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David Bowie and Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Statutory Rape Problem - The Daily Beast

Michael Ochs Archives, via Getty<p>NOT ABOVE THE LAW<p>David Bowie and Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Statutory Rape Problem<p>The late music legend famously deflowered a 14-year-old groupie—before she was stolen away by Jimmy Page. Why it’s important for us to take our heroes to task for their predatory behavior.<p>Since …

David Bowie

An oligarchy has broken our democracy. It must be dislodged

Each new election year promises change. We will choose a new president and new representatives in Congress; fresh faces will make their appearances in Washington DC, while old ones disappear. But what about the people who stay in power, one election after another, less exposed to the public eye?<p>The …

Airbus plan heralds Iran boom after sanctions lifted

By Andrew Torchia<p>DUBAI (Reuters) - A purchase of more than 100 aircraft from Europe's Airbus may be one of Iran's first big deals in a trade and investment boom that could reshape the economy of the Middle East.<p>"The legs of Iran’s economy are now free of the chains of sanctions, and it’s time to …

Iran

Made in Manhattan: how Saul Leiter found beauty in Gotham’s glass and grime

Near the end of <i>In No Great Hurry</i>, a 2014 documentary about Saul Leiter, we see the 88-year-old photographer kicking back in his chair, illuminated by cool New York light. “I may be old-fashioned,” he says slowly. “But I believe there is such a thing as a search for beauty – a delight in the nice …

Remembering Ellen Meiksins Wood

Ellen Meiksins Wood passed away yesterday after a long struggle with cancer. Wood was a thinker of extraordinary range, writing with authority on …

Marxism

U.N. reports gang-rapes, mass graves in Burundi

The United Nations has documented cases of Burundi's security forces gang-raping women during searches of opposition supporters' houses and heard witness testimony of mass graves, U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said on Friday.<p>Burundi has suffered a worsening wave of violence since …

Human Rights

An Obituary by Vivek Chibber for Ellen Meiksins Wood

We were very sad to learn of the death of the world-renowned political theorist and historian Ellen Meiksins Wood (1942-2016) who passed away on …

Capitalism

What Is Becoming of Deleuze?

<i>On the 20th anniversary of the death of French philosopher Gilles Deleuze,</i> LARB<i>’s philosophy/critical theory editor Arne De Boever and Brad Evans</i> …

Books

Burundi: ‘all alarm signals flashing red’ warns UN as reports of atrocities mount

The UN has warned that “a complete breakdown of law and order is just around the corner” in Burundi as it examines allegations of gang-rapes, enforced disappearances and the digging of mass graves during the eruption of violence that left dozens of people dead last month.<p>Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the …

This is how toxic Flint’s water really is

The city of Flint, Mich., is in the midst of a water crisis several years in the making. The city opted out of Detroit's water supply and began drawing water from the Flint River in April 2014, part of a cost-saving move. Eighteen months later, in the fall of 2015, researchers discovered that the …

Flint

And Yet ... by Christopher Hitchens review – fearless, self-admiring, effortlessly eloquent

Christopher Hitchens was the ultimate champagne socialist, though as his career progressed the champagne gradually took over from the socialism. Known in his student days as Hypocritchens for his habit of marching for the poor and dining with the rich, he was a public school renegade in a long …

Do humans stand a chance in Earth’s sixth mass extinction? — Quartz

Scientists recently suggested that the Earth’s sixth mass extinction has begun. As terrifying as that sounds, surely humans are too smart and too important to get wiped out? Paleontologists have long tried to shed light on this question by looking for general rules that might predict the survival …

Extinction

Did U.S. intelligence officers downplay Islamic State reports?

Watch Video | Listen to the Audio<b>GWEN IFILL:</b> But, first, a look at a growing controversy that has gripped one part of the government’s intelligence …

Intelligence

Can EU countries still afford their welfare states?

