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Game theory says publicly shaming cyberattackers could backfire

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Know your enemy, the saying goes. Chelsea Whyte New Scientist But when it comes to cyberattacks, a game theory model suggests that just knowing the perpetrator and pointing the finger at them might not be the best tactic, and could even play into the hands of the attacker. Attributing cyberattacks to Game theory says… Read More »

Democracy, the military and mainstream media in Turkey

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Hürriyet’s manipulative article, which was ironically released at a time when Turkey is still trying to overcome the trauma of the July 15 coup attempt and going to a referendum soon, is a poor copy of the daily’s anti-democratic past Meryem Ilayda Atlas Daily Sabah Daily Hürriyet published an article written by Hande Fırat over the weekend, at a time when Turkey has been trying its best to overcome the trauma caused by the July 15 military coup attempt just ... Read More »

How your brain makes articles go viral

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Activity in the self-related, mentalizing, and positive valuation regions of the brain combine unconsciously in our thoughts to determine what we want to read and share, such that brain scans from a small group of people can predict large-scale virality University of Pennsylvania Eurek Alert It is a question that has mystified countless people: Why does one article spread like wildfire through social media and another — seemingly similar — doesn’t? How does your… How your brain… Read More »

The Brits hurrying to become German citizens

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The Brexit debate in the UK is focusing on the rights of EU migrants in the country, among them about 300,000 Germans. BBC News Many people are worried about what will happen to them after Brexit. But how are… The Brits hurrying… Read More »

Judicial originalism as myth

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“It is simply anti-democratic to conceal something as fundamental as the nature of constitutional decision-making — especially if concealment is motivated by the fear that the citizenry wouldn’t stand for the practice if it knew the truth. If the Court can’t admit what it is doing, then it shouldn’t do it.” —Paul Brest, 1981 Eric J. Segall VOX The doctrine of originalism, whereby judges purport to identify and then rely on the original meaning of the United States Constitution to ... Read More »

How Trumpocracy corrupts democracy

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American democracy is a complex, self-organising system. Sandra Navidi Daily Nation In terms of network science, President Donald Trump is a “superhub”: the most well-connected human “node”, located in the centre of the network. While he does… How Trumpocracy corrupts… Read More »

China dominates global art market

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In a year when global art auction sales were down 22 percent from 2015 numbers, 2016 will be remembered as the time that China established itself as the clear superpower of the art world. Agence France-Presse Asia Times Global art sales plunged in 2016 as the number of high-value works sold dropped by half, while China regained its status as the world’s top market, Artprice said in an annual report released Monday. Art auctions worldwide… China dominates global… Read More »

EU expects home-team advantage in Brexit talks

Britain's Prime minister Theresa May arrives for the second day of an European Union leaders summit to discuss Syria, relations with Russia, trade and migration, on October 21, 2016 at the European Council, in Brussels. / AFP / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN        (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Thorny issues like financial settlement and citizens’ rights after Brexit will dominate initial rounds of talks. Maia De La Baume and Ryan Heath Politico The European Commission intends to conduct Brexit negotiations with the U.K. government in Brussels, rather than alternating with London, and sees the talks taking place in “rounds” as has been the case with EU trade deals… EU expects home-team… Read More »

Niger and Boko Haram: Beyond Counter-insurgency

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The struggle against Boko Haram in south-eastern Niger is increasingly sharpening local conflicts over access to… ICG There is no military solution to this insurgency, and the authorities should instead put the emphasis on demobilising militants, solving local conflicts, reinvigorating the economy and… Niger and Boko… Read More »

Tribunal into McCabe case set to sit for first time

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Mr Justice Charleton to examine allegation of smear campaign against whistleblower Conor Lally The Irish Times FIACH KELLY The tribunal of inquiry into alleged Garda malpractice around whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe will sit on Monday for the first time.. Tribunal chairman Mr Justice Peter Charleton has surprised many by the speed at which the first sitting has been organised… Tribunal into McCabe… Read More »

‘I spent the night at my Muslim friends”: Christians flee Islamic State in Sinai

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Ismailia, Egypt: Some fled with little more than the clothes they were wearing, terrified that the militants of Islamic State would come for them… Omar Medhat and Laura King WAtoday Los Angeles Times For a fourth day on Sunday, Coptic Christians – one of Egypt’s most vulnerable minorities – sought safe haven after a series of sectarian killings in and… ‘I spent the… Read More »

People’s Bank of China Devalues Yuan By 0.23%

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China again devalued the yuan, setting the rate at 6.8814 yuan per… Sputnik BEIJING (Sputnik) — The People’s Bank of China on Monday once again devalued the yuan, setting the rate at 6.8814 yuan per…The new midpoint rate is 0.23 percent weaker than Friday’s rate of 6.8655 yuan per… People’s Bank of… Read More »

Catholicism has done more harm to Australia than Islam. Where’s the outrage?

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Every Muslim who speaks out is expected to own, explain and condemn any act carried out by Muslims worldwide. The same doesn’t… Kristina Keneally The Guardian There is zero chance that sharia law – as a repressive criminal code used in certain Muslim majority nations – is going to be enshrined in Australia. Zero. Catholicism has done… Read More »

Chinese wages now higher than in Brazil, Argentina and Mexico

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Hourly rates close in on pay levels in western laggards Greece and… Steve Johnson FT Average wages in China’s manufacturing sector have soared above those in countries such as Brazil and Mexico and are fast catching up with Greece and Portugal after a decade of breakneck growth that has seen Chinese… Chinese wages now… Read More »

The latest UN Syria talks will fail, just like the last ones

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Turkey, Iran, and Russia could set the delicate path to peace in Syria but the colossal differences that have appeared between them mean the latest round of UN talks will be as unsuccessful as the last ones. Sami Moubayed Asia Times The upcoming round of UN-mandated Syria talks, known as Geneva IV, will start in Switzerland this weekend. High hopes were… The latest UN… Read More »

Environmentalists who exposed logging have charges thrown out

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Two environmentalists who entered an East Gippsland logging coupe to document the destruction of rainforest have had charges against them… Bianca Hall The Age The court decision is the final chapter on what has been a two-year saga for Ed Hill and Joe Henderson, whose actions led to the state government conceding it… Environmentalists who exposed… Read More »