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Review: ‘Athens Rising’ gets up close and personal with the artistic side of the Classic City

While many people know Athens as a college town, as the University of Georgia and its population lie at the heart of the city, Athens boasts a …

Student Journalism

Aristotle said there are three types of friendship, but only one we should strive for

At age 17, Aristotle enrolled in the Platonic Academy. He would stay there for 20 years.<p>Founded by the father of Western philosophy, the Greek philosopher Plato, Aristotle was the most promising student around. He asked many questions and answered even more.<p>The exact time of his departure from the …

Fight to save the Greek pension takes centre stage in Brussels and Athens

Former welder Manolis Rallakis is leading the fight against pension cuts. He has to, he says – the elderly population is literally feeding the Greek family<p>Manolis Rallakis likes to take to the streets to fight for his rights. Battles have come and gone – but always been won. “The lost battle is the …

The true story of an American warlord: Book review

American Warlord is required reading for human rights advocates, even if it occasionally tumbles into laborious minutiae, writes reviewer Michael …

'Rough Rides' and the Challenges of Improving Police Culture

Freddie Gray isn't the first person to be gravely injured while riding in a police van.<p><i>Updated on April 27, 2015, at 5 p.m.</i><p>A rough ride. Bringing them up front. A screen test. A cowboy ride. A nickel ride.<p>Police say that intentionally banging a suspect around in the back of a van isn't common …

A former CIA chief told us what makes a great spy and why they missed on 9/11

Business Insider interviewed Royden before his scheduled talk at the Commonwealth Club last month, and covered a number of topics, including the terrorist attacks on 9/11 and what makes a great spy.<p>While CIA operatives must be sociable, professional, and discreet, spies — foreign nationals …

The city that makes Rome blush: 5 reasons why Palmyra's ruins are so important

The fate of one of the world's most important archaeological treasures hangs in the balance after the Islamist militant group ISIS overwhelmed the historic city of Palmyra, also known as Tadmur.<p>The city contains the ruins of what, according to UNESCO, "was one of the most important cultural centers …

The CIA built a secret and groundbreaking mobile text messaging system in the late 1970s

From 1979 to 1985 — a span that includes President Ronald Reagan's "evil empire" speech, the 1983 US-Soviet war scare, the deaths of three Soviet General Secretaries, the shooting-down of KAL 007, and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan — the CIA was receiving high-value intelligence from a source …

CIA Directors on ISIS After Paris: ‘They’ll Come Here’

The macabre videotape from ISIS came barely a week after the bloody carnage in Paris: “We bring [President François] Hollande and the people around …

Al-Qaeda

How You Can Learn the #1 Persuasion Technique of FBI Hostage Negotiators

FBI Hostage negotiators know how to listen and this is the secret to connecting with people.<p>We’ve all been told we could be better listeners and that …

Head Of Obama's Secret Interrogation Group Says Unit Has Been Deployed 34 Times

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration’s secret High Value Detainee Interrogation Group has been dispatched 34 times during its six years of …

A Drug Kingpin, the CIA, and Prisoners: Freeway Rick Ross and America’s Mass Incarceration Problem

What does Freeway Rick Ross, the drug kingpin, have to do with Martin Luther King and the 50th anniversary of the Selma March? Good question.<p><i>Freeway:</i> …

Civil Rights

How the LAPD Got Smart and Started Winning the War Against Street Gangs | VICE News

The Los Angeles Police Department may have won the fight against street gangs — at least in some critical ways, and at least for the time being.<p>Police statistics — in addition to analyses by experts and advocates on the ground — suggest that gang violence on LA's streets has dramatically decreased. …

Athens, Greece's Hotspot

Whether you are looking for a vacation filled with cultural experience, sun, beach, fine dining, shopping, or the famous Greek nightlife, you have landed in the right place! So where are you off to so quickly?<p>The Parthenon, one of the oldest symbols of the cradle of civilization, stands timeless on …

