Politics

It’s Good to Be King

It’s Good to Be King

Here they come, those accusations. The president thinks he’s a king.With a stroke of a pen, by signing an executive action on immigration reform, the president has done far more than give millions of immigrants a reason to sleep easier. He has giv...

Tearing up the Constitution? Certainly sounds like something people would accuse a king of doing.

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Hillarypalooza2014

Hillarypalooza2014

Hillary-palooza descended on Midtown Manhattan on Friday as hundreds of the nation’s most fervid Clintonistas gathered at a Sheraton ballroom to talk strategy and prepare for the campaign ahead.The official purpose was a gathering of the national ...

In a Manhattan hotel, the new super PAC hands came together with Clinton war-room veterans and those who still have nightmares from 2008.

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The Immigrants Obama Left Out

The Immigrants Obama Left Out

It’s frigid outside, the wind-whipped sky above New York City so dark that 7 p.m. feels like the middle of the night. But the Queens office of Make the Road New York—a political and social advocacy group focusing on the city’s poor and working-cla...

The joy among those who could stop fearing deportation was tempered by fears for the long-suffering people the president’s executive order wouldn’t cover.

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It’s Good to Be King

It’s Good to Be King

Here they come, those accusations. The president thinks he’s a king.With a stroke of a pen, by signing an executive action on immigration reform, the president has done far more than give millions of immigrants a reason to sleep easier. He has giv...

Tearing up the Constitution? Certainly sounds like something people would accuse a king of doing.

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Why Amnesty Creates More Poverty

Why Amnesty Creates More Poverty

With his questionably Constitutional move to protect America’s vast undocumented population, President Obama has provided at least five million immigrants, and likely many more, with new hope for the future. But at the same time, his economic poli...

Expanding amnesty to undocumented immigrants without creating new jobs is a recipe for keeping new Americans poor and dependent on social services.

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Obama's Tough Love Deal for Immigrants

Obama's Tough Love Deal for Immigrants

President Obama’s speech explaining why he is taking executive action on a massive scale to fix a broken immigration system was hinged on an inescapable contradiction. On the one hand, Obama tried to calm fears that he was handing out “amnesty” by...

He promises the undocumented a chance to ‘get right with the law’ but says there will be ‘no free pass’ to citizenship either.

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Entertainment

Do They Know It’s Time To Stop Band Aid?

Do They Know It’s Time To Stop Band Aid?

The re-release of Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas” (this time, to raise funds in the fight against Ebola) has been a huge commercial success – the single, which features everyone from Harry Styles to Bono singing lines, shot to the top of ...

Good old Sir Bob Geldof stepping into the breach again to raise money for crisis-hit Africa? Wrong: he’s been criticized for cultural imperialism.

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GTA’s First-Person Sex Is Uncomfortable

GTA’s First-Person Sex Is Uncomfortable

Minutes into the rerelease of Grand Theft Auto V, I inadvertently stomped a cat to death. Still acclimating to the controls, I pressed the attack button, which caused my character to run forward 10 feet and smash his foot down onto a cat that had ...

In a third person games you just control a polygonal character. ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ now lets you become the character—in this case, a prostitute-soliciting criminal.

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How Bill Cosby Silenced His Accusers

How Bill Cosby Silenced His Accusers

Thus far, 18 women have alleged that Bill Cosby, the former puddin’ pop lovin’ patriarch on the revered sitcom The Cosby Show, sexually assaulted them between 1967 and 2004. Renewed interest in the case(s) was sparked last month, when stand-up com...

Andrea Costand’s complaint and civil case against Cosby in 2005 and 2006 alleges the comedian had an accuser’s sexual assault story killed in exchange for an exclusive interview.

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Angola’s Death Metal Scene

Angola’s Death Metal Scene

“When I used to live on the streets, I didn’t know what to do,” a teenage boy sings. “Many wanted to tempt me, others wanted to beat me.”His song is rough, but it’s music to the ears of Sonia Ferreira, the “mother” of more than 50 orphaned and aba...

A new documentary follows two orphanage caretakers as they bring Angola’s heavy metal bands together for the war-torn country’s first-ever national rock concert.

