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The Pope's Ecological Vow

In the days just before its publication, those involved in drafting the pope’s controversial eco-encyclical Laudato Si’ were much exercised about how it would be received by conservative critics. But Pope Francis, Vatican insiders tell me, was unfazed. He remains so in the face of the onslaught of …


Capitalism and Slavery

A daguerreotype of fugitive African-Americans fording the Rappahannock River, 1862Last week, Columbia University presented the Bancroft Award to two …


La danseuse tire sa révérence - Hier soir à Lyon... la tournée d'adieu de Sylvie Guillem

A 50 ans, Sylvie Guillem, la plus grande danseuse française de son époque effectue sa tournée d'adieu. Elle était lundi soir à Lyon pour les Nuits de …

Google Translate gets more conversational

Google Translate is notorious for spewing out either oddly worded or overly formal results, but the company says it's getting better thanks to people's help. Mountain View's online translator is now more adept at figuring out informal speech -- for instance, it can tell if you want to ask "Is …


Reporting on Risky Bond Deals

ProPublica reporter Cezary Podkul has done enough reporting on risky bond deals that when he came across Jason Grotto and Heather Gillers’ …

Chicago Public Schools

Greece in chaos: will Syriza’s last desperate gamble pay off?

If it all ends on Monday, with the Greeks voting for austerity in order to keep the euro, the first far-left party to hold office in modern Europe will be judged by its critics a failure.

By calling a referendum, Syriza has gambled that it can strengthen its hand in negotiations with its lenders. …


Life’s Greatest Secret by Matthew Cobb review – a thrilling account of the DNA revolution

In June 1966, the British Nobel laureate Francis Crick helped to organise a meeting of the world’s leading geneticists at Cold Spring Harbour near New York. It was to be a triumphant event. For the previous decade and a half, biologists had been struggling to unravel the genetic code, the …

Life Sciences

Islamic State bomb attack on Houthi rebel leaders in Yemen leaves 28 dead

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an attack on two Houthi rebel leaders in Sanaa on Monday night that medics say killed at least 28 people, including eight women.

The car bomb targeted Houthi rebel chief brothers Faycal and Hamid Jayache during a gathering to mourn the death of a family …


Mali’s separatist war ends at last

The rebels of northern Mali, represented by the Coordination of Azawad Movements (CMA), finally agreed to sign the agreement for peace and reconciliation in Bamako on 20 June, crowning almost a year of talks that have been taking place in Algiers. The unusual possibility that a peace agreement …

Foreign Policy

The end of Europe as we know it: Why Greece is poised to change everything this weekend

Greece will cast its most important vote in a generation on Sunday: Euro or Drachma. In or out.

Every campaign season, self-interested politicians tell Americans that we face “the most important election of our lifetimes.” Only rarely is that literally true, but Sunday’s snap referendum in Greece …


Obama Executive Order Could Reduce "Dark Money"

President Obama has been denouncing “dark money” since 2010, when he declared it “a threat to our democracy.” And he’s right to be concerned: Dark …


In Japan, a plan to expand military's powers faces growing resistance

Japan's ruling coalition came in for a shock recently as parliament mulled legislation pushed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to expand the powers of the nation's Self-Defense Forces.

The lawmakers had invited three constitutional scholars to address the lower house. One of them, Waseda University …



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Boom! There's your tagline, MoMA! I don't want to be paid for this, just tell Marty I …


Barack Obama moves to double US salary limit on overtime pay

Barack Obama has launched a push for salaried workers earning nearly US$1,000 a week to receive overtime pay, with the president declaring that too many Americans are working long hours for less than they deserve.

The long-awaited overtime rule from the US labor department would more than double the …


Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s Flip-Flop on NSA Spying - The Intercept

Two years after she cancelled her state visit to Washington in outrage over revelations that the U.S. had spied on her, Brazilian President Dilma …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Watch a Dispatch from Yemen's Humanitarian Crisis

Why is the international community ignoring the country's urgent needs for food, water and medical care?

The war in Yemen — especially the Saudi-led coalition's aerial attacks on the capital and its blockade of the border — now in its fourth month, has created a countrywide humanitarian crisis. …

Middle East

A year after Gaza war, Hamas entrenched as frustration grows

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Emad Firi is angry. During last summer's Israel-Hamas war, a shell slammed through the roof of his house and shredded his right leg. Unable to work, Firi's son now drives his taxi but the family struggles to survive.

