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Elizabeth Alexander on How Great Artists Orient Themselves to Light of the World

“Art that speaks to any of us always comes from a very particular place, and then we find ourselves in it in some kind of way.”<p>It is the mark of a great writer to envelop in language a universal yet ineffable human experience, to give shape and voice to the silent ether of our most cavernous …

Literature

Two Glimpses of a Grim Post-American Future

New books point to gathering trouble in both Asia and Europe.<p>As the United States under President Trump recedes from world leadership, things are not looking so good elsewhere on earth. Two new books—with similarly morbid titles—have arrived to warn of big trouble ahead for both the European Union …

The Sixteen Most-Read New Yorker Blog Posts of 2016

We publish about fifteen pieces a day on this Web site, and it’s not often that they make me cry. But the first story on this list did. It’s the tale of my friend Paul Kalanithi’s last day practicing medicine, excerpted from his memoir about dealing with terminal metastatic lung cancer, “When …

How Silicon Valley’s Talent Wars Are Killing Its Nonprofits

Bay Area nonprofits are being priced out of the Valley as salaries and overhead costs continue to skyrocket<p>When you imagine a typical nonprofit, you may picture a soup kitchen, a community center, or a homeless shelter. While such services still exist, many nonprofits now design apps, build …

The More You Energize Your Coworkers, the Better Everyone Performs

How much energy do you have at work? Do you feel invigorated and engaged or down and disengaged? Either way, the reason might be your coworkers: They are infecting you with their energy, positive or negative.<p>We “catch” energy through our interactions with people – something called “relational …

A show about nothing: how Australian politics became a Seinfeld episode

As Bill, Chris and Jim took the podium on Tuesday to announce the Turnbull government’s decision to scrap the baby bonus, preserve the clean energy supplement, and wipe $6.3bn off the deficit, it seemed as if Bizarro Malcolm, Bizarro Scott and Bizarro Mathias had turned up to run the …

Australia

Russia says U.S. refuses to share Syria truce deal with U.N. council | Reuters

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia said on Friday that a U.N. Security Council endorsement of a Syria ceasefire deal between Moscow and Washington appeared unlikely because the United States does not want to share the documents detailing the agreement with the 15-member body.<p>Russian U.N. Ambassador …

Middle East

Even Peace May Not Save Syria

With startling candor, the director of the C.I.A., John Brennan, last week questioned a longstanding premise of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. “I don’t know whether or not Syria and Iraq can be put back together again,” he told the <i>CTC Sentinel</i>, which is published by West Point’s Combating …

Does the left have a future?

All over the west, the left is in crisis. It cannot find answers to three urgent problems: the disruptive force of globalisation, the rise of populist nationalism, and the decline of traditional work<p>There is more than one spectre haunting modern Europe: terrorism, the revival of the far right, the …

Bernie Sanders

Australia's education system

So what does the data show?<p><b>Education spending - above average</b><p>In terms of money spent per school student, Australia is the OECD's 10th biggest …

The War Debate America Isn’t Having

The U.S. and Britain both intervened in Iraq and Libya. Only one is now seriously reckoning with those choices.<p>Over the last two months, the British public has been engaged in a debate about war that has been largely absent from the U.S. presidential election.<p>On Wednesday, a parliamentary committee …

Atul Gawande: for the first time in human history, ineptitude is a bigger problem than ignorance

The New Yorker writer and surgeon joins The Ezra Klein Show to explain why our idea of failure is so wrong.<p>You can get a little dizzy just thinking about how much Atul Gawande gets done every year.<p>Gawande’s main job is as a cancer surgeon — he performs around 200 surgeries a year. He’s also …

Britain’s secret wars

For more than 100 years, Britain has been perpetually at war. Some conflicts, such as the Falklands, have become central to our national narrative, but others, including the brutal suppression of rebels in Oman, have been deliberately hidden<p>In the months after the surrender of Japan on 14 August …

War

How the ‘Great Paradox’ of American politics holds the secret to Trump’s success

In the heartland of the American right, people harmed by polluting industries have instead come to hate the government whose environmental regulations protect them. Now they’re voting for Donald Trump<p>There he is, seated on his wooden front porch overlooking a trim yard in suburban DeRidder, …

EPA

Another 41 allegations of peacekeeper sex abuse undisclosed by the UN

Africa

U.N. adopts resolution on combating sex crimes by peacekeepers | Reuters

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council on Friday backed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s recommendations to repatriate peacekeeping units where there are grounds to suspect their personnel have engaged in widespread sexual exploitation and abuse.<p>U.N. peacekeepers take a break …

North Africa

U.N. says new sex abuse allegations against peacekeepers in Congo | Reuters

KINSHASA (Reuters) - The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Democratic Republic of Congo said on Saturday it had received new allegations of sexual abuse against its soldiers.<p>Peacekeepers serving in the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) …

Africa

U.N. registered 99 sex crime allegations against its staff in 2015 | Reuters

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - There were 99 new allegations of sexual exploitation or sexual abuse against United Nations staff members across the U.N. system last year, a sharp increase from the 80 allegations in 2014, according to a new U.N. report.<p>The United Nations headquarters building is …

Africa

Dispatches: On Peacekeeper Abuse, Put Survivors First

Yesterday’s spotlight was meant to be for the Central African Republic’s newly-elected President as he took his oath of office. But news of up to 100 …

Africa

Probe into sexual abuse in Central African Republic must 'leave no stone unturned' – UN rights chief

“The UN investigation into these sickening allegations, which suggest sexual abuse and exploitation of a large number of women and girls, must leave …

Africa

Central African Republic: A New Low for Peacekeeping?

The beleaguered citizens of Central African Republic (CAR) must have hoped a new leaf was being turned over when their new president was inaugurated …

United Nations widens sex abuse inquiry into peacekeepers in CAR

Organisation to examine child abuse claims made against personnel from Morocco and Burundi in Central African Republic<p>The UN has widened its investigation into allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by foreign peacekeepers in Central African Republic and has notified authorities in France, …

Africa

Central African Republic abuse claims prompt UN to consider peacekeeping court martials, DNA testing

The UN has called for DNA testing and court martials in a bid to stamp out sexual abuse in global peacekeeping missions after shocking new accounts …

Africa

UN peacekeeping chief condemns sexual exploitation; says victims' needs are 'top priority'

According to the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Hervé Ladsous, the Under-Secretary-General who heads the UN Department of …

Africa

No place for rapists in peacekeeping

There is a “cancer” within the<p>United Nations—a term employed by Secretary-GeneralBan Ki-moonhimself—and it must be cut out. I don’t repeat this lightly, especially not as one of the organization’s chief advocates.<p>Despite Ban's commitment to a "zero- tolerance policy against sexual exploitation" by …

Africa

Tanzania to Investigate Possible Abuse by its Peacekeepers in DRC

Tanzania says it will promptly investigate allegations that several of its troops sexually abused women and girls in the Democratic Republic of …

Africa

U.N. investigating sex abuse allegations against Tanzanian peacekeepers in Congo | Reuters

KINSHASA (Reuters) - The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Democratic Republic of Congo said late on Friday that it has received allegations of sexual abuse against Tanzanian peacekeepers based in Congo’s northeast, the latest in a series of such accusations against U.N. forces.<p>The mission said in a …

Africa

UN sex abuse scandal: 11 peacekeepers face paternity claims in DR Congo

Spokesman for secretary general Ban Ki-moon reveals fresh details as first soldiers face court over alleged abuses in Central African Republic<p>A group of 11 Tanzanian peacekeepers accused of sexual exploitation and abuse in the Democratic Republic of the Congo also face paternity claims from their …

Africa