Politics

Disease History Vs. Disease Hysteria

Disease History Vs. Disease Hysteria

I used to joke that Congress had an approval rating somewhere between bedbugs and the Ebola virus.  And although Congress’s current unpopularity is nothing to sneeze at—pass the Purell, please—I may have to move my goalposts:  Ebola is now Public ...

America has a long history of confronting and beating back pandemics, so let’s maybe not lose our heads over Ebola?

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Home Care Workers Finally Start Fighting

Home Care Workers Finally Start Fighting

In Wisconsin this week, home care workers—a category which includes the people who take care of the elderly—spent two days protesting the state’s Republican leadership. GOP Governor Scott Walker is no stranger to protests. He is the ideologue who ...

Historically, and today, how well a home care worker is treated depends entirely on the employer. Now, that’s finally changing.

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Cliven Bundy’s Brokeback Mountain Moment

Cliven Bundy’s Brokeback Mountain Moment

Cliven Bundy, Nevada's "last cattle rancher," has resurfaced after months of me not paying attention to him to co-star in a campaign commercial that can best be described as the racist fear-mongering remake of Brokeback Mountain. It...

Nevada’s ‘last cattle rancher’ returns to endorse an African American candidate and talk about ‘black folks’ and their problems with slavery.

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Disease History Vs. Disease Hysteria

Disease History Vs. Disease Hysteria

I used to joke that Congress had an approval rating somewhere between bedbugs and the Ebola virus.  And although Congress’s current unpopularity is nothing to sneeze at—pass the Purell, please—I may have to move my goalposts:  Ebola is now Public ...

America has a long history of confronting and beating back pandemics, so let’s maybe not lose our heads over Ebola?

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Paranoid Politics in America Strike Deep

Paranoid Politics in America Strike Deep

Political paranoia. It’s everywhere.Dr. Ben Carson, the Fox News contributor and Tea Party favorite, thinks America will be in such a state of anarchy by 2016 that the Presidential election might actually be cancelled.Phyllis Schlafly, the long-ti...

Fifty Years ago, “The Paranoid Style of American Politics” changed how we think about modern conservatism. The American polity has been dealing with it ever since.

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This Will Be the Best Ebola Czar Yet

This Will Be the Best Ebola Czar Yet

In times of crisis, President Obama can be counted on to concentrate power in the White House. Trouble with the Obamacare website? Information technology czar. Auto crisis? Recovery czar. There’s even an Asian Carp czar. No, seriously.The Ebola cr...

Several experts are already leading the fight, but the virus has spread to two nurses, so why not try a political insider? Why ‘response coordinator’ Ron Klain may not be what we need.

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Entertainment

A Man’s Gotta Eat in ‘The Walking Dead’

A Man’s Gotta Eat in ‘The Walking Dead’

Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead concluded with a scene now permanently etched into millions of traumatized brains: Gareth (Andrew J. West), leader of Terminus, forcing Bob (Lawrence Gilliard, Jr.) to watch as he takes a bite out of his newly ...

And you were afraid of zombies. The ‘Walking Dead’s latest episode ended with the return of the Terminans—and they’re ready to eat. Warning: TV and comic book spoilers ahead.

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Tony Vs. Cap: Marvel’s Looming Civil War

Tony Vs. Cap: Marvel’s Looming Civil War

It is commonly agreed that Robert Downey Jr.’s appearance as the Marvel Comics hero Iron Man in 2007 kick started the current trend of superhero summer films.Audiences loved the brash, Ayn Randian hero and box office receipts for the next two inst...

Iron Man a villain? Steve Rogers killed? Rumors swirl as Robert Downey Jr. confirms a return to the role that made the Marvel Universe.

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Joakim Noah on Weed, Weather & Winning

Joakim Noah on Weed, Weather & Winning

“It’s not about them,” Joakim Noah said as he dismissed my cliché question about the division he shares with the Kevin Love, and LeBron James-infused Cavaliers. “It’s about us being as solid a team as we’ve ever been. It’s about Derrick [Rose] bei...