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GTA’s First-Person Sex Is Uncomfortable

GTA’s First-Person Sex Is Uncomfortable

Minutes into the rerelease of Grand Theft Auto V, I inadvertently stomped a cat to death. Still acclimating to the controls, I pressed the attack button, which caused my character to run forward 10 feet and smash his foot down onto a cat that had ...

In a third person games you just control a polygonal character. ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ now lets you become the character—in this case, a prostitute-soliciting criminal.

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The Brilliance of Beyonce’s New Songs

The Brilliance of Beyonce’s New Songs

Beyoncé would like you to dance.You have no choice but to oblige.Her Highness, Queen Bey, dropped two new songs Friday morning. “Ring Off” and “7/11” are off of next week’s box set, Beyoncé Platinum, and it’s the latter of the pair that carries wi...

Two new Beyonce songs, “7/11” and “Ring Off,” leak, and Queen B would like you to know that you will survive the bad things—and also you need to start dancing right now.

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Celebrities Read Mean Tweets

Celebrities Read Mean Tweets

Jimmy Kimmel’s recurring segment, “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets,” is one of late night’s most beloved traditions. It’s a beautiful reminder that thanks to the wonders of modern technology, anyone can trumpet their hateful thoughts about celebritie...

Some of Hollywood's biggest stars read you some hateful things said about them

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The Punk Behind Iran’s Vampire Western

The Punk Behind Iran’s Vampire Western

The vampire at the heart of A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night neither sparkles nor sleeps in coffins. She’s a chador-and-jeans-clad vigilante with a love of ‘80s dance pop and a vendetta against the male sinners of Bad City, the spaghetti western-s...

There’s nothing quite like ‘A Girl Walks Home Alone,’ Ana Lily Amirpour’s film about a girl with fangs who preys on pimps, thieves, and junkies at night.

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The Brilliance of Beyonce’s New Songs

The Brilliance of Beyonce’s New Songs

Beyoncé would like you to dance.You have no choice but to oblige.Her Highness, Queen Bey, dropped two new songs Friday morning. “Ring Off” and “7/11” are off of next week’s box set, Beyoncé Platinum, and it’s the latter of the pair that carries wi...

Two new Beyonce songs, “7/11” and “Ring Off,” leak, and Queen B would like you to know that you will survive the bad things—and also you need to start dancing right now.

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World News

The Deal That Iran’s Regime Fears Most

The Deal That Iran’s Regime Fears Most

Visiting Tehran in late 1977, President Jimmy Carter toasted the new year, celebrating Iran as “an island of stability in one of the more troubled areas of the world.” His words linger with me to this day. Watching as an Iranian, this signaled not...

Iran is fighting problems on every border as well as from within. It’s why Obama should tie any agreement to the lasting stability that only comes from free and fair elections.

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Angola’s Death Metal Scene

Angola’s Death Metal Scene

“When I used to live on the streets, I didn’t know what to do,” a teenage boy sings. “Many wanted to tempt me, others wanted to beat me.”His song is rough, but it’s music to the ears of Sonia Ferreira, the “mother” of more than 50 orphaned and aba...

A new documentary follows two orphanage caretakers as they bring Angola’s heavy metal bands together for the war-torn country’s first-ever national rock concert.

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Iran’s Blogfather Gets Out of Jail

Iran’s Blogfather Gets Out of Jail

Hossein Darakhshan, born in Tehran on January 7, 1975, has dual Canadian-Iranian nationality. He also has a major in sociology from Beheshti University in Tehran and an MA in media studies from the London School of Oriental and African Studies (SO...

Hossein Darakhshan said nice things about Israel and criticized Tehran’s rulers, so he was sent to the notorious Evin prison where he was almost certainly tortured.

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Mexico Rising

Mexico Rising

MEXICO CITY, Mexico—Thursday was an annual holiday in Mexico, the anniversary of the start of the Mexican Revolution against the dictator Porfirio Díaz in 1911. The giant faces of yesteryear’s heroes, Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata, were part of...

The fury sparked by the disappearance of more thant 40 students in Iquala will not die. But where it will lead remains far from clear.

