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The NRA Strikes Back in Virginia

Governor Terry McAuliffe announces a bipartisan compromise with state legislators that gun-control advocates abhor.<p>One month ago, Virginia became a sudden and shining example of progress for the gun-control movement. The state’s Democratic attorney general, Mark Herring, announced that Virginia …

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The fight for Kurdistan - the Guardian briefing

What is the story?<p>The Kurds are <b>the world’s largest stateless ethnic group</b>. They find themselves at the centre of a major international and regional crisis. Fighters from Islamic State (Isis) have laid siege to the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani. Some 180,000 Kurds have fled across the Turkish border …

Getty Images<p>Oil is deposited along dead marsh land near Bay Jimmy in Port Sulphur, Louisiana, in January 2011, 10 months after the spill. The clean-up is ongoing. Photograph: Getty …

Damnation, American style: How American preachers reinvented hell

Fire and brimstone survived the Enlightenment and prospered at the dawn of the American republic — but why?<p>Among the many congratulatory letters George Washington received after assuming the presidency was one from “the Convention of the Universal Church, assembled in Philadelphia.” “SIR,” it …

What atheists like Bill Maher have in common with medieval Christian crusaders

The “Real Time” host and his fellow new atheists are using ISIS as yet another opportunity to beat up on Muslims<p>If you want to understand the roots of ISIS, Middle Eastern conflict and Islamic terrorism, stay away from anything that atheist bigshots Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins and Bill Maher write …

Self-Segregation: Why It's So Hard for Whites to Understand Ferguson

One reason for the racial divide over Michael Brown's death is that white Americans tend to talk mostly to other white people.<p>The shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, and the anger poured out in response by Ferguson’s mostly black …

An Open Letter to Pro-Palestinian Protestors

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Baird's Tweets On Israel And Gaza Leave Out Something Sort Of Important

There's no doubt that Twitter has become a soapbox for politicians. It's given them a platform to do everything from condemning terrorist activity to …

Slipping the Terror Trap

On Thursday, Israeli secret-service officials finally released the names of the Hamas militants from Hebron, Marwan Qawasmeh and Amar Abu Aisha, whom they’ve alleged are responsible for kidnapping three hitchhiking yeshiva students—Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaar, and Eyal Yifrah—on the night of June …

Read and vote: Does Harper have a sensible foreign policy?

John Ibbitson : Canada has a new politics, the politics of polarization. This is why Canadian foreign policy has become polarized as well. Many people have difficulty accepting this.<p>Following on the publication of his new book, How We Lead, former Prime Minister Joe Clark is once again criticizing …

Alberta nixes public-private partnerships on schools

The Alberta government is abandoning plans to build 19 schools across the province using a public-private partnership.<p>Infrastructure Minister Wayne Drysdale says the province can build the schools for at least $14-million cheaper than with a P3 partnership. The cost using traditional financing is …

Don’t Be Sucked Into War With Iraq, Again

We should not be bullied back to Baghdad by politics, ideology or short-term thinking that this wrong war never should have ended. By Joe</b> …

The Problem With Piketty’s Inequality Formula

In focusing on capital earnings, the economist overlooked a critical factor: corruption.<p>Who is to blame for the dramatic rise in inequality in recent years? The bankers, many people say. According to this view, the financial sector is guilty of triggering the global economic crisis that began in …

Is the World Really Losing Faith in Obama?

The president's critics fret about America's image abroad, but the numbers tell a different story.<p>Dick Cheney is worried about America’s image in the world. “I think the perception around the world is increasingly negative,” the former vice president declared on Wednesday to Sean Hannity, one of …

Bowe Bergdahl and the Guantánamo Paradox

Is it better, at Guantánamo, to be bad—even to be, as Senator John McCain said, of the five prisoners traded for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl this weekend, “the hardest of the hardcore”? Being, say, a Taliban leader means that you are important to someone who might have a way to bargain you out of there. …

The Clean Unclean Facts About Coal

In the fall of 1990, at a meeting of the American Chemical Society, C. Lowell Miller, then the associate deputy assistant secretary for clean coal at the Department of Energy, took issue with his job title. “There is no point in pretending that coal is what it is not, nor that it is not what it …

Canada ‘more frank’ about climate change, Harper says

Stephen Harper insists he won't be pressured to alter his business-friendly climate-change policies, saying the Conservative government is simply more upfront than leadership in some other countries about its intention to avoid abatement measures that hurt jobs and economic growth.<p>"No matter what …

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Why Stephen Harper is picking fights

Sure, our PM is growing suspicious, isolated and rage-prone. Otherwise, great guy.<p>What’s the deal with our PM? Lately, Stephen Harper has been …

David Graeber: “Spotlight on the financial sector did make apparent just how bizarrely skewed our economy is in terms of who gets rewarded”

<b>David Graeber (AP/Michelle Mcloughlin)</b><p>David Graeber explains why the more your job helps others, the less you get paid<p>Thomas Frank<p>June 1, 2014 11:00am (UTC)<p>David Graeber is an American anthropologist who teaches at the London School of Economics. He is the author of the classic "Debt: The First …

World War One: The man who coined "shell shock"

Cambridge psychologist and Army medical officer, Charles Myers, was the first person to use the phrase "shell shock" almost 100 years ago.<p>He published his findings in The Lancet in 1915 and his work led to a change in the way such patients were treated.<p>The BBC's Chris Bond takes a look back at his …

Creativity, Dirty Eggs And Vocal Fry: The Week In Science

Science is always churning out weird, funny and fascinating findings. What did we miss this week? NPR's Rachel Martin checks in with science writer Rose Eveleth.<p>Transcript<p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:<p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. On this show, we sometimes do a wrap-up of the …