The hardest working man in the center business is all-world in both the backcourt and background. A journey into the mind of Joakim Noah—the heart, soul and mouth of your Chicago Bulls.

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The Secrets of 'Pulp Fiction'

The Secrets of 'Pulp Fiction'

It’s arguably the best film of the ‘90s—a postmodern pop culture smorgasbord awash in nihilism and dripping with retro cool. Pulp Fiction, the brainchild of filmmaker Quentin Tarantino (with an assist from Roger Avary) remains one of the most bats...

Today, Quentin Tarantino’s gonzo pastiche Pulp Fiction is a cult classic. We reveal the film’s most closely-guarded mysteries as it turns 20.

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Tony Vs. Cap: Marvel’s Looming Civil War

Tony Vs. Cap: Marvel’s Looming Civil War

It is commonly agreed that Robert Downey Jr.’s appearance as the Marvel Comics hero Iron Man in 2007 kick started the current trend of superhero summer films.Audiences loved the brash, Ayn Randian hero and box office receipts for the next two inst...

Iron Man a villain? Steve Rogers killed? Rumors swirl as Robert Downey Jr. confirms a return to the role that made the Marvel Universe.

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John Coltrane’s Giant Steps

John Coltrane’s Giant Steps

If you want to understand and appreciate jazz there is no better place to start—apart from listening to the music, of course—than with the critical writing of Nat Hentoff. Beginning in the 1950s when he was on the scene covering Monk and Miles, Cl...

The tenor saxophonist was one of the most imaginatively restless artists to ever work a bandstand. Nat Hentoff explains why we're still playing catch up with this musical genius.

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We’ll Always Be Afraid of Clowns

We’ll Always Be Afraid of Clowns

Suddenly, they’re everywhere—clogging up your social media feeds, offing people with scissors on your favorite cable show, terrifying the same Bakersfield, California, streets where in kinder times country music legends like Buck Owens once roamed...

Terror in Bakersfield, California. Terror in ‘American Horror Story.’ Terror in our minds. The subtext of the clown is that life is a joke and can be snatched away at any moment.

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'The Fappening' Is Dead

'The Fappening' Is Dead

Donning nothing but a Chopard 18-carat white gold, titanium, and diamond necklace—one made specifically for the Diana film, another martyr of fame—and a fuck you glare, Jennifer Lawrence stood defiant, naked and unafraid, and issued a stern warnin...

Hollywood’s female celebrities can now rest easy: the celebrity nude hacking melee has devolved into an array of obscure extras and glamour models.

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John Coltrane’s Giant Steps

John Coltrane’s Giant Steps

If you want to understand and appreciate jazz there is no better place to start—apart from listening to the music, of course—than with the critical writing of Nat Hentoff. Beginning in the 1950s when he was on the scene covering Monk and Miles, Cl...

The tenor saxophonist was one of the most imaginatively restless artists to ever work a bandstand. Nat Hentoff explains why we're still playing catch up with this musical genius.

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World News

India-Pakistan Head for Nuke War

India-Pakistan Head for Nuke War

India and Pakistan have fought four wars since 1947 and had several crises that went to the brink of war. Both tested nuclear weapons in 1998. Now tensions are escalating between the two again.It began in May, when a heavily armed squad of Pakista...

A crisis is brewing between nuclear armed India and Pakistan that could be their most dangerous ever.

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The CIA’s Wrong: Arming Rebels Works

The CIA’s Wrong: Arming Rebels Works

PARIS, France—What could be more cynical than a covert operation? Sure, there’s always a lot of talk about fighting for freedom, defeating tyranny. What was it Ronald Reagan called the Contras and the Afghan mujahedin? “They are the moral equivale...

President Obama has weighed the options and concluded America does more harm than good when it sets out to topple regimes. OK. But don’t pretend that’s the CIA’s fault.

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Why This Police State Needs ISIS

Why This Police State Needs ISIS

GAZIANTEP, Turkey — The Kurdish refugees circled around me in Turkey on the edge of the so-called Islamic State, where part of Syria used to be. They were shouting with a mixture of fury and desperation about their families in Kobani, under siege ...

