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We have Lincoln wrong: Our greatest Lincoln historian explains his real Civil War motivations

Too often, we settle for the idea that Lincoln fought to save a mythical union. He really fought for opportunity<p>The United States has just concluded a five-year observance of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. As in the past, most new books about the period have focused principally on matters …

How “Homeland” Helps Justify the War on Terror

In October, a few days after U.S. air strikes on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, General John Campbell testified in a Senate hearing about the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan. Activists called the strike a war crime, but the air of controversy didn’t seem to influence the …

International films reinforce gender stereotypes, study finds

The first-ever global study concludes that the lack of female representation in film is a worldwide issue<p>Just two days after actress Emma Watson delivered an international call-to-action for men and women to embrace feminism and works towards gender equality, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in …

Watch Jimmy Kimmel’s bizarre, hilarious star-studded YouTube video parodies

The comedian released four fake movie trailers, starring Meryl Streep, Kevin Spacey, Samuel L. Jackson and others<p>As has become tradition for him, comedian Jimmy Kimmel debuted his movie trailer parody following the Oscars on Sunday night. This year, however, Kimmel upped his game and produced not …

The “Dead Poets Society” takeover of America: How memes ate our politics

The movie doesn’t just undervalue English study — it shows how aesthetics have taken over our politics<p>If there's one memorable scene in "Dead Poets Society," it's the last one. Robin Williams as the disgraced English professor/guru Mr. Keating stands with mournful pride in the door of his classroom …

Where Have All the Workers Gone?

A hundred years ago, the popular image of the worker was a sweaty toiler, his face smudged with coal dust or scorched by the blast furnace, oppressed by the industrial machine but not its total victim. He was coiled with potential energy that was frightening to some and inspiring to others—he had …

Prehistoric forest uncovered by storms in Cardigan Bay - in pictures

The skeletal trees of Borth forest – last alive 4,500 years ago and linked to lost kingdom of Cantre’r Gwaelod – appear at shoreline