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At least two soldiers killed in fresh Ivory Coast unrest | Reuters

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - At least two soldiers were killed in fresh unrest in Ivory Coast’s capital and gunfire erupted in other cities on Tuesday, signaling further upheaval inside the security forces just as it seemed the government had settled a mutiny in the army.<p>Mutinous soldiers arrive to speak …

I look like a self-made millionaire. But I owe my success to privilege.

I am a millionaire. The first in my family. A self-made success. It’s the story we love to tell ourselves in America about how anyone can make it. Except it’s not true. The reality is that most entrepreneurs — myself included — are the product of generations of privilege that enable success. You …

Entrepreneurship

Sallie Krawcheck: Why I'm Over Women's 'Empowerment'

Okay, I’m awake.<p>I really felt like we were making progress. The pundits were certain that our first female president was on the way, the U.S. women …

A domestic flight in Libya turns into a European hijacking crisis

NEWS that a domestic flight operated by Afriqiyah Airways, a state-owned Libyan airline, has been hijacked and flown to Europe should shock and appal …

America’s electoral college and the popular vote

AMERICA’S presidential election on November 8th shone a light on a quirk of its electoral system: the use of the electoral college rather than the …

The far right’s new fascination with the Middle Ages

UNTIL fairly recently, it was rare to find Americans who were passionate about both medieval history and contemporary politics. Barring the odd …

Obama Leaves the Constitution Weaker Than He Found It

Even for those like me who admire the 44th president, the constitutional record is disturbingly mixed.<p>Every four years, an American citizen puts a hand on a holy book and swears to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”<p>Anxiety is understandably high in the weeks …

Political Science

The GOP's Ethics Disaster

The gutting of the Office of Congressional Ethics is chilling evidence that we are headed for a new age of official embrace, or at least acceptance of unethical and illegal behavior.<p>I have rarely been more angry or dismayed at the conduct of Congress than I was Monday night with the unconscionable, …

Office of Congressional Ethics

Smuggled by boat or scaling wrecked bridges, residents escape Mosul's besieged west | Reuters

HASSAN SHAM, Iraq (Reuters) - They wait for nightfall before attempting the perilous escape across bombed-out bridges and front lines between Islamic State militants and Iraqi forces.<p>Some cross the Tigris River by boat, after the U.S.-led coalition bombed the five bridges connecting the city’s two …

Faced with an existential threat, here are the things they must do to reinvent themselves<p>What will liberalism do in the new, terrifying world the 2016 election has inaugurated? More than any other presidential election in a century, its outcome turned not on issues but on resentment and alienation. …

Political Science

15 fascinating maps that will change the way you see the world

From gun ownership to Miss World winners, we've mapped the world in some weird and wonderful ways.<p>1. Who's got the most guns?<p>Data from the Small Arms Survey, supported by more recent figures from other sources, puts the US way out in front in terms of guns per 100 residents, with 112.6, meaning …

India's first transgender school opens, but discrimination remains

Rights activists have dubbed India's first transgender school a major breakthrough, but say more efforts are needed to bring the marginalized …

The five African elections to watch out for in 2017

Last year, a public survey of elections by the Pan-African research network Afrobarometer showed Africans distrusted national electoral commissions and the quality of their elections. Just over 40% of Africans in 36 countries believed that the last elections in their country were free and fair; 25% …

Finally, a museum will document the horrors of partition that many Indians and Pakistanis want to forget

Amolak Swani's knobby fingers gripped a cane as she shuffled into the room, her daughter holding her at the elbow. She settled into a chair with a sigh and began telling her story.<p>Swani was 16 when Muslim mobs in the city of Peshawar, in the northwest corner of what was then British India, burned …

A Long-Lost Data Trove Uncovers California’s Sterilization Program

Some of the 20,000 victims are still alive today.<p>In 2007, only after historian Alexandra Minna Stern had spent years researching eugenics in the American west, culminating in a published book, did she find the motherlode.<p>During the height of the eugenics movement, California sterilized 20,000 …

University of Michigan

Why More Convicts Are Studying Criminology

Two professors are trying to revolutionize the study of crime by bringing their own experiences behind bars to bear. And they’re finding a following …

Queer Culture in the Age of Transgender Disruption

How the transgender community maintains the radical potential of queerness in an age of assimilation.<p>A few days after last summer's shooting at Orlando's Pulse nightclub, I was at a nearby club called Southern Nights when a girl named Adriana—ample-cheeked, glowing in blacklight—sat next to me on …

A small act of national suicide in Peru

FOR most of this century, Peru’s economy has shone: income per person has doubled in the past dozen years. But education failed to keep up. In 2012 …

Russia has often tried to influence elections, with little success

IN January 1984, Soviet KGB spooks reaffirmed a priority that was set by the Kremlin after the second world war. “Our chief task is to help to …

Invention

Latest stories<p>China still executes more people than anywhere else<p>Graphic detail11 hours ago<p>A year after United's public-relations disaster<p>Gulliver16 …

Keep the costs of trade in perspective

ECONOMISTS are realising that they have got some things about trade wrong in the past. Just because trade can make everyone better off, doesn't mean …

How Oxford University is diversifying its student body

BETWEEN 2010 and 2015, just 20 of Britain's 650 parliamentary constituencies accounted for 16% of successful applicants to Oxford University, by one …

Aleppo presents a moral dilemma for Christian leaders

THE travails of Aleppo, it is generally agreed, pose one of the great moral crises of our time. The city is also the location of some venerable …

Suspects are beaten and burned by “jungle justice” vigilantes

IN A sweaty restaurant in Lagos, Ajayi Oluwatosin David, a member of a government-affiliated paramilitary group, displays a picture on his cell phone …

What Are Turkey and Russia Doing in Syria?

Some background on the assassination of the Russian ambassador in Ankara<p>When an off-duty police officer fatally shot the Russian ambassador in Turkey on Monday, he reportedly shouted: “Don’t forget Aleppo. Don’t forget Syria.” Russia has attracted broad international condemnation for its role in …

Middle East

Brazil to challenge Canada at WTO over Bombardier funding | Reuters

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil will challenge government funding for Bombardier Inc at the World Trade Organization (WTO), escalating the latest trade spat between the Canadian jet maker and its Brazilian rival Embraer SA.<p>A Bombardier aircraft is displayed at the Singapore Airshow at Changi …

Judges opt not to give any punishment to head of International Monetary Fund, who was given support of IMF board after the verdict<p>Christine Lagarde has been found guilty of negligence in approving a massive payout of taxpayers’ money to controversial French businessman Bernard Tapie but avoided a …

Economics

Venezuela’s crazy currency swap looks like alchemy, not economics

CARACAS, Venezuela — President Nicolás Maduro appears to have accomplished something this week that no one, and certainly no economist, would have thought possible. He has created a huge demand for the country’s long-slumping national currency, the bolívar.<p>In a matter of days, the country with the …

Venezuela

The National Park Service Has a Big Sexual Harassment Problem

The agency tasked with safeguarding America’s greatest public lands has neglected to protect its female employees.<p>When she was growing up in the Midwest, Olivia and her family vacationed at national parks every year. They piled into the car and drove hundreds of miles to parks and monuments and …

Sexual Harassment