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WATCH: This completely racist ad for washing detergent just aired on Chinese TV and at cinemas

[UPDATE 5/28]: Shanghai-based Leishang cosmetics has responded to the global backlash against their ad by calling foreign media "too sensitive."<p>As …

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OpEd: Does the Revolution Begin with a Free Black Child?

A true celebration of artistry, freethinking and fashion, the Metropolitan Gala has always dazzled and pushed boundaries.<p>While there will always be the new “it crowd” that gets everyone talking and tweeting, this year that crowd just so happened to be the new crop of conscious, future-thinking, …

Jaden Smith

The trial of Peter Liang and confronting the reality of Asian American privilege

On Tuesday, former New York police officer Peter Liang was sentenced to probation and community service -- but no jail time -- in the 2014 killing of Akai Gurley, an unarmed black man, in the stairwell of a Brooklyn housing project.<p>This notably light sentence is a relief to some Asian Americans -- …

Scientific Discoveries

Japan's Africa ambitions

Japan should accentuate its strengths and continue the current diplomatic uptick which aligns with Africa's growth.<p>Last week, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hosted Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe for an official five-day visit in Tokyo. Abe has now met Mugabe three times, despite Harare's …

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LGBT films may now be mainstream but queer film festivals are still indispensable

While Carol, Freeheld and The Danish Girl have won broad success, Sydney’s upcoming Mardi Gras film festival offers a less limited view of gender and sexuality<p>As Carol, Cate Blanchett drinks in Rooney Mara, a young girl working in a department store. As the New Jersey police detective Laurel …

Sample Questions from the Trump University Final Exam

<i>Below you will find three examples of questions from previous final exams at Trump University. Use these sample questions and the answer key provided to prepare for next week’s big test.</i><p>Two plus two equals what?<p>(a) Maybe four.<br>(b) Could be four. Could be. Lotta people saying it’s five.<br>(c) I’m not …

Al Jazeera Has a Good Batting Average | Al Jazeera America

The imminent closure of the Al Jazeera America news channel this April, as well as the shuttering of the digital operation today, demands celebration, reflection, and humility.<p>We should celebrate Al Jazeera’s overall performance because it is the only example of an Arab or Third World organization …

Hosni Mubarak

Coal's Collapse Harms Black Miners

Roger May for Al Jazeera America<p>Buck Wade wanted to be just like his dad. His father, a widower, raised five children on a coal miner’s salary, working long hours and in his free time teaching the kids to cook and clean house. At 17, Wade got his first job in the mines. It was 1943, and he was so …

West Virginia

This Guy Reissued the Graffiti Mag That Nearly Got Him Sent to Prison

We interviewed Marcus Barnes, who fought a three-year legal battle over his magazine <em>Keep the Faith</em>.<p>Marcus Barnes was the first person ever to be tried for "encouraging the commission of criminal damage", a charge never before heard of or handed out. When police arrested him on the 12th …

Streetwear

Tor: 'Mystery' spike in hidden addresses

<b>A security expert has noticed an unprecedented spike in the number of hidden addresses on the Tor network.</b><p>Prof Alan Woodward at the University of Surrey spotted an increase of more than 25,000 .onion "dark web" services.<p>Prof Woodward said he was not sure how best to explain the sudden boom.<p>One …

Urban Brawl: China Targets ‘Weird’ Buildings, Gated Communities

A new blueprint for the future of China’s sprawling cities promises to demolish two towering symbols of the country’s runaway growth: eye-catching architecture and gated housing complexes.<p>About the latter at least, Chinese urbanites appear none too pleased.<p>The guidelines for development of China’s …

Urbanization

Stephen Shore’s Lifelong Obsession with the Ordinary

From 1972-1979, a 20-something Stephen Shore traversed the United States by road, stopping along the way to set up his tripod and 8×10 camera. When …

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Seven truths you know when you never wear a bra

Cards on the table: I have convenient boobs. Whether I’m wearing a bikini or a dress/glorified blanket, my chest is just kind of there, a …

Clothing

Facebook is quietly making incredible computer art with your photos

Instagram's doing it also<p>Here's something awesome for your Friday. It's been discovered that for every photo you upload to Facebook or Instagram, the company quietly makes an html page that replicates that photo using ASCII — text characters, put more simply. It's a really neat effect, and lets you …

YouTube Pays Users' Legal Bills to Defend Fair Use

According to Google more than half a million hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every day. Although with ContentID the company tries, determining …

Internet

Inside Lavasa, India's first entirely private city built from scratch

Still half-built a decade after construction started, is Lavasa – India’s controversial $30bn mega-project – the brave new world for smart cities, or an expensive flop?<p>The All American Diner plays 1950s rock’n’roll through a tinny speaker, the retro booths are traditional red and the burgers are …

These streets are made for walking: how Oklahoma City overturned car culture

Most cities don’t prioritise pedestrians, despite the health benefits. But one US city has shown what can happen when you kick the car habit<p>Zurich is one of the best. London is pretty good but could be better. Johannesburg is terrible. Bogota has taken it seriously. Oklahoma has made significant …

In praise of dirty, sexy cities: the urban world according to Walter Benjamin

Seventy five years after his death, the Marxist philosopher’s passion for the seedier, messier delights of cities such as Marseille and Moscow are a stark reminder of how sanitised today’s urban environment is becoming<p>Marseille isn’t as wicked as it used to be. In 1929, the playwright and travel …

I Am the Pizza Rat

My name is Paul, and I am the pizza rat.<p>Look, here’s the thing. I’ve lived in the East Village my whole life (four months), behind the Papaya Dog on Fourteenth, so I’ve seen a few things. I’ve been around the block—literally, I’ve been around that block between Thirteenth and Fourteenth Streets …