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9 Things We Just Learned About Vladimir Putin's Life

The writer, Ben Judah, spent three years interviewing those close to Putin for his book "Fragile Empire: How Russia Fell In and Out of Love with Vladimir Putin."<p>Judah's insights into Putin's life come from former prime ministers, current ministers, regional governors, senior bureaucrats, close …

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How Hamas Uses An Underground City To Battle Israel

Palestinian militants have poured millions of dollars into a vast and complex underground network that crosses the Gaza-Israel border.<p>When Israel launched a ground offensive into Gaza last Thursday, one of the main stated objectives was to destroy the extensive network of underground tunnels that …

Odessa film festival plays on, despite Ukraine's sea of troubles

Odessa is "the pearl of the Black Sea", a Ukrainian city full of lovely 19th-century Italianate architecture and sandy beaches, with a reputation, even in Soviet times, for a certain bohemian sense of freedom. It has also, for the past five years, hosted the "Cannes of the East" – the Odessa …

Another Retirement Community Made An Awesome Calendar Of Famous Movies

Earlier this year, the Contilia Retirement Group in Germany released a wonderful calendar that featured a variety of senior citizen residents recreating scenes from their favorite movies, and naturally the Internet responded with a massive “+1.” The folks at the Senior Living Communities in the …

The New Yorker's archives are free - here's a guide to some of its best gaming stories

The New Yorker this week announced not only a sweeping redesign of their website, but that they were throwing open the gates to their archives, granting everyone free access to stories going back to 2007.<p>The free access only lasts the summer, so best to get reading and if you're into video game …

5 giant companies that are screwing the American taxpayer

<b>(Shutterstock)</b><p>Walgreens is just one of many companies trying to renounce their corporate citizenship<p>Dave Johnson<p>July 22, 2014 12:30pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Corporations get enormous benefits that regular “persons” do not. One of the biggest is limited liability. This …

Obama on D.C. statehood: 'I'm for it'

Another D.C. resident has voiced his support for statehood: President Barack Obama.<p>“I’m in D.C., so I’m for it,” the president said Monday at an event in Washington, according to The DCist.<p>“I think I’ve long believed that D.C. pays — folks in D.C. pay taxes like everybody else. They contribute to …

Political shakeup looms in California

LOS ANGELES — The rumblings are early but unmistakable: A political earthquake is — finally — headed to California.<p>For decades now, Democrats and Republicans here have experienced statewide politics as an interminable waiting game, thanks to a gang of 70- and 80-somethings from the Bay Area who …

25 Business Books that You Won't See on Most Bookshelves

<i>Gregory Ciotti is the marketing director at Help Scout.This post originally appeared on the Help Scout blog.</i><p>Read to lead, right?<p>Have you visited TNW's hype-free blockchain and cryptocurrency news site yet?It's called Hard Fork.TAKE ME THERE<p>There are few better “hacks” in life than reading—distilled …