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Basic Instinct: How Philippines' New Central Bank Chief Will Steer the Economy - Bloomberg

In a country in political flux, investors have come to rely on a predictable central bank in the Philippines. Now, with Governor Amando Tetangco …

Philippines outsourcing: 'Customers want people, not robots'

BBC News, Manila<p><b>In a Manila call centre, Sarah Prestoza spends hours helping exasperated callers on the other side of the world troubleshoot problems with their internet connections.</b><p>Almost all of them are in a bad mood; some are rude, others are racist.<p>A few "difficult callers" can't even explain …

64 Years Later, CIA Finally Releases Details of Iranian Coup

New documents reveal how the CIA attempted to call off the failing coup -- only to be salvaged at the last minute by an insubordinate …

The History Channel Is Finally Telling the Stunning Secret Story of the War on Drugs

The good news for Grassley, and for everyone else, is that starting Sunday night and running through Wednesday the History Channel is showing a new …

History Channel

Grenfell Tower fire: this is the London ignored, its stories seldom heard

This is not the London of HSBC and the newspaper property supplements. This is the London of Grenfell Tower. The London of Nigerian carers, Polish builders and Moroccan night-cleaners. A teeming immigrant mega-city hidden in plain sight.<p>This is the London ignored: an overcrowded city nervous its …

London

A Last Look at the Binondo Everybody Loves

As China continues to dredge the sea and build up their great wall of sand on pieces of rock that are rightfully ours, Chinatown, the physical …

Chinatown

See How the Political World Celebrated Father's Day

Politicians and their spouses from both sides of the aisle took to social media on Father's Day, paying tribute to the husbands and fathers in their …

Father's Day

NFL star Tom Brady 'dreams' of playing football game in China

BEIJING (Reuters) - Five-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady hopes to one day play an American football game in China, he said on Sunday, on a visit aimed at promoting the sport in a huge potential market.<p>Like other U.S. sports leagues, the National Football League is trying to build a fan base among …

New England

Two years ago, they couldn’t look away. Now some Trump supporters are tuning out.

New York<p>June 16, 2015<p>Donald Trump stepped onto the golden escalator that descends into the pink-marbled food court of Trump Tower. He flashed a thumbs-up as he passed a line of supposed supporters — random tourists lured off the street with the promise of an “only in New York” experience — and …

Elections

'Queer lives matter': gay teacher's message to Trump as photo goes viral

A Rhode Island teacher whose photo with Trump soared on social media says he wants to tell the president ‘anti-LGBTQ policies have a body count’<p>A Rhode Island teacher who became a star on social media after displaying LGBTQ pride in a photograph taken with Donald Trump in the Oval Office also wrote …

LGBTQ

Power Causes Brain Damage

Over time, leaders lose mental capacities—most notably for reading other people—that were essential to their rise.<p>If power were a prescription drug, it would come with a long list of known side effects. It can intoxicate. It can corrupt. It can even make Henry Kissinger believe that he’s sexually …

Indra Nooyi

How Chinese Philosophy Resonates Today

<i>Westerners are taught there is only one concept of modern thought that matters: ours. But it turns out that philosophers have been grappling with the</i> …

Chinese Philosophy

A new doctor discovers the ‘gritty’ downside of modern medicine

I arrived at the hospital, white coat and stethoscope in hand. It was my first day as a doctor, and I was filled with a nervous mix of optimism and excitement.<p>I walked up to the medicine team room, entered the code on the door and introduced myself to the other residents — some of them newly minted …

Health Care

A Sociology of the Smartphone

<i>Adam Greenfield</i> | Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life |<i> Verso | June 2017</i> |<i> 27 minutes (7,433 words)</i><i></i> <i>Below is an excerpt from</i> Radical …

Long-form Journalism

The Normalization of Conspiracy Culture

People who share dangerous ideas don’t necessarily believe them.<p><i>Updated on June 17, 2017 at 7:51 p.m. ET</i><p>The catastrophe wasn’t what it seemed. It was an inside job, people whispered. Rome didn’t have to burn to the ground.<p>Nearly 2,000 years ago, after the Great Fire of Rome leveled most of the …

John F. Kennedy

Do poor people eat more junk food than wealthier Americans?

