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In-flight announcements are not entirely truthful. What might an honest one sound like?<p>“GOOD morning, ladies and gentlemen. We are delighted to …

Seatbelt

How To Convict A Rapist

Bill Cosby's guilty verdict is a rare victory for survivors. But it will take a lot more to combat sexual assault myths that run rampant in courtrooms.<p>On an overcast Friday morning in February, three lawyers gathered at their office in Washington, D.C., to discuss a particularly difficult sexual …

Bill Cosby

A Gun Nut’s Guide to Gun Control That Works

A federal license for possession of semi-automatic firearms could make Americans safer—and more free.<p>I am a gun industry insider, a lifelong gun owner and a vocal advocate for Second Amendment rights. I am a Texan and an American patriot who hauls my family to church every Sunday in a diesel pickup …

Guns

Good President/Bad Emperor?

BEIJING – China’s recent constitutional amendment eliminating the term limits for the president and vice president has left much of the West aghast. …

China

Can Xi resolve China’s new contradiction(s)?

China's quinquennial Communist Party congresses are that rare event where ritual and dogma combine with introspection and strategy. The 19th National …

Facebook says its ‘voter button’ is good for turnout. But should the tech giant be nudging us at all?

What do we really know about the influence of the ‘voter button’?<p>On the morning of 28 October last year, the day of Iceland’s parliamentary elections, Heiðdís Lilja Magnúsdóttir, a lawyer living in a small town in the north of the country, opened Facebook on her laptop. At the top of her newsfeed, …

Social Media

How to Steal the Populists’ Clothes

The continued electoral success of populists in Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and in the United States shows that while their policy proposals …

Economics

Can Liberalism Save Itself?, by Jan-Werner Mueller

• Edward Luce, <i>The Retreat of Western Liberalism</i>, Atlantic Monthly Press, 2017<br>• Yascha Mounk, <i>The People vs. Democracy: Why Our Freedom Is in Danger and</i> …

Marriage Proposals Are Stupid

This is no way for two grown humans to make a major life decision.<p>The marriage proposal is one of the most ritualized moments in modern American life. Growing up, many girls are instilled with a specific idea of how it should go: He’ll take us somewhere romantic—we’ll have no idea what’s …

Why polygamy breeds civil war

FEW South Sudanese see a link between their country’s horrific civil war and polygamy. Instead they blame greedy politicians or the tribe next door. …

Welcome to Powder Mountain – a utopian club for the millennial elite

When these young entrepreneurs bought a remote ski resort in Utah, they dreamed of an exclusive, socially conscious community. Is this the future, or Mt Olympus for Generation Me?<p>Jeff Rosenthal is standing near the top of his snow-covered mountain wearing a fluffy jacket, fingerless gloves and …

Jeff Bezos

Mercedes apologises to China for quoting Dalai Lama

BEIJING • Mercedes-Benz has become the latest foreign company to run afoul of Beijing's policies on Tibet and other Chinese-claimed regions, …

The Internet's Original Sin

It's not too late to ditch the ad-based business model and build a better web.<p>Ron Carlson’s short story “What We Wanted To Do” takes the form of an apology from a villager who failed to protect his comrades from marauding Visigoths. It begins:<p>What we wanted to do was spill boiling oil onto the …

Manchester City’s plan for global domination

Football has already been transformed by big money – but the businessmen behind Man City are trying to build a global corporation that will change the game for ever. By Giles Tremlett<p>On 19 December 2009, Pep Guardiola stood and wept in the middle of Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The …

Soccer