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Angola’s Death Metal Scene

Angola’s Death Metal Scene

“When I used to live on the streets, I didn’t know what to do,” a teenage boy sings. “Many wanted to tempt me, others wanted to beat me.”His song is rough, but it’s music to the ears of Sonia Ferreira, the “mother” of more than 50 orphaned and aba...

A new documentary follows two orphanage caretakers as they bring Angola’s heavy metal bands together for the war-torn country’s first-ever national rock concert.

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Has Intifada 3.0 Started Already?

Has Intifada 3.0 Started Already?

RAMALLAH, The West Bank — The Israeli intelligence agency operating in the Occupied Territories, Shin Bet, announced late Thursday night that a Hamas cell from Bethlehem plotted to fire rocket-propelled grenades at Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor...

The rising violence may not be an uprising yet, but it’s headed there, and it won’t be quite the same as anything that came before.

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Hebron, Israel’s Heart of Darkness

Hebron, Israel’s Heart of Darkness

HEBRON, The West Bank—The main road heading into Hebron slopes down a gentle hill past a vast Jewish settlement called Qiryat Arba, low-slung apartment blocks cut into the hillside to your left. You come to the checkpoint; the gate goes up, you dr...

On the edge of this troubled city in the West Bank, Jewish settlers revere the grave of a mass murderer. And that’s just the beginning.

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The Pope’s Risky Trip

The Pope’s Risky Trip

VATICAN CITY—The man who shot John Paul II wants to shake this pope’s hand. But that’s the least of the worries for Francis’s security team.It doesn’t take much to see that Pope Francis is not exactly risk-averse. He has long defied the same level...

As Pope Francis heads to the Holy Land, the Vatican is beefing up security to deal with threats from ISIS and potential lone-wolf attackers, like the Turk who shot John Paul II.

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Has Intifada 3.0 Started Already?

Has Intifada 3.0 Started Already?

RAMALLAH, The West Bank — The Israeli intelligence agency operating in the Occupied Territories, Shin Bet, announced late Thursday night that a Hamas cell from Bethlehem plotted to fire rocket-propelled grenades at Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor...

The rising violence may not be an uprising yet, but it’s headed there, and it won’t be quite the same as anything that came before.

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U.S. News

Why Darren Wilson Will Walk

Why Darren Wilson Will Walk

Police Officer Darren Wilson Not Indicted in Shooting of Michael Brown is the headline you should expect to see Sunday after the St. Louis County grand jury’s decision is made public.This shouldn’t be a surprise. As I addressed in my Aug. 26 artic...

Expecting an indictment in Ferguson on Sunday? Don’t. How one Missouri statue will let the police officer who killed Michael Brown go free.

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The Immigrants Obama Left Out

The Immigrants Obama Left Out

It’s frigid outside, the wind-whipped sky above New York City so dark that 7 p.m. feels like the middle of the night. But the Queens office of Make the Road New York—a political and social advocacy group focusing on the city’s poor and working-cla...

The joy among those who could stop fearing deportation was tempered by fears for the long-suffering people the president’s executive order wouldn’t cover.

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Protesters Want Darren Wilson Dead

Protesters Want Darren Wilson Dead

FERGUSON, Mo. — In August, protesters shouted “Hands up, don’t shoot!”  and “No justice, no peace, no racist police!” Now, three months after Michael Brown was killed by Darren Wilson—and days or hours before the grand jury’s decision—the demands ...

At police headquarters, people told black cops they were supporting a murderer—and called for Michael Brown’s killer to be killed.

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Why Darren Wilson Will Walk

Why Darren Wilson Will Walk

Police Officer Darren Wilson Not Indicted in Shooting of Michael Brown is the headline you should expect to see Sunday after the St. Louis County grand jury’s decision is made public.This shouldn’t be a surprise. As I addressed in my Aug. 26 artic...

Expecting an indictment in Ferguson on Sunday? Don’t. How one Missouri statue will let the police officer who killed Michael Brown go free.

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How A Muslim Dad Reacted To His Daugh...

How A Muslim Dad Reacted To His Daugh...

by Adam Grannick for the Moral Courage Project“Before I realized I was gay, I was kind of homophobic,” says comedian Sabrina Jalees. “I mean, that’s disgusting! Two women—together? Ugh.” She makes a face. But then she gets serious. “Really, I gues...