As the Turkish government’s refusal to fight ISIS and its pressure on Kurds create growing dissent, the only answer it finds is more repression.

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Egypt’s LGBTs Fight Grindr Crackdown

Egypt’s LGBTs Fight Grindr Crackdown

Egypt may be the worst place in the world to be gay right now—and technology is a primary reason.As first reported in Buzzfeed, the government of Egypt has admitted—boasted, really—that it is monitoring Facebook, Twitter, and Skype for any signs o...

An American surveillance company provides the systems used to monitor and entrap Egypt’s sexual minorities.

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The CIA’s Wrong: Arming Rebels Works

The CIA’s Wrong: Arming Rebels Works

PARIS, France—What could be more cynical than a covert operation? Sure, there’s always a lot of talk about fighting for freedom, defeating tyranny. What was it Ronald Reagan called the Contras and the Afghan mujahedin? “They are the moral equivale...

President Obama has weighed the options and concluded America does more harm than good when it sets out to topple regimes. OK. But don’t pretend that’s the CIA’s fault.

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Acid Attack Horror Grows in Iran

Acid Attack Horror Grows in Iran

Every day before leaving home, Sara stands before the mirror and tightens the knot on her scarf. She has not worn makeup for two weeks and she wears a black long-sleeved top under a raincoat. She checks the buttons to make sure that they are all t...

Zealots on motorcycles are throwing acid at women whose veils are deemed too loose in the ancient city of Isfahan. Are they defying the law, or enforcing it?

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There’s Only One Way to Beat ISIS

There’s Only One Way to Beat ISIS

Earlier this week, outside Washington, the Obama team hosted senior military leaders from nations pledged to help fight the so-called Islamic State, in a mission the Pentagon is now calling “Operation Inherent Resolve.” Representatives from 21 of ...

The Obama administration has pulled together a coalition as ineffectual as it is unwilling. It’s time to join up with the forces, however unsavory, that can do the job.

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Why Are Swastikas Hot In West Ukraine?

Why Are Swastikas Hot In West Ukraine?

LVIV, Ukraine — Ostap Stakhiv, the leader of a political organization of Ukrainian nationalists, The Idea of the Nation, had been looking for popular support for many years without much success. Then the delicate-seeming 28-year-old started thinki...

Ceasefires don’t erase history: The hatreds left by Nazi and Soviet occupations 70 and 80 years ago continue to play out on Ukraine’s streets and battlefields.

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Acid Attack Horror Grows in Iran

Acid Attack Horror Grows in Iran

Every day before leaving home, Sara stands before the mirror and tightens the knot on her scarf. She has not worn makeup for two weeks and she wears a black long-sleeved top under a raincoat. She checks the buttons to make sure that they are all t...

Zealots on motorcycles are throwing acid at women whose veils are deemed too loose in the ancient city of Isfahan. Are they defying the law, or enforcing it?

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U.S. News

How the Media Failed to Nail the NFL

How the Media Failed to Nail the NFL

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, the NFL was in crisis. Back then, every single newspaper, website, and news show (even the fake news shows) was awash in gridiron scandal. Some were even questioning if the NFL could survive its own infam...

A month ago it looked like the NFL might at last be pilloried for its culture of violence and big money. Then the media lost interest, and things got back to normal.

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All Aboard the USS Persecution Complex

All Aboard the USS Persecution Complex

The last six months have been a stark reminder of the brutality that lurks at the boundaries of civilized society. The rise of ISIS has revealed the horrors that people are willing to inflict upon one another. For Christians, the destruction of th...

Cruising the Caribbean, enjoying beaches... Enduring Persecution as an American Christian sounds horrible.

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Harvard Profs Hate New Campus Sex Laws

Harvard Profs Hate New Campus Sex Laws

The increasingly contentious debate about the proper response to sexual assault on college campuses took a new turn on Oct. 15, when The Boston Globe ran an op-ed signed by twenty-eight current and retired Harvard Law School professors expressing ...

