Topic: Current Affairs

Paris Agrees to Turn Champs-Élysées Into 'Extraordinary Garden'

Mayor Anne Hidalgo gives green light to £225m-scheme to transform French capital’s most famous avenue

Donald Trump Being Banned From Social Media Is a Dangerous Distraction

Facebook, Google and Twitter must be broken up and and local information providers revived. If not, worse is coming

It’s 2021, and the Pandemic Is Still Here

How well we deal with the pandemic in 2021 is still up to us.

What Prosecutors Can Do About Domestic Terrorism at Capitol

There's no single domestic terrorism statute, but prosecutors still have ways to ensure accountability

AP Images: Historic Heart of Los Angeles on Life Support From COVID-19

Photos Jae C. Hong | Text Brian Melley

Social Distancing: Expulsion of Trump Marks Watershed for Facebook and Twitter

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Absolutely Not

Ivanka Trump is apparently considering a run for Congress, which, in the words of Jessie J, no n-n-n-n-nooo n-n-n-n-n-n-n-nooooo no n-n-n-n-nooo no n-n-n-n-n-n-n-nooooo no nooo no nooooo no noooo...

Jake Angeli, QAnon Shaman, Regrets Nothing

“No, I’m not worried at all,” said Angeli about being arrested in an interview with VICE News.

This Is America

In the days since an unhinged mob of domestic terrorists stormed the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday, spurred on by the president in their effort to thwart the free exchange of executive power,...

What Happened?

I don’t know what happened. But here™s my current theory of what the White House thought was going to happen. I don’t have any more information than you do, and here I’m not concerned with the...

How Trump Rallies Predicted the Capitol Attack

Those following the president’s events around the country for the past four years were not surprised by the mob violence that unfolded in Washington.

Americans Far From Ready to Return to Leisure as Usual

Lyle Stevik Suicide: The Strange Case of the Man With No Name

In life, he was evasive and strange. In death, he became a 9/11 terrorist, a ghostly apparition and an internet superstar

Why Funny Men Are the Most Dangerous

When the film Four Lions came out I remember a friend saying how much more effective it would have been if, rather than ending on the farcical note it did, the movie showed one of the hapless,...

Amazon Is Booting Parler Off of Its Web Hosting Service

Amazon's suspension of Parler's account means that unless it can find another host, once the ban takes effect on Sunday Parler will go offline.

Robert Shiller Says the Coronavirus Disruption Is Different From Other Economic Crises

Events like the Great Depression can often be traced to an idea that spreads virally.

Life After Chaos: Random Thoughts on the Power of Renewal

The key thing to remember about this week’s Congressional chaos is that it seems to be in the rearview. Here are some thoughts about renewal and fresh starts.

The Brutal Rise of El Mencho

With El Chapo behind bars, an even more dangerous drug lord has emerged. On the hunt for Mexico’s next-generation narco

US May Cut Some Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Doses in Half to Speed Up Rollout, Official Says

"We know that for the Moderna vaccine, giving half of the dose to people between the ages of 18 and 55, two doses, half the dose, which means exactly achieving the objective of immunising double...

Shots Across the World

The News You Missed in 2020, From Every Country in the World (Part 1)

Users, Not Tech Executives, Should Decide What Constitutes Free Speech Online

Until users have other platforms to choose from, Twitter and Facebook will keep calling the shots.

The History of Violent Attacks on the U.S. Capitol

While the building has seen politically motivated mayhem in the past, never before has a mob of insurrectionists tried to overturn a presidential election

‘Badasses in Their Own Right’: Meet the Freshwomen of Congress

We™re about to see a record number of women in the House of Representatives, including the largest class of female Republicans. And the new members have a lot to say.

The Habits of Democracy. Roger Berkowitz on May 31, 1887

Roger Berkowitz   On May 31, 1887, William James gave a speech dedicating a monument to Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts…

media outrage over capitol riots isn't about defending democracy, it's about wielding power

For our political and media elites, the capitol riot on Wednesday is the perfect excuse to 'cleanse' the country of Trump supporters.

Twitter Banned Donald Trump So of Course Twitter Memed the News Into Oblivion


The Biggest Technology Failures of 2020

Covid tests, Quibi,and #zoomdick made our 2020 list of worst tech failures

How Six Brothers - And Their Lions - Terrorised a Libyan Town

The Kani brothers presided over a reign of terror in the Libyan town of Tarhuna - now their crimes are being revealed.

How Social Media Made the Trump Insurrection a Reality

Facebook banned the President from its platform on Thursday, but the move was too little, too late.

Twitter Users Share Everyday Places That Are Harder to Breach Than the U.S. Capitol

"It’s harder to get in a Trader Joe’s during a pandemic than it is the capitol."

Predictions for 2021: Welcome to the New Uncertainty

This could be a “hinge year” in history: the opportunity to grasp a new and improved future for ourselves, our children, and our planet—or not.

The biggest story ever? Only the world wars have rivalled Covid-19 for news coverage

Could Congress Systems Have Been Breached Amid the Chaos?

Could the January 6 riots on the US Capitol building have allowed cyberattackers to breach Congressional systems? Cybersecurity experts discuss.

The Story of the Pandemic in 365 Headlines

This year I collected headlines about the pandemic as a way of making sense of the infodemic. Often it helped to answer my question “How did we get here?”. Here’s Jan – see all 365 at...

Humans Have Gotten Nicer and Better at Making War

In 1991 two hikers in the Italian Alps stumbled on a mummified body buried in the ice. The Iceman, it turned out, died more than 5,000…

Twitter Locks Trump’s Account for 12 Hours and Warns He Could Get Kicked Off Permanently

President Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday to call for calm mere hours after he sought to rally his supporters outside the U.S. Capitol, sending mixed messages that incited real-world violence...

The Lab-Leak Hypothesis

For decades, scientists have been hot-wiring viruses in hopes of preventing a pandemic, not causing one. But what if …?

Warnock Makes History as Democrats Eye Senate Majority

On January 20, 2021, the day President Joe Biden is inaugurated, there is a very good chance Democrats hold 50 seats in the U.S. Senate, with Vice President Kamala Harris on hand to cast a tie-brea…

The Global Covid Border Map

The COVID Border Accountability Project map tool displays information on border policies around the world in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Clicking on a country will provide more info on...

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