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China is on the path to global technology dominance

I have often jested that the main difference between the United States and China is not that one is capitalist and the other communist. Rather, it is …

China

People Have Learned To Drink Early in Duterte's Philippines - Roads & Kingdoms

<i>Rum in Manila</i><p>Manila is unforgiving in the summer. The densely populated city is stifling as temperatures soar. There is only the monsoon to look …

These amazing photos document the iconic Summer of Love in San Francisco

100,000 hippies descended on San Francisco in 1967. Jim Marshall captured it all.<p>The summer of 1967 in San Francisco was a magical time and …

San Francisco

5 'Chappelle's Show' Sketches That Still Hit Home 12 Years Later

Dave Chappelle is back. The acclaimed comedian debuted a pair of stand-up sets on Netflix this week, marking his first televised comedy specials in a …

Comedy

Today Is National Puppy Day

I just discovered that March 23 has been set aside as National Puppy Day—founded in 2006 by author Colleen Paige, and adopted by other groups and organizations since. The idea is to focus attention on puppies in need of adoption, and on the abuses found in puppy mills, but also to celebrate these …

Dachshunds

Here are 10 critics of Vladimir Putin who died violently or in suspicious ways

MOSCOW – Not everyone who has a quarrel with Russian President Vladimir Putin dies in violent or suspicious circumstances — far from it. But enough loud critics of Putin's policies have been murdered that Thursday's daylight shooting of a Russian who sought asylum in Ukraine has led to speculation …

Russia

Duterte wants impeachment bids against Philippine VP stopped

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told proponents Thursday to stop trying to impeach the vice president because she hasn't committed any "overt acts" that could be grounds for her ouster.<p>Vice President Leni Robredo has criticized Duterte's bloody anti-drug crackdown …

Philippines

The Like Button Ruined the Internet

How “engagement” made the web a less engaging place<p>Here’s a little parable. A friend of mine was so enamored of Google Reader that he built a clone when it died. It was just like the original, except that you could add pictures to your posts, and you could Like comments. The original Reader was …

Dystopia

If the West wants to end the global slave trade, it must first get over its savior complex

People like stories about heroes rescuing the exploited and enslaved. Films like <i>Amistad</i> provide thrilling narratives, in which good white people like John Quincy Adams defy convention to free the unjustly chained from bondage. Similarly, journalist Nicholas Kristof famously live-tweeted a police …

Slavery

At Home With the Lams of Ludlow Street - Roads & Kingdoms

At Home With the Lams of Ludlow Street<p>Print<p>by Melissa Guerrero<p>In their 350-square-foot apartment in 2003 on Ludlow Street in Lower Manhattan, the Lam …

Street Photography

A New Thelonious Monk Album Emerges From the Soundtrack to a Classic French Film

Thelonious Monk’s soundtrack to <i>Les liaisons dangereuses</i>, the provocative French film directed by Roger Vadim, will be released as a double album this …

Music

Anthony Bourdain and CNN Plot New Digital Venture, ‘Explore Parts Unknown’

Bourdain is building a new home for longform and videos<p>It’s been four years since <b>Anthony Bourdain</b> moved from the Travel Channel to CNN, where he currently stars in the hit travel show <i>Parts Unknown</i>. The move signaled a shift in CNN’s line-up away from straight news and toward more diverse types of …

Anthony Bourdain

Families of Hundreds of 9/11 Victims Sue Government of Saudi Arabia

A lawsuit filed in Manhattan court last week accuses the government of Saudi Arabia of “knowingly providing material support and resources to the al …

The internet knows how unattractive I am

Honestly, I'm fine with being unattractive, because owning your flaws is the best way to avoid becoming defined by them. But if the subject comes up in conversation, I'll joke that, on a hypothetical scale, I'm a "four ... in bad light." The internet, however, has enabled me to find out <i>precisely</i> …

Social Media

The food robots are upon us—taking orders, flipping burgers, and posing questions

