Jessica M. Culbertson

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In search of Russia's lost gold

One hundred years ago, the Bolsheviks captured the entirety of Tsar Nicholas II’s family gold reserve – or so they thought.<p>It was our third night on the Trans-Siberian Express in mid-July, and we had grown accustomed to the heat. The prehistoric cars contained neither air conditioning nor showers. …

As #MeToo takes off, don’t let the right define misogyny

The unmasking of Harvey Weinstein was like the breaching of a dam, against which decades of abuse, outrage, injustice, rumour, shameful complicity of employees, and unwarranted shame from victims had built. The awesome power of its bursting has already completely changed the territory, obliterating …

Feminism

What If Women Had The Power?

A stunning new speculative-fiction book by Naomi Alderman couldn’t be more timely.<p>One of the most succinct definitions of sexual harassment I’ve read over the past few weeks goes like this: For men, it’s anything they might say to a woman that would make them uncomfortable if it were said to them, …

Feminism

Bernie Sanders Skips the Women's Convention Amid Outrage and Heads to Puerto Rico Instead

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is skipping the Women’s Convention and heading to hurricane-hit Puerto Rico instead, he announced on Thursday.<p>The …

One month later, most of Puerto Rico is still utterly destroyed.

Since Hurricane Maria made landfall, the humanitarian crisis has devolved into one of the worst in modern American history. While President Donald …

Puerto Rico

Opinion: Why you shouldn’t trust the recent gains in oil prices

Given the historic summit between Saudi Arabia and Russia in early October — the first time a sitting Saudi king has visited the Kremlin — one cannot …

Pollution is deadlier than wars, disasters, hunger: study

NEW DELHI — Environmental pollution — from filthy air to contaminated water — is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the …

Pollution

Indonesia's Drug Czar is Threatening a Duterte-Style War on Drug Dealers

The head of Indonesia’s National Narcotics Agency (BNN) said Thursday that police should be prepared to shoot suspected drug dealers on the spot. His …

The New Golden Age of Studio Science-Fiction is Upon Us

From heavyweights like James Cameron to indie darlings like James Gray, studios are risking it all to make science-fiction great again.<p>“Blade Runner …

Science Fiction

China Is Quietly Reshaping the World

The staggering scope of the country’s infrastructure initiative—and what it means for the international order<p>The Pakistani town of Gwadar was until recently filled with the dust-colored cinderblock houses of about 50,000 fishermen. Ringed by cliffs, desert, and the Arabian Sea, it was at the …

China

More than 300,000 Rohingya refugee children 'outcast and desperate', Unicef says

Nearly 340,000 Rohingya children are living in squalid conditions in Bangladesh camps where they lack enough food, clean water and health care, the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) said on Friday.<p>Up to 12,000 more children join them every week, fleeing violence or hunger in Myanmar, often …

Aung San Suu Kyi

The History of the First Amendment

James Madison and the Bill of Rights<p>The first, and most well-known amendment of the constitution reads:<p>"Congress shall make no law respecting an …

Rights & Freedoms

China Has Contracted Humanity's Biggest 'Stomach Ulcer'

On the surface, it almost seemed as if Xi Jinping was channeling Donald Trump. Opening China’s 19th Party Congress this week, the Communist General …

Economics

Imagining the Future Is Just Another Form of Memory

Humans’ ability to predict the future is all thanks to our ability to remember the past.<p>“Imagining the future is a kind of nostalgia.” This is a line from John Green’s young-adult book <i>Looking for Alaska</i>. It’s pretty, and melancholy, and very popular on Tumblr. It’s also scientifically …

Why Trump Can't Handle the Cost of War

The president relishes bellicose language and performative violence, but seldom acknowledges its human toll.<p>When White House Chief of Staff—and Gold Star parent—John Kelly, on Thursday defended Donald Trump’s call to the newly widowed Myeshia Johnson, he was somber and sincere, which is refreshing. …

Donald Trump

A picturesque medieval town in Puglia, Italy is paying people to move there

The mayor of Candela wants the medieval village to return to its prime<p>If you've always dreamed of enjoying la dolce vita, this could be the place for …

Top 5 Things to Know in the Market on Friday

© Reuters. 5 key factors for the markets on Friday<p>Investing.com - Here are the top five things you need to know in financial markets on Friday, …

Army Reserve green card ban “sends chilling message” to immigrants, veterans group says

The head of a group supporting immigrant veterans is condemning the Army Reserve’s temporary ban on green card holders as a “chilling” signal to …

Short on staff: Nursing crisis strains U.S. hospitals

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia (Reuters) - A shortage of nurses at U.S. hospitals hit West Virginia's Charleston Area Medical Center at the worst possible time.<p>The non-profit healthcare system is one of the state's largest employers and sits in the heart of economically depressed coal country. It faces …

Health Care

In stunning attack, George W. Bush rebukes Trump, suggesting he promotes falsehoods and prejudice

In an extraordinary — albeit veiled — attack, former President George W. Bush delivered a scathing assessment Thursday of President Trump and his policies, suggesting he has promoted bigotry and falsehoods to the detriment of the country and its values.<p>Speaking at a policy seminar in New York, the …

North Korea warns US of ‘unimaginable’ nuclear strike

North Korea is warning that the United States will face an "unimaginable" nuclear strike for conducting ongoing joint naval drills with the South …

Liberal men think they know feminism. They really don't

Now that our culture has finally decided to take violence against (some) women (somewhat) seriously, conversations that have long happened in hushed tones are taking place in the open. In recent weeks, men throughout so-called enlightened, liberal industries have been brought down by allegations of …

Feminism

U.S. carrier patrols off Korean peninsula in warning to Pyongyang | Reuters

ABOARD USS RONALD REAGAN, Sea of Japan (Reuters) - The USS Ronald Reagan, a 100,000-ton nuclear powered aircraft carrier, patrolled in waters east of the Korean peninsula on Thursday, in a show of sea and air power designed to warn off North Korea from any military action.<p>U.S. Navy aircraft carrier …