Sardar Hamza Shafqat

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The enduring thought of Claude Lévi-Strauss | Financial Times

In 1932, gold prospectors penetrated the mountainous interior of New Guinea. It was, Claude Lévi-Strauss wrote, the last unknown region on the …

Anthropology

China Announces Date to Match $16 Billion U.S. Tariffs

China confirmed that it will impose 25 percent tariffs on an additional $16 billion worth of imports from the U.S. from Aug. 23, matching an earlier …

China

Myth busting: where the word ‘kangaroo’ really came from – spoiler, it doesn’t mean ‘I don’t know’ | Post Magazine | South China Morning Post

Myth: <i>Kangaroo</i> was an answer meaning “I don’t know” when Australian Aboriginal people were asked by newly arriving Europeans about the animal. Here’s …

Australia

‘A storm is brewing’ in the US economy, says economist Diane Swonk

Even if there isn’t a full-blown trade war, the uncertainty surrounding tariffs can hurt the U.S. economy, economist Diane Swonk told CNBC on Tuesday.<p>…

Economy

Explained: Turkey's unprecedented snap elections

It’s guaranteed to be an election unlike any other. On Sunday, under the ongoing state of emergency, Turkish voters head to the polls for unprecedented snap elections. The results will determine two outcomes: a president with strong executive powers and a parliament with relatively reduced …

Horrific Details on Syria Chemical Attacks Left Out, for Now, From U.N. Report

At least twice this year, the Syrian military fired Iranian-made artillery shells filled with a chlorine-like substance that oozed poison slowly, giving victims just a few minutes to escape.<p>In another attack, Syrian forces dropped a chemical bomb on the top-floor balcony of an apartment building, …

Middle East

Alibaba v. Tencent: The Battle for Supremacy in China

<b>THERE’S SOMETHING IRRESISTIBLE</b> about a clash of titans. The fate of the world hung in the balance during the Cold War standoff between the U.S. and …

China

Supreme Court rules on narrow grounds for baker who refused to create same-sex couple's wedding cake

WASHINGTON – A divided Supreme Court on Monday absolved a Colorado baker of discrimination for refusing to create a custom wedding cake for a same-sex couple, ruling that the state exhibited "religious hostility" against him.<p>The 7-2 verdict criticized the state's treatment of Jack Phillips' …

LGBTQI

Economists warn Trump not to make same mistakes on trade that helped spawn Great Depression

To some of the biggest voices in U.S. economics, it could be 1930 all over again.<p>More than 1,100 economists, including Nobel laureates and former …

I Know Which Country the U.S. Will Invade Next

By the end of this column, it will be clear which country the United States will invade and topple next. Or failing that, it will be clear which …

Like Cambridge Analytica, India's political parties mined voters' psychographic data

The Cambridge Analytica controversy is unlikely to die down soon as it touches a series of important democratic nerves. First, it concerns our ability to freely exercise our civic rights and duties. The fear of manipulation through data casts a cloud of suspicion over the sanctity of elections, …

Cambridge Analytica

Bernie Sanders claims the world’s six wealthiest people have as much wealth as half the global population

<i>“There is no moral or economic justification for the six wealthiest people in the world having as much wealth as the bottom half of the world’s population, 3.7 billion people.”</i><p><b>— Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), remarks during a speech at Westminster College, Sept. 21, 2017</b><p>Economic inequality in the …

Income Inequality

What a North Korea hydrogen bomb would do to the Pacific Ocean and space stations

Last week, North Korea’s foreign minister floated the prospect of testing a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean in response to President Donald …

NFL, College Sports, NBA and Recruiting

Trump v. Trump admin on foreign policy

President Trump's public order to Secretary of State Tillerson to stop seeking dialogue with North Korea — just a day after Tillerson confirmed talks …

Julie Bishop contradicts Dutton over 'economic refugees'

Australia’s foreign affairs minister, Julie Bishop, has contradicted claims from Peter Dutton that refugees bound for the US under a resettlement deal are “economic refugees”.<p>On the ABC’s Insiders program on Sunday, Bishop said the people leaving Australia’s offshore detention centres for …

South Korea's Exports Surge to Record on Steel, Semiconductors

South Korean exports surged to a record last month in the latest sign that stronger global trade is helping to underpin growing momentum for the …

NFL, College Sports, NBA and Recruiting

Trump's UN speech was the most hostile, dangerous, and intellectually confused ever delivered by an American president

It began — as all Trump speeches must begin, it seems — with a boast of how much better life in America has been since his election: stock market up, unemployment down, military stronger.<p>This was a clue that the speech, though sometimes couched in the language of international principles (and …

North Korea

Stunning Images of the Solar Eclipse

Outdoors

NAFTA negotiations could mark end of era for Mexican exports

MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump's push to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement is putting Mexico in a tough spot, …

Globalization

Afghanistan’s Lies, Myths and Legends

It often appears that “true Afghanistan” is not here in Kabul and not in Jalalabad or Heart either; not in the ancient villages, which anxiously …

Afghanistan

Japan, EU on cusp of free trade agreement after U.S. TPP rebuff

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and the European Union are on the cusp of a wide-ranging free trade agreement that could help blunt the forces of protectionism sparked by U.S. President Donald Trump’s trade policies.<p>European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmstrom (L) shakes hands with Japanese Foreign …

Free Trade

How Trump's foreign policy threatens to make America weak again

The president talks a tough game – but he has alienated allies. And the more he tries to assert US leadership, the less of a leadership role he plays<p>Donald Trump does not travel well. At his first major summit, he was too tired to walk through the Sicilian streets with the other G7 leaders, and …

5 maps that explain the new Middle East

Nation-states are the defining feature of the modern political era. They give people a collective identity and a pride of place… even when their borders are artificially drawn, as they were in the Middle East.<p>However, transnational issues like religion and ethnicity often get in the way of the …

Middle East

Trump overrules cabinet, plots global trade war

With the political world distracted by President Trump's media wars, one of the most consequential and contentious internal debates of his presidency …

What does China want to achieve in Afghanistan?

While visiting Afghanistan and Pakistan, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi has urged the two countries to form a crisis prevention mechanism. Can …

64 years later, the CIA finally released details of the coup in Iran

The approximately 1,000 pages of documents also reveal for the first time the details of how the CIA attempted to call off the failing coup — only to be salvaged at the last minute by an insubordinate spy on the ground.<p>Known as Operation Ajax, the CIA plot was ultimately about oil. Western firms …

South Asia

Canadian elite special forces sniper makes record-breaking kill shot in Iraq

A sniper with Canada's elite special forces in Iraq has shattered the world record for the longest confirmed kill shot in military history at a staggering distance of 3,540 metres.<p>The Canadian Armed Forces confirmed Thursday that a member of Joint Task Force 2 made the record-breaking shot, killing …

Fracking's Dark Secret

We've long known extracting oil and gas comes with negative consequences, and rapid expansion of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, increases the …