The Syrian People Have Been Betrayed By All Sides

By Mehdi Hasan   Where do you stand on the conflict in Syria? This question has become perhaps the ultimate political and sectarian Rorschach test of our time. Are you a leftist or libertarian who opposes U.S. air strikes and waxes lyrical about the paramountcy of Syrian sovereignty and international law? Or are you a…Read more The Syrian People Have Been Betrayed By All Sides

Stephen King on Donald Trump: ‘How do such men rise? First as a joke’

He’s written novels with eerily similar plotlines – but how did Trump become president? The only way to find out: inject a panel of fictional voters with truth serum... by Stephen King in THE GUARDIAN read more

Why Do So Many Americans Fear Muslims? Decades of Denial About America’s Role in the World.

There’s been lots of attention-grabbing opposition to Trump’s “Muslim ban” executive order, from demonstrations to court orders. But polls make it clear public opinion is much more mixed. Standard phone polls show small majorities opposed, while web and automated polls find small majorities continue to support it. read more

‘I’m a Dead Man Walking’

Mark Sanford has nothing left to lose. And he’s here to haunt Donald Trump. By Tim Alberta February 17, 2017 None of this feels normal. The congressman greets me inside his Washington office wearing a wrinkly collared shirt with its top two buttons undone, faded denim jeans and grungy, navy blue Crocs that expose his…Read more ‘I’m a Dead Man Walking’

 Police Attacked Standing Rock Activists For Hours. Why Are They Calling It A Riot?

photo: Nighttime at Standing Rock. (Jake Ratner) In a video streamed live on Facebook on the night of November 20, an army of riot police stand guard as fire hoses blast anti–Dakota Access pipeline activists on a bridge near Standing Rock in the subfreezing cold. Misleading narratives obscure the reality of the stand at Standing Rock.…Read more  Police Attacked Standing Rock Activists For Hours. Why Are They Calling It A Riot?

Fake News Is Not the Only Problem

With increased political polarization, amplified by homophily — our preference to connect to people like us — and algorithmic recommender systems, we’re effectively constructing our own realities. While admitting I've never heard of this word 'homophily' and don't know what it means, I think this article by Gilad Lotan makes cogent points about how technology has changed not just…Read more Fake News Is Not the Only Problem