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The Church of Living Dangerously: How One of America’s Biggest Pastors Became a Drug Runner for a Mexican Cartel

He looked like Sammy Hagar, preached like Billy Graham, and brought a 350-pound tiger to church. David Kushner Vanity Fair Then he shot heroin with his son and was busted at the border for running drugs for a Mexican cartel. A little after five A.M. on December 11, 2017, a gray Volkswagen Passat inched through the darkness of Tijuana toward the brightly lit Customs and Border Protection port of entry at San Ysidro, California. It was in the SENTRI lane, ... Read More »

‘Absolute madness’ in Northern Ireland

Journalist Lyra KcKee is the latest victim of the conflict she covered. Once a year in the Good Friday Dublin Unitarian Church, thousands of names are spoken aloud in a reading that takes three hours. Naomi O’Leary Politico These are the victims of Northern Ireland’s decades of conflict, remembered on the Christian holiday from which the Good Friday peace deal that ended it takes its name. Twenty-one years since the signing of the historic accord, Ireland woke up to find ... Read More »

‘Haters like to pick on China’: Huawei exec defends video surveillance

Shenzhen: China’s use of video surveillance on its citizens has been defended by a senior Huawei executive, who said it was critical to catching criminals, and the media attention on the country’s policing was “anti… Jennifer Duke WAtoday Huawei’s global chief public safety scientist, Hong-Eng Koh, a former Singapore police officer, said there was video surveillance “everywhere” and criticised “anti-Chinese” media companies for attacking China specifically for using the… “Excuse me, video surveillance started in New York and London long ... Read More »

A Shadow over Ukraine’s Presidential Election

With Ukraine’s establishment forecasting doom after the presidential runoff, the far right’s influence on politics is impossible to ignore. Katharine Quinn-Judge ICG Its resurgence is both a symptom and a cause of the country’s ills: there is less daylight between it and the political mainstream than either admits. On 31 March, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko suffered a double-digit defeat in the presidential election’s first round to comedian Volodymyr Zelensky, whose only previous political experience is playing the… The incumbent is ... Read More »

Facebook bans Britain’s far-right hate groups

London: Facebook has banned far-right groups including the British National Party (BNP) and the English Defence League (EDL) from having any presence on the social network for violating the… By Martyn Landi Brisbane Times The banned groups, which also includes Knights Templar International, Britain First and the National Front as well as key members of their leadership, have been removed from both Facebook and… The social network’s policy does not allow groups or individuals which engage in “terrorist activity, organised ... Read More »

14 Must-Read Moments From the Mueller Report

A breakdown of the massive, 448-page document Attorney General William Barr released Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s long-awaited report on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election on Thursday. Olivia Paschal and Madeleine Carlisle The Atlantic Though some of the findings have been redacted, the report will give the public a clearer sense of what the special counsel found—and whether Barr’s short summary, made public in late March, was accurate. The report covers the special counsel’s investigation into ... Read More »

Employers wary of hiring refugees and migrants to help fill shortages need help understanding the law

A recent survey I conducted of employers in Coventry in the West Midlands found that while 80% of the businesses we interviewed had hard-to-fill job vacancies, less than 5% had employed a… Catherine Harris The Conversation Yet, for most refugees, integration into their new home is heavily dependent on having a job. Finding employment is not only essential for refugees’ autonomy, but it can also improve language skills, increase cultural awareness, build local and social networks, and… If someone has ... Read More »

It’s not just the protests. Here’s how young people are helping the planet

According to the latest World Economic Forum Global Shapers Annual Survey, which covers more than 30,000 individuals under the age of 30 from 186 countries, climate change and the destruction of nature remain the… Natalie Pierce World Economic Forum Put clearly, our planet is under threat, and we know it. That’s why members of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Communitylaunched Voice for the Planet at the Annual Meeting 2019 in Davos. It’s a global activation campaign calling on governments, businesses and… ... Read More »

Nusrat Jahan Rafi: Burned to death for reporting sexual harassment

Nusrat Jahan Rafi was doused with kerosene and set on fire at her school in Bangladesh. Less than two weeks earlier, she had filed a sexual harassment complaint against her headmaster. By Mir Sabbir BBC Bengali, Dhaka Her courage in speaking out against sexual assault, her death five days after being set alight and everything that happened in-between has gripped Bangladesh and brought attention to the… Nusrat, who was 19, was from Feni, a small town 100 miles (160km) south ... Read More »

Will Conservatives Abandon the Free Market?

Conservatives would either “combat” or “convert” business or base their politics “squarely on it.” But, he warned, conservatism “founded on money,” is “fickle, selfish, and irresponsible.” Joshua Tait The National Interest WHEN FOX television host Tucker Carlson recently attacked conservative faith in free market economics, he probably surprised a number of his viewers. For too long, Carlson charged, libertarians and social conservatives have ignored the fundamental part economic structures play in undermining communities. Families are crushed beneath market forces. Disposable ... Read More »

Trump forces Brussels’ hand on trade despite tariffs backlash

Trump’s threat of auto tariffs has finally spurred EU leaders into action on a new trade deal with Washington. As the US president seeks reelection next year, will Europe hold more clout in upcoming negotiations? Nik Martin Deutsche Welle Nine months after European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker rushed to Washington to stave off the prospect of US tariffs on European cars, the European Union signaled this week it was ready to restart trade talks with… EU leaders have been grappling with the ... Read More »

The Geoffrey Rush trial shows defamation can make victims become victims all over again

Geoffrey Rush greeted his vindication with a look of anguish. His demeanor outside the Federal Court last week was decidedly grim. So too, his wife Jane Menelaus. Richard Ackland The Guardian If an $850,000 award of damages, with the promise of lots more to come, isn’t going to put a spring in your step, what sort of vindication is this? Rush said: “There are no winners in this case, it has been extremely distressing for everyone involved.” The main defence witness ... Read More »

Passion play: the often fraught history of the theatre and Christianity

During Holy Week – the run-up to Easter – theatrical versions of religious narratives abound. Authors: The Conversation Across the world, countless church groups present Easter plays, people join processions and stage tableaux – and since 2010, and come rain or shine, a troupe called the Wintershall Players have enacted the… Led by professional actor James Burke-Dunsmore, this otherwise amateur company performs in a marked-off area with the audience on all four sides, while the action is relayed in close-up ... Read More »

Spain’s conservative revolution

Ahead of Spain’s election, PM Sánchez’s challenger Pablo Casado has moved his conservative party sharply to the right. MADRID — Pablo Casado believes he’s got just one path to power — and it starts with a hard turn to the right. Diego Torres Politico Ahead of the Spanish general election on April 28, the fresh-faced leader of the conservative Popular Party has been burnishing his right… Casado, 38, has amped up the rhetoric on issues ranging from abortion to migration, ... Read More »