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Why privatization is a disaster for any democratic society

<b>In this Feb. 23, 2016 photo, a resident carries drinking water following an overnight fire at a poor neighborhood in Muntinlupa city southeast of Manila, Philippines. Water was not supposed to become so expensive for Manila under a 1997 World Bank deal that privatized the seaside city’s water and</b> …

The Next Arab Spring? Women’s Rights

ORAN, Algeria — Who is still waging revolution in the Arab world? Not the Islamists, who have trapped themselves in violence or extremism. Not the left-wing elites, now aging, disarmed and discredited after the debacle of their nationalist movements. Not the young bloggers who were at the forefront …

Harvey decimated Galveston Bay's oyster population

Oyster lovers will shell out more for the marine delicacy this fall, as freshwater runoff from Hurricane Harvey's historic floods killed virtually …

Your Roomba could be selling maps of your home to Google, Amazon, and Apple

Remember Roomba, the cute robotic vacuum cleaner who's been navigating around your house for years?<p>Well, its creator, iRobot, has hinted it may sell …

I, Robot

Two ultra-Orthodox feminists challenge Israel’s political landscape

MODIIN, Israel — They are ultra-Orthodox feminists and liken their group to the suffragist movement.<p>Esty Shushan and Estee Rieder-Indursky have been fighting for the past five years for women’s rights within their strictly conservative ultra-Orthodox, or Haredi, community.<p>Now they are trying to …

Painful Chinese Foot-Binding Was More Than An Erotic Practice, Study Finds

"Our work dispels the view that women were just trying to please men," researcher Laurel Bossen says.<p>Chinese foot-binding is perceived today as unusual, gruesome, an antiquated fetish, an erotic tradition.<p>For decades in China, young girls’ bones were broken and their feet tightly bound in a painful …

How the U.S. can hold Erdogan’s brawling guards accountable — and keep it from happening again

<i>This article has been updated.</i><p>On a Tuesday afternoon in May, a brief but violent altercation erupted outside the home of the Turkish ambassador on Washington’s Embassy Row. At least nine people were injured in the fighting. Video taken at the scene would indicate that most of the injured were …

South Asia

7,000 massive methane gas bubbles under the Russian permafrost could explode anytime

Scorching March brings Arctic temperatures up to 20°F warmer than normal.<p>Russian scientists have recently discovered some 7,000 underground methane …

We don’t need to double world food production by 2050 – here’s why

<b>(AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)</b><p>Meeting both production and environmental goals will be a monumental task, especially in the face of new challenges<p>Mitch Hunter<p>March 11, 2017 2:59pm (UTC)<p>This article was originally published on The Conversation.<p>For decades, American agriculture has been a paragon of …

Farming

Beyond Lyme: New Tick-Borne Diseases On The Rise In U.S.

It all started in the shower. Tucker Lane looked down, and there they were.<p>"Two ticks, on my right hip, directly next to each other," he says.<p>At the time, Lane didn't think much about it. He grew up on Cape Cod. Ticks are everywhere there in the summer. "Just another tick bite. Not a big deal," he …

Disease

Tensions flare as Serb nationalist train halts at border

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — An elaborately decorated Serbian nationalist train took off Saturday from Belgrade aiming for northern Kosovo but halted at …

Japanese people wary of refugees, foreign workers

The Japanese government believes the nation needs to address the problems of a falling birth rate and a rapidly ageing population, but the general …

Japan

More than half the people in the world live in the sphere of influence

Back in 2013, a meme circulated quickly off of a Reddit post that showed the incredible population density of the southeast corner of Asia.<p>You may have seen it: the satellite map showed, quite simply, that "more people live inside this circle, than outside of it".<p>THE POPULATION EPICENTER<p>We are in …

Lands That I Love

Few places in Texas have left as indelible a mark on me as Cypress Creek, which flows out of the fabled Jacob’s Well and makes its way through the …

Flooding of Coast, Caused by Global Warming, Has Already Begun

NORFOLK, Va. — Huge vertical rulers are sprouting beside low spots in the streets here, so people can judge if the tidal floods that increasingly inundate their roads are too deep to drive through.<p>Five hundred miles down the Atlantic Coast, the only road to Tybee Island, Ga., is disappearing …

Climate Change

Burning Across Borders: The Health Toll of Palm Oil Fires

By Diane Shohet<p>Earlier this month, Indonesian officials sounded the alarm that "haze" from forest fires was making its way towards neighboring …

Palm Oil

Aleppo’s humanitarian crisis worsens while Islamic State loses key Syrian city

Fighting in the Syrian city of Aleppo for several days has cut off the flow of water to millions of residents as a humanitarian crisis shows signs of spreading from opposition neighborhoods to pro-government districts.<p>Escalating assaults between government soldiers and rebels for control of this …

Looking at the North Korean Problem From a Chinese Border City

The spindly legs of half-a-dozen dried frogs are tied together in a knot. Sharing the apothecary’s shelf are small bottles of the derivative “frog …

North Korea

Here’s What a Man Who Studied Every Suicide Attack in the World Says About ISIS’ Motives

Despite the existence of a good deal of research about terrorism, there’s a gap between the common understanding of what leads terrorists to kill and …

Al-Qaeda

The Problem With Reinforced Concrete

By itself, concrete is a very durable construction material. The magnificent Pantheon in Rome, the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome, is in …

Daring Antarctic rescue mission underway to evacuate sick South Pole crew member

<b>UPDATE: June 22, 2016, 11:06 a.m. EDT</b> The rescue plane has left the South Pole with one patient aboard, and is flying the 10-hour flight back to the …

Antarctica

Why they hate us

<b>(CNN) —</b> The next time you hear of a terror attack -- no matter where it is, no matter what the circumstances -- you will likely think to yourself, "It's Muslims again." And you will probably be right.<p>In 2014, about 30,000 people were killed in terror attacks worldwide. The vast majority of those …

Religion

Found: Eyeless Catfish That Made It to the U.S. Through Secret Caves

Though no one knows for sure.<p>Mexican blindcats. (Photo: Danté Fenolio)<p>The Mexican blindcat has no eyes, and its skin is so translucent that its …

Dead Zone In Gulf Of Mexico As Large As Connecticut?

Close<p>The Dead Zone that grows annually in the Gulf of Mexico could stretch to over an area the size of Connecticut, according to new predictions. In …