Clare Ramsey

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Big data meets Big Brother as China moves to rate its citizens

On June 14, 2014, the State Council of China published an ominous-sounding document called "Planning Outline for the Construction of a Social Credit …

Communist Party

What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings? International Comparisons Suggest an Answer

When the world looks at the United States, it sees a land of exceptions: a time-tested if noisy democracy, a crusader in foreign policy, an exporter of beloved music and film.<p>But there is one quirk that consistently puzzles America’s fans and critics alike. Why, they ask, does it experience so many …

Guns

What is it like to have never felt an emotion?

Some people seem to lack the capacity to feel joy, sorrow or love. David Robson discovers the challenges and surprising advantages of “alexithymia”.<p>Caleb is telling me about the birth of his son, now eight months old. “You know you hear parents say that the first time they looked at their kid, they …

Psychology

Muslims being 'erased' from Central African Republic

Militias have taken advantage of the political vacuum in Central African Republic (CAR), engaging in ethnic cleansing of Muslims in a bid to erase the community from the country, human rights group Amnesty International has said.<p>Discussing Friday's report, entitled "Erased identity: Muslims in …

Africa

Ashley Madison leak exposes how social networks fall short as news providers

If you use social media for work but you’re still not sure what the Digital Millennium Copyright Act is, this post could save you your reputation and your employer a lot of money.<p>You don’t have to be a lawyer to read and understand this post. I’m not.<p>I’ll explain what the DMCA is in a minute. But …

Feel disrespected? Pull a gun

<b>(CNN) —</b> Feel disrespected? Pull a gun. Open fire. That'll teach 'em.<p>It's become the norm in the United States.<p>"We don't treat guns like they're instruments of death in this country." That comes from a man who knows. Lonnie Phillips lost his daughter, Jessica, to the monster who opened fire at a …

Guns

Once Remote Japan Welcomes Growing Tourism

In the late 1970s, I was part of the woman's pro tennis tour playing exhibition games throughout Japan. In many places, children would touch my freckles to see if they came off. They wanted to touch my blond hair because they'd never seen it in real life.<p>Margaret Court was among the players with …

Japan

Windows 10 marks turnaround moment for Microsoft

The goal of the software maker's flagship product is to renew faith in the Windows world.<p>"We don't sit around and speculate about what people want. We go and look at what's happening in the real world."<p>Joe Belfiore of Microsoft<p>"They can't sell software like they used to."<p>Roger Kay of Endpoint …

Software

After Turkey bombs Islamic State for the first time, what happens next?

Four days after Isil attacked a mainly Kurdish gathering of youth activists, the Turkey-Syria border is a new hotspot in the Middle East's widening war, writes Raziye Akkoc<p>They say a week in politics is a long time and this week proved just how true that was in Turkey. After months of accusations …

20 Places Every American Should See Before They Die

From sea to shining sea.<p>Looking for an epic summer road trip idea? Whether you crave culture and history, spectacular natural landscapes, or serious adventure, look to these national parks and small towns.

National Parks

How to Sweatproof Your Makeup Routine Before the Next Heat Wave

Nothing says summer quite like sweating profusely in record-breaking high temps. To help you beat the sweltering heat, we’ve pieced together a …

Makeup

This Mega-Size River Cave In Laos Is Stunning To Explore Via Kayak

Take a deep breath, because things are about to get <i>epic</i>.<p>The Xe Bang Fai River cave in central Laos is considered to be one of the largest known river caves in the world. Find the upriver entrance -- which is a forest-covered sinkhole, mind you -- and you'll journey on an underground river about …

Laos

4 Excellent Post-Breakup Road Trips

By Meghan Rabbitt for ShermansTravel<p><i>photo: Ron Reiring/US Highway 50</i><p>After a relationship has tanked to the point of no return, there's nothing quite like getting in the car -- either by yourself or with a bestie or two -- and taking your mind off everything on the open road. So queue up Tom Petty's …

Hiking

10 After-Dark Activities to Experience This Summer

Only when the sun goes down can you enjoy some of the best outdoor activities of the summer, and in the cooler night air no less. From stargazing parties to desert garden flashlight tours to evening turtle walks, there's a lot that can be done and enjoyed only at night. Here are 10 must-do evening …

Paddleboarding

Taliban attack parliament building in Kabul with suicide car bomb and RPGs

Afghan lawmakers voting on new defence minister forced to evacuate after armed insurgents try to storm building, injuring dozens<p>Two people, including a child, died when Taliban fighters attacked the Afghan parliament building in Kabul, injuring dozens of civilians and forcing lawmakers to evacuate …

Afghanistan

The psychology of emojis

I have a confession to make: I’m a grown woman who peppers pretty much every text and social media post I send with smileys, hearts, stars and various other decorations.<p>Emojis have taken over my communication—and I’m far from alone. According to Swyft Media, 74 percent of people in the U.S. …

Language

How the future of US wireless service hangs on a government auction

The name of the game is spectrum, and the carriers are jockeying for rules that could determine the ultimate winners and losers of the wireless wars.<p>The US wireless carriers may not be able to stand in the same room together, but they can agree on one thing: the industry needs more spectrum.<p>What is …

Telecoms

The Catholic Church performed a country-wide exorcism on Mexico

The extreme violence, high number of abortions, and criminality associated with drug cartels prompted the church to carry out this unique kind of exorcism.<p>The special ritual took place last month in the cathedral of San Luis Potosí and Cardinal Juan Sandoval Íñiguez, the archbishop emeritus of …

Mexico
Middle East

Almost 60-million people worldwide displaced by conflict in 2014: UN report

Syria overtook Afghanistan to become the world's biggest source of refugees last year, while the number of people forced from their homes by conflicts worldwide rose to a record 59.5 million, the United Nations' refugee agency said Thursday.<p>Pointing to crises in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Burundi and …

North Africa

Pope Francis: planet facing ‘unprecedented destruction’

Landmark papal encyclical mobilises world's 1.2 billion Catholics in battle against climate change<p>Pope Francis blamed the rich and powerful for placing the planet in danger “unprecedented in the history of humanity” as he demanded urgent and concerted global action against climate change.<p>The Earth …

Venezuela's military admits excesses during deadly protests

<b>The military in Venezuela has admitted it committed "some excesses" during weeks of political unrest that have left more than 40 people dead.</b><p>The military's strategic command chief, Vladimir Padrino, said they were investigating 97 officers and police staff for "cruelty and torture".<p>But the general …

Venezuela