New regulations regarding how to handle sexual assault at Harvard have attracted an interesting cast of opponents, and echo the national debate about sex on campus.

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How the Media Failed to Nail the NFL

How the Media Failed to Nail the NFL

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, the NFL was in crisis. Back then, every single newspaper, website, and news show (even the fake news shows) was awash in gridiron scandal. Some were even questioning if the NFL could survive its own infam...

A month ago it looked like the NFL might at last be pilloried for its culture of violence and big money. Then the media lost interest, and things got back to normal.

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Decoding the Crime of the Century

Decoding the Crime of the Century

The only time that I’m pretty sure that I locked up the wrong man was during a gang war in the South Bronx, a few years ago. There were five or six shootings, and about a dozen people were hit. No one died, and I don’t think any of the incidents m...

The West Memphis 3, the Norfolk Four, and yes, the Central Park Five: All were gruesome and horrible crimes, but did all involve false confessions?

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10-Year-Old Faces Life in Prison

10-Year-Old Faces Life in Prison

If Pennsylvania had set out to intentionally highlight the glaring defects in the U.S. juvenile justice system, it couldn’t have picked a better case than one initiated this week in rural Wayne County.On Monday, prosecutors there charged a ten-yea...

While his alleged crime is the brutal murder of a 90-year-old woman, should a 10-year-old spend the rest of life in prison for it?

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Tech + Health

Travel Bans for Ebola Won’t Work

Travel Bans for Ebola Won’t Work

America’s Ebola outbreak, now contained to two people, began with a flight from Liberia.Relying on that fact alone, the answer to the most recent issue dividing Congress—whether or not President Obama should impose a travel ban on West Africa—is s...

Instead of protecting public health, banning travel to and from Ebola-stricken countries will just increase illegal travel and make it harder to fight the disease.

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Reality Check: Ebola Not Out of Control

Reality Check: Ebola Not Out of Control

With yesterday’s news that a second nurse in Dallas has tested positive for the Ebola virus, it is quite clear that the story is heading in three distinct directions.First, the West Africa epidemic is a nightmare of almost unheard of proportions w...

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: You don’t have, and you aren’t going to get, Ebola.

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Egg Freezing Isn’t Cool

Egg Freezing Isn’t Cool

Hold on to your ovaries. Silicon Valley is about to disrupt motherhood.Starting in January 2015, Apple will join Facebook in covering the cost of egg freezing for female employees, hypothetically allowing them to work further into their childbeari...

$20,000 for egg freezing sure makes for a flashy PR announcement, but Apple and Facebook’s latest employee benefit is more of the same for women in tech.

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A Sleep Tracker That Might Actually Work

A Sleep Tracker That Might Actually Work

By K. Aleisha Fetters for Life by DailyBurn How did you sleep last night? If you just consulted your sleep tracker, you’re not alone. With the $2.2 billion activity-tracking industry zeroing in on zzz’s, more people are turning to technology in ...

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Reality Check: Ebola Not Out of Control

Reality Check: Ebola Not Out of Control

With yesterday’s news that a second nurse in Dallas has tested positive for the Ebola virus, it is quite clear that the story is heading in three distinct directions.First, the West Africa epidemic is a nightmare of almost unheard of proportions w...

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: You don’t have, and you aren’t going to get, Ebola.

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Hooters Wants To Save Your Hooters

Hooters Wants To Save Your Hooters

Hooters is cleverly asking me to “Give a Hoot” about breast cancer. A media kit from the fast-food chain—best known for its waitress’s impressive bosoms and its subpar wings—arrived in my mailbox this week. In the press release, Miss Hooters 2014,...

Hooters is the latest company to declare a burning interest in the battle against breast cancer, who else is joining the ‘pinkwashing’ epidemic?

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Accusations Pile Up on Top D.C. Rabbi

Accusations Pile Up on Top D.C. Rabbi

One of the most powerful Orthodox rabbis in America was arrested Tuesday for allegedly spying on nude women in his synagogue, but possibly sinful behavior by Barry Freundel may be more damaging.Documents obtained by The Jewish Channel several mont...

