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Yanis Varoufakis: Marx predicted our present crisis – and points the way out

The Communist Manifesto foresaw the predatory and polarised global capitalism of the 21st century. But Marx and Engels also showed us that we have the power to create a better world. By Yanis Varoufakis<p>For a manifesto to succeed, it must speak to our hearts like a poem while infecting the mind with …

Downton Abbey

Radio Atlantic: The Syria Disaster, Seven Years In

Atlantic editors Matt Thompson and Kathy Gilsinan ask Syria expert Andrew Tabler to explain how the conflict has worn on for years and what the path forward might be.<p>Long the crossroads of civilizations, Syria has now spent seven years as the proxy warzone of great powers. With over half a million …

War

Using Natural Language Processing to Combat Filter Bubbles and Fake News - 360° Stance Detection

Using Natural Language Processing to Combat Filter Bubbles and Fake News – 360° Stance Detection<p>The phenomenon of filter bubbles is one of the most …

Natural Language Processing

Russia Works To Rescue The Lost Children Of ISIS Fighters

Thousands of Russian Muslim men joined the Islamic State and brought their families with them to Iraq and Syria. But now that ISIS has lost most of its territory – and with many of those Russian fighters now dead – the Russian government is desperately searching for their lost wives and …

Russia

Video of Iran 'morality police' wrestling with woman sparks outrage

Female officer shown slapping woman and wrestling her to floor because her hijab was loose<p>Shocking video footage of a young woman being wrestled to the floor by Iranian “morality police” because her hijab was loose has sparked outrage after it was posted online.<p>The footage shows members of the …

Hassan Rouhani

Austrian doctor Asperger 'actively cooperated' with Nazis, study says

VIENNA (Reuters) - Hans Asperger, the Austrian paediatrician who pioneered research into autism and after whom Asperger syndrome is named, "actively cooperated" with a Nazi program under which disabled children were killed, an academic paper published on Thursday says.<p>The article by medical …

Autism

If you want to know how we ended up in a cyber dystopia, read Ready Player One

The 2011 book wants to have it both ways — just like Mark Zuckerberg<p>When Ernest Cline’s <i>Ready Player One</i> was published in 2011, the reviews were ecstatic, beatific. It was an “enchanting,” “accessible” “nerdgasm” full of “fascinating social commentary” that one critic claimed was “the best science …

Anachronistic

How is America preparing for the future of work? - MIT Technology Review

No one can see the future, but we can still make sure we aren’t blindsided when it arrives. That’s especially true when it comes to how technology is …

Council of Economic Advisers

Unless the West respects international law, it has no hope of preventing a new era of militarism

All strategies to cope with global chaos have to be based around repairing the UN, not abandoning it.<p>They probably laughed at Leonard Woolf as he …

Geopolitics

What Elon Musk tells us about the president who will follow Trump

On the 28th day of June 1971, a baby was born in Pretoria, South Africa. If the last words of that sentence had been “Anytown, USA,” that baby might be on his way to the presidency.<p>Elon Musk, a naturalized U.S. citizen since 2002, is constitutionally barred from occupying the White House because he …

Elon Musk

Should U.S. Strikes On Syria Be Referred To As 'Acts Of War?'

The U.S. has launched two rounds of strikes against the Syrian government in a year. But does that mean the countries are at war? NPR's Ari Shapiro asks retired Army officer John Nagl for his take.<p>Transcript<p>ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:<p>The Trump administration has now launched two rounds of strikes on the …

Middle East

What Adult Learners Really Need (Hint: It's Not Just Job Skills)

More than 2 out of 3 college students today are not coming straight out of high school. Half are financially independent from their parents, and 1 in 4 are parents themselves.<p>David Scobey says that, as an American studies and history professor at the University of Michigan for decades, he was …

Education

What Barbara Bush Knew About Politics—and Life

In the summer of 1953, Barbara Bush, who died on Tuesday at the age of ninety-two, spent her days in New York’s Sloan Kettering Institute, at the bedside of her daughter, Robin, who was three years old and had leukemia, for which there was then no effective treatment. Barbara’s husband, George H. …

Barbara Bush

There are two Americas. In one, you can get arrested for sitting in a Starbucks.

For some Americans, there’s something terribly mundane about the news of two black men being arrested in a Starbucks for — basically — not buying anything. No one was physically injured, bystanders called out the ridiculousness of the situation, and police eventually released the men. It is a …

Justice

An Apology for the Internet — From the Architects Who Built It

<b>Something has gone wrong</b> with the internet. Even Mark Zuckerberg knows it. Testifying before Congress, the Facebook CEO ticked off a list of …

Internet

GOP maneuver could roll back decades of regulation

Republicans are preparing to open a new front in their push to roll back regulations across the government, using a maneuver that could enable them to strike down decisions by federal agencies that reach back decades.<p>As soon as Tuesday, GOP senators, backed by President Donald Trump, will use the …

Regulation

Why the Syrian Civil War Is Becoming Even More Complex

The situation in Syria only grows more complicated.<p>Donald Trump says he wants a U.S. troop drawdown; his advisors and Saudi Arabia’s crown prince (a …

Middle East

Dying Gulf Stream may trigger a global nightmare

Scientists are raising alarm bells after two studies found that the Gulf Stream—an ocean current key to regulating Earth's climate—is the weakest it's been in 1,600 years, the <i>Guardian</i> reports.<p>The culprit is apparently melting sea ice and glaciers, which inject fresh water into the North Atlantic …

Global Warming

France's Macron: EU must reform to fight rising nationalism

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron compared political divisions in Europe to a new type of civil war as he warned Tuesday of the need to counter growing nationalism.<p>In a speech to European Union lawmakers, Macron urged the EU to better protect its citizens from the wars and …

Europe

Transcript: James Comey's Full Interview With Steve Inskeep And Carrie Johnson

<i>Nearly a year after President Trump fired James Comey, the former FBI director is out with a new memoir,</i> A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, And Leadership<i>.</i> Morning Edition <i>host Steve Inskeep and NPR Justice Correspondent Carrie Johnson talked to Comey about his book, his role in shaping the outcome of</i> …

Donald Trump

16 million tonnes of a Japanese island could alter global economy: Study

An estimated 16 million tonnes of mud containing massive, “semi-infinite” stores of valuable rare earth minerals, found in a small Japanese island in …

Rare Earth

America's dangerous submarine shortage

While China and Russia modernize their submarine fleet, ours is degrading. Here's how to fix it.<p>Over the past few years, China has quietly improved the lethality and survivability of its attack submarines, building nine new nuclear attack submarines with quieter engines that will make Chinese …

Military

New mobile apps are shaping Iran's civil society

Iranian rights activists are creating hi-tech solutions to promote civil liberties, despite frequent internet shutdowns.<p>A popular uprising took hold of Iran in the final week of 2017, with thousands taking to the streets to protest against the dire economic situation in the country.<p>Using smartphone …

Rights & Freedoms

How NAFTA restricts Canada’s ability to lower carbon emissions | The Star

Justin Trudeau recognized then quickly retracted the obvious when he said we need to phase out the oilsands to manage the transition off fossil fuels.<p>…

Fossil Fuels

'I’m going to destroy you': Employees who worked at YouTube say violent threats from volatile ‘creators’ have been going on for years

• <b>The attack on YouTube by Nasim Aghdam may be isolated act by a disturbed person but former employees say workers receive threats anytime major changes are made to the site.</b>• <b><br>YouTube's management stationed an armed guard outside one employee's house a decade ago after a user threatened her and her</b> …

Internet

White Supremacy Is the Achilles Heel of American Democracy

Even in a high-tech era, fears about minority political agency are the most reliable way to destabilize the U.S. political system.<p>There are a million and one threads to the chaos currently unspooling about the Trump administration and the 2016 election. One might be forgiven for giving up on trying …

Political Science

By fighting wars with private armed forces, Russia risks conflict between major powers

Russian and Syrian troops carried out a ground assault on a military base in Deir ez-Zor, Syria on February 7. However the base was occupied by US …

War

The GOP ‘Has Become the Caricature the Left Always Said It Was’

Jennifer Rubin has become a leading voice for a group of conservative intellectuals who don’t fit comfortably in either political party—and sees the party she left behind as ‘immoral’ and ‘anti-American.’<p><i>Subscribe to Off Message on Apple Podcasts here.</i> | <i>Subscribe via Stitcher here.</i><p>Hours after Paul …

Political Science

Facebook’s Zuckerberg sues to force land sales

ADVERTISING<p>When Facebook’s co-founder Mark Zuckerberg paid around $100 million for 700 acres of rural beachfront land on Kauai two years ago to …

Real Estate

"Embarrassing And Damaging" Zuckerberg IMs Confirmed By Zuckerberg, The New Yorker

Today, the New Yorker quoted two of them in a profile of Zuckerberg. Jose Antonio Vargas, who wrote the profile, says he's also "obtained and confirmed" the IMs.<p>In Vargas's story, Zuckerberg admits he wrote the IMs and says he "absolutely" regrets them.<p>We give Mark tons of credit for going on the …

Silicon Valley