<b>As German Chancellor Angela Merkel is fond of repeating, the EU accounts for just 7% of the world's population and a quarter of its gross domestic product (GDP) but as much as half of its welfare spending.</b><p>Her underlying message is that Europe spends too much on social policies and thus has no …

Angela Merkel

Where Refugees Want to Go

As hundreds of thousands of the world’s most desperate people arrive in Europe —many of them Syrians, but also Afghans, Iraqis, Eritreans, Somalis, Sudanese, and others—several key issues are coming into sharp focus, which, together, say a great deal about the modern world. First and foremost, the …

World News

Putin Sees Path to Diplomacy Through Syria

LVIV, Ukraine — To much of the world, Syria is a scene of unending tragedy, but to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia it is a golden opportunity, a way out of the isolation he and Russia have endured since the West imposed sanctions over Ukraine — with the added bonus of wagging an “I told you …

The Fed on deck, migrants tear-gassed and Corbyn’s crowdsourced questions

It’s decision time for the Fed, and whether the central bank will raise rates at its meeting today remains a mystery. Just under half of 30 …

What slowing trade growth means for the world economy

THE global economy has stumbled from one pothole to the next in 2015. America's economy slowed to a crawl during an icy first quarter. Then fears of …

Economics

Japanese politicians brawl in parliament over bill to allow troops to fight abroad

Japanese politicians scuffled on Thursday during a heated debate over a security bill that could see the military fight abroad for the first time in decades, after thousands rallied to voice their anger.<p>In scenes uncommon for Japan’s normally sedate parliament, members of the opposition and the …

Why Isis fights

For more than a century, Dabiq was one of northern Syria’s forsaken villages, a speck on a vast agricultural plain between the Turkish border and the deserts of Iraq, which hardly seemed likely to shape the fate of nations. A weathered sign at its entrance said 4,000 people lived there, most of …

Framework

Multimedia

Brazil’s Rousseff – is this the beginning of the end? A new poll suggests it is.

Stopping the downward spiral of Brazil’s economy will take a bitter combination of tax increases and spending cuts. But highly negative reactions to …

Amia Srinivasan: The New Utilitarians

Philosophers may talk about justice or rights, but they don’t often try to reshape the world according to their ideals. A new generation of moral …

A Very Unusual Subway Stop in New York

New York City’s long-suffering commuters might be wise to avoid a glittering new subway stop on the No. 7 line that opened Sunday at Hudson Yards on the West Side of Manhattan. After seeing the $2.4 billion station that has ignited a burst of development in this once-grim industrial area, riders …

Why Americans Still Think the Economy Is Terrible

If your entire understanding of the economy comes from headlines about the latest economic data, you would be forgiven for thinking these are the best of times. The unemployment rate is down to 5.1 percent, after all!<p>If your entire understanding of the economy comes from what is going on in …

US consumer prices drop for the first time in seven months.

<b>US consumer prices fell in August as petrol prices dropped and a strong dollar curbed the cost of goods, the US Department of Labor has said.</b><p>The Consumer Price Index (CPI) slipped 0.1% last month, the first decline since January.<p>But in the 12 months to August, the CPI rose 0.2% after a similar gain …

This sinister trade union bill is an assault on the rights of working people

Conservative MP David Davis said it was like something out of “Franco’s Spain.” Leading human rights groups called it “a major attack on civil liberties”. Vince Cable described it as “vindictive,” “ideological” and “provocative”. Business associations warned it could have “unintended …

Il vero Leone d’oro e i film più sopravvalutati di Venezia

16 settembre 2015 17:49<p><i>Behemoth</i> è il Leone d’oro mancato. E di conseguenza è un’interrogazione mancata, per il pubblico, sulla Cina e il suo ruolo – …

The Broad: can a $140m gallery revitalise downtown Los Angeles?

When the door clicks shut and you stand enclosed in the Infinity Mirrored Room, a dark, mirror-lined chamber with thousands of tiny lights pulsating like a micro-cosmos, it can feel as if the stars are aligning for the Los Angeles arts scene.<p>The room sounds like something out of The Hitchhiker’s …

It’s expensive to be poor

Why low-income Americans often have to pay more<p>WHEN Ken Martin, a hat-seller, pays his monthly child-support bill, he uses a money order rather than …

Poverty