Barry Freundel was busted for allegedly spying on female congregants. Last year, he booked a trip with a woman who's not his wife, which is prohibited under Orthodox law.

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Ebola Racism Reaches a New Low in Texas

Ebola Racism Reaches a New Low in Texas

“Navarro College is not accepting international students from countries with confirmed Ebola cases.”It was with shock that 33-year-old Nigerian-American academic Idris Bello read this sentence, signaling the rejection of a friend’s Nigerian brothe...

A community college rejects students from countries with ‘confirmed Ebola cases,’ even if that means cutting students with little to no risk of contracting the disease.

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Hooters Wants To Save Your Hooters

Hooters Wants To Save Your Hooters

Hooters is cleverly asking me to “Give a Hoot” about breast cancer. A media kit from the fast-food chain—best known for its waitress’s impressive bosoms and its subpar wings—arrived in my mailbox this week. In the press release, Miss Hooters 2014,...

Hooters is the latest company to declare a burning interest in the battle against breast cancer, who else is joining the ‘pinkwashing’ epidemic?

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BeastStyle

The High Society Bank Robber

The High Society Bank Robber

On the morning of October 27, 1878, when bankers at the Manhattan Savings Institution, located at the corner of Bleecker Street and Broadway in New York City, opened their doors for business, they discovered, to their horror, the bank had been bro...

He was wealthy, a member of New York City society, and a patron of the arts. And he was also the secret mastermind behind the biggest bank heists of his day.

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OMG, I Want This House

OMG, I Want This House

In Sardinia, a six-acre compound features stunning views, a heating swimming pool, and tennis court.

In Sardinia, a six-acre compound features stunning views, a heating swimming pool, and tennis court.

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Taylor Swift’s Secret Music Man

Taylor Swift’s Secret Music Man

Which songwriter just jumped past Mariah Carey’s famous Beatle-nipping number three slot on Billboard’s all-time list of number one hit makers? And scooped up ASCAP’s Songwriter of the Year a fourth year in a row— for a lifetime tally of seven—bas...

When Taylor Swift and Katy Perry sing about falling in love or dumping erring boyfriends, their words may have been written by Max Martin, a 43-year-old Swedish man.

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Stevie Nicks Was the ’70s Selfie Queen

Stevie Nicks Was the ’70s Selfie Queen

While touring in the late ’70s and early ’80s, the singer stayed up all night taking meticulously staged photographs of herself. A selection is now on display in New York.

While touring in the late ’70s and early ’80s, the singer stayed up all night taking meticulously staged photographs of herself. A selection is now on display in New York.

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OMG, I Want This House

OMG, I Want This House

In Sardinia, a six-acre compound features stunning views, a heating swimming pool, and tennis court.

In Sardinia, a six-acre compound features stunning views, a heating swimming pool, and tennis court.

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Tech Moguls Worship This Guy

Tech Moguls Worship This Guy

If you’ve never heard of Jason Hirschhorn—and it’s unlikely that you have, unless you’re deep into the disruptive clash of content and technology—you’ve probably heard of some of the people who hang on his every word.At the very least, you know th...

While his REDEF website curates the best of the web, Jason Hirschhorn has become one of the most popular, and well-respected, seers of the media world.

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Forgeries Fuel Half the Art Economy

Forgeries Fuel Half the Art Economy

The late Bob Coe, a rich American who lived for a while on the Riviera, bought an important Picasso from a well-known Paris dealer in the 1930s. His house was near Pablo Picasso’s, so he got an introduction to him, and drove over with the picture ...

A new study that claims over 70 percent of artworks for sale are fakes or misattributions. If that’s true, are galleries and the art-loving very rich being taken for fools?

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L.A.’s Cool-Kid Backyard Concert Series

L.A.’s Cool-Kid Backyard Concert Series

On a cool California night in October 2013, a large harp stands upright on the porch of a house in Los Angeles’s Angeleno Heights neighborhood. Just in front of it, a long table is packed with creative potluck dishes, while two coolers are filled ...