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How UVA Is Failing Its Women

How UVA Is Failing Its Women

If there’s one thing that characterizes University of Virginia alumni, it’s loyalty and pride. We’re proud of having attended one of the top public schools in the nation, proud of its founder, Thomas Jefferson (often endearingly invoked as “T.J.”)...

A sobering article on gang rape inside a UVA fraternity has Wahoo alumni like myself up in arms.

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Tech + Health

Insane Requirement for Gay Blood Donors

Insane Requirement for Gay Blood Donors

Can you be a victim of discrimination if no one knows you are?Such is the case for gay and bisexual men, who are still, in 2014, banned from donating blood, even though most people probably don’t know it. This week, an FDA committee recommended mo...

An FDA committee recommends shrinking lifetime ban to one-year ‘deferral period’—but it’s still more politics than science.

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Women Share Secret Abortion Stories

Women Share Secret Abortion Stories

Brittany Mostiller had just turned 23 years old when she found out she was pregnant again. She thought about suicide. The Chicago native was already a mother to three girls under the age of seven, and was just getting by, working a part-time job a...

One in three women has had an abortion in the United States—but their stories often remain private. A new campaign aims to change that.

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Tracy Morgan’s Traumatic Brain Injury

Tracy Morgan’s Traumatic Brain Injury

It is often the least visible but sometimes deadliest of injuries: traumatic brain injury (TBI). With the recent statement released by Tracy Morgan’s lawyer that the famous comedian-actor suffered a “severe brain injury” in an August highway crash...

Tracy Morgan’s lawyer says the star suffered ‘severe brain injury’ after his car accident. What will this mean for the actor’s future?

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The Problematic Hunt for a ‘Gay Gene’

The Problematic Hunt for a ‘Gay Gene’

In 2011, Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” tried and failed to become the modern day equivalent to Valentino’s 1975 similarly titled gay anthem and disco hit “I Was Born This Way.” One reason why? After 40 years of discourse defending homosexuality by a...

Another week, another study declaring the hunt for the ‘gay gene’ over. Why are we so hung up on a biological answer for homosexuality?

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Women Share Secret Abortion Stories

Women Share Secret Abortion Stories

Brittany Mostiller had just turned 23 years old when she found out she was pregnant again. She thought about suicide. The Chicago native was already a mother to three girls under the age of seven, and was just getting by, working a part-time job a...

One in three women has had an abortion in the United States—but their stories often remain private. A new campaign aims to change that.

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The Sham, Scaremongering Guide to Ebola

The Sham, Scaremongering Guide to Ebola

Did you know you could get Ebola by breathing it in? That you could catch it in your backyard? Or that tons of enemy countries are stockpiling Ebola in secret labs?No? That’s because the claims border on nonsensical. Yet that’s exactly the sort of...

Someone was sure to capitalize on the Ebola panic, and Dr. Joseph Alton is that guy. His book, ‘Ebola Survival Handbook,’ is already a bestseller.

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The Insane Plan to Rate Games for Sexism

The Insane Plan to Rate Games for Sexism

God bless—Odin bless?—the politically correct Swedes, who are currently working on what might become that country’s ugliest export since Tor Johnson.As the shouting match over the role and depiction of gender and sexuality in video games that’s pa...

Sweden explores new frontiers in our misguided, foolish, pointless obsession with rating and censoring entertainment.

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All Hail Shingy, AOL's Goblin King

All Hail Shingy, AOL's Goblin King

AOL, that relic of a bygone age, has in its employ a person, Shingy, whose job title is as future-winning as it gets: “Digital Prophet.” The existence of Shingy—“real” name David Shing—has been an open secret in tech circles for ages, much like th...

Critics of AOL’s “digital prophet” say he’s everything that’s wrong with corporate America. But if he’s tech journalism’s new punchline, then perhaps the joke’s on us.

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The Sham, Scaremongering Guide to Ebola

The Sham, Scaremongering Guide to Ebola

Did you know you could get Ebola by breathing it in? That you could catch it in your backyard? Or that tons of enemy countries are stockpiling Ebola in secret labs?No? That’s because the claims border on nonsensical. Yet that’s exactly the sort of...

