper Englishman, cast in bronze, holds a …

The epic failure of our age: how the west let down Syria

The seven-year conflict has marked a tipping point in the balance of power between the US and Russia, and has triggered a strategic disaster whose ramifications are still playing out<p>It was a sunny morning on Saturday 31 August 2013 – Labor Day weekend in the US – when Barack Obama strolled into the …

War

Warming, Water Crisis, Then Unrest: How Iran Fits an Alarming Pattern

<i>Want the latest climate news in your inbox? You can sign up here to receive Climate Fwd:, our new email newsletter.</i><p>UNITED NATIONS — Nigeria. Syria. Somalia. And now Iran.<p>In each country, in different ways, a water crisis has triggered some combination of civil unrest, mass migration, insurgency or …

Middle East

Apple’s San Francisco commuter buses are reportedly being attacked

Companies like Google and Apple run commuter buses in the areas around their campuses, giving employees a way to commute to and from work for free. …

Kazakhstan Cheers New Alphabet, Except for All Those Apostrophes

ALMATY, Kazakhstan — In his 26 years as Kazakhstan’s first and only president, Nursultan A. Nazarbayev has managed to keep a resurgent Russia at bay and navigate the treacherous geopolitical waters around Moscow, Beijing and Washington, keeping on good terms with all three capitals.<p>The …

Cape Town Is 90 Days Away From Running Out of Water

After three years of unprecedented drought, the South African city of Cape Town has less than 90 days worth of water in its reservoirs, putting it on …

New Evidence Is Forcing Scientists to Rewrite The History of Human Migration 'Out of Africa'

We may find our answer in Australasia.<p>Where did we humans come from?<p>Some 40 or so years ago, our origins seemed quite straightforward.<p>But now we see …

Humanity

How Putin clings onto phony nationalism to solidify power in Russia

At a recent event, former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell asked a question about Russian President Vladimir Putin: Is Putin better understood as product of a long history of Russian leaders, Morell asked, or is he something new on the Russian stage?<p>It's a good question. To what extent can we …

Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan in historic Greece visit

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has become the first sitting Turkish president to visit Greece in 65 years. Could the EU-Turkey refugee deal be a sticking point …

Why Russia produces (and quashes) so much radical art

<b>(CNN) —</b> Artists have always held a special place in Russian society. My father, the playwright Alexander Guelman, was well known in the 1970s and was once lauded by Mikhail Gorbachev as the father of perestroika , the movement for reform within the Communist Party. At that time, theater was …

NASA just launched an online tool to show you which coastal cities will be swallowed when global warming ramps up

As the Earth continues to heat up thanks in large part to the effects of scientifically-proven human factors, our little blue sphere’s collection of …

Academics flee Turkey for Germany as Erdogan targets teachers

Turkish professors who signed a call for peace are being charged with disseminating terrorist propaganda. Many are seeking refuge in Germany — but …

Higher Education

Let's fix Electoral College. It'll be easy compared to gerrymandering: Lessig & Painter

In each state, in a clear denial of proportionality, millions of votes for president don't count. This concept needs urgent legal recognition.<p>Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer had just described a system in which “if party A wins a majority of votes, party A controls the legislature. That seems …

Prague Meridian

The slender brass strip in Prague's Old Town Square was used to tell time from 1652 to 1918.<p>Because there are many beautiful and fascinating fixtures …

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Flee A Cataclysm, Or Cling To A Doomed Home? Why People Stay May Surprise You

When Boyd Coble heard the sheriff's deputy pounding on his door in Houston in the middle of the night, he rolled over and went back to sleep. Coble, who lives alone, except for his Australian sheepdog, Wally, knew all about Hurricane Harvey. He just didn't think his own home would flood. It never …

Why one region of the US will survive climate change better than any other, according to urban planners

Somewhere that's warm but not too warm, free from hurricanes and flood-causing downpours, and close to a body of water yet far enough to avoid the threat of sea-level rise.<p>Which places does that leave? According to climate scientists and urban planners, not a lot.<p>"The bottom line is it's going to …

After military shake-up, Erdogan says Turkey to tackle Kurds in Syria | Reuters

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Days after a reshuffle of Turkey’s top military commanders, President Tayyip Erdogan has revived warnings of military action against Kurdish fighters in Syria that could set back the U.S.-led battle against Islamic State.<p>Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during …

Middle East

The U.S. could be free of gerrymandering. Here’s how other countries do redistricting.

This year, on the first day of its term, the Supreme Court will consider the much-anticipated <i>Gill v. Whitford</i>. That case brings up the hot-button question of whether a state legislature may draw electoral districts that favor one party over another. Gerrymandering, as it’s called, is clearly …