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[24 Feb 2018 | Comments Off on Readers write: Reporter’s experiences over the decades in China | ]

Readers write: Reporter’s experiences over the decades in ChinaRegarding the Jan. 22 cover story, “My return to China”: Rarely have I read such a remarkable essay as this one. The stories of Ann Scott Tyson’s two visits are filled with keen observation, emotion, and compassionate comparisons of social norms past and present, leaving one with an early warning signal that demonstrates how quickly invasive governmental surveillance can cast a chill on a nation’s populace, silencing natural desires to communicate in even the simplest conversations with others. Recommended: How much do you know about China?

[24 Feb 2018 | Comments Off on Rex Tillerson’s Monroe Doctrine invocation was bizarre, Meeting between North and South Korea sparks hope, War between Israel, Syria, and Iran looks imminent, Social media normalizes stalking, Elon Musk proves the benefits of privatized space programs | ]

The South China MORNING Post / Hong Kong

[23 Feb 2018 | Comments Off on As Estonia turns 100, a new embrace of its Russian speakers | ]

On Wednesday, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid awarded the school choir director a prestigious medal, to honor her contribution to Estonian society. Ever since Estonia regained its independence in 1991, many Russian speakers have felt like second-c…

[23 Feb 2018 | Comments Off on Helping the world’s largest group of homeless | ]

Helping the world’s largest group of homelessDespite the media attention on them, neither the Syrian civilians who have fled war in the Middle East nor the Rohingya Muslims who have fled repression in Myanmar are the world’s largest group of displaced people. The little-noticed crisis in the heart of Africa has worsened over the past year to the point that the European Union and the United Nations announced this week that they are seeking to double foreign aid to the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is four times as large as France. An estimated 7 million Congolese are considered to be “food insecure.” Only 1 in 7 earns more than $1.25 a day.

[23 Feb 2018 | Comments Off on After Parkland shooting, Kentucky and other states weigh adding guns to schools | ]

The urgent drumbeat has swelled since Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Florida became the latest school to be invaded by a shooter armed with an AR-15: We have to do something. Everyone from the students themselves to their parents, the Broward County…

[23 Feb 2018 | Comments Off on When Olympism runs in the family | ]

When defending Olympic champion David Wise captured another gold in the skiing halfpipe Thursday, his dad was there to see it. Tom Wise, a former college ski racer, had been very motivated to help his son succeed on snow. The motive was right, but hi…

[23 Feb 2018 | Comments Off on As 'Black Panther' hits screens in Africa, 'the hero is all of us' | ]

As 'Black Panther' hits screens in Africa, 'the hero is all of us'On a recent afternoon in a Johannesburg movie theater, the audience laughed appreciatively. Recommended: Think you know Africa? In the “Black Panther” universe, after all, Wakanda is secretly the world’s most advanced civilization, a gilded city-state that looks like Star Wars met Singapore in the center of Timbuktu.

[22 Feb 2018 | Comments Off on With elections imminent, Italy pulls out the stops to fight fake news | ]

With elections imminent, Italy pulls out the stops to fight fake newsWith parliamentary elections looming on March 4, they’ve been fighting fake news for the past three weeks of the electoral campaign. Each morning, they decide which fake story they’ll spend the day debunking, choosing from a pool of fake news, misleading titles, and articles that mix real and false elements. “In these first days of the program, when we’re still trying to show people what we do and that they can trust us, we’re focusing on the more blatantly false stories,” says Mr. Zagni, the chief editor of the team of independent fact checkers hired by Facebook Italy ahead of the election.

[22 Feb 2018 | Comments Off on As midterms approach, will US offer unified defense of its elections? | ]

As midterms approach, will US offer unified defense of its elections?Russia will try to meddle in the upcoming 2018 US mid-term elections. Will Washington be unified in defense of America when they do? Kremlin-linked social media trolls and bots, as revealed in last week’s indictment by special counsel Robert Mueller of 13 Russians and three Russian companies, are just one part of a larger strategy to further divide a nation already riven by its own partisan divisions.

[22 Feb 2018 | Comments Off on What is really scarce in a water drought | ]

What is really scarce in a water droughtEarlier this year, the South African city of Cape Town was told that it would make history by April 16. On that date, dubbed Day Zero, it was expected to become the world’s first major city to run out of water because of an extended drought. Rather, the people of Cape Town have cut their water consumption.

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