Someone was sure to capitalize on the Ebola panic, and Dr. Joseph Alton is that guy. His book, ‘Ebola Survival Handbook,’ is already a bestseller.

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Feminism Has Gone Too Far

Feminism Has Gone Too Far

Two male journalists, one conservative and one contrarian, were to debate abortion at Oxford University earlier this week. The event was sponsored by a student pro-life group and had all the ingredients to provoke an impassioned campus protest: tw...

An Oxford University debate was canceled, and certain subjects declared off-limits: why are feminists policing what is said about women and women’s bodies?

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Annie Leibovitz's 'Pilgrimage' (Photos)

Annie Leibovitz's 'Pilgrimage' (Photos)

In the midst of financial turmoil, the renowned celebrity photographer needed a way to refuel. Her solution: a bucket list of influential people and places to visit and photograph. The new series, ‘Pilgrimage,’ goes on display Friday at the New-Yo...

In the midst of financial turmoil, the renowned celebrity photographer needed a way to refuel. Her solution: a bucket list of influential people and places to visit and photograph. T...

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The Postman Who Built a Palace in France

The Postman Who Built a Palace in France

Ferdinand Cheval was born the son of peasants in the tumultuous, newly democratic France. But as an old man, he became proprietor of a palace fit for a king—one he built stone-by-stone with his own two hands.Cheval was born in 1836 in Charmes, Fra...

Walking his delivery route one day in the late 1800s, a French postman stumbled upon a rock that inspired him to embark on a 33-year journey to build a fantastical palace by hand.

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Call Us for Sex, Suicide, and Homework

Call Us for Sex, Suicide, and Homework

Despite the heavy breathers, the prank-callers (the groups of kids doing homework, the abusive drunks), despite the man who would regularly call and tell me he was in a graveyard and horny and he was just taking his trousers down “right now,” my t...

A brilliant documentary talks to sex workers and counselors on LGBT, suicide, and other hotlines to discover why people unburden themselves to strangers by phone.

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Annie Leibovitz's 'Pilgrimage' (Photos)

Annie Leibovitz's 'Pilgrimage' (Photos)

In the midst of financial turmoil, the renowned celebrity photographer needed a way to refuel. Her solution: a bucket list of influential people and places to visit and photograph. The new series, ‘Pilgrimage,’ goes on display Friday at the New-Yo...

In the midst of financial turmoil, the renowned celebrity photographer needed a way to refuel. Her solution: a bucket list of influential people and places to visit and photograph. T...

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Media, Dress Smart For Kate

Media, Dress Smart For Kate

Journalists are an ill-dressed lot, by and large.From Bernstein and Woodward in All The President’s Men to Lester Bangs in Almost Famous, the global army of ink-stained wretches may have a certain effortless style, but they are not often held up a...

Why journalists covering William and Kate's US trip should dress smart

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Cézanne’s Mysterious Wife

Cézanne’s Mysterious Wife

Anyone familiar with Paul Cézanne’s portraits will recognize the solemn woman with the oval face, tight lips, and large dark eyes, her dark hair invariably pulled back and parted in the center. But very few know this woman as the French painter’s ...

An exhibition at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art features 24 portraits of the French painter’s wife, but her mystery remains intact.

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Kissy-Face The Nation

Kissy-Face The Nation

That giant sucking sound emanating from Washington’s Newseum Monday night had nothing to with nutty billionaire (and almost-president) Ross Perot’s famous prophesy of jobs draining south to Mexico, and everything to do with the collective moist, n...

At Face The Nation’s 60th anniversary party, love for host Bob Schieffer ran wild. Joe Biden was there to ‘kiss the ring,’ while John McCain boasted of a record 101 appearances.

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Media, Dress Smart For Kate

Media, Dress Smart For Kate

Journalists are an ill-dressed lot, by and large.From Bernstein and Woodward in All The President’s Men to Lester Bangs in Almost Famous, the global army of ink-stained wretches may have a certain effortless style, but they are not often held up a...

