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Where America's Racist Tweets Come From

<i>Warning: The tweets are really, really racist.</i><p>So, per the team's model, a score of 1.0 indicates that the state's proportion of racist tweets to non-racist tweets is the same as the overall national proportion. A score above 1.0 indicates that the proportion of racist tweets to non-racist tweets is …

Journey of a North Korean defector: from escaping by bike to singing at Harvard

Park Young-jin arrived in South Korea just a year ago, but he has already travelled to the US to perform with one of K-pop’s biggest stars. He talks about how his life has changed<p>The life of a North Korean defector is one of extreme contrasts. Born in a country with one of the world’s strictest …

Poor Women Tend to Be Fatter Than Poor Men

… and fat women tend to be poorer than fat men. Why the obesity-poverty link splits along gender lines.<p>In Greek mythology, the hydra was a monstrous multi-headed serpent with the ability to constantly regenerate: When one of its heads was cut off, two more would grow back in its place.<p>In the U.S., …

Do Toy Companies Need More Women at the Top?

Lego has two women on its senior leadership team; Mattel has one. Is this lack of diversity holding them back?<p>As a little girl, I loved Barbies. But now as an adult, I'm slightly embarrassed by this. My best defense: Well, there weren't better girls toys back then. Three decades later, when …

Texas court upholds right to take 'upskirt' pictures

A court has upheld the constitutional right of Texans to photograph strangers as an essential component of freedom of speech - even if those images should happen to be surreptitious “upskirt” pictures of women taken for the purposes of sexual gratification.<p>Criticising an anti-“creepshot” law as a …

The Islamic State: is it Isis, Isil – or possibly Daesh?

The Islamic State – aka Isis (in current Guardian house style) – is a scary and much-discussed phenomenon, erasing borders, conquering vast areas of Iraq and Syria, massacring its enemies and beheading hostages in slick snuff and propaganda videos. Barack Obama calls it Isil. David Cameron loyally …

Rick Perry suggests Joan Rivers might not have died under Texas abortion laws

Texas governor Rick Perry has suggested that the comedian Joan Rivers might not have died during a routine medical procedure had the New York outpatient clinic treating her been subject to the same kind of stringent standards required by Texas’s controversial new abortion laws.<p>Rivers died, at the …

Sailors plead guilty to hog-tying and assault during navy hazing ritual

Two sailors have pleaded guilty to hog-tying and indecently assaulting a colleague during a brutal bastardisation ritual aboard a naval ship in 2011.<p>Able seamen Rohan Angre and Michael Thompson on Monday pleaded guilty to multiple charges of forcible confinement and indecent assault after they …

John Howard: there was no genocide against Indigenous Australians

The former prime minister John Howard has stood by his statements the he believes the Bringing Them Home report was wrong in its conclusions that genocide had been practised against Indigenous Australians.<p>In a wide-ranging interview aired on Channel Seven’s Sunday Night program, Howard was asked …

Counter-terrorism raids: five unanswered questions

The largest counter-terrorism raids in Australian history last week have left many questions unanswered. Serious allegations have been made that suspects were planning an attack that would “shock, horrify and terrify” the community.<p>In response, on Thursday, 18 September, NSW police, Australian …

The Afghan Girls Who Live as Boys

In a society that demands sons at almost any cost, some families are cutting their daughters’ hair short and giving them male names.<p>Mehran, age 6, first arrived at her kindergarten in Kabul as Mahnoush, in pigtails and a pistachio dress. When school shut down for a break, Mahnoush left and never …

Write Like the Handmaid

Novelist Edan Lepucki looks to the subversive metaphors in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale for lessons in channeling characters' weird, rebellious spirits.<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature.</b> <b>See entries from Claire Messud,</b> …

Tragedy plays on infinite loop. Do you really want to keep hitting replay?

The expansive anarchy of the internet continues to lull us into believing that, because we can see something, that something should be seen. Because we can say something, there is something that must be said. When there’s nothing to be seen, we are more than willing to create a spectacle so that we …

Hamas kills 21 suspected informers

Hamas has turned its anger over Israel's assassination of three military commanders against alleged collaborators in Gaza, killing 21 people in a little over 24 hours and warning that the "same punishment will be imposed soon on others".<p>The suspected informers – including two women – were killed in …

The Joys and Sorrows of Late-Night Email

For a certain class of workers, nighttime isn't time off work. It's time on email.<p>At 10:13 PM last night, I sent <i>Atlantic</i> assistant editor Joe Pinsker an email to say I was writing an article about all the after-work time we spend on email.<p>Before the clock struck 10:14, Joe had replied: "Sounds …

In Relationships, Be Deliberate

For milestones like moving in together, intent (rather than chronology) determines success.<p>If two people are dating, living in the same city, spending most nights of the week together, and are moving toward marriage, doesn’t it make sense to just move in together, and save a little money? Most …

Indian court orders release of woman on hunger strike for 14 years

An Indian judge has ordered the release of human rights campaigner Irom Sharmila Chanu, who has been on hunger strike for nearly 14 years in protest at a law granting sweeping powers to security forces in the country's troubled north-east.<p>Sharmila, 42, had appeared before a sessions court in the …

Health bureaucrats clash with Greens over likely impact of script price rise

Health department officials have played down fears the planned increase to the existing co-payment on subsidised medicines could deter people from filling their prescriptions.<p>The testimony to a Senate inquiry on Tuesday followed earlier warnings from pharmacists, health researchers, community …

Protesters march on Pakistan parliament 'red zone'

Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters swarmed towards Pakistan's parliament late on Tuesday night after using bolt cutters and cranes to swiftly remove barricades designed to keep them away from the most sensitive areas of the country's capital city.<p>An estimated 50,000 protesters, led by …

iPhone 6: mass production of new sapphire screens begins

Near-unscratchable screens that are expected to be one of the biggest selling points of the iPhone 6 when Apple unveils the latest model in September are to go into large-scale production this month.<p>To create industrial quantities of man-made sapphire, the material already used to cover the …

When bronzed Aussies put down their guns and picked up their boards

Recently we have been inundated with pictures of young Australian men about to go off to fight in the first world war.<p>When we look at these fit young men we do so knowing what they could not when the pictures were taken a century back: how many of them would die, how many would be maimed, …

Israeli court allows protesters to picket Palestinian-Jewish wedding

A Palestinian man and his Jewish bride-to-be are facing hostile protests in the Israeli town of Rishon Letzion after Israel's high court refused their application to ban demonstrations outside their wedding reception.<p>Mahmoud Mansour, 26, a Palestinian from Jaffa, has had to hire dozens of security …

Craig Emerson calls Andrew Bolt 'racist' on Bolt Report – video

Andrew Bolt has been called a racist on his own TV show by former Labor frontbencher Craig Emerson. Bolt attacked Qantas' decision to support the Recognise campaign for Indigenous constitutional recognition as racist, but Emerson said Bolt was the racist for his attacks on fair-skinned Indigenous …