A boxy robot was spotted rolling down a San Francisco sidewalk on March 17, accompanied by two photographers as it completed a test drive. The two logos stickered to its side—Yelp and Eat24—leave little doubt of what the bot’s creators hope it will one day deliver.<p>Robots and interactive machines …

Robots

Columnist Jimmy Breslin on Donald Trump

Jimmy Breslin wrote about New York characters, and one who showed up often in his columns over the years was Donald J. Trump. Here are three of his …

Donald Trump

This is now what happens when you try to post fake news on Facebook

Facebook has started deploying new weapons in its battle against fake news.<p>The election of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States has led to a lot of soul-searching, not least of which by the world’s largest social network. Facebook has been repeatedly accused of facilitating and …

Facebook

Philippines' Duterte welcomes prospect of ICC case, says 'brutal' war on drugs to go on

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday welcomed the prospect of the International Criminal Court (ICC) putting him on trial over his bloody war on drugs, saying he would not be intimidated and his campaign would be unrelenting and "brutal".<p>A self-confessed assassin who testified to being in …

Philippines

Legendary Daily News columnist Jimmy Breslin dead at 88

Jimmy Breslin was the biggest, the baddest, the brashest, the best columnist in New York City. And the first to say so, too.<p>The Pulitzer …

Journalism

For Donald Trump, a Terror Attack Will Be an Opportunity Not a Curse

Can we breathe a sigh of relief after federal judges blocked President Donald Trump’s discriminatory executive orders? For a moment we can, but we …

Constitutional Rights

Oarhouse Pub of Manila

This exhibit is the Oarhouse Pub's collective tribute and acknowledgement to the work of this group of photographers who have witnessed and …

WATCH: Baby boomer politicians have got to go

Salon talks to Bruce Cannon Gibney about "A Generation of Sociopaths," the mess created by boomers and the future<p>Bruce Cannon Gibney’s new book “A Generation of Sociopaths: How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America,” suggests that the millennial generation has inherited the insolvent and selfish ways …

Millennials

The Battle of ‘Miss Saigon’: Yellowface, Art and Opportunity

“Miss Saigon” started with an audacious idea — create a musical that explores the end of the Vietnam War through an ill-fated romance between a virginal Vietnamese bargirl and a hunky American G.I.<p>It would become much more than that. Over 28 years, “Miss Saigon” has turned into one of the most …

Performing Arts

Asia's Five Most Corrupt Countries

Ten rupees Indian banknotes (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)<p>From South Korea’s presidential scandal to Malaysia’s 1MDB fund, not many Asian countries have been able to avoid the smear of corruption. But just how pervasive is the problem across the continent?<p>An 18-month long survey by …

Corruption

10 Chuck Berry songs that inspired the rest of rock 'n' roll

<i>Editor’s Note: Rock ‘n’ roll legend Chuck Berry died March 18, 2017. He was 90. The following takes a deep dive into the best of Berry’s music, beyond his Top 20 hits.</i><p>One way to illustrate Chuck Berry's importance in the birth of rock is to point outthat he was one of the 10 musicians chosen for …

Rock & Roll

North Korean Nukes and the Grand International-Relations Experiment in Asia

The scholar Robert Jervis discusses his theory of the security dilemma, and how Trump is testing it.<p>“We are about to run an experiment,” the international-relations scholar Robert Jervis recently observed of the Trump presidency. Scholars of international politics, he wrote, “bemoan the fact that …

North Korea

The Gangs of L.A.

LOS ANGELES — What happened to the “gangbanger,” the figure who ruled hip-hop — and, seemingly, the streets of America’s cities — from the late 1980s to the end of the millennium? Americans projected their racial and social anxieties onto this figure, inflating him into a “superpredator,” fuel for …

The Arts

See Chuck Berry’s Life in Photos

VIEW GALLERY | 22 PHOTOS<p>Chuck Berry performs with his band c. 1956.<br>Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images<p>1 of 22<p>Legendary rock 'n' roll musician Chuck …

Music