Why journalists covering William and Kate's US trip should dress smart

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Women in the World

Women Share Secret Abortion Stories

Women Share Secret Abortion Stories

Brittany Mostiller had just turned 23 years old when she found out she was pregnant again. She thought about suicide. The Chicago native was already a mother to three girls under the age of seven, and was just getting by, working a part-time job as a grocery store cashier and living in a two-bedroom apartment with her sister and her niece. Since Medicaid doesn’t cover an abortion, she thought of ways to circumvent the high-cost procedure. “I thought about throwin...

One in three women has had an abortion in the United States—but their stories often remain private. A new campaign aims to change that.

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What Should I Call the Man I Love?

What Should I Call the Man I Love?

“I don’t want to see other people,” he announced after our third date. “I want to see you exclusively”.“Does this mean you are my boyfriend?” I asked.“Boyfriend?”He cringed.When this dialogue took place, I had been out of the dating scene for a bi...

After two decades out of the dating scene, a fortysomething woman is suddenly in an exclusive relationship with a new man - but is "boyfriend" the right word?

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Opportunity Abroad for Cameroonian Women

Opportunity Abroad for Cameroonian Women

Brenda and John Mazieno Nkwenti, married for four years with two young boys ages 4 and 2, are currently separated, because John wants his wife to be a housewife – just like the majority of Cameroonian women.Brenda, now 34, is currently in tourism ...

In a country that discriminates against women, it’s hard for Cameroonian ladies to find a rewarding career. So some are hitting the road and finding success – via the tourism industr...

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What It Feels Like For a Girl in Iraq

What It Feels Like For a Girl in Iraq

As a person in Iraq, you learn from an early age how to become “lifeless” – absolutely numb with no feelings whatsoever. Everyone here has seen a dead body. Not a normal dead body, but a dead body that is missing some limbs due to some explosion, ...

A 17-year-old Iraqi girl writes that in her culture, women and girls face constant degradation and humiliations, large and small, even at the hands of their own families. She certain...

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What Should I Call the Man I Love?

What Should I Call the Man I Love?

“I don’t want to see other people,” he announced after our third date. “I want to see you exclusively”.“Does this mean you are my boyfriend?” I asked.“Boyfriend?”He cringed.When this dialogue took place, I had been out of the dating scene for a bi...

After two decades out of the dating scene, a fortysomething woman is suddenly in an exclusive relationship with a new man - but is "boyfriend" the right word?

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The Life of a Liberian Child with Ebola

The Life of a Liberian Child with Ebola

Additional reporting by Cody Shane Griggers in MonroviaShe called herself the “boss lady” and despite his name, her big brother, Sheriff, 11, didn’t doubt it. Anne Marie had an uncommon feistiness for a five-year-old, especially for one who had ju...

UNICEF’s Chief of Crisis Communications chronicles six weeks in the life of a 5-year-old on the brink of Ebola.

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Q&A With Designer Rachel Roy

Q&A With Designer Rachel Roy

Known for her travel-inspired style and her striking, feminine pieces, iconic fashion designer Rachel Roy also constantly strives to assist women and children around the world.Roy has worked with organizations like Piece & Co., Born Free Afric...

On her new lip balm collection, what Tyra taught her and how being a mom inspires her management decisions.

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Sudan's Worsening Food Crisis

Sudan's Worsening Food Crisis

BENTIU, South Sudan — The vast majority of the more than two million people in South Sudan facing severe food insecurity – the worst food crisis in the world – are not living in camps. Major logistical issues and concerns about security continue t...

South Sudan faces the worst food crisis in the world – and it’s about to dramatically worsen. The need for aid is urgent and growing.

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The Life of a Liberian Child with Ebola

The Life of a Liberian Child with Ebola

Additional reporting by Cody Shane Griggers in MonroviaShe called herself the “boss lady” and despite his name, her big brother, Sheriff, 11, didn’t doubt it. Anne Marie had an uncommon feistiness for a five-year-old, especially for one who had ju...

UNICEF’s Chief of Crisis Communications chronicles six weeks in the life of a 5-year-old on the brink of Ebola.

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Books

Pauline Kael’s Talking Heads Obsession

Pauline Kael’s Talking Heads Obsession

I was already a full-blown movie freak by the time I was in 8th grade. I remember where I was as a kid—and who I was with—because of what movies were out. I used to cut out the full-page movie ads from the Sunday New York Times each week, just to ...

