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27 Horror Movies For People Who Don't Love Horror Movies

If you braved A Quiet Place, here are a slew of other acclaimed and artful scary movies<p>Any horror fan is used to hearing the words “I don’t do horror.” Which is fair enough, except I can guarantee that everyone who says they just don’t like horror movies is missing out on a number of films they …

Horror

The untold story of modern science is one of empire and colonial exploitation

Sir Ronald Ross had just returned from an expedition to Sierra Leone. The British doctor had been leading efforts to tackle the malaria that so often killed English colonists in the country, and in December 1899 he gave a lecture to the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce about his experience. In the …

Cape Town

Why Earth's History Appears So Miraculous

The strange, cosmic reason our evolutionary path will look ever luckier the longer we survive<p>It was hard times for the bomber pilots that floated over Europe, their planes incinerating cities below, like birds of prey. Even as they turned the once-bustling streets beneath to howling firestorms, …

Santa Cruz

15 Films You Can't Miss At This Year’s New African Film Festival

The <b>14th Annual New African Film Festival</b> is here, bringing fresh, innovative art by some of the fiercest crafters of black cinema.<p>The AFI (American …

This Is How American Democracy Could End

We asked a leading political scientist about his terrifying new book.<p>If you are worried about the world becoming less and less stable with each passing month, about democracies around the world coming under assault from strongmen and would-be strongmen, about society succumbing to its worst …

Political Science

Best new science fiction and fantasy this month

Best-selling authors Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell team up on <b>The Tangled Lands</b> (Saga), a rich and haunting novel that explores a world where magic is forbidden. Each of the book’s four interconnected tales is devastating in its own way, because the authors don’t let anyone get away clean. …

Science Fiction

Forgotten America Can Still Be Saved

Infrastructure spending, better transit and denser development would make a difference. So would helping people move.<p>It’s no secret that some parts of the U.S. have been lagging behind others economically. In the past, that wasn't the case. From 1840 through 1963, as economists Robert Barro and …

Economics

The 100-year capitalist experiment that keeps Appalachia poor, sick, and stuck on coal

The first time Nick Mullins entered Deep Mine 26, a coal mine in southwestern Virginia, the irony hit him hard. Once, his ancestors had owned the coal-seamed cavern that he was now descending into, his trainee miner hard-hat secure.<p>His people had settled the Clintwood and George’s Fork area, along …

Nigeria: Things the Senate Did to Make Nigerians Proud in 2017

Nigerian Senate<p>The Nigerian Senate does get quite a telling from the citizenry, and sometimes they very well deserve it. However, there are also many …

Africa

Mars and the North Pole are warmer than Winnipeg: A guide to how damned cold it is

Canada is really cold right now. It’s so cold that statues of John A. Macdonald are taking themselves down. It’s so cold that Pamela Anderson is …

The most exciting sci-fi, fantasy and horror films of 2018

<b>Alita: Battle Angel</b><p>James Cameron has been working on this drama, based on a manga series about an amnesiac cyborg, for the best part of two decades. But now he’s bogged down in a billion Avatar sequels, so Robert Rodriguez is directing instead.<p><b>Annihilation</b><p>Alex Garland’s eagerly anticipated …

Construction

Congo’s Slide Into Chaos

On January 16, 2001, the Democratic Republic of the Congo tumbled into uncertainty. The country’s president, Laurent Kabila, had been sitting in his …

The Year in City Resistance

Across the policy spectrum, cities stepped in as a viable alternative to the agenda of Donald Trump.<p>Cities resisted Donald Trump immediately.<p>New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio became a vocal public opponent. As protesters gathered in airports in response to Trump’s original travel ban, Pittsburgh …

The true story of the fake US embassy in Ghana

Last year, the US state department said it had uncovered a fake embassy in Accra that had been issuing a stream of forged visas. The story went viral – but all was not as it seemed. By Yepoka Yeebo<p>On Friday 2 December 2016, a curious story appeared on the website GhanaBusinessNews.com. “Ghana …

Africa
Guns
Canada

How segregated America made Trump inevitable

Racial and social segregation has built Trump's electorate and the dominant white narrative it subscribes to.<p>Let there be no doubt. US President Donald Trump is a mercurial, inept, me-first racist. In recent weeks, Trump has thrown in with Charlottesville's white supremacists and pardoned known …

Donald Trump

The First White President

The foundation of Donald Trump’s presidency is the negation of Barack Obama’s legacy.<p><b>It is insufficient</b> <b>to state</b> the obvious of Donald Trump: that he is a white man who would not be president were it not for this fact. With one immediate exception, Trump’s predecessors made their way to high office …

Bernie Sanders

Trump Administration Puts on Hold an Obama-Era Desegregation Effort

The rule would have helped poor Americans move to more expensive neighborhoods with better schools.<p>The zip code where a child grows up can have a huge effect on that kid’s entire life. Children who grow up in low-poverty areas make more money than people who grow up in high-poverty areas, according …

Housing
New Jersey
Donald Trump
Africa

Is It Racist to Say Africa Has 'Civilizational' Problems?

French President Emmanuel Macron should have known his comments about Africa at the G-20 summit this month would spark an angry backlash. Responding …

Africa

'Shameful' Nigeria: a country that doesn't care about inequality

At least 86 million people live in extreme poverty in Nigeria. The country’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, is said to earn 8,000 times more each day than a poor compatriot would spend on their basic needs in a year.<p>“Income inequality is one of Nigeria’s most serious but least talked about …

Africa