A pop-up concert series in Los Angeles is bringing together up-and-coming musicians with an eclectic audience for a pot-luck backyard concert. What more could a West Coast hipster want?

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Tech Moguls Worship This Guy

Tech Moguls Worship This Guy

If you’ve never heard of Jason Hirschhorn—and it’s unlikely that you have, unless you’re deep into the disruptive clash of content and technology—you’ve probably heard of some of the people who hang on his every word.At the very least, you know th...

While his REDEF website curates the best of the web, Jason Hirschhorn has become one of the most popular, and well-respected, seers of the media world.

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Women in the World

Afghan Women Mobilize For Peace

Afghan Women Mobilize For Peace

Defying terror attacks and civil unrest during Afghanistan’s presidential runoff election, a courageous cohort of women from remote corners of the country came together in Kabul to pursue a common goal: gaining a serious role for women in building peace and stability.The 21 women joined a four-day session led by the Afghan Women’s Network and The Institute for Inclusive Security to strengthen their advocacy and conflict resolution skills. The June workshop marked...

With training provided by the Afghan Women’s Network and The Institute for Inclusive Security, Afghan women are leveraging their hard-won gains

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From Didion to Dunham

From Didion to Dunham

“There is nothing gutsier to me than a person announcing that their story is one that deserves to be told, especially if that person is a woman,” writes Lena Dunham in the introduction to her essays-cum-memoir Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman ...

Joan Didion’s trailblazing nonfiction set a forbiddingly high standard, but a slew of idiosyncratic writers are proving that her example may be inimitable but it is also inspiring.

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Finding the Thread of Peace

Finding the Thread of Peace

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe may be a nun, but the topic of gender inequality in Africa and first world indifference brings out her inner Muhammad Ali. This spring, the Ugandan humanitarian got feisty with Stephen Colbert in a guest appearance on his ...

Long before #bringbackourgirls swept the Internet, Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe was working to save thousands of young women in Uganda. She’s still fighting

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Time to Get Rid of the Helms Amendment

Time to Get Rid of the Helms Amendment

When world leaders gathered for the United Nations General Assembly recently, women’s empowerment took center stage.  Countries all over the world reiterated their commitment to ensuring that all women and young people have the information and res...

There’s been global progress in expanding reproductive rights for women but a 40-year-old U.S. law continues to hurt women in foreign countries

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From Didion to Dunham

From Didion to Dunham

“There is nothing gutsier to me than a person announcing that their story is one that deserves to be told, especially if that person is a woman,” writes Lena Dunham in the introduction to her essays-cum-memoir Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman ...

Joan Didion’s trailblazing nonfiction set a forbiddingly high standard, but a slew of idiosyncratic writers are proving that her example may be inimitable but it is also inspiring.

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Vote to Stand Against Domestic Violence

Vote to Stand Against Domestic Violence

Three minutes after the last wedding party guest left the Indiana home of Kelly Ecker and Dr. Scott Samson on Sunday morning, Kelly made the first of three terrified 911 calls claiming her new husband was going to kill her. Soon after, her husband...

Each month in the U.S., 48 women are shot to death by their partners. The founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense says get out and vote on Nov. 4 if you care about the safety of ...

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Ebola Panel Added to WITW Texas

Ebola Panel Added to WITW Texas

As the world’s attention is focused on the Ebola outbreak raging throughout West Africa – and the three cases recently diagnosed in Dallas – the need for action on a massive scale is clear. In a new panel just added to the Women in the World Texas...

Fusion, the multiplatform media company serving millennials, will partner with WITW Texas with a live stream and exclusive content

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DVF: Become Who You Want to Be

DVF: Become Who You Want to Be

There is a large frame on the bookshelf in my bedroom in New York. In it is a page torn from a German magazine of 1952. It is a photo of an elegant woman and her small daughter in the train station of Basel, Switzerland, waiting for the Orient Exp...

In an excerpt from her new memoir, Diane von Furstenberg, who will appear at Women in the World Texas Oct. 22, recounts the horrors her mother endured at the hands of the Nazis – and...

