The Paywall Paradox: How Good Business Does Bad

Jan 24, 2020

Newspapers were already good business, way back when they carried actual news, on paper. Gather some news, write it down, stamp cheap ink on cheap wood-pulp and presto! — scalable revenue, with no obvious upper bound. In fact, the more people read printed news, the more valuable it is,...

Donald Trump and Elon Musk Invent the Wheel
Jan 24, 2020

Donald Trump and Elon Musk Invent the Wheel

Putin Proposes, Trump Disposes
Jan 24, 2020

Putin Proposes, Trump Disposes

The World Needs to Find a “Way of Knowledge”
Jan 23, 2020

The World Needs to Find a “Way of Knowledge”

Can Telling Stories Through Data Help Fight Misinformation in India?

Can Telling Stories Through Data Help Fight Misinformation in India?

Over the past five years, India has seen several changes around the creation and dissemination of data. The Indian government has come under fire for withholding data on crucial issues like unemployment, as well as changing statistical methodologies to ascertain key metrics, calling into question...

How to Debate Confederate Symbols

How to Debate Confederate Symbols

Jan 23, 2020

In a recent interview, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley talked about her decision to call for the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina State House after Dylann Roof killed nine black parishioners at Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in June...

The New York Times Sees Double

The New York Times Sees Double

Jan 22, 2020

The New York Times’ daring innovation of endorsing two candidates in the Democratic presidential primary has provoked a flurry of comments in the media. The verdict on The NYT’s verdict has been resoundingly negative. For many, it confirms that The New York Times has abandoned its presumed...

Canada’s Indigenous Communities Fight to Protect Their Environment

Canada’s Indigenous Communities Fight to Protect Their Environment

Jan 22, 2020

Canada isn’t one of the first nations that comes to mind when thinking hotspots of racism and mistreatment of social groups across the globe. Above and beyond Canadians’ legendary reputation for being “nice,” the country is widely seen as an open and liberal place. Indeed, it scores highly...

Evangelical Blues, or How Supporting Trump Discredits Christianity

Evangelical Blues, or How Supporting Trump Discredits Christianity

Jan 22, 2020

Now in the final year of his first — or only? — presidential term, Donald Trump is in trouble. Haunted time and again by new revelations of shady, if not criminal, behavior, and ridiculed by his political peers, even including UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Trump is universally loathed —...

Putin Is Leaving, But Not Saying Goodbye

Putin Is Leaving, But Not Saying Goodbye

Jan 21, 2020

The reorganization of power has begun in Russia. This process is also referred to as the solution to the so-called “problem 2024” — the year that marks the end of Vladimir Putin’s last term as president. By law he has no right to run in the next election, since Russia’s Constitution...

In the Run-Up to the US Election, Storytelling Becomes Rather Less Innocent

In the Run-Up to the US Election, Storytelling Becomes Rather Less Innocent

Jan 21, 2020

Dan Rather is one of the most famous and highly respected journalists in the US, having served for decades as the anchor of CBS Evening News. He left the network in 2013 but maintains his image as a serious independent commentator on the news. Like most public celebrities today, Rather stakes...

Why a Troop Drawdown in Africa Is Exactly the