Hot Springs

Cops Killed My Son-in-Law: An Ex-Cop’s Fight Against the Militarized Police

William J. “Dub” Lawrence was a proud Marine, police officer, and the youngest sheriff that Davis County, Utah, had ever elected; a seasoned beacon …

Home Invasion

U.S. judge rejects Nazi-stolen art restitution. Museum plans on ‘moral recognition’ instead

A federal judge in Los Angeles has declined to order the return of an impressionist painting to the relatives of a Jewish woman who was forced to …

Police who profit from seized goods betray those they are supposed to help

Police around the country routinely seize property, even from people who have never been charged with a crime. Called civil forfeiture, 43 states allow law enforcement to keep anywhere from 45 to 100% of the proceeds from a “forfeited” property. And even in states where agencies are barred from …

This is a map of underground sex-slave bars in the U.S.

Jessica was halfway into her teenage years when the dashing stranger with a silver tongue came to town. The older man singled out Jessica from all …

Russian meddling in Greece divides traditional Orthodox allies

As Orthodox Christian nations on the frontiers Europe, Russia and Greece have long enjoyed close ties. The recent name dispute with Macedonia, …

Greek Spat Exposes Putin's Waning Clout in European Backyard

When Greece, traditionally among Russia’s closest friends in Europe, expelled two Russian diplomats last month for trying to wreck a deal with the …

Business

Nonfiction Book Review: The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World by Sarah Weinman. Ecco, $27.99 (320p) ISBN 978-0-06-266192-0

The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World<p>Sarah Weinman. Ecco, $27.99 (320p) ISBN …

Scott Pruitt's Corruption Is So Vast It's Becoming Impossible to Keep Up With

It’s not often that the head of the Environmental Protection Agency finds themselves in the news so often, but then again, most EPA administrators …

Why 'Wormwood' Director Errol Morris Is the Most Influential Documentarian in the World

This week, Netflix released <i>Wormwood</i>, a four-hour mini-series that blends documentary filmmaking with dramatized sequences featuring Hollywood actors …

#Declassified: Apartheid Profits - American guns

<b>In the eleventh article in the Open Secrets’ series, ‘Declassified: Apartheid Profits’ we take a look at the shadowy world of illegal arms dealing</b> …

Surf Through Newly Digitized Images to See Rome’s Ever-Changing History

When you think of Rome, stalwart landmarks like the Colosseum and St. Peter’s Basilica may come to mind. But though the city is known as eternal, …

NSA turmoil could threaten chief's job – and expand Trump's power

Potential changes at the agency could cost Michael Rogers his position as director and offer the president-elect an unexpected role in reshaping US intelligence<p>A potential structural change to the US surveillance apparatus has thrown the tenure of the National Security Agency director, Michael …

‘Shadow World’: The War Documentary the U.S. Government Doesn’t Want You to See

In the months after the September 11 attacks, a horrified Wesley Clark recalls in the new documentary <i>Shadow World</i>, long-gestating plans to enact …

U.S. Dept. of Defense

Crystal meth 'superpower': An upstart cartel is climbing to the top of Mexico's narco underworld

In barely four years, a little-known criminal gang has grown to challenge the world's most notorious drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, for domination of Mexico's narco underworld, unleashing a new tide of violence.<p>Once underlings in Guzman's Sinaloa Cartel, traffickers of the Jalisco New …

Jalisco

Meet the 'super-recognizers,' an elite squad of police officers who are paid to never forget a face

It turns out Eliot Porritt, a detective sergeant with London's Metropolitan Police, is looking for people like me.<p>Porritt leads a police task force called the Super Recognizer Unit. Officers in his unit are believed to have an uncanny ability to place a familiar face, a skill that some researchers …

East London

What We Can Learn From the Refugee Crisis That Doomed the Roman Empire

Politicians flounder and demagogues huff and puff over this “unprecedented” immigration pressure. In fact, it all more or less happened 1,640 years …