Forces in Iraq and Syria are bolstering their offensives on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, in a bid to retake key cities in both countries. Iraqi security forces and Shia fighters renewed efforts to retake the western Iraqi city of Ramadi on Monday, as ISIL poured more fighters into the […]

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has described the flash flooding that had killed at least three people in his state as “a relentless wall of water that mowed down huge trees like they were grass”. Abbott declared states of disaster in 24 counties and flew over the area south of Austin to assess the damage caused […]

A day before California accepted voluntary water cutbacks by farmers, vandals targeting an inflatable dam in Fremont sent 50 million gallons of water meant for the city’s residents flowing into the San Francisco Bay. “This is a very significant loss of water under any circumstances, and more so in the drought conditions we are experiencing,” […]

After nearly four weeks of negotiations, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference ended in a predictable outcome: a text overwhelmingly reflecting the views and interests of the nuclear-armed states and some of their nuclear-dependent allies. “The process to develop the draft Review Conference outcome document was anti-democratic and nontransparent,” Ray Acheson, director, Reaching Critical […]

Nepal: A nation rebuilds

May 25, 2015

A month after an earthquake left more than 8,600 people dead in Nepal and neighbouring countries, Nepalis are mourning lost loved ones and looking how to rebuild their devastated country. The initial tremor and aftershocks that followed have levelled buildings, overwhelmed hospitals and left ordinary people in desperate need for the essentials. The shock of […]

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French Open: Sharapova, Murray move into second round

May 25, 2015

Maria Sharapova’s French Open title defence got off to a comfortable start as she beat Estonian Kaia Kanepi 6-2, 6-4 in the first round. The second-seed, who will face fellow Russian Vitalia Diatchenko, was rarely bothered in a late-afternoon canter on Court Philippe Chatrier. The double Roland Garros champion won three games in a row […]

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The military is buying patriotism: A Memorial Day nightmare about Pentagon budgets — and veterans used as a sideshow

May 25, 2015

Regardless of how one feels about lionizing the military, it is distasteful, and indicative of America’s cultural collapse that the NFL jumps at the opportunity to take millions of taxpayer dollars to exploit a genuine affection and gratitude many Americans feel for veterans to rehabilitate its own image, present itself as not a money printing […]

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The ’90s were absolute hell: Remembering the decade when the fringe went berserk

May 25, 2015

Kaczynski’s goal was to start a revolution against technology, which he believed was destroying human life. “The Industrial Revolution and its consequences,” he proclaimed in the Manifesto, “have been a disaster for the human race.” They have “destabilized society, have made life unfulfilling, have subjected human beings to indignities, have led to widespread psychological suffering […]

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