Andrew Frank Lewis

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2,400 years ago, Plato saw democracy would give rise to a tyrannical leader filled with “false and braggart words”

Plato was not a fan of democracy. Many might consider this just a blip on the philosopher’s otherwise excellent political analysis. But his description of the “democratic man” does give pause for thought.<p>In the <i>Republic</i><i>,</i> written in 380 BC, Plato describes such the democratic man—by which he means a …

Political Science

Steven Soderbergh Is Back to Destroy Hollywood

For 25 years, Steven Soderbergh was a master of manipulating the Hollywood system to his creative advantage, until he quit in disgust over what it had become and struck out on his own. Now he’s back to teach other filmmakers how to make films for the next 25—and blow up the system for good.<p>One of …

Two Conjectures Collide, Endangering the Naked Singularity

Physicists have wondered for decades whether infinitely dense points known as singularities can ever exist outside black holes, which would expose …

Quantum Mechanics

Taste Beyond The Tongue

Trump allies push White House to consider regime change in Tehran

As the new administration conducts a routine review of its Iran policy, senior officials are hinting that they're open to toppling the country's clerical regime.<p>As the White House formulates its official policy on Iran, senior officials and key allies of President Donald Trump are calling for the …

Immigration Moves Front and Center in Italy’s Local Elections

COMO, Italy — The center-right candidate for mayor of Como, Mario Landriscina, a doctor who once did United Nations relief work, says that Italy is second to none in rescuing migrants and that rejecting refugees or minors is out of the question.<p>But, he insists, the time has come to remove the …

7 Days in Vietnam: A Slightly Insane Travel Itinerary

<b>Day One: Get Lost in Hanoi</b><p>The first thing you notice about Hanoi is that everyone is moving at a manic clip, rushing by bicycle, moped, motorcycle, …

The 10 Top Cities for Food, Ranked by Travelers

What do Thailand, Greece, Brazil, and Malaysia all have in common? While there's of course the beautiful beaches and warm weather, there's one more …

Hong Kong

Ethiopia's Coffee Farmers Are 'On The Front Lines Of Climate Change'

Ethiopia gave the world <i>Coffea arabica</i>, the species that produces most of the coffee we drink these days. Today, the country is the largest African producer of Arabica coffee. The crop is the backbone of the country's economy – some 15 million Ethiopians depend on it for a living.<p>But the effects of …

Historic violin lent by Oxford University to Syrian refugee

<b>A 19th Century violin has been taken out of a collection of historic instruments held by Oxford University and sent to a young Syrian musician living as a refugee.</b><p>Aboud Kaplo, 14, was forced out of his home in Aleppo and is now living in Lebanon.<p>Film-maker Susie Attwood came across Aboud and saw …

America risks one-party rule if gerrymandering isn't stopped | Russ Feingold

A bedrock of our democratic legitimacy could rise or fall with the US supreme court’s decision whether to hear a case on hyper-partisan gerrymandering<p>As we are all experiencing, every day there’s some new shock from the Trump-Pence administration. Much of it is disgraceful. Yet we cannot let the …

Pittsburgh Welcomed Uber’s Driverless Car Experiment. Not Anymore.

PITTSBURGH — When Uber picked this former Rust Belt town as the inaugural city for its driverless car experiment, Pittsburgh played the consummate host.<p>“You can either put up red tape or roll out the red carpet,” Bill Peduto, the mayor of Pittsburgh, said in September. “If you want to be a …

Autonomous Cars

Alone on the Open Road: Truckers Feel Like ‘Throwaway People’

EFFINGHAM, Ill. — The vast Petro truck stop here is a neon-lit, blacktop oasis at the crossroads of America. It beckons big-rig drivers with showers, laundry machines, a barber shop, even a knife store. “Professional drivers only,” reads the sign above the tables of the Iron Skillet restaurant, …

How Homeownership Became the Engine of American Inequality

The son of a minister, Ohene Asare grew up poor. His family immigrated from Ghana when he was 8 and settled down in West Bridgewater, Mass., a town 30 miles south of Boston, where he was one of the few black students at the local public school. “It was us and this Jewish family,” Asare remembered. …

Housing

Mexico's drug-war death toll in 2016 reportedly exceeded murder levels in many countries mired in war

