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Swedish peace group trolls Russian submarines with gay defence system

Forget Britain’s Trident, or Israel’s Iron Dome – peace-loving Sweden has come up with a much more innovative, and inclusive, system of defence.<p>The Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society (SPAS) is to deal with encroaching Russian submarines in Swedish waters with a device emitting anti-homophobia …

Homophobia

Taking on Islamic State, with or without Congress

When he greeted Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi at the White House last week, President Obama said that the Iraqis and their allies, including the United States, had made "serious progress" in pushing Islamic State out of Iraqi territory. That's true, but the enemy is far from vanquished either …

What the Left Wants From Hillary

If Clinton hopes to excite liberals, she'll have to embrace their priorities.<p>Liberal activists who tried and failed to draft Elizabeth Warren into the presidential race have moved into the acceptance phase in their grief over her refusal to run. And with that new attitude comes a new goal: …

Middle-class

Intense fighting in eastern Ukraine reported overnight despite talks

Fighting raged overnight and in the early hours on Tuesday on the outskirts of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine despite an agreement reached by the Ukrainian and Russian foreign ministers a day earlier.<p>The yearlong military conflict between Russian-backed rebels and government …

Conclude the Nuclear Deal With Iran: Failure Is Not an Option

Iran has been one of Washington's chief antagonists for nearly four decades. But a broad deal to keep Tehran from building nuclear weapons has been reached. Alas, any accord will face significant opposition. Some Americans -- including many Republican members of Congress--fear peace more than …

Clinton kicks off 2016 campaign online, heads next to Iowa

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton jumped back into presidential politics on Sunday, making a much-awaited announcement she will again seek the …

Government

Hillary Clinton's opponents piled on with attacks after her announcement

Several of Clinton's top rivals quickly fired off statements responding to her official entry into the race.<p>Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), who launched his White House bid last week, unveiled an ad Sunday morning that focused on Clinton. The commercial begins with footage showing headlines about the …

Wait and See: NYC Mayor De Blasio Will Not Endorse Hillary Clinton Yet

Even though he helped her become a senator, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said on NBC’s "Meet the Press" that he is not endorsing Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign yet.<p>"Not until I see — and again, I would say this about any candidate — until I see an actual vision of where they want to go,” …

Why We Need the Veto

How else will we know what our politicians really think?<p>Nothing happened yesterday, and it made headlines.<p>President Barack Obama vetoed a Republican resolution that would have overturned a new National Labor Relations Board rule making union elections faster. As just the fourth veto of his …

Russia to supply gas to Ukraine despite outstanding $5bn debt

“<i>Regarding debt payments – we are in court with them [Kiev]. We currently have a prepayment system. As far as I am aware, they have paid $30 million,</i> …

Fear in Chelsea on the campaign trail: third Clinton is Hillary's secret weapon

They called it “the Chelsea effect”. Senior advisers to Barack Obama coined the phrase during his 2008 campaign for president, after they noticed a surprising trend in the long and bitter battle for the nomination between the then-senator from Illinois and Hillary Clinton.<p>Wherever Clinton’s …

Democracy v Psychology: why people keep electing idiots | Dean Burnett

Photograph: Philip Toscano/PA<p>Politicians always try to appear confident, like Prime Minister David Cameron, pictured here confidently exaggerating the size of his... stimulus …

George W. Bush

The Conundrum of Corporation and Nation

The U.S. economy is picking up steam but most Americans aren't feeling it. By contrast, most European economies are still in bad shape, but most Europeans are doing relatively well.<p>What's behind this? Two big facts.<p>First, American corporations exert far more political influence in the United States …

This Is Why Americans Hate Washington

Washington, D.C. is an absolutely beautiful city. In fact, as someone who used to live "inside the Beltway" when I was one of tens of thousands of interns in the Washington area, I came to appreciate everything that America's capital city had to offer. The food is outstanding; the diversity of the …

Chuck Todd

Trail of Tools Reveals Modern Humans' Path Out of Africa

Early Homo sapiens lingered in a lush Arabia before encountering Neanderthals in the Levant.<p>Where did our species come from, and how did we get from there to everywhere?<p>Genetic studies have supplied a convincing answer to the first question: Our modern human ancestors evolved in Africa, then swept …

Open Letter to Giuliani on Characterizations of Obama

Dear Rudy,<p>I realize that you don't know me, but I hope you won't mind if I refer to you as "Rudy." Anyway, I am writing to you because, frankly, you said some things about President Obama that confused me. I hope you can clarify some things.<p>During a private dinner held in New York City for possible …

