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Liberty is crowdfunding a legal challenge to UK surveillance law

Civil liberties group Liberty has launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund a U.K. High Court challenge to the bulk powers contained within a new domestic surveillance law.<p>The Investigatory Powers Act — dubbed the “Snoopers” charter by critics — was passed by parliament last year, gaining royal …

Surveillance

Brexit rhetoric and the consequences of 'Project Fear' | UK

British voters went to the polls this week to decide whether to remain in, or leave, the European Union. After weeks of media wars between the Brexit and Bremain camps, the UK voted out with a mere 4 percent lead.<p>The UK media let the British voters down. It has fed the British people endless lies, …

United Kingdom

Turkey president wants to strip 'terror supporters' of citizenship

<b>Turkey should consider stripping terrorism supporters of their citizenship, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.</b><p>The government had "nothing to discuss with terrorists", he added, speaking to a group of lawyers in Ankara.<p>On Monday Mr Erdogan ruled out reviving peace talks with the outlawed Kurdistan …

South Asia

The New Subtle Sexism Toward Women in the Workplace

Take it from years of behavioral research: implicit biases have an overwhelmingly negative effect on women in traditionally male professions.<p>The firing of Jill Abramson from the <i>New York Times</i> brought renewed attention to the topic of gender workplace bias, at least for a fleeting cultural</i> …

Tax evasion probes underway after Panama Papers leak

ZURICH/REYKJAVIK, (Reuters) - Swiss police raided the European soccer body UEFA on Wednesday to seize information about a contract disclosed in the Panama Papers that was signed by Gianni Infantino, now head of the global soccer body FIFA.<p>The impact of the leaked documents from a Panamanian law …

Corruption

Forget Apple vs. the FBI: WhatsApp Just Switched on Encryption for a Billion People

For most of the past six weeks, the biggest story out of Silicon Valley was Apple's battle with the FBI over a federal order to unlock the iPhone of …

Migrant crisis: Angela Merkel condemns closure of Balkan route

<b>German Chancellor Angela Merkel has blamed European nations for "unilaterally" shutting the Balkan route for migrants.</b><p>She said this had put Greece in a "very difficult situation" and such decisions should be taken by the whole of the EU.<p>Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, and non-EU members Serbia and …

North Africa

Time to transform Singapore education

SINGAPORE - Recently, I went to Finland on an education study trip. Much has been said about the Finnish education system, but it is only by being …

S’pore temperatures rising at double the global average

Singapore at 50: From swamp to skyscrapers

<b>Fifty years ago Singapore became an independent state, after leaving the short-lived Malaysian Federation. With no natural resources, just how did this tiny country go from swamp to one of the region's leading economies? On the strength of its human resources - immigrants like my grandfather.</b><p>At the …

Asia

How do Singapore's poor families get by?

<b>Nurhaida Binte Jantan is making dinner. She is roasting otah-otah, a Malay dish of fish paste wrapped in banana leaves, over a portable stove.</b><p>She is a 29-year-old unemployed single mother with six children from five to 13 years old. She lives in a tiny flat, just 30 square metres, with little …

Income Inequality

Singapore still world's most expensive city for expatriates: EIU

SINGAPORE - For the third year in a row, Singapore has retained the title of the world's most expensive city for expatriates, despite experiencing …

Singapore’s Penalty for Electric Cars – The First Tesla Model S in Singapore

<i>This open letter is republished with permission from the author, Joe Nguyen, on the frustrations he encountered trying to get the first Telsa Model S</i> …

Youth here lack idealism

One of the small privileges of my life is being invited, from time to time, to attend the annual Davos meetings of the World Economic Forum …

Here’s How Electric Cars Will Cause the Next Oil Crisis

Predictions like these are tricky at best. The best one can hope for is to be more accurate than conventional wisdom, which in the oil industry is …

Electric Vehicles

Lifting families out of poverty: Focus on the children

When I was in Primary 1, a teacher corrected me when I wrote in an English test that I slept under the bed. On the bed, not under the bed, she said, …

Lifting families out of poverty: Ease stress of day-to-day survival so poor can plan a better future

When people think about poverty, it is often viewed in the context of money. How much does he earn? Is it enough for the family? But in the course of …

