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Joseph Stiglitz: how I would vote in the Greek referendum

Neither alternative – approval or rejection of the troika’s terms – will be easy, and both carry huge risks<p>The rising crescendo of bickering and acrimony within Europe might seem to outsiders to be the inevitable result of the bitter endgame playing out between Greece and its creditors. In fact, …

Yes, Charleston was terrorism. Denying that isn't just wrong, it's offensive.

What "counts" as an act of terrorism? It's a question that is both easy and impossible to answer, and one that many Americans are now debating with regards to the mass murder in Charleston, South Carolina.<p>That this question has grown so urgent should tell you there is much more at stake here than a …

African-American News

Boycott Israel Movement Stunts the Palestinian Economy

A push to “boycott, divest and sanction” (BDS) Israeli companies has limited impact on the credit profile of Israel, yet it directly harms its intended beneficiaries, the Palestinians. The BDS movement, including universities, pension funds and leaders of some Christian denominations (to the …

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: These Terrorist Attacks Are Not About Religion

Another horrendous act of terrorism has taken place and people like myself who are on media speed-dial under “Celebrity Muslims” are thrust in the …

Religion

Uneasy Christmas for India's Christians

<b>Aligarh, India -</b> Growing unease about the "mass conversions" by Hindu far-right groups of religious minorities cast a distinctly non-festive shadow over Christmas celebrations in India.<p>Right-wing Hindu groups have held a series of such ceremonies with an organisation in the northern Uttar Pradesh …

Dressing the Indian woman through history

<b>This week in India a man slapped actress Gauhar Khan on a TV set for wearing a "short dress" and news emerged of outrage in a Mumbai law college at a strict dress code imposed on students. Fashion historian Toolika Gupta looks at ideas of decorum in fashion across India through the ages.</b><p>Every …

Utah lawmakers endorse proposal to allow firing squads in state executions

Ten years after banning the use of firing squads in state executions, Utah lawmakers on Wednesday endorsed a proposal to allow the practice again to avoid problems with lethal-injection drugs.<p>The proposal from Republican Representative Paul Ray of Clearfield would call for a firing squad if the …

The One-State Reality

Israel’s conservative President speaks up for civility, and pays a price.<p>Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin, the new President of Israel, is ardently opposed to the establishment of a Palestinian state. He is instead a proponent of Greater Israel, one Jewish state from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. …

NHS comes top in healthcare survey

The NHS has been declared the best healthcare system by an international panel of experts who rated its care superior to countries which spend far more on health.<p>The same study also castigated healthcare provision in the US as the worst of the 11 countries it looked at. Despite putting the most …

U.S. Culpability in the Failure of Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

The Obama administration deserves much of the blame for the failure of the latest round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.<p>It had originally been hoped that the United States would present a binding framework along the lines of what moderate Israeli and Palestinian political leaders had agreed to …

We are often asked to 'step aside' at US borders. It's not making anyone safer

With clockwork regularity since moving to the states from the UK soon after 9/11, whenever my family travels and returns to our adopted home, my husband is ominously asked to "step aside". His passport is then withheld for further "security checks" because we have been informed by the State …

Davos to Detention: Why I Hate Coming Home to America

It's not easy coming back home to America when your name is Ahmed.<p>I want to look forward to returning home from a trip abroad, but thanks to my name or as the TSA officer put it -- my "profile" -- I've come to dread it.<p>The last four times I've traveled abroad (to Turkey, Kuwait, Lebanon and …

Inside the CIA's Secret Polish Torture Site

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>A new report by <i>The Washington Post</i> digs deep into one of the CIA's most important "black sites," a …

How fruit juice went from health food to junk food

This week, it looked as if fruit juice might finally lose its claim to healthiness and be put into the same category as fizzy drinks. It emerged that a headteacher, Elizabeth Chaplin, who runs Valence primary school in Dagenham, wrote to parents about a new rule to confiscate juice cartons from …

H&M plans to pay garment workers fair wages. Here's why that's probably BS.

I worked on the US drone program. The public should know what really goes on

Whenever I read comments by politicians defending the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Predator and Reaper program – aka drones – I wish I could ask them a few questions. I'd start with: "How many women and children have you seen incinerated by a Hellfire missile?" And: "How many men have you seen crawl …

Angels and Demons

LILONGWE, Malawi — Every day when he goes out to play with the other boys in his village, four-year-old Blessings carries with him a dark secret. …

Their England

In the summer of 1965, when he was twenty-two years old, my father traveled to Borneo, Asia’s largest island. A saxophonist and clarinetist in the …

Thousands protest against drone strikes in Peshawar

PESHAWAR: Thousands of demonstrators staged a protest against US drone strikes blocking a main road in Peshawar on Saturday and threatened to …

David Miranda lawyers argue that Heathrow detention was unlawful

Lawyers for David Miranda, partner of the former Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, are at the high court to argue that his nine-hour detention by police at Heathrow airport in the summer was unlawful.<p>The claim, challenging controversial powers used under schedule 7 to the Terrorism Act 2000, …

Saudi Arabia rounds up migrant workers as amnesty ends

<b>Saudi Arabia is rounding up thousands of illegal migrant workers, after an amnesty introducing new employment rules expired.</b><p>Nearly a million Bangladeshis, Indians, Filipinos, Nepalis, Pakistanis and Yemenis are estimated to have left the country in the last three months.<p>Four million others obtained …

US spends $450 million annually on Gitmo facility where 9/11 trials are under way

<b>GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA —</b> When 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed appears before the military commission trying him for war crimes, his day starts …

Word to the west: many Saudi women oppose lifting the driving ban

If you read any western coverage of the recent protest of Saudi Arabia's female driving ban, you probably thought, "finally, the kingdom is waking up". But the problem is, that's not what many Saudis think, including Saudi women.<p>The Saudi economic newspaper El-Iqtisadiah ran a front-page news story …

I challenged hackers to investigate me and what they found out is chilling

It’s my first class of the semester at New York University. I’m discussing the evils of plagiarism and falsifying sources with 11 graduate journalism …

Inside the Fox News lie machine: I fact-checked Sean Hannity on Obamacare

UPDATE I re-reported a Fox News segment on Obamacare — it was appallingly easy to see how it misleads the audience<p>Eric Stern<p>October 18, 2013 10:15pm (UTC)<p>I happened to turn on the Hannity show on Fox News last Friday evening. “Average Americans are feeling the pain of Obamacare and the healthcare …

Calorie burner: How much better is standing up than sitting?

<b>Studies have claimed major health benefits for standing for much of the day as opposed to sitting. The difference is marked, explains Michael Mosley.</b><p>Guess how many hours a day you spend sitting? Fewer than eight? More than 10? A recent survey found that many of us spend up to 12 hours a day sitting …