It's been almost 30 years since movie critic Pauline Kael got blown away by Jonathan Demme's Talking Heads concert film, but her shrewd enthusiasm is still persuasive.

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  • Best of the Beast

    Best of the Beast

    A 26-Year-Old Woman Is ISIS’s Last American HostageBy Shane Harris The extremists didn’t show her off in their latest snuff film. And her family doesn’t want her name released. But what is known about ISIS’s remaining U.S. captive is heartbreakin...

    What do we know about ISIS’s last remaining US Hostage? Who is the guy who wrote the worst book on Ebola? And Cosby’s not alone in being accused of sexual predation. Here’s our best ...

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How WWI Produced the Holocaust

How WWI Produced the Holocaust

During the first half of the 20th century European civilization embarked on a journey into the abyss: it moved from being the epicenter of sophistication, civilization, high culture, and knowledge, to become home to the most savage episodes of col...

The First World War paved the way for the American Century, but in fact it was the losers who would dictate the course of history for decades to come.

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The Internet Embedded in Your Head

The Internet Embedded in Your Head

In the future foretold by Thomas Sweterlitsch’s high-concept debut novel Tomorrow and Tomorrow, access to the Internet finally has been implanted in the brain of every Westerner.A trip down the block erupts in a phantasmagoria of rebate announceme...

Thomas Sweterlitsch’s debut novel envisions a future where the Web is a brain implant, emails are thought transmitted, and genuine human feeling doesn’t stand a chance.

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Why Cosby’s Biographer Ignored Rape

Why Cosby’s Biographer Ignored Rape

Every so often, as he tries to explain, defend and justify his decision to omit the rape allegations from his biography of Bill Cosby, Mark Whitaker sighs.“Well, look, obviously the story has changed, and I’m going to have to address that in futur...

In a predominantly celebratory book, Bill Cosby’s biographer deliberately glided over sex-abuse allegations, saying he was unable to substantiate them.

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How WWI Produced the Holocaust

How WWI Produced the Holocaust

During the first half of the 20th century European civilization embarked on a journey into the abyss: it moved from being the epicenter of sophistication, civilization, high culture, and knowledge, to become home to the most savage episodes of col...

The First World War paved the way for the American Century, but in fact it was the losers who would dictate the course of history for decades to come.

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The Rancid Ballad of Johnny Rotten

The Rancid Ballad of Johnny Rotten

We all know, or think we know, what Johnny Rotten hates.He’s the Antichrist, right?He hates everything!Which to me, after the initial explosion of the Sex Pistols, always made Rotten kind of boring.“Yeah, yeah, everything sucks; the world is full ...

The former Sex Pistol’s memoir ‘Anger Is an Energy’ proves that he still knows how to howl and rant, but who knew he was such a beguiling storyteller?

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The Fight to Ban ‘Birth of a Nation’

The Fight to Ban ‘Birth of a Nation’

The picture of hooded Klansmen riding to the rescue of an imperiled heroine and a ravaged South in The Birth of a Nation is an iconic image that is as mesmerizing as it is repellant. It did not appear so to the enraptured audience who cheered the ...

In 1915, black journalist Monroe Trotter tried to get D.W. Griffith’s troubling film banned in Boston, igniting a furious debate over racism, censorship, and free expression.

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They Weren’t Afraid of Virginia Woolf

They Weren’t Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Fans of Virginia Woolf may enjoy the following list of books written by her less famous female contemporaries. All these writers were known to Woolf, and one of them, Dorothy Richardson, is the subject of Louisa Treger’s new biographical novel, Th...

If only women had written in Woolf’s day, the English novel would have still been in very capable hands. From Mansfield to Gibbons to Hall, here are authors who need not stand in Woo...

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The Rancid Ballad of Johnny Rotten

The Rancid Ballad of Johnny Rotten

We all know, or think we know, what Johnny Rotten hates.He’s the Antichrist, right?He hates everything!Which to me, after the initial explosion of the Sex Pistols, always made Rotten kind of boring.“Yeah, yeah, everything sucks; the world is full ...

The former Sex Pistol’s memoir ‘Anger Is an Energy’ proves that he still knows how to howl and rant, but who knew he was such a beguiling storyteller?

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