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The US has been downgraded to a 'flawed democracy'

Although the report's publication comes shortly after the election of President Donald Trump, the EIU analysts write that the US was not downgraded because of him. Rather, they argue, his surprise election was an <i>effect</i> of the underlying causes that led the EIU to downgrade the US.<p>According to the …

Economics

Welcome to dystopia – George Orwell experts on Donald Trump

Since Kellyanne Conway spoke of ‘alternative facts’, Nineteen Eighty-Four has hit the No 1 spot in Amazon’s book sales chart. So, is the age of Newspeak here?<p>Jean Seaton: The seeds were sown during the George W Bush era<p>Reading George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four again, now, hurts. And I’m not the …

Literature

Emma Stone's La La Land performance transcends the film's biggest flaw: a poorly written female lead

Emma Stone is so good that she hides how thin her character really is.<p>The actress looks at the audition judges, her eyes wide with nerves but softening nonetheless. This is Mia’s big shot, and she knows it, and she's about to lose herself in completely crushing it.<p>As performed by Emma Stone, the …

La La Land

A Modern-Day Cubist Examines Warped Beauty in His Murals

Muralist deconstructs the human visage with street-wise surrealism.<p>A graffiti artist decorates the surfaces of walls with surreal portraits of human faces, broken down and emphasized in abstract shapes. Each surreal piece blends sharp lines against lively, expressive eyes staring from creamy …

Art

Westworld season 1 finale: “The Bicameral Mind” is simply brilliant television

A sometimes frustrating debut season comes to a potent close with a super-sized, super-enthralling conclusion.<p>What makes you <i>you</i>?<p>Is it the things you like? The feelings you feel? The thoughts you have? Or is it something more ephemeral — something religion might dub the “soul,” the part of yourself …

TV Series

Why YouTubers are so mad at YouTube, again

LOS ANGELES — PewDiePie is so mad at YouTube that he says he's calling it quits once he hits 50 million subscribers.<p>Why? The YouTuber, whose real …

Fidel Castro: A Life in Pictures

Fidel Castro exhales cigar smoke during an interview at his presidential palace in Havana, March 1985.<br>Charles Tasnadi—AP<p>1 of 25<p>Fidel Castro, the …

Cuba

30 Most Colorful Cities Around the World

Many of the world's most iconic metropolises are filled with towering skyscrapers and shiny glass-and-steel facades, but not all cities are gray concrete jungles. From the candy-colored buildings of Havana, Cuba to the blue-painted houses of Jodhpur, India, many urban areas have embraced vivid hues …

How to schedule your day for maximum productivity after a bad night's sleep

And the unfortunate reality is that even though you feel like crap the next day, you still have to show up at the office, ready to give 110%.<p>But even though the thought of working an eight-hour day may seem impossible, it turns out that there are things you can do to get through it.<p>Here's how sleep …

Sleep

Beyond the politics: The beauty of Iran in photos

Iran has dominated headlines in recents weeks, following the temporary seizure of two U.S. Navy boats and their crews, the lifting of economic …

Apple and Samsung suppliers accused of using child labour

An investigation by Amnesty International has found that cobalt in smartphone batteries is being mined by children as young as 7<p>The world's biggest tech companies, including Apple, Samsung, Sony and Microsoft, have been accused of benefiting from child labour.<p>An investigation by human rights …

Manufacturing

Quentin Tarantino confirms the rumor that all his movies are connected

There was never any doubt that Quentin Tarantino’s films had loose ties to one another, but this week, he finally confirmed that each and every one …

Kill Bill

How that infamous bear-attack scene in 'The Revenant' was made, and other secrets of the movie revealed

That's where legendary production designer Jack Fisk comes in. He's best known for the beautifully designed period settings in movies like "The Thin Red Line," " The New World," and "There Will Be Blood" over his three-decade career.<p>Here, Fisk reveals some of the secrets behind the making of "The …

Native Americans

Sepp Blatter, Michel Platini banned from football for 8 years

FIFA has banned Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini from football for eight years each.<p>The long-serving FIFA president and the UEFA president were kicked …

Oil price rout sends inflation to lowest levels witnessed since Great Depression

Falling commodity prices will mean that global inflation is weaker than at any time since before World War Two<p>Inflation will fall back to levels not seen since before the Second World War across the advanced world this year.<p>The past 12 months are set to mark the first year since 1932 that inflation …

Economics