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Vote to Stand Against Domestic Violence

Vote to Stand Against Domestic Violence

Three minutes after the last wedding party guest left the Indiana home of Kelly Ecker and Dr. Scott Samson on Sunday morning, Kelly made the first of three terrified 911 calls claiming her new husband was going to kill her. Soon after, her husband...

Each month in the U.S., 48 women are shot to death by their partners. The founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense says get out and vote on Nov. 4 if you care about the safety of ...

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Books

You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story

You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story

Ward Cunningham, Jimmy Wales, and the Wonder of WikisWhen he launched the Web in 1991, Tim Berners-Lee intended it to be used as a collaboration tool, which is why he was dismayed that the Mosaic browser did not give users the ability to edit the ...

In an excerpt from his new book, ‘The Innovators,’ Walter Isaacson recounts the improbable story of the online encyclopedia that has proven its detractors wrong time and again.

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The Week’s Best Longreads

The Week’s Best Longreads

The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical WeaponsBy C.J. Chivers, New York Times From 2004 to 2011, American and Iraqi troops repeatedly encountered, and at times were wounded by, chemical weapons that were hidden or abandoned years earli...

From abandoned chemical weapons to Afghanistan’s only female warlord, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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John Coltrane’s Giant Steps

John Coltrane’s Giant Steps

If you want to understand and appreciate jazz there is no better place to start—apart from listening to the music, of course—than with the critical writing of Nat Hentoff. Beginning in the 1950s when he was on the scene covering Monk and Miles, Cl...

The tenor saxophonist was one of the most imaginatively restless artists to ever work a bandstand. Nat Hentoff explains why we're still playing catch up with this musical genius.

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Aristotle Was Robbed Of His 2014 Nobel

Aristotle Was Robbed Of His 2014 Nobel

Shortly before his death in 1882, Charles Darwin received a letter from a physician and classicist named William Ogle. It contained Ogle’s recent translation of Aristotle’s The Parts of Animals and a brief letter in which he confessed to feeling “...

The Greek philosopher did ethics and tragedy, sure—but he also invented science as we know it.

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The Week’s Best Longreads

The Week’s Best Longreads

The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical WeaponsBy C.J. Chivers, New York Times From 2004 to 2011, American and Iraqi troops repeatedly encountered, and at times were wounded by, chemical weapons that were hidden or abandoned years earli...

From abandoned chemical weapons to Afghanistan’s only female warlord, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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Greek Tomb Yields Treasure—But Whose?

Greek Tomb Yields Treasure—But Whose?

With their economy cratering and their government shaky, the Greeks are praying that Alexander the Great—or rather, his mother or son, or one of his generals—will come to their rescue. Greece has high hopes that the giant tomb now being excavated ...

Archeological finds at the Amphipolis tomb may date back to Alexander the Great. That news delights modern Greeks. But what if the tomb is Roman?

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From Didion to Dunham

From Didion to Dunham

“There is nothing gutsier to me than a person announcing that their story is one that deserves to be told, especially if that person is a woman,” writes Lena Dunham in the introduction to her essays-cum-memoir Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman ...

Joan Didion’s trailblazing nonfiction set a forbiddingly high standard, but a slew of idiosyncratic writers are proving that her example may be inimitable but it is also inspiring.

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Camus in the Time of Ebola

Camus in the Time of Ebola

If the Ebola virus does spread in this country, it is only a matter of time before we hear that it is the will of an angry God bent on punishing someone somewhere for some kind of sin. There’s nothing new about that: The Old Testament is a trove o...

The author of one of the best books ever written about a plague, Albert Camus has a lot to teach us today about how to approach this faceless, inexplicable evil.

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Greek Tomb Yields Treasure—But Whose?

Greek Tomb Yields Treasure—But Whose?

With their economy cratering and their government shaky, the Greeks are praying that Alexander the Great—or rather, his mother or son, or one of his generals—will come to their rescue. Greece has high hopes that the giant tomb now being excavated ...

Archeological finds at the Amphipolis tomb may date back to Alexander the Great. That news delights modern Greeks. But what if the tomb is Roman?

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