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Why Does the American Media Get Big Stories Wrong?

A magazine publisher has written a provocative article raising that question. I try to offer some answers.<p>Colin Dunn/Flickr<p>1) Excessive deference to government officials is one factor that causes the news media to get important stories wrong, especially in the realms of national security, law …

What If China Hacks the NSA's Massive Data Trove?

The danger of creating data sets that would permit a foreign government or non-state actor to wreak havoc on Americans.<p>Reuters<p>Bradley Manning proved that massive amounts of the government's most secret data was vulnerable to being dumped on the open Internet. A single individual achieved that …

How Google and Facebook May Help with the NSA and PRISM

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p><i>An update and slight correction, 7:59 p.m.</i>: A spokesperson forwarded us this message from Google's …

Turkey’s protesters are nothing like what the PM has described

Istanbul is bullish on democracy these days. The downtown Taksim Square is packed Saturday and getting even more crowded.<p>Demonstrators want to send a message to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan: they are tired of one-man rule. They elected him to be a prime minister, not a dictator, they …

After PRISM, 'Boundless Informant' tool comes to light

The stream of leaks revealing the U.S. National Security Agency's secrets carries on with the public outing of a powerful intelligence tracking tool.<p>In a fresh wave of documents obtained by The Guardian, the details of the NSA's data mining tool "Boundless Informant" are laid out for the world to …

What other countries can learn from Britain’s experience with China’s Huawei

Britain finds itself in an uncomfortable position: It doesn’t like the fact that Huawei, a large Chinese firm that manufactures telecoms equipment, is deeply embedded in what Britain calls its “critical national infrastructure,” which includes energy supply pipelines, transportation infrastructure, …

UK Economy

Prism: claims of GCHQ circumventing law are 'fanciful nonsense', says Hague

William Hague is to make a statement to parliament on Monday to respond to allegations that GCHQ has gathered information on British citizens from …

US assisting Middle Eastern allies against cyber threats from Iran

The US is assisting Middle East allies in building up cyber defences to counter growing attacks from Iran, it was reported on Sunday.<p>The New York …

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Forget dowries: Chinese men have to pay up to $24,000 to get a bride

China’s recent crackdown on luxury goods may be overlooking a wildly popular big-ticket item: brides.<p>Shanghai grooms typically have to pay their would-be wives a “bride price,” which starts <i></i>at 100,000 yuan ($16,300). That’s according to a national map (registration required) of bride prices—a kind …

Real Estate

Why the Turkish protests matter to the west

Secularism: what does it mean to the people of Turkey? Is it simply a question of whether we can buy alcohol when we please, or whether the cabin …

Turkish police clear protesters out of Ankara square

Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse demonstrators in the Turkish capital on Sunday night, as demonstrators in Istanbul prepared themselves to resist a final attempt to remove the heart of the protest movement, Taksim Square.<p>The efforts to stamp out the mass anti-government …

22 'pointless' US nuclear bombs at Dutch airbase

A Dutch airbase houses 22 tactical nuclear bombs belonging to the United States as part of a Cold War military arsenal described by the country's former Prime Minister as "absolutely pointless".<p>Ruud Lubbers, the former <b>Dutch</b> Christian Democrat Prime Minister from 1982 to 1994, has broken a taboo of …

Benjamin Netanyahu: Iranian cyber attacks on Israel 'non-stop'

The Israeli prime minister has accused Iran of "non-stop attacks" on the Middle East state's computer systems.<p>Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said cyber attacks from Iran had increased significantly in recent months and Israel's water, power, train and banking systems were under threat.<p>Netanyahu …

Koreas to hold senior-level talks for first time since 2007

North and South Korea have agreed to hold senior-level talks this week in Seoul, a breakthrough of sorts after Pyongyang's recent threats of nuclear war and Seoul's vows of counterstrikes.<p>The two-day meeting starting on Wednesday will focus on stalled co-operation projects, including the resumption …

North Korea