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French election: Young alt-right making waves

<b>France, despite its reputation as a beacon of progressive liberalism, has been at the forefront of a burgeoning pan-European far-right movement.</b><p>Marine Le Pen, an anti-immigration Eurosceptic who may well top the first round of France's presidential election on 23 April, is riding a populist …

Europe

Exploring Populism and Popularity

This newsletter is one small attempt to bring you, our audience, into the process of journalism as The New York Times expands in Australia — <b>but</b> <b>how else might we listen and learn</b> from readers and subscribers?<p>How about a tool that lets you submit links to improve a story you’re reading? Or a form in …

Australia

Guide to nationalist parties challenging Europe

<b>Many European countries are witnessing electoral gains for far-right and nationalist parties, though they span a wide political spectrum.</b><p>The migrant crisis has fuelled a backlash against the political establishment, but the wave of discontent also taps into long-standing fears about globalisation …

Europe

Will Trump-style revolt engulf Europe?

<b>First Brexit, then US President-elect Donald Trump. Now the political earthquake rattling the West threatens liberal democratic leaders in Europe, Laurence Peter writes.</b><p>A nationalist backlash against mass immigration has been gaining momentum. Since 2008 populist politicians have also harnessed …

Europe

Italy referendum: Renzi risks populist wave

<b>Sunday's referendum on constitutional changes in Italy is threatening to crush the prime minister who called it.</b><p>When Matteo Renzi first suggested the reforms in 2014, not many outside this country paid all that much attention.<p>Italy often tries to change the way its government works. Its prime …

Europe

Why Italy's vote matters

<b>In the year of political upheavals, there has been another popular uprising - this time in Italy.</b><p>Here is how the narrative goes: Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is the establishment figure. He has gambled on holding a referendum to win backing for his reforms. He loses, and resigns.<p>To some, …

Europe

What links Trump's victory and Brexit?

<b>"It'll be Brexit plus plus plus!" said Donald Trump. It was. If Brexit felt like a political earthquake, the election of this populist president was off the seismic scale, the continental plates shifting underneath the country which has defined our modern world.</b><p>Obama had that poster - "Hope" in …

Reality TV

Grandfather of populism Poujade who shook France and the world

<b>We will remember 2016 as a year of turbulence illuminated by flashes of populist anger - the year of the coming of Donald Trump and the UK's decision to leave the European Union.</b><p>It was felt in Italy too, where voters used a constitutional referendum to unseat a prime minister - and it may yet be …

France

Why Dutch populist Geert Wilders is scenting victory

<b>When Dutch populist Geert Wilders promises to stop Islam and make the Netherlands great again, his message finds a ready audience in the country's newest city of Almere.</b><p>"It's too easy for people to come here," says Joost, a 60-year-old market trader. "Too many guys from Turkey and Morocco, economic …

Europe

Dutch populist Geert Wilders talks of Moroccan 'scum'

<b>Dutch populist leader Geert Wilders has launched his election campaign by calling some Moroccans "scum".</b><p>Mr Wilders tops opinion polls ahead of the 15 March parliamentary vote, but has seen his lead reduced in recent weeks.<p>He has vowed to ban Muslim immigration and shut mosques if he wins.<p>His latest …

North Africa

Big Game: U.S. Soldiers’ Secret Hunt for Jihadists in a Kenyan Forest

The U.S. is waging secret warfare around the world—but the operations in and around Kenya’s Boni National Reserve are some of the most mysterious.<p><i>A</i> …

Understanding demonetisation: Why there’s a war on cash (and you are in the middle of it)

We can’t understand demonetisation and its aftermath if we don’t locate it within the global offensive against cash.<p><i>This is the first part of a</i> …

5 Big Ideas In Education That Don't Work

Small classes. High standards. More money. These popular remedies for school ills <i>aren't</i> as effective as they're sometimes thought to be. That's the somewhat controversial conclusion of education researcher John Hattie.<p>Over his career, Hattie has scrutinized more than 1,000 "meta-analyses," looking …

Education

Miniaturized Nuclear Power Plant? U.S. Reviewing Proposed Design

Nuclear power plants are typically hulking structures made using billions of dollars of concrete and steel. But one company thinks that by going smaller, they could actually make nuclear power more affordable.<p>NuScale Power based in Portland, Ore., has submitted a design for what it describes as a …

Energy

The Long and Brutal History of Fake News

Bogus news has been around a lot longer than real news. And it’s left a lot of destruction behind.<p>The fake news hit Trent, Italy, on Easter Sunday, 1475. A 2 ½-year-old child named Simonino had gone missing, and a Franciscan preacher, Bernardino da Feltre, gave a series of sermons claiming that the …

