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Why America doesn’t win wars anymore

An expert explains why the US struggles with modern wars.<p>A month into his presidency, Donald Trump lamented that the US no longer wins wars as it once did.<p>“When I was young, in high school and college, everybody used to say we never lost a war,” Trump told a group of US governors last February. …

India has a new caste for native English speakers only

Sometime around 2012 or 2013, my daughters stopped speaking in Konkani, our mother tongue. It isn’t entirely clear what provoked it, perhaps it was a teacher at their Mumbai school encouraging students to speak more English at home. Or perhaps it was something else. It doesn’t matter.<p>What did …

India

Five myths about bitcoin

This month, bitcoin, the digital currency launched by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2009, hit a record price of $17,428.42 per coin. It got its own futures market at a traditional brokerage firm, and it even earned a joke in a recent "Saturday Night Live" sketch. Perhaps because of its complicated technical …

Bitcoin

We should all be taking saunas right now

Things are hotting up in the world of sauna research. Previously, anecdotal claims of possible benefits were rarely backed up by medical evidence. But recent studies have shown that taking a regular sauna can be extremely good for your health—alleviating and preventing the risk of common acute and …

The Middle East Is Nearing an Explosion

Fear is the one thing preventing it—but could also precipitate it.<p>BEIRUT—Lebanon has long been a mirror for the broader Middle East. The region’s more powerful actors use it, variously, as a venue for their proxy wars, an arena in which to play out the Arab-Israeli conflict, and a testing ground …

South Asia

Files reveal details of US support for Indonesian massacre

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Declassified files have revealed new details of U.S. government knowledge and support of an Indonesian army extermination campaign that killed several hundred thousand civilians during anti-communist hysteria in the mid-1960s.<p>The thousands of files from the U.S. Embassy in …

Asia

Silicon Valley's LSD habit is exploding, and now a 27-year old is offering how-to tutorials over Skype

Paul Austin's favorite way to open a TED talk is by telling his audience that he took LSD that day.<p>Austin, 27, bills himself as a professional microdosing coach. After personally experimenting with the regimen — which involves taking tiny, "sub-perceptual" doses of LSD or another psychedelic for up …

Silicon Valley

Technology is destroying the most important asset in your life

<i>“Money isn’t the most important thing in the world. Your time is.”</i><p>Parents, teachers, and mentors all around the world have spoken these words to us, in one form of another, throughout our lives. It makes sense, too.<p>Most of us come to realize at some point that money is a means, not an end. It …

What the world's nations are best at, revealed in one map

The world can seem like a gloomy place at times, and it can be easy to criticise countries for those things they do not seem to be getting right.<p>But …

Papua New Guinea

Donald Trump Is the First Demagogue of the Anthropocene

He won’t be the last.<p>Lately I’ve been thinking back to something that John Kerry told <i>The Atlantic</i>’s editor in chief, Jeffrey Goldberg, earlier this year. Asked about the importance of the Middle East to the United States, Kerry answered entirely about the Islamic State.<p>“Imagine what would happen if …

Climate Change

Jordan is spectacular, safe and friendly – so where are the tourists?

“You are safe and sound here,” the gift shop owner said, as he handed over some change. At breakfast, the waiter had been similarly reassuring. “I always tell my guests they are in a very safe place. There might be issues around the corner,” he said, pouring out tea. “But here you are perfectly …

Travel

A Psychologist Has Honed a Subliminal Tactic to Get What You Want Before You’ve Asked For It

Be convincing before you even ask the question.

Psychology

Meet the Silicon Valley-ites taking tiny hits of LSD to boost performance

It's 7am on a sunny Friday in a shared house in the sleepy San Francisco neighbourhood of Richmond. Flatmates buzz in and out of the kitchen as Lily …

Consciousness

The Oil Industry Was Warned About Climate Change in 1968 | VICE News

<b>VICE News is closely tracking global environmental change. Check out the Tipping Point blog here.</b><p>A newly released trove of documents from the US oil industry is a walk through a forgotten past — a world before the science of climate change was controversial.<p>The records, amassed over four years of …

Climate Change

WATCH: This killer Youtube playlist takes you around the world in 80 music videos

DIANA BOCCARA AND LEONARDO LONGO are two Brazilian filmmakers on a round-the-world trip shooting music videos for indie bands. Just try to imagine …

Buenos Aires

5 Reasons Procrastinators Prosper when Traveling

We all know procrastinating can be disastrous, but traveling is one context where waiting until the last minute can pay off in these key ways:<p><b>1.You won't over plan.</b><p>Procrastinators rarely over-plan. Running around all day to hit every historical marker can be exhausting and impossible at best. Avoid …

Travel Guides

A message in a bottle … and a journey round the world

Clint Buffington has found more than 80 messages in bottles washed up on beaches and made it his mission to track down and meet some of the senders<p>I was 22 and on a family holiday in the Turks and Caicos Islands when it first happened. My dad and I had got a boat to an uninhabited island only for …

Chamber of Commerce

'I knew from the start that Putin ordered Litvinenko's murder'

In an extraordinary reminiscence, a former diplomat from the British embassy in Moscow describes the radioactive trail of evidence left by the defector's killers - even in his own meeting room<p>The acute political sensitivity of the subject matter and the need not to prejudice the criminal …

Russia

Sleep and dreaming: Slumber at the flick of a switch

Maybe it’s a brutal deadline that has kept you up. Or your newborn, who didn’t let you sleep all night. Or perhaps you’re just at a club and don’t …

Now the truth emerges: how the US fuelled the rise of Isis in Syria and Iraq

The sectarian terror group won’t be defeated by the western states that incubated it in the first place<p>The war on terror, that campaign without end launched 14 years ago by George Bush, is tying itself up in ever more grotesque contortions. On Monday the trial in London of a Swedish man, Bherlin …

Middle East

Islamic State: Gynaecologists help escaped Yazidi sex slaves restore physical virginity

A non-government organisation in northern Iraq's Kurdish region is teaming up with local gynaecologists to restore the physical 'virginity' of women …

Abdul Aziz