Nadine Gordimer, Novelist Who Took On Apartheid, Is Dead at 90


Nadine Gordimer, the South African writer whose literary ambitions led her into the heart of apartheid to create a body of fiction that brought her a Nobel Prize in 1991, died on Sunday in Johannesburg. She was 90. Her family announced her death in a statement. Ms. Gordimer did not originally choose apartheid as her subject as a young writer, ... Read More »

Germany summons U.S. envoy over spy case

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Germany summoned the U.S. ambassador in Berlin on Friday following the arrest of a man reported to have spied for the United States, heightening friction between the two countries over alleged U.S. eavesdropping in Germany. U.S. Ambassador John B. Emerson was called in “in connection with an investigation by the federal prosecutor,” the German Foreign Ministry said in a statement. ... Read More »

The influence of intelligence services on the British left

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A talk given by Robin Ramsay to Labour Party branches in late 1996 This is an adaptation and massive compression of the pamphlet The Clandestine Caucus written and published by Robin Ramsay in 1996. In that the sources for most of the claims contained in this talk are to be found.Dirty tricks and covert operations In the official theory of British politics ... Read More »

Activists Fly Airship over the NSA’s Data Center

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On Friday, three activist groups flew an airship over the National Security Agency’s secretive data center in the Utah desert. The ship, which bore a sign that read “Illegal Spying Below,” was decorated to promote, a new site designed to grade Congress’s record on surveillance legislation. “It was really surreal to see the scope of the sprawling database,” says ... Read More »

A Radical School in France Has No Curriculum, Teachers or Lesson Plans


Imagine school without teachers, books, grades, dorms and tuition. That’s the sort of education you will find at École 42, a school in Paris that focuses on training young students to become the world’s most oustanding programmers. It’s the sort of learning space that could revolutionize the way we view education. Founded by French telecom magnate and founder of French ISP Free Xavier Niel, ... Read More »

Australians unfazed by government spying on other countries

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Poll found 70% of Australian adults believe it is acceptable to spy on nations Australia does not have a good relationship with  Jump to comments Despite shocking revelations in the last year that the Australian government spied on its neighbours, most people are unfazed by government espionage against other countries, friendly or otherwise. As prime minister Tony Abbott meets with ... Read More »

What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades


 Does handwriting matter? Not very much, according to many educators. The Common Core standards, which have been adopted in most states, call for teaching legible writing, but only in kindergarten and first grade. After that, the emphasis quickly shifts to proficiency on the keyboard. But psychologists and neuroscientists say it is far too soon to declare handwriting a relic of ... Read More »

Edward Snowden: Former intelligence contractor applies for asylum in Brazil

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Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, wanted by US authorities and currently living in Russia, has told a Brazilian TV network he has applied for asylum in Brazil and is in possession of more sensitive documents. “I would love to live in Brazil,” Snowden told Globo TV on Sunday (local time). Snowden’s temporary asylum in Russia will expire in August and ... Read More »

Edward Snowden: ‘If I could go anywhere that place would be home’


Snowden tells NBC it was his duty to reveal sprawling NSA surveillance but going home meant ‘walking into a jail cell’. One year after revealing himself as the source of the biggest intelligence leak in US history, Edward Snowden appeared in a long network television interview on Wednesday to describe himself as an American patriot and to make the case ... Read More »