The 50-year-old blames Israel, but also the Islamic …


Supreme Court denies states’ request for proof of voter citizenship

The Supreme Court has declined to hear a case allowing states to require proof of citizenship for those applying to vote in federal elections, …


After mercury ruling, scrutiny of Obama climate rules grows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sweeping pollution limits at the center of President Barack Obama's climate change plan are facing increased scrutiny in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that showed that the justices aren't afraid to thwart perceived overreach by Obama or his Environmental Protection Agency.

The …

Climate Change

Reading the revolution: the book club that terrified the Angolan regime

As a group of young Angolans gathered in the capital Luanda for their regular book club, authorities clearly felt the act of reading was so subversive that it was tantamount to a rebellion, and state security forces immediately intervened.

Thirteen of the readers were arrested in a raid last week, …


William Tell: nudity and rape scene greeted with boos at Royal Opera House

A Royal Opera House production of Guillaume Tell (William Tell) that opened in London’s Covent Garden on Monday night was heckled and booed for incorporating a scene in which a young woman is stripped naked and molested by army officers.

Rossini’s work of 1829 tells the story of the Swiss patriot …

Royal Opera House

New York State officially bans use of fracking, cites environmental concerns

New York State has officially banned the use of hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas, citing its potential impact on health and the environment.

The state has long had a de facto ban on the practice, known as fracking, which has unlocked vast quantities of natural gas and natural gas liquids …


Human rights groups denounce US resumption of military aid to Bahrain

The United States is resuming security aid to Bahrain’s military forces, saying there had been “meaningful progress” on human rights four years after the kingdom’s deadly crackdown on anti-government protesters.

“The administration has decided to lift the holds on security assistance to the Bahrain …

Human Rights

Justice Stephen Breyer’s dissent: Death penalty may be unconstitutional

Updated 6/29/15 5:35 PM EDT

The death penalty may be unconstitutional, two of the Supreme Court’s liberal judges suggested on Monday.

In a dissent to the majority’s opinion in Glossip v. Gross, which upheld Oklahoma’s use of a key drug used for lethal injections, Justice Stephen Breyer, joined by …

Death Penalty

Supreme Court's ruling comes too late for coal

President Barack Obama’s opponents won a Supreme Court skirmish in the “war on coal” Monday, but the ruling blocking his mercury pollution rule won’t do anything to reverse coal’s waning role in the nation’s power supply.

And on top of that, legal experts don’t expect the decision to hamper the …


Diaspora Eritreans rally against human rights abuses

Thousands of Eritreans gather in Geneva to protest against alleged rights abuses in their home country.

Diaspora Eritreans have demonstrated in front of the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

The rally on Friday is in support of a recently released UN report that …

Human Rights

Lenovo is thinking about resurrecting the classic ThinkPad

If there’s ever been a truly iconic laptop in the Windows world, it’s the ThinkPad. Designed by Richard Sapper for IBM back in 1992, the ThinkPad’s clean lines and no-nonsense look made it a favorite among business users.

Twenty three years since the original was launched, Lenovo wants to bring back …


Movie Listings for June 26-July 2

Ratings and running times are in parentheses; foreign films have English subtitles. Full reviews of all current releases: nytimes.com/movies.

‘ABCD 2’ (No rating, 2:27, in Hindi) This Bollywood sequel about a dance troupe (the title comes from “Any Body Can Dance”) heading to an international …


Documentary Filmmakers Talk About Manipulation in Their Work

The opening of “Cartel Land” drops viewers into an outdoor Mexican meth lab at night; the head chef sits down for an interview. The scene might be enough of a jolt to viewers, but what they won’t know — unless they’re familiar with meth cooking — is that it was shot over two nights. The filmmaker, …


‘Escape From East Berlin,’ Reissued Five Decades Later

Scores of film artists fled Nazi Germany during the 1930s and found their way to Hollywood. Only a handful of these refugees returned after World War II to make German-language films.

The actor Peter Lorre directed a single feature, “The Lost One,” in which he also starred, in West Germany in 1951. …