Political Science

Mars One mission: a one-way trip to the red planet in 2024

The launch date is still a decade away but preparations are underway for the first human expedition to Mars. Here we explain about the mission, Mars spacecrafts and selecting volunteers to establish a colony on the planet<p>From more than 200,000 people who hoped to leave Earth and die on Mars, only …

Mars

Conservatives want to rewrite the history of the Crusades for modern political ends | David M Perry

One of history’s lessons is that any ideology, sacred or secular, that divides the world into ‘us versus them’ can and will be used to justify violence<p>At the National Prayer Breakfast, President Obama made a statement that you wouldn’t expect to be controversial: violence in the name of religion is …

Religion

Russia is using Ukraine to upgrade and test its weapon systems

There's debate over whether Russia has troops in Ukraine. But there's no debate over whether Russia has military equipment there. In fact, some of Russia's newest warfare systems are there.<p>“All of the equipment we are seeing coming out of the pictures from eastern Ukraine is not necessarily …

Ukraine calls for further military and financial support

Ukraine is asking the international community to provide more military and financial support as the US secretary of state, John Kerry, flies into Kiev on Thursday. A team from the International Monetary Fund is also in the capital as Ukraine attempts to negotiate a bailout to avert economic …

How Languages and Genes Evolve Together

Researchers have found that geography makes us who we are—genetically and linguistically.<p>As human populations disperse, the separation leads to changes both in genes and in language. So if we look at human DNA and languages over time, we should find that they differ along similar geographic …

National Academy of Sciences

'I'll Be Sober in the Morning': Remembering Winston Churchill's Wit on the 50th Anniversary of his Death

January 24th is the 50th anniversary of the death of British prime minister and statesman Winston Churchill, who had the most ferocious wit of any politician in history.<p>To wit: Churchill had been drinking heavily at a party when he bumped into a political rival, Bessie Braddock. "Mr. Churchill, you …

Winston Churchill

Five of the most influential moments in State of the Union history

As President Barack Obama prepares to deliver his sixth State of the Union address on Tuesday, here’s a look back at five of the most influential moments in the history of the speech (or message; from 1801-1913 it was not a spoken address).<p>James Monroe, 2 December 1823: no to ‘future …

Pearl Harbor

Obama to propose $325bn plan to provide tax cuts for the middle class

President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address will propose closing multibillion-dollar tax loopholes used by the wealthiest Americans, imposing a fee on big financial firms and then using the revenue to benefit the middle class, senior administration officials said on Saturday.<p>Obama’s annual …

U.S. Politics

Why Don't Jewish Lives Matter More?

The Charlie Hebdo massacres highlighted two different cultures to Americans. The first was already way too familiar: Islamic fundamentalism that drives disaffected young men and women to insane violence -- in this case, the massacre of cartoonists who they felt mocked their religion.<p>The second was …

David Cameron disagrees with Pope Francis on responding with violence

David Cameron has contradicted the pope over whether it is right to react with violence against insults to religious beliefs.<p>The prime minister told a US news programme that it was wrong to “wreak vengeance” if someone insulted your faith.<p>Speaking to journalists on a plane last week, Pope Francis …

Will autocorrect make you too predictable?

Computers can now identify what you will say before you know yourself, and as philosopher Evan Selinger argues, this could subtly shape your conversations without you realising.<p>Do you know what you really want? Right now, there are computers all over the world busily trying to tell you the answer – …

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

Photograph: Alamy<p>‘Because it is limited in characters, texting discourages thoughtful discussion or any level of detail, and its addictive problems are compounded by its …

IQ

Does climate change exist? The Senate is about to let us know

Climate change scepticism,US Senate,Climate change,Climate change,Science,Republicans,Democrats,US politics,Greenhouse gas emissions,Fossil fuels<p>An amendent to the Keystone XL pipeline bill hopes to force Republican climate change deniers to state whether they agree with the science or not<p>Congress …

Russian Economy Minister Cites Lenin Saying 'The Era Of Peace Is Over'

Ulyukayev cited the founder of the Soviet Union as he told guests at the economic summit that the era of peace is over to be "replaced by an era of relatively much more impulsive, spasmodic, disastrous, conflict", according to Russian business daily Vedomosti. However, he assured his audience that …

Russia