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BBC Radio 3 - The Essay, Goodbye to All That, Elif Shafak

Taking Robert Graves' phrase Goodbye to All That as their starting point, five writers from countries involved in the First World War reflect on a turning point moment in their own histories and interpret the phrase with the ambiguity that Graves intended.<p>These five essays that have been curated by …

America Is Not For Black People

The United States of America is not for black people. We know this, and then we put it out of our minds, and then something happens to remind us. …

The Latest Obamacare Lawsuits Simply Want to Cripple the Law

Federal judges issue conflicting ruling about Obamacare. The law’s supporters predict, confidently, that they will eventually prevail. The people who …

Lifehacker Pack for Android: Our List of the Essential Android Apps

With over two million apps in the Play Store, Android is home to one of the biggest app stores in the world. Soon they’ll even be on your favorite …

Apps

Why Baking With Cats Is Impossible, In One Photo

May the baking gods have mercy on your soul.

Which India Matters?

An Uncertain Glory: India and Its Contradictions<p>by Jean Drèze and Amartya Sen<p>Princeton University Press, 434 pp., $29.95<p>Why Growth Matters: How …

Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova: Why I have gone on hunger strike

Beginning Monday, 23 September, I am going on hunger strike. This is an extreme method, but I am convinced that it is my only way out of my current situation.<p>The penal colony administration refuses to hear me. But I, in turn, refuse to back down from my demands. I will not remain silent, resigned …

Another Round Of Revelations In The McDonnell Scandal

That drip, drip, drip sound you keep hearing is coming from Virginia, where details about the ongoing federal probe of Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) …

McConnell Touts Support For Violence Against Women Act -- Which He Has Consistently Voted Against

Mitch McConnell’s re-election campaign is touting his support for the Violence Against Women Act — even though the Republican Senate minority leader …

More Claptrap on Science on the NYT webpage

The NYT has done it again — posted more claptrap on science. Â But this time it’s by a respected philosopher, Thomas Nagel. Â Nagel’s post is a cliff …

WSJ editorial page publishes op-ed based on fake stats - Lawyers, Guns & Money

Silicon Valley mogul opines:<p>According to the latest 2012 IRS income-tax data, the top 1% of American taxpayers earned 20% of all income and paid 36%</b> …

Yes, abolishing preclearance invited racialized voter suppression. Does any “conservative” or “libertarian” object?

So North Carolina has used the freedom given it by the Supreme Court to change its voting rules in ways designed to disenfranchise black people, …

Cassini probe takes image of Earth from Saturn orbit

<b>Nasa has released photos of the Earth and Moon taken by a spacecraft orbiting Saturn - nearly a billion miles away.</b><p>Our planet and its only satellite appear only as dots in the picture, which was taken by the Cassini spacecraft on 19 July.<p>Scientists wanted to pay homage to the "Pale Blue Dot" image …

Astronomy

Senate probes banks' aluminium warehouse role

<b>A US Senate committee heard evidence on the controversial role of big banks in the aluminium industry.</b><p>Buyers like beer giant MillerCoors testified that banks' control of metal warehouses has increased their costs by as much as $3bn (£1.95bn) last year.<p>The Senate Banking Committee is investigating …

Goldman Sachs

Fukushima nuclear plant: Japan takes steps over sea leak

<b>Japan says it is taking steps to prevent contaminated water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant leaking into the sea.</b><p>The plant's operator recently admitted for the first time that radioactive water was still going into the sea.<p>A government spokesman said the authorities had taken immediate …

Nuclear Energy

World Bank: Africa held back by land ownership confusion

<b>Africa's economic growth is being held back by confusion over who owns vast swathes of agricultural land, according to a World Bank report.</b><p>The continent is home to half of the world's usable uncultivated land, yet has the highest poverty rate.<p>But the Bank said farmers' inability to prove ownership, …

Africa

Burma frees a further 73 political prisoners

<b>The Burmese authorities say they are releasing another 73 political prisoners, after a promise by President Thein Sein to free all dissidents by the end of the year.</b><p>Some are from the Kachin ethnic group, which has signed a peace deal after years of fighting for autonomy.<p>Burma, also known as …

Asia

Dutch court blocks US extradition amid torture claims

<b>A Dutch court has blocked the extradition of a terrorism suspect to the United States amid concern about American collusion in his torture.</b><p>The 26-year-old man, known only as Sabir K, is accused of taking part in attacks on US forces in Afghanistan.<p>He says he was tortured in Pakistan after his …

Extradition