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Declassified docs: Hillary aided rise of ISIS

Hillary Clinton testifying on the Benghazi attackNEW YORK – More than 100 pages of previously classified Department of Defense and Department of …

One murder every hour: how El Salvador became the homicide capital of the world

On the deadliest day of the century in the world’s most homicidal country, a gang leader and convicted murderer sits quietly in a vegetable farm ruing what he calls a disappearing opportunity for peace.<p>Marvin is a senior figure in the Mara Salvatrucha, one of El Salvador’s two biggest gangs. They …

El Salvador

Forget 'developing' poor countries, it's time to 'de-develop' rich countries

This week, heads of state are gathering in New York to sign the UN’s new sustainable development goals (SDGs). The main objective is to eradicate poverty by 2030. Beyoncé, One Direction and Malala are on board. It’s set to be a monumental international celebration.<p>Given all the fanfare, one might …

Sustainability

100 Must Read Books: The Man's Essential Library | The Art of Manliness

<i>Written by: Jason Lankow, Ross Crooks, Joshua Ritchie, and Brett McKay</i><p>There are the books you read, and then there are the books that change your …

6 Books Jessica Mah Thinks You Need to Read | Inc.com

You could call Jessica Mah precocious, but that would probably be an understatement.<p>Mah has been coding since she was 8 years old. At 19, she co-founded inDinero, a financial services platform for small businesses. (inDinero, it's worth noting, wasn't her first business venture--she started a web …

The Coddling of the American Mind

In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like. Here’s why that’s disastrous for education—and mental health.<p><b>S</b>omething strange is happening at America’s colleges and universities. A movement is arising, undirected and …

Higher Education

Michigan Pilots 'Healthy Bucks' Program

“The more we connect households to healthier foods, the more it will result in improved health situations for those children and adults,” Agriculture Department Undersecretary Kevin Concannon said. “Foods like tomatoes and other vegetables have not been subsidized in this country, unlike corn or …

Court fees trap ex-inmates in a prison of debt

Jerome A. Pollos for Al Jazeera America<p>SPOKANE, Wash. — Jason Hill has been free, sober and out of trouble for six years, working, raising a son with his fiancée and seeing his mother through her last days. Yet he maintains the nervous hands and simmering gaze of a man just released from prison. …

Anti-intellectualism Is Killing America

The tragedy in Charleston last week will no doubt lead to more discussion of several important and recurring issues in American culture—particularly …

Going undercover as a sex worker | Europe

Sometimes I wonder if I would do it again.<p>That's the funny thing about life. Experience comes in random, sporadic servings. It's only years later that the story takes shape.<p>I didn't intend to spend more than a year covering human trafficking. It ended up taking a decade. I didn't intend on …

The Arts

Google Just Made It Super Easy To Build a Website With Material Design

Ever wished your lame-ass blog could look a little more like a sweet, crisp Material Design app? Well, it’s your lucky day: Google has a new tool …

Material Design

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: It's Media Terrorism to Deny Charleston Was About Race

Brendan Smialowski—AFP/Getty Images<p>Chip Somodevilla—Getty Images<p>Brian Snyder—Reuters<p>Brian Snyder—Reuters<p>Brian Snyder—Reuters<p>David Goldman—AP<p>Brendan …

Lessons From A Study of Perfect Pitch Decks: VCs Spend An Average of 3 Minutes, 44 Seconds On Them

DocSend, a startup that provides people with a secure and private way of sharing files like offer letters or legal agreements, studied more than 200 pitchdecks to figure out the right way to graduate from bootstrapped to seed-funded, or from angels to a Series A.<p>They partnered with Harvard Business …

Poor behaviour

A BAT and a ball cost $1.10 between them. The bat costs $1 more than the ball. How much does each cost? By paying attention to how people actually …

I'm a liberal professor, and my liberal students terrify me - Vox

I'm a professor at a midsize state school. I have been teaching college classes for nine years now. I have won (minor) teaching awards, studied pedagogy extensively, and almost always score highly on my student evaluations. I am not a world-class teacher by any means, but I am conscientious; I …

This Eco-Friendly Capsule Home Would Let You Live Off The Grid Anywhere In The World

Small, sleek, and shaped like an egg – the Ecocapsule is the latest in tiny home living from Bratislava-based architectural studio, Nice …

Tens of Millions 'Credit Invisible' or Underbanked

Low-income workers across America have always faced obstacles in taking advantage of financial services that more affluent consumers take for granted, from checking and savings accounts to auto loans and credit cards.<p>But data released earlier this month show that a staggering 20 percent of …

10 tips on how to make slides that communicate your idea, from TED’s in-house expert

When your slides rock, your whole presentation pops to life. At TED2014, David Epstein created a clean, informative slide deck to support his talk on …

Education in Indian Country: Running in Place

Running in Place<p>Like many Native American students, Legend Tell Tobacco, a 10-year-old on South Dakota's Pine Ridge reservation, must outrun the odds …