Eating fast food is frequently blamed for damaging our health.<p>As nutrition experts point out, it is not the healthiest type of meal since it is …

Obesity

Tim Cook on Donald Trump, the HomePod, and the Legacy of Steve Jobs

The head of the most valuable company in the world talks to Bloomberg Businessweek Editor Megan Murphy.<p><i>Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple Inc., was</i> …

Apple

The wonder of imperial feminism

Or how Wonder Woman turned from a hero to a war crimes supporter.<p>When I was a little girl, like many women of my generation who grew up watching American television shows (even if they were dubbed in Arabic), I used to twirl and twirl, trying to attain super powers like Wonder Woman. I would twitch …

Feminism

The New Foodieism

Like many of us, I spent the winter muddling through a mental miasma, pondering the meaning of life and democracy. I did, of course, think about …

Philippine ISIS Allies Aren't Motivated By Islamic Religion, Just Cash & Drugs

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (C) salutes in front of a flag-draped casket of a slain marine at a military base in Manila on June 11, after the bodies of troops were brought back to the Philippine capital following a firefight with Muslim militants in Marawi. (TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty …

Philippines

How Asian Americans Remade Suburbia

Asian immigrants, once the “ultimate outsiders,” have profoundly reshaped the suburbs of San Francisco.<p>Levittown is no longer the suburban archetype. Over the last few decades, these spaces have increasingly become less white and less rich. But despite this ongoing transformation, the idea of what …

Diversity

Tax evaders exposed: why the super-rich are even richer than we thought

Analysis of a massive trove of data – much of it leaked from tax havens – suggests that inequality levels across the world should be revised upwards dramatically<p>The statistics on inequality – those used, for instance, in Thomas Piketty’s bestseller, Capital in the Twenty-First Century <i>–</i> only include …

Equality

The secret origin story of the iPhone

An exclusive excerpt from The One Device<p><i>This month marks 10 years since Apple launched the first iPhone, a device that would fundamentally transform how we interact with technology, culture, and each other. Ahead of that anniversary,</i> Motherboard <i>editor Brian Merchant embarked on an investigation to</i> …

Apple

The Warriors are speaking their political beliefs, and the NBA is just fine with that

OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry knew the question was coming. He’d seen the news stories pondering whether the Golden State Warriors, in the wake of winning the NBA title Monday night, would make the traditional pilgrimage to the White House to celebrate their championship with President Trump. …

Basketball

Rodman gives Kim the gift of Trump: 'The Art of the Deal'

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Dennis Rodman has delivered a message from President Donald Trump to North Korea — sort of.<p>On Thursday, the former NBA player gave the country's sports minister a copy of Trump's book "The Art of the Deal," a present intended for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.<p>It …

Korean Peninsula

Singapore Leader's Siblings Concerned About 'Big Brother'

(SINGAPORE) — Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's younger brother and sister said on Wednesday that they have lost confidence in the nation's …

Singapore

How to Find Awesome Music from Around the World on Spotify

No matter where music comes from, it has the power to make you feel, make you think, and make you dance. If you use Spotify, broadening your musical …

Music

Putin: U.S. has fallen into a post-Cold War "trap"

Part one of a four-part series of pre-taped interviews between Oliver Stone and Vladimir Putin aired Monday night on Showtime. Stone's approach is …

‘Jeopardy’ tweaks Kevin Durant for leaving Thunder to sign with Warriors

If NBA Finals viewers in many parts of the United States on Monday tuned into ABC well ahead of time, they were treated to that staple of the network’s affiliates, “Jeopardy.” Given the timing, it probably wasn’t a coincidence that the episode preceding Game 5 between the Warriors and Cavaliers …

Basketball