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This paralyzed taxi driver set off a bomb in the Beijing airport to protest injustice—and it worked

If Ji Zhongxing had set off a hand-made explosive in an airport in most other countries, he would be labeled a terrorist. But Ji, who was protesting a beating by local government officers in 2005 that left him paralyzed and in a wheelchair, is being hailed as a hero by many Chinese social media …

Extremism

A kid is not a luxury item

Treating childbearing like a privilege reserved for the rich keeps us from enacting the policies parents need<p>"Ryan Reynolds is just like you,” writes Adam Sachs in this month's Details. Movie star Reynolds and his wife, Blake Lively, also an actor, want to have a big family – four, maybe five, …

Children's happiness in UK on the decline, report says

<b>The happiness of children in the UK is in decline, with 15% of young teenagers reporting low well-being, a report from a children's charity says.</b><p>The Children's Society's Good Childhood Report says well-being has dipped since 2008 after a period of improvement from 1994.<p>Teenagers aged 14 and 15 are …

Happiness

The 30-Minute Strategy For Creating A Successful Path To Your Goals

How the wisdom of hip-hop star Drake helped focus the author’s mind and illuminate an important idea: Great strategies are stories told backward.<p>I’m on a flight to Florida after five hours of sleep, and I should be drafting a strategic vision statement for a client I worked with yesterday.<p>But …

Fun-Da-Mental

5 Weird Habits That Make People Successful And Awesome

Because if you make enough money, people call you “eccentric” instead of “crazy.”<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2013. Click here to see the full list.</i><p>Yes, we all need to heed our callings, follow our north stars, and not settle for jobs, but pursue careers.<p>Thing …

Success

'Big leap' towards curing blindness in stem cell study

<b>The prospect of reversing blindness has made a significant leap, according to scientists in the UK.</b><p>An animal study in the journal Nature Biotechnology showed the part of the eye which actually detects light can be repaired using stem cells.<p>The team at Moorfields Eye Hospital and University College …

Cell Biology

So You Think You're Creative?

We're always talking about creativity, but what do we mean? Can we find creativity, can we measure it, can we encourage it? Kurt talks with professor …

Buddha Had It Right: Relax The Mind And Productivity Will Follow

Eastern thought and meditation are pushing ever-closer to the mainstream. Today, many ancient teachings coincide perfectly with modern research on improved mental agility.<p>“The great enigma for psychologists and philosophers is the mind.”<br>–Bhante Wimala<p>Several decades ago, the term ‘mindfulness’ used …

Mindfulness

Comment: Immigration policy could end Britain's higher education supremacy for good

<b>By James Pitman</b><p>I read with dismay the 40 Group of Tory MPs' suggestion of a cap on international students attending universities outside the UK’s top …

Opinion

Letters to the Editor<p>On this day

Online child protection issues 'hugely complicated'

John Carr, from the Children's Charities' Coalition on Internet Safety, is "delighted" David Cameron is giving the issue of online child protection such a "high priority" within his Government.<p>The Prime Minister has set out plans for new laws to make pornographic videos streamed online in the UK …

More than 100 free schools applications approved

Education Secretary Michael Gove today approved 102 new free school applications to open in 2014 and beyond, delivering around 50,000 new school …

A victory for equality: 3 pieces of news about the same sex marriage bill

I thought it might be useful to do a quick catch-up on various aspects of the parliamentary debate on same sex marriage which took place on Monday …

The politics of aid

<i>This article is from the June 2013 issue of Total Politics</i><p>As one of only three departments ring-fenced from coalition spending cuts, overseas aid is …

“Is the coalition government doing enough to encourage social mobility?”

<i>That was the question I was asked to answer for a new magazine, The New Idealist (available online here). Here’s what I said…</i><p>Social mobility: it’s a …

Ed's Google Speech and What It Means for Responsible Capitalism

On Wednesday, Ed Miliband made a speech at Google - a business that has been making headlines recently for all the wrong reasons. To the outsider, …

Immigration falls - but drop could prove deceptive

Net immigration registered a sharp fall in the 12 months to September 2012, figures released today show, with much of the drop due to falling student …

Gas prices could push renewable savings to £100bn

Longer-term commitment to renewable energy will pay off for ministers unless the world rejects emissions reduction efforts completely, government …

Women mean business | Progress | News and debate from the progressive community

Closing the gender gap in entrepreneurship is good for women and good for the economy.<p>The gender gap in entrepreneurship has received less attention …

Comment: Cutting demand is the blind spot in Britain's great energy debate

<b>By Jan Rosenow</b><p>There is a lively debate about Britain's energy future. In the last months we've seen controversial discussions about fracking, the …

Benefits cap will have catastrophic effect on families, court will hear

Families will suffer catastrophic effects and victims of domestic violence may be forced to return to their abusers, it will be argued in the first …

Opinion: Building a stronger economy by supporting Research and Development

As slogans go, ‘Stronger economy. Fairer society’, is a pretty good one. But I can’t help thinking that we have a bit of an imbalance in favour of …

Comment: Woolwich does not justify the return of the snoopers' charter

The period which immediately follows a terror attack is always uniquely dangerous. The leashes which hold certain dogs at bay are loosened. Far-right …

Nick Clegg: Terrorism has no religion

The BBC reports that Nick Clegg has been speaking at an interfaith event in London set up after the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich on …

GPs reject call to take over out-of-hours care

GPs yesterday overwhelmingly reiterated their opposition to taking back responsibility for providing out-of-hours care, with some predicting that …

Opinion: UKIP vote against EU tackling tax evasion

UKIP frequently describe the EU as a large, expensive, bureaucratic nightmare, stating that we pay into the EU more than we get out. Yet at a time …