Journalism

Barnes & Noble stores host Magical Holiday Ball for Harry Potter fans

If your idea of a holiday celebration more closely resembles Hogwarts than ho-ho-ho, have we got a treat for you.Barnes & Noble stores will transform …

Books

Fake news detector plug-in developed

<b>As pressure mounts on firms such as Google, Facebook and Twitter to do more to tackle fake news, some are taking things into their own hands.</b><p>Technologist Daniel Sieradski has developed a plug-in - known as BS Detector - that flags up "questionable" websites on Facebook and Twitter.<p>The plug-in has …

Internet

The 13 most powerful members of 'Skull and Bones'

Since then, the group has come to signify all that both mesmerizes and repulses the public about the elite.<p>Each year, only 15 juniors are "tapped," or chosen, for lifetime membership in the club.<p>A windowless building on 64 High St., the "Tomb," serves as the club's headquarters. The roof is a …

Ronald Reagan

We Tracked Down A Fake-News Creator In The Suburbs. Here's What We Learned

A lot of fake and misleading news stories were shared across social media during the election. One that got a lot of traffic had this headline: "FBI Agent Suspected In Hillary Email Leaks Found Dead In Apparent Murder-Suicide." The story is completely false, but it was shared on Facebook over half …

Journalism

Facebook, Google Take Steps To Confront Fake News

Since Donald Trump's election victory, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has come out not once, but twice, to address the issue of fake news, inaccurate or simply false information that appears on the Web in the guise of journalism.<p>Zuckerberg made his remarks at the Techonomy 16 media conference and …

Fake News

Facebook fake news: Zuckerberg details plans to combat problem

<b>Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has outlined plans for how he hopes to combat fake news on the site.</b><p>Facebook became mired in controversy after some users complained fake news changed the outcome of the US election.<p>Mr Zuckerberg posted details of several projects to "take misinformation seriously", …

Internet

College Students Solved The ‘Facebook Fake News’ Problem In Two Days

We’ve talked about fake news quite a bit over the past few days, and shared a few strategies for avoiding it. It turns out that a few college students beat us, and Zuckerberg, to the punch with a new Chrome extension called FiB.<p>FiB is a third-party link verifier. Once you install the Chrome …

From Hate Speech To Fake News: The Content Crisis Facing Mark Zuckerberg

<i>Editor's Note: This story contains images and language that some readers may find disturbing.</i><p>Mark Zuckerberg — one of the most insightful, adept leaders in the business world — has a problem. It's a problem he has been slow to acknowledge, even though it's become more apparent by the day.<p>Several …

Internet

A report that fake news 'outperformed' real news on Facebook suggests the problem is wildly out of control

BuzzFeed is reporting that at the end of the US presidential election, the top malicious fake news stories actually outperformed legitimate news stories shared by some of the most popular media companies.<p>According to data from a Facebook-monitoring tool cited by BuzzFeed, the top 20 fake news …

Internet

Mark Zuckerberg: We will rid site of fake news, but 'identifying the truth is complicated'

The Facebook CEO wrote a post on his page Saturday regarding the site's role in this year's election after people began blaming Facebook for allowing fake news to be distributed on the site, perhaps contributing to Donald Trump's surprising victory.<p>Speaking at the Techonomy conference on Thursday, …

Internet

5 stunning fake news stories that reached millions

The internet and social media are great resources for finding information, but they're also the perfect vehicles for spreading misinformation.<p>Fake news stories have been particularly prevalent during this election cycle.<p>On Tuesday, Fox News host Sean Hannity shared a story about President Obama and …

Fake News

This is a real news story about fake news stories

Fake news reports have been a problem throughout the presidential campaign. We’re not talking about reports that are merely flawed or thinly sourced; we’re talking about stuff that is completely made up. The Fix’s Philip Bump wrote in April about a fake news site called Prntly that has routinely …

Donald Trump

Study Reveals Social Media’s Impact on Newsroom Editorial Decisions

Popular, or trending, topics and content on social media play a significant role in local television newsrooms decisions about which stories to cover.<p>…

How Teens In The Balkans Are Duping Trump Supporters With Fake News

BuzzFeed News identified more than 100 pro-Trump websites being run from a single town in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.<p>"This is the news of the millennium!" said the story on WorldPoliticus.com. Citing unnamed FBI sources, it claimed Hillary Clinton will be indicted in 2017 for crimes …