Friday, December 25, 2009
..."At the first light of dawn on Christmas Day, some German soldiers emerged from their trenches and approached the Allied lines across no-man's-land, calling out "Merry Christmas" in their enemies' native tongues. At first, the Allied soldiers feared it was a trick, but...."
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Thursday, December 24, 2009
Did you that earthworms have five hearts? That a blink lasts approximately 0.3 seconds? That Cleopatra married two of her brothers? There are millions of incredibly strange facts you may not know, and you probably don't really need to know, but might be interested in learning anyway.
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Tuesday, December 22, 2009
James Boole: Fell 6,000ft and lived to tell the tale.
Excerpt: "Quite suddenly, I realised I could see the texture of the snow and ice, meaning I had two or three seconds before I hit the ground. I can't have been more than 20 metres up. Terror gripped my heart and stomach, the darkest of darkness. Then I had a clear thought of my wife and three-month-old daughter, and was overwhelmed by sadness as I felt the..."
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Monday, December 21, 2009
The division of the world into "the West and the rest" is a misrepresentation, writes Ales Debeljak. Cultural globalization is not the transplantation of western ideas and technologies across the planet, but the adaptation of these according to local requirements. Hybridity, the product of a longue durée, is at the heart of the contemporary western paradigm.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
In North Korea at the time, girls weren’t supposed to ride bicycles. There was a social stigma—people thought it unsightly and sexually suggestive—and periodically the Workers’ Party would issue formal edicts, making it technically illegal. Mi-ran ignored the rules. From the time she was eleven years old she would set out on the family’s only bicycle, a used Japanese model, on the road to Ch’ongjin. She needed to get away from her little village, to go anywhere at all. It was an arduous ride for a child, about three hours, uphill mostly, on an unpaved road. Men cursed her for her audacity—“You’ll tear your cunt!”—and teenage boys would try to knock her off the bicycle. Mi-ran screamed back, matching obscenity with obscenity, and she kept pedaling.
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Thursday, December 10, 2009
Ever complained about your boss to your boss? Told your son you're getting divorced through a wall post? Lied about your grandma dying only to be called out by your own electronic trail? If not, you're lucky and you're obviously not using Facebook enough.
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Sunday, December 6, 2009
Divisions that will make an agreement difficult include rich versus poor nations, carbon taxers versus carbon traders, and areas of Europe versus others.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
The famous "pillars of creation" as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope. Photo: National Geographic.
On the 150th anniversary of On the Origin of Species, an intelligent design advocate and an evolutionist weigh in on six natural wonders often cited as evidence against Darwin's theory.
Peacekeepers give way to warriors in Afghanistan, and a nation open to immigration becomes one that bans permanent residents.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
When the biracial U.S. President Barack Obama visits South Korea tomorrow, he will be visiting a country grappling with its prejudices about race.
An independent investigator for the UN says racism in Japan is deep and profound, and the government does not recognise the depth of the problem.
''Chinese students do not like most African students,'' a young Chinese man, an electronics student at Beijing University, said with typical bluntness. ''The Africans usually are not high quality people. They have a bad attitude, and they do bad things.''
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Saturday, November 14, 2009
Edward Burtynsky has traveled internationally to chronicle the production, distribution, and use of the most critical fuel of our time. In addition to revealing the rarely-seen mechanics of its manufacture, Burtynsky captures the effects of oil on our lives, depicting landscapes altered by its extraction from the earth, and by the cities and suburban sprawl generated around its use. He also addresses the coming "end of oil," as we confront its rising cost and dwindling availability.
“Edward Burtynsky: Oil is the definitive photographic documentation of this hotly debated subject.”
- Paul Roth, Senior Curator of Photography, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC.
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Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
In 1991, the government of Somalia - in the Horn of Africa - collapsed. Its nine million people have been teetering on starvation ever since - and many of the ugliest forces in the Western world have seen this as a great opportunity to steal the country's food supply and dump our nuclear waste in their seas.
