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Religion

How Activist Jane Jacobs Changed the Way the World Thinks About Cities

The story of how a woman derided by critics as "crazy dame" became the most important urban thinker of the 20th century.<p>Last weekend in the Berkshires, 150 miles outside of New York City, a small group gathered to preview <i>A Marvelous Order</i>, an opera based on Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses, two …

Urban Design

Unpaid and angry, some Chinese workers ditch holidays to protest | Reuters

QIAN’AN/DONGGUAN, China (Reuters) - This year, laborer Fan Fu and 20 or so colleagues working on the Zixia Garden apartment complex in Hebei province have not joined China’s legion of migrant workers returning home to celebrate new year with their families.<p>Migrant workers pass time at the offices …

China

UK military 'working alongside' Saudi bomb targeters in Yemen war

Saudi foreign minister confirms claims that British military advisers are in operation room of heavily criticised bombing campaign<p>British military advisers are in control rooms assisting the Saudi-led coalition staging bombing raids across Yemen that have killed thousands of civilians, the Saudi …

Middle East

Lord Allen: Putting an obsessive attitude to work – and making it pay

On the wall in Global Radio’s headquarters in London’s Leicester Square is an Obsession Statement. “Here’s to the obsessive ones who strive to make …

Finance

Was Harry Truman a Zionist?

In November 1953, after he had left the presidency, Harry Truman traveled to New York to be feted at the Jewish Theological Seminary. When his old …

You'll Never Guess The Most Charitable Nation In The World

And the winner for most charitable nation in the world is ... Myanmar. Coming in second: the United States.<p>If you're scratching your head, one reason may be that the ranking confounds the common perception "that generosity and wealth are connected to one another," says Adam Pickering. He's the …

Salaries & Wages

We’re Breaking Up: Rebecca Solnit on How Modern Noncommunication Is Changing Our Experience of Time, Solitude, and Communion

“Previous technologies have expanded communication. But the last round may be contracting it.”<p>Recently, while packing to move, I came upon a stack of letters from my Bulgarian grandmother. During my time in college, we wrote each other long, beautiful letters about once a month. Then she discovered …

Learning a New Language Stimulates Same Pleasure Centres in the Brain as Sex and Chocolate

Learning a new language apparently has certain unexpected benefits.<p>Researchers found that the process of learning a language and acquiring a wider …

Paris attacks: 'I will not give you the gift of hating you'

Antoine Leiris lost his wife Helene in the Bataclan theatre in Paris.<p>His Facebook tribute to his wife and challenge to her killers has since been shared thousands of times.<p>Mr Leiris read out the letter to BBC News in Paris.<p><i>Video by: Mohamed Madi, Alice Doyard and Maarten Lernout</i>

France

The Diplomat on the App Store

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.<p>Screenshots<p>Description<p>The Diplomat is the premier current affairs magazine for the …

Why are Buddhist monks attacking Muslims?

<b>Of all the moral precepts instilled in Buddhist monks the promise not to kill comes first, and the principle of non-violence is arguably more central to Buddhism than any other major religion. So why have monks been using hate speech against Muslims and joining mobs that have left dozens dead?</b><p>This …

Religion

Viewpoint: The supermarkets' guilty secret about unsold food

<b>Supermarkets are discarding hundreds of tons of food every year. What can be done to stop it, asks Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.</b><p>At the Unity Youth Centre in Toxteth, Liverpool, chef Craig McKenzie rustles up free hot meals for a hall full of hungry children who've just put in a hard day at …

Agriculture

Is Harper the worst prime minister in history?

<i>“I think Harper… can be vindictive, certainly not always grateful for what people have done for him in the past… So you can say he’s ruthless, which</i> …

Canada

Embracing refugees reinvents Germany’s tarnished image

Last Thursday morning, Peter Huth was driving to work from his home south of Berlin and listening to the radio when he had an idea. The hundreds of refugees arriving daily in the city didn't need only food and shelter, he thought, they also needed information – and he knew how to get it to them.<p>The …

North Africa

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

Religion
FKA Twigs

The World’s Top 20 Languages—And The Words English Has Borrowed From Them

English is known as a magpie language that picks up words from almost every other language and culture it comes in contact with, from Abenaki to …

Mental Health

I visited North Korea and snuck out these eye-opening photos

Most tourists experience only the political smokescreen of Pyongyang, but I had the privilege of visiting all its corners on one of the longest tours ever offered to foreigners in the hermit kingdom.<p>It was an eye-opening experience. Upon exiting the country, my cameras were searched for over two …

North Korea

39 Reasons Why Chinese Have A Total Different College Life Than Americans

Before college, your dream was to attend a good college; after, job, wife and house become immediate targets. What about the years in between?

Labor Economics

Adventurer converts his grandma's van into a mobile home enabling him to live and work on the road - clocking 60,000 miles so far

• <b>Travis Burke, 28, converted his grandma's 1994 Dodge Ram Van to become his dream adventure-mobile</b>• <b><br>He spent 16 months touring around stunning locations</b> …

Miley Cyrus

Here's China's genius plan to move 250 million people from farms to cities

Getting a group of friends to agree where to have dinner is stressful enough. Relocating the equivalent of the entire population of the Philippines …

David Cameron used ‘swarm’ instead of ‘plague’ in case it implied that God had sent the migrants

The indifference of the British to the plight of the Calais refugees is staggering – we criticise the desperate people who probably have a good claim to asylum, but well up over lorries in a traffic jam<p>Last week a proud, beautiful, beloved African creature, who’d lived the last years of his life in …

Sub-Saharan Africa

What's it really like to be a graphic designer?

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora.</i><p>What is it like to work as a graphic designer?<p><b>Answer below by Quora user Craig Weiland, art director.</b><p>It …

Welsh is considered a model for language revitalization, but its fate is still uncertain

Welsh is just another of those ancient languages that aren’t going to be around for much longer, right?<p>Maybe. Maybe not. It’s difficult to tell.<p>But it is a test case, a minority language with a chance of surviving. If Welsh can do it, maybe others can too.<p>The stakes are high, not just for the …

Language Learning