Personal Finance

Nepal: After winter, a ray of hope for quake survivors | Asia

<b>Kathmandu, Nepal -</b> Shanti Maya Tamang stood in front of her tent in Chuchepati, an area of the capital, Kathmandu, with the winter sun shining down upon her.<p>The warmth came as a welcome relief to the 35-year-old after the heavy rains and bitter cold of winter in the camp for those displaced by the …

Natural Disasters

Johnson & Johnson Is Just the Tip of the Toxic Iceberg

Many parents were shocked to learn that a Missouri jury recently ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million to the family of Jacqueline Fox, whose …

Explore new industries such as urban farming, solar power: Leon Perera

SINGAPORE: In his adjournment motion speech in Parliament on Tuesday (Mar 1), Non-Constituency Member of Parliament Leon Perera said Singapore could …

Urban Agriculture

Indonesia is burning. So why is the world looking away?

A great tract of Earth is on fire and threatened species are being driven out of their habitats. This is a crime against humanity and nature<p>I’ve often wondered how the media would respond when eco-apocalypse struck. I pictured the news programmes producing brief, sensational reports, while failing …

Dancing with the Stars

I was held hostage by Isis. They fear our unity more than our airstrikes

In Syria I learned that Islamic State longs to provoke retaliation. We should not fall into the trap<p>• Lire en version française<p>As a proud Frenchman I am as distressed as anyone about the events in Paris. But I am not shocked or incredulous. I know Islamic State. I spent 10 months as an Isis …

Middle East

America's poorest white town: abandoned by coal, swallowed by drugs

Karen Jennings patted her heavily made up face, put on a sardonic smile and said she thought she looked good after all she’d been through.<p>“I was an alcoholic first. I got drunk and fell in the creek and broke my back. Then I got hooked on the painkillers,” the 59-year-old grandmother said.<p>Over the …

Bill Clinton

Skyping with the enemy: I went undercover as a jihadi girlfriend

It was 10 o’clock on a Friday night in spring 2014 and I was sitting on the sofa in my one-bed Paris apartment when I received a message from a French terrorist based in Syria: “Salaam alaikum, sister. I see you watched my video. It’s gone viral – crazy! Are you Muslim? What do you think about …

Islam

The end of capitalism has begun

The red flags and marching songs of Syriza during the Greek crisis, plus the expectation that the banks would be nationalised, revived briefly a 20th-century dream: the forced destruction of the market from above. For much of the 20th century this was how the left conceived the first stage of an …

Economics

The Guardian view on iPhone privacy and public security: neither is absolute

Apple’s stand against the American government takes an important principle a step too far<p>Apple has very publicly refused to help the FBI gain access to the contents of an iPhone used by Syed Rizwan Farook, who shot 14 people in California in December last year. It is supported in this by most of …

Privacy

Bill Gates explains which 'superpower' he'd choose to help poor

If you could choose one superpower, what would it be?<p>That's the question school children in the US put to Microsoft founder Bill Gates, and his wife Melinda, and their answers - more time, and more energy - led to a new outlook on how to help the world's poor.<p>The couple outlined their strategy in …

Bill Gates

'Limited role' for natural gas in UK future energy mix

<b>The use of natural gas for electricity generation in the UK may have to decline significantly over the next 30 years, according to a new study.</b><p>Without carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, gas-fired electricity would have to fall to 10% of the mix to meet emissions targets for 2050.<p>The new …

Fossil Fuels

UK air pollution 'linked to 40,000 early deaths a year'

<b>Outdoor air pollution is contributing to about 40,000 early deaths a year in the UK, say the Royal Colleges of Physicians and of Paediatrics and Child Health.</b><p>They say diesel emissions have been poorly controlled.<p>And indoor air pollution has been overlooked.<p>Tobacco still poses the biggest indoor …

Pollution

Fiji's Cyclone Winston death toll rises as news comes in from remote areas

Authorities and aid groups race to provide clean water, food, health supplies and emergency accommodation to families who have lost everything<p>Some 29 people have now been confirmed dead in Fiji as the Pacific nation begins the enormous task of rebuilding after the devastation wreaked by Cyclone …

Natural Disasters