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Ordinary Americans are powerless, but the US isn’t really an oligarchy

It’s not that ordinary Americans never get what they want from the political system. It’s just that they only get what they want if the elites want the same thing.<p>A recent paper from Princeton’s Martin Gilens and Northwestern’s Benjamin Page is making a splash with the claim that they’ve assembled …

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12 Years a Slave: Yet Another Oscar-Nominated 'White Savior' Story

The Academy, like the movie industry overall, tends to gravitate toward stories about slavery when they feature a merciful white man bringing freedom.<p>A few weeks back, I noted that there are not many movies about slavery. Given that, though, the list of slavery films that have been real contenders …

How 12 Years a Slave Gets History Right: By Getting It Wrong

Steve McQueen's film fudges several details of Solomon Northup's autobiography—both intentionally and not—to more completely portray the horrors of slavery.<p>Fox Searchlight Pictures<p>At the beginning of <i>12 Years a Slave</i>, the kidnapped freeman Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), has a painful sexual …

Why Black Democratic Mayors and GOP Governors Are BFFs

The alliance between Georgia's Nathan Deal and Atlanta's Kasim Reed—like the Chris Christie-Cory Booker detente—makes more sense than it might initially appear.<p>The paralysis of Atlanta—and its rising-star mayor, Democrat Kasim Reed—during the first of two recent storms highlighted more than just a …

Juan Mata transfer: Manchester United and Chelsea agree to deal

Mata is going to Manchester United.<p>It's officially official: Manchester United have agreed with Chelsea for the transfer of Juan Mata. The club confirmed that the midfielder would make the move for a club record fee. Mata leaves Chelsea, where he spent two-and-a-half seasons with the Blues, …

Qatar World Cup: 185 Nepalese died in 2013 – official records

The extent of the risks faced by migrant construction workers building the infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar has been laid bare by official documents revealing that 185 Nepalese men died last year alone.<p>The 2013 death toll, which is expected to rise as new cases come to light, is …

Village 'justice' in West Bengal: 'This is our way. We don't go to the police'

If there are clues to explain what happened, they lie behind the open door of the third hut on the left at the entrance to the poor, remote village of Subalpur.<p>It was here that a 20-year-old single woman was found in the company of a married man from another village on Monday afternoon. Dragged out …