With nearly 23,000 intentional homicides in 2016, Mexico's murder tally was second only to war-torn Syria's 60,000, said Antonio Sampaio, one of the authors of the International Institute for Strategic Studies' "Armed Conflict Survey 2017."<p>The report deals a blow to to President Enrique Peña …

15 Easy One-Pot Vegetarian Dinners

While we've already gone over how well-suited chicken is to making one-pot dinners, there's no reason for meat-eaters to have all the fun. I don't cook a lot of meat during the week, so when I'm putting together a quick weeknight dinner I typically turn to vegetables and grains to make healthy, …

Trump preparing certified letter attesting to no Russia ties

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump is sending a certified letter to Sen. Lindsey Graham attesting that the president has …

On Health and Welfare, Moral Arguments Can Outweigh Economics

When Representative Mo Brooks said it was unfair that healthy “people who lead good lives” should have to subsidize the insurance of unhealthier ones who presumably don’t, he bluntly raised an often unspoken question that runs through policy debates in Washington: Who deserves government aid and …

A Look Inside Airbus’s Epic Assembly Line

<i>The following photographs show an Airbus A321 being assembled over the course of six months in a new facility in Mobile, Ala.</i><p><b>T</b>he ships from Hamburg steam into Mobile Bay several times a month. Loaded upon them are the titanic parts of flying machines: tails, already painted; wings, already …

Unmanned U.S. Air Force space plane lands after secret, two-year mission

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - The U.S. military's experimental X-37B space plane landed on Sunday at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, completing a classified mission that lasted nearly two years, the Air Force said.<p>The unmanned X-37B, which resembles a miniature space shuttle, touched …

Space Exploration

Macron to become next French president after beating back Le Pen and her populist tide

PARIS — France on Sunday shrugged off the siren call of right-wing populism that enchanted voters in the United States and United Kingdom, ­rejecting anti-E.U. firebrand ­Marine Le Pen and choosing as its next president Emmanuel Macron, a centrist political neophyte who has pledged to revive both …

France

Judge rejects Trump defense against claim he incited violence at rally

A federal judge has rejected President Donald Trump’s free speech defense in a lawsuit in which he is accused of inciting violence against protesters during his campaign.<p>White Donald Trump supporters shove black protesters at Kentucky rally<p>Read more<p>Trump’s lawyers sought to dismiss the lawsuit by …

Donald Trump

Tips From an Ambassador for Israeli Cuisine

Michael Solomonov has become an ambassador of sorts for Israeli cuisine. The chef is an owner of five restaurants in Philadelphia, including Zahav, his award-winning flagship, and is the co-author of “Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking.” He is also the host of the documentary “In Search of Israeli …

Neuroscientists Have Accidentally Discovered a Whole New Role For The Cerebellum

We've only just scratched the surface.<p>One of the best-known regions of the brain, the cerebellum accounts for just 10 percent of the organ's total …

Crimea: The place that's rather difficult to get into

<b>Three years after Russia annexed Crimea, a move bitterly contested by Ukraine's government, the region remains in a state of flux. It's difficult to get into, and for many people, it's difficult to know where it's going.</b><p>At Kiev International Airport, I hand my passport to a border guard.<p>"Purpose of …

Neil deGrasse Tyson goes supernova on Trump budget

<b>(CNN) —</b> Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson believes President Donald Trump's first proposed budget could make America "weak," "sick" and "stupid."<p>"The fastest way to Make America Weak Again: Cut science funds to our agencies that support it," he tweeted Sunday as part of a social media rampage …

Neil deGrasse Tyson

In Donald Trump’s fantasy world, hints of reality are dawning | Matthew d’Ancona

From the travel ban to healthcare to Nato funding, the president is realising that there are limits to the power of his falsehoods<p>The great philosopher-novelist Umberto Eco once declared that we will always come up against “the hard core of Being” and the “lines of resistance” that tell us when we …

NATO

After decades in America, the newly deported return to a Mexico they barely recognize

MEXICO CITY — The deportees stepped off their flight from El Paso looking bewildered — 135 men who had left families and jobs behind after being swept up in the Trump administration’s mounting effort to send millions of undocumented immigrants back to their economically fraught homeland.<p>As they …

Elon Musk doubles down on universal basic income: 'It's going to be necessary'

Universal basic income is a system in which all citizens receive a standard amount of money each month to cover basic expenses like food, rent, and clothes.<p>On Monday, Musk doubled down on his initial support for the concept.<p>"I think we'll end up doing universal basic income," Musk told the crowd at …