Yes: nuclear waste. As soon as the government was gone, mysterious European ships started appearing off the coast of Somalia, dumping vast barrels into the ocean. The coastal population began to sicken. At first they suffered strange rashes, nausea and malformed babies. Then, after the 2005 tsunami, hundreds of the dumped and leaking barrels washed up on shore. People began to suffer from radiation sickness, and more than 300 died. Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the UN envoy to Somalia, tells me: "Somebody is dumping nuclear material here. There is also lead, and heavy metals such as cadmium and mercury - you name it." Much of it can be traced back to European hospitals and factories, who seem to be passing it on to the Italian mafia to "dispose" of cheaply. When I asked Ould-Abdallah what European governments were doing about it, he said with a sigh: "Nothing. There has been no clean-up, no compensation, and no prevention."
At the same time, other European ships have been looting Somalia's seas of their greatest resource: seafood.
Friday, November 6, 2009
For the past seven years, David Guttenfelder has witnessed and documented the changing landscape of Afghanistan. Although mostly embedded with coalition troops, he has also covered the presidential elections, bodybuilders in Kabul, the state of Afghan prisons and daily life in the country. Guttenfelder is the chief Asia photographer for The Associated Press and over the past seven years has offered the general public a close-up, intimate look at the lives of troops fighting in the mountains and remote regions of Afghanistan.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
One night in Juarez, I saw how the soldiers took shelter in a hotel, with explicit orders to do so, while narcos were shooting at each other in the street."
Thursday, October 22, 2009
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009
We are a global network of artists, writers, and cultural dissidents who have joined forces to change the world. We want to change the way information flows, the way corporations wield power and the way meaning is produced in society.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
For Mexicans seeking to cross the US border, it's not just about jobs anymoreNew surveys find the recession has reduced Mexican immigration, but that millions still want to come to the US – and some more for safety than for jobs.
Most Mexicans See Better Life in U.S. – One-In-Three Would Migrate
Sheriff Joe Arpaio: I don’t take orders from anybody.
Refusal by ‘America’s toughest sheriff’ to stop immigration sweeps fits into the career of a controversial populist.
The 19th annual World Report summarizes human rights conditions in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide. It reflects extensive investigative work undertaken in 2008 by Human Rights Watch staff, usually in close partnership with human rights activists in the country in question.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
A wave of decriminalization sweeps South America
At El Paso at the end of the month, experts from the US and Mexico will gather to take stock and thrash out alternatives. El Paso stands cheek by jowl with its twin city, Ciudad Juárez, across the Rio Grande. There, last Wednesday, the day after the Argentinian court ruling, cartel gunmen broke into the El Aliviane drug rehabilitation centre, lined 17 young people against a wall and cut them down with a fusillade of machine-gun fire. Troops last night captured the suspected killer, Jose Rodolfo Escajeda, considered one of the most brutal hitmen in Chihuahua and one of the leaders of the Juárez cartel. The executions, coming shortly after the killing of 40 people over three days in Juárez two weeks ago, take the death toll to about 1,400 this year, making it the most dangerous city in the world.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Another strike against Halliburton...it was only a few months ago in which they were convicted of bribery of Nigerian government officials and now this...
Senate passes measure prompted by case of woman prevented from suing over alleged rape by Halliburton/KBR colleagues
In legal papers Jones, who was 20 at the time, says she was fed a knockout drug while drinking with KBR firefighters.
"When she awoke the next morning still affected by the drug, she found her body naked and severely bruised, with lacerations to her vagina and anus, blood running down her leg, her breast implants ruptured and her pectoral muscles torn‚ which would later require reconstructive surgery. Upon walking to the rest room, she passed out again," the papers say.
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Rethink Afghanistan is a ground-breaking, full-length documentary focusing on the key issues surrounding this war. By releasing this film in parts for free online, we are able to stay on top of news of the war as it continues to unfold.
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