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How Did Health Care Get to Be Such a Mess?

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The problem with American health care is not the care. It’s the insurance. CHRISTY FORD CHAPIN The New York Times Both parties have stumbled to enact comprehensive health care reform because they insist on patching up a rickety, malfunctioning model. The insurance company model drives up prices and fragments care. Rather than rejecting this jerry-built structure, the… How Did Health… Read More »

Record 65 million people displaced in 2016: UN

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Report released ahead of World Refugee Day shows a jump of 300,000 people uprooted over the past year. Al Jazeera and news agencies A record 65.6 million people worldwide were forcibly displaced from their homes due to conflict or persecution by the end of 2016, the United Nations said. The record number includes 22.5 million refugees, 40.3 million internally displaced people and… Record 65 million… Read More »

Facebook and Twitter are being used to manipulate public opinion – report

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Nine-country study finds widespread use of social media for promoting lies, misinformation and propaganda by governments and individuals Alex Hern The Guardian Propaganda on social media is being used to manipulate public opinion around the world, a new set of studies from the University of Oxford has… From Russia, where around 45% of highly active Twitter accounts are bots, to Taiwan, where a campaign against President Tsai Ing-wen involved thousands of… Facebook and Twitter… Read More »

How long will it take for your job to be automated?

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We’re often told that machines one day will be able to do our jobs – but when, exactly. is that likely to happen? Richard Gray BBC The world is widely considered to be on the cusp of a fourth industrial revolution – one where machines will be able to do many of the jobs currently performed by humans, and perhaps even do them… It is a future that promises greater efficiency and cheaper services, but one that also could herald ... Read More »

Japan PM Abe’s support slumps amid doubts about school scan

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Support for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe slumped more than 10 points to 44.9 percent in a public opinion poll published on June 18, amid opposition party suspicions he used his influence unfairly to help a friend set up a… Reuters Hurriyet Abe has repeatedly denied abusing his authority to benefit his friend. His grip on power is not in danger, given his ruling coalition’s huge majority in parliament, but the affair looks unlikely to… The education ministry… Japan PM ... Read More »

Georgia special election hurtles toward nail-biting finish

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Polls in the most expensive House race in history suggest it’s too close to call. Steven Shepard Politico As the most expensive House race in history rushes toward the finish line Tuesday, the latest public polls are unanimous: The Georgia special election between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel is too close to call. The race for the suburban Atlanta seat, closely watched for clues about the shape of the 2018 midterm elections, appears to be within a… Georgia ... Read More »

I love our nanny state. I bet you do too

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ONCE, the notion of a building fire was one of the rational fears of life: another thing to keep all our fretful grannies awake at night. Now, it’s an obscenity. Claire Harvey Daily Telegraph The sight of a flaming tower-block in London — the city that has been devastated by fire a dozen times in its two thousand-year history, most famously in 1666 — does not make sense to our modern… It looks too outlandish to exist outside a bad ... Read More »

The Cartoonist Who Makes You Look Twice

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With Boundless, Jillian Tamaki makes a profound case for the primacy of images in storytelling. Rowan Hisayo Buchanan The Atlantic “Boundless” could be Jillian Tamaki’s motto. Over her 14-year career, the cartoonist has consistently leaped in new directions. Whether designing book covers using embroidery, illustrating articles for The New York Times, or creating a… The Cartoonist Who… Read More »

The climate movement charges on, even without the US

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Developing nations lay claim to the mantle of leadership for a fairer, safer world. Winnie Byanyima Al Jazeera President Donald Trump has proved again how beholden our politics are to the interests of the super-rich elite. The conniving, rich oilmen that were so desperate to prevent and frustrate the Paris Agreement found cheerleaders in Mr Trump and his… They choose to protect their profits from a flailing fossil fuel industry over human lives and a… The climate movement… Read More »

Decoding the music masterpieces: Liszt’s Piano Sonata in B minor

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Opinion Clara Schumann, the wife of the great composer Robert Schumann, wrote in her diary on May 25, 1854: Liszt sent Robert today a sonata dedicated to him and several other things with a friendly letter to me. But the things are dreadful! The Conversation By Zoltán Szabó, Sydney Conservatorium of Music ABC [Johannes] Brahms played them for me, but they made me utterly wretched … This is nothing but sheer racket — not a single healthy idea, everything confused, ... Read More »

Ten years since the global financial crisis, world still suffers ‘debt overhang’

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It is almost exactly 10 years since the financial world began a wobble that would swing into what we now know as the global financial crisis. Nassim Khadem Brisbane Times On June 22, 2007, the public downfall of New York-based global investment bank Bear Stearns began in earnest. America’s then fifth-largest investment bank was among a number of Wall Street giants exposed to bad bets on the US subprime mortgage… Ten years since… Read More »

The Search for Security via Answers to Questions on Law, Criminal Justice and Impunity

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A working paper published in connection with the ‘Conference on Cyprus’ in Geneva on 28 June 2017  Klearchos A. Kyriakides Published by Agora Dialogue on 17 June 2017 This working paper addresses issues which are of enormous importance to every citizen of the Republic of Cyprus and of the European Union of which it forms part. In the interests of security, the working paper goes further by raising a substantial number of questions relating to law, criminal justice and impunity. These questions ... Read More »

No justice for slain Myanmar lawyer Ko Ni

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Contributor Bertil Lintner knew intimately the ruling National League for Democracy’s top legal advisor and his plan to enact a more democratic… Bertil Lintner Asia Times Four months since Ko Ni, one of Myanmar’s most prominent and talented lawyers, was assassinated in broad daylight outside Yangon’s airport and local authorities are not any closer to solving the… The gunman, Kyi Lin, was apprehended only because furious taxi drivers parked outside the… No justice for… Read More »

Israeli planes ‘may soon be allowed’ into Saudi airspace as the two countries ‘negotiate ties’

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Israeli El Al airline may soon be allowed to fly over Saudi airspace… Saudi Arabia and Israel are on the path to normalising relations by negotiating ties, according to a report by British newspaper The… The New Arab According to the report, the negotiations will lead to a range of provisions for Israel, such as allowing Israeli businesses to operate in the… Palestinian officials are said to be anxious about the… Israeli planes ‘may… Read More »

Why the Middle East Needs the Qatar Crisis

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A unique moment has presented itself where a majority of the Middle East has had enough of Qatar’s promiscuous foreign policy. Matthew RJ Brodsky The National Interest When a crisis arises, it is only natural to call for calm. In most cases it is a laudable reflex, especially when one is not the cause of the consternation. In the case of the recent Gulf crisis with Qatar, President Trump, the… Why the Middle… Read More »

Indian research labs face financial crisis

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India’s 38 premier scientific laboratories are in a budgetary pinch. A jump in expenditures on salaries, pensions, and perks for government employees, recommended by an advisory commission, is leaving little money for… Sanjay Kumar Science The increase in personnel expenses comes on top of a 2015 call by the government for CSIR to raise 30% to 50% of its total budget itself… The stark reality is that “we will be left with no funds to… Indian research labs… Read More »