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1967 war: Six days that changed the Middle East

<b>Fifty years ago, war broke out between Israel and its neighbours. The conflict lasted just six days but its effect would last to the present day.</b><p>At the end of 1948, Israel's Arab neighbours had invaded to try to destroy the new state, and failed. The Egyptian army had been beaten, but a force …

A message for Louise Linton and anyone considering voluntourism: nobody needs your neo-colonialist 'aid'

Ah, Louise Linton, and all potential future "voluntourists". I know you mean well (sort of). But as an ethnic minority whose father comes from …

What Difference Does Voluntourism Make? It Inspired This Volunteer to Start his own Nonprofit

Voluntourism's seedy, shallow side has hit the spotlight recently, thanks to publications like Barbie Savior and Humanitarians of Tinder. It's now common knowledge that volunteering, for some, is more about boosting their own street cred and work experience than helping anyone else. So, does …

The Voluntourist’s Dilemma

Several years ago, when I was working as a reporter based in Haiti, I came upon a group of older Christian missionaries in the mountains above Port-au-Prince, struggling with heavy shovels to stir a pile of cement and sand. They were there to build a school alongside a Methodist church. Muscular …

The Dark Side of Orphanage 'Voluntourism' in Nepal That's Putting Children at Risk

Kathmandu, Nepal, a city nestled in the shadow of the Himalayas, is a mecca for mountain climbers and spiritual seekers alike.<p>It’s also a major hub …

Panama Papers - All articles by Süddeutsche Zeitung

From the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)<p>The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) is a global …

The Power Players

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Panama Papers: How assets are hidden and taxes dodged

<b>The revelations in the millions of papers leaked from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca uncovering a suspected money laundering ring run by close associates of Vladimir Putin may leave readers drowning in a sea of confusing terms and phrases.</b><p>Although there are legitimate ways of using tax …

Watch how easy it is to start an anonymous shell company for your cat

How simple is it to start an anonymous shell corporation? Fusion investigative correspondent Natasha del Toro went to Delaware — famous for its …

Corruption

Panama Papers: Mossack Fonseca leak reveals elite's tax havens

<b>A huge leak of confidential documents has revealed how the rich and powerful use tax havens to hide their wealth.</b><p>Eleven million documents were leaked from one of the world's most secretive companies, Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.<p>They show how Mossack Fonseca has helped clients launder money, …

What Are the Panama Papers?

A year-long investigation has revealed millions of classified documents that point to corruption among world leaders, politicians, and others.<p><i>Updated on April 3 at 9:58 p.m. EST</i><p>News organizations from around the world have published investigations based on a massive trove of leaked documents they …

Corruption

'Yes, I Lied': Vindicating Villagers, Star Chevron Witness Busted for Perjury

In what is being called "a dramatic turn" in a protracted legal battle, documents publicized Monday reveal that the star witness in a case pitting …

Morocco poised to become a solar superpower with launch of desert mega-project

World’s largest concentrated solar power plant, powered by the Saharan sun, set to help renewables provide almost half the country’s energy by 2020<p>The Moroccan city of Ouarzazate is used to big productions. On the edge of the Sahara desert and the centre of the north African country’s “Ouallywood” …

Renewable Energy

Rape Victims Are Being Jailed Under Extramarital Sex Laws in the UAE | VICE News

Hundreds of women in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) — including domestic workers who are victims of rape — are routinely imprisoned under laws that forbid sex outside marriage, a BBC investigation has found.<p>Under the UAE Penal Code, which is based on Sharia law, those convicted of <i>zina</i> (charges of …

What pushes scientists to lie? The disturbing but familiar story of Haruko Obokata

Photograph: Haruko Obokata/AP<p>A mouse embryo formed with specially treated cells from a newborn mouse that had been transformed into stem cells.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/2/11/1423683645821/36c503e9-c5bb-4be2-b208-01912d5cb74e-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Haruko …

Learn to be dead for the day: Suicidal people are locked into coffins in bizarre 'death experience' schools in South Korea where 40 people kill themselves every day

• <b>South Korea has the second highest number of suicides in the world as people suffer from stress and depression</b>• <b><br>Up to 40 people kill themselves every</b> …

Four-fifths of Russia's Syria strikes don't target Islamic State: Reuters analysis

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Almost 80 percent of Russia’s declared targets in Syria have been in areas not held by Islamic State, a Reuters analysis of Russian Defence Ministry data shows, undermining Moscow’s assertions that its aim is to defeat the group.<p>A man rides on a motorbike past damaged buildings …

Middle East

Solve this math problem: The gender gap

Earlier this month, Maryam Mirzakhani became the first woman in history to win a Fields Medal — "math's Nobel Prize." This is a cause for celebration, but also for reflection.<p>Things are definitely better than they once were for women in mathematics. In the late 18th century, Sophie Germain, who …

Mathematics

12 Years of Schooling Can Help End Child Marriage in Pakistan

Photo: ITA / Saba Mushtaq<p><i>By Baela Raza Jamil, the Trustee/Advisor for the Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA), Center for Education and Consciousness (CEC).</i><p>Last week, I visited a village in the Northern Sindh province of Pakistan. There was much excitement building up with the construction of a new …

Open letter from Iranian National Council to UN

This is an open letter from The Iranian National Council for Free Elections to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, this letter includes a brief summary of a monthly report on select cases of humans rights violations for April, …

'Dukhtar' is a stunning take on child brides in Pakistan

Afia Nathaniel's feature directorial debut, "Dukhtar," is remarkable, and not just because her emotionally resonant thriller was shot on location in the disputed territory between India and Pakistan, by an all-male crew navigating political unrest.<p>"Dukhtar" grabs you from the outset and never lets …

To Become A Truly Legitimate World Player, Iran Must Prioritize Women's Rights

Read on HuffPost France<p>Iranian president Hassan Rouhani will visit France next month, where he will be received by President Hollande. In his address at the annual United Nations General Assembly, Rouhani spoke of Iran's growing role in the international community since the nuclear deal. But for 35 …

Tokyo is setting up an entire robotic village for the 2020 Olympics

Fifty-six years later, for the 2020 Olympics, Tokyo is going full-robot.<p>Japan has been on the cutting-edge of robotics for decades now. Earlier this summer, it opened the world's first robot hotel, staffed almost entirely by animatronic humanoids and dinosaurs. It also introduced the world to …

Olympic Village

Hacker detained for giving US service members’ personal info to ISIS

A hacker detained in Malaysia now faces extradition to the US under indictment for providing material support to the Islamic State, which US …

Fewer Singapore tourists visiting Malaysia

SINGAPORE: With fewer Singaporeans visiting Malaysia, a new approach is needed to attract tourists from the Republic, Malaysian Tourism Minister …

5 ridiculous things FIFA spent more money on than prizes for the U.S. women's champions

Usually when we talk about American sports, we talk about football or baseball and which big burly dude can hit other burly dudes harder and faster …

How to tell when China is lying about its economic data

On Monday, China lowered its GDP growth figure to 7.3%, from its January number of 7.4%.<p>Not only is its the slowdown freaking out investors, the revision once again throws the accuracy of China's data reporting into the limelight.<p>It's well-documented that China's economic data releases are a …

The GOP’s entire identity is based on a lie: How the Obama presidency exposed Republican deficit delusions

<b>(Jewel Samad)</b><p>For six years, Republicans have pilloried Obama for out-of-control spending. But there’s one big problem with that<p>Bob Cesca<p>October 16, 2015 6:50pm (UTC)<p>Following the first Democratic debate, Fox News and the broader conservative ecosystem erupted in a coordinated effort to paint the …

Economics