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'Finding Oscar' documents 1982 Guatemala massacre, fallout

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Ramiro Osorio still has vivid memories of the day that death came to his village of Las Dos Erres over 30 years ago at the height of Guatemala's decades-long civil war.<p>Soldiers massacred more than 200 people at the town in the remote northern region of Peten. The 5-year-old …

Latin America

New documentary explores the utopian dreams and concrete realities of Britain

New documentary called <b>'New Town Utopia'</b> is coming soon, directed by <b>Christopher Ian Smith</b> and executive produced by Margaret Matheson (Sleep …

The Best Data Visualizations: What Makes Them The Best? | Articles | Chief Data Officer

Every company wants to make the best data visualizations but it is not something that is as easy as just making data or graphs look nice. They need …

Graphic novels and nonfiction: 6 books to read this in fall 2-16

This fall brings a diverse smattering of graphic novels: From a new genetically mutated superhero created by Margaret Atwood to the sequel to Riad …

Framing

Foreign Aid's Real Winners Aren't The Poor

The developed world’s approach to humanitarian aid is broken. Western countries have followed the same model for decades, with little to show for the billions of dollars that they spent to try to alleviate poverty. The award-winning documentary Poverty, Inc. explores the numerous ways current …

Foreign Aid

Neoliberalism: we need to understand just how this pattern of inequality began

There are causes that go back beyond 1972<p>Martin Jacques’s “The death of neoliberalism” (Special report) correctly identifies 1972 as the time when the incomes of the lower paid began to stagnate or fall, while those of the top 10% took off. However, he goes on to put the blame on Thatcher, Reagan, …

Economics

A crowd-sourced project is bringing the magic of Indian train journeys to Instagram

From 1853, when a steam engine chugged along in India for the first time, trains have come a long way.<p>Today, the country is home to one of the world’s largest railway networks. And though the trains are often squalid and unbelievably overcrowded, there’s something magical about journeys that cut …

Trains

The 100 best films of the 21st century, according to 177 film critics

David Lynch’s narratively non-linear, néo-noir masterpiece <i>Mulholland Drive</i> has been named the best film of the 21st century to date by 177 film …

Richard Linklater

Simplicity or style: what makes a sentence a masterpiece?

A great sentence makes you want to chew it over slowly in your mouth the first time you read it. A great sentence compels you to rehearse it again in …

Literature

100 Must-Read Lesser-Known Classics

Everything about this post is subject to debate: what constitutes a “must-read” book? What does “lesser-known” mean? What exactly is a “classic”? …

5 Sherlock Holmes Quotes That Prove Genius for Data-Driven Decision Making

Sherlock Holmes believed in the necessity of data long before the big data hubbub, declaring data-driven decision making as increasingly beneficial. …

Media Industry

Nine Photos of Car Mechanics Recreating Famous Renaissance Paintings

Rembrandt with a wrench.<p>You never know when inspiration will strike. For Chicago-based professional photographer Freddy Fabris, it happened when he stumbled into an auto repair shop while helping his friend get his car fixed.<p>"Because of my painting background I've always wanted to re-create classic …

Art

Neoliberalism has had its day. So what happens next?

In the early 1980s the author was one of the first to herald the emerging dominance of neoliberalism in the west. Here he argues that this doctrine is now faltering. But what happens next?<p>The western financial crisis of 2007-8 was the worst since 1931, yet its immediate repercussions were …

Economics

Nobel Prize-winning economist Stiglitz tells us why 'neoliberalism is dead'

Speaking with Business Insider after the launch of his latest book, "The Euro: How A Common Currency Threatens the Future of Europe"— which argues that the fundamental flaws with the euro and the broader European economy are causing huge problems for the continent and risk leading to its downfall — …

Economics

50 Powerful Mini Habits That Will Help You Lead Your Best Life

Hard work and perseverance always beat genius and talent in the end.<p><i>What are 50 things that everyone can do to make life easier? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Yuri Kruman, Master Career</b> …

Self-improvement

100 Must-Read Almost-Prize-Winning Books

I had this problem a few years ago where I accidentally read and loved a few Pulitzer Prize-winning novels (<i>Empire Falls</i> and <i>Middlesex</i>) and then, …

Books

Donald Trump and the Limits of Data Journalism

As the Internet changes journalism, one clear trend is a focus on data, championed by the likes of Vox’s Ezra Klein and The New York Times’s Nate Cohn. But not every Venn diagram contains something worth reporting.<p>The establishment media have suffered two different shocks to the system in recent …

Donald Trump

Top 10 philosophers' fictions

From Marx to Mann and Adorno, some thinkers have made brilliant use of the imaginative techniques of novels and stories to frame their reflections. Here are some of the most interesting and unexpected<p>Philosophy tends to be arid, more related to mathematics or dispatches from the courtroom than art, …

Literature

Neil Gaiman on Why We Read and What Books Do for the Human Experience

“Truth is not in what happens but in what it tells us about who we are.”<p>The question of why we read and what books actually do for us is as old as the written word itself, and as attractive. Galileo saw reading as a way of having superhuman powers. For Kafka, books were “the axe for the frozen sea …

3 Essential Steps To Take At Work Before Leaving For Vacation

Before you set that out-of-office message and hit the beach, make sure you cross these things off your checklist.<p>Your boss granted your time-off request, and now you’re counting down the days until that much-needed getaway. You might already be on vacation in your mind, but there are a few bases …

Productivity

24 signs you're a good boss — even if it doesn't feel like it

Being the boss comes with a ton of pressure. And when you're in a management position, it can be difficult to evaluate how you're doing.<p>Are you striking the right balance between commanding respect and appearing accessible? Are your employees responding well to your style of leadership? Are any of …

Employment

10 Ways to Develop Critical Thinking for Leaders - People Development

• Bio<br>• Twitter<br>• Facebook<br>• Google+<br>• LinkedIn<br>• Latest Posts<p>Dante Munnis<p>Dante Munnis is a blogger and idea maker from Stockholm who is interested in …

The Indian government shut down media in Kashmir as tensions rise | VICE News

Authorities in Indian-controlled Kashmir seized newspapers and shut down cable television on Saturday, aiming to quell a flare-up of tensions in the region, which has seen violent protests over the killing of a separatist commander by security forces.<p>At least 36 people have been killed and 3,100 …

Pakistan

Capitalism and Democracy [part 1]

Let’s begin with a discomforting fact often forgotten in recent years: ‘free market’ capitalism is not necessarily the best friend of democracy. …

The difference between the most and least innovative employees is how much time they spend in the office

Today, that image is no longer so prevalent, or so funny — perhaps you, dear reader, are enjoying this article from your fancy home office while fully clothed, a bowl of celery sticks within reach.<p>According to GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com, the number of US employees who regularly work from home …

The Workplace

The Remarkable Forgotten Life of H. T. Tsiang

In the nineteen-thirties, “The Good Earth,” by Pearl S. Buck, was inescapable. The tale of a noble Chinese farmer and his struggles against famine, political upheaval, and personal temptation, the book was an immediate success upon publication, in 1931. Buck was born in West Virginia, but she was …

Literature

Abbas Kiarostami death sparks debate on patient's right to be informed in Iran

Iranian film-maker had undergone four operations but did not know severity of his illness until shortly before he died in Paris<p>The death of the legendary film-maker Abbas Kiarostami has sparked an intense debate in Iran over the right of patients to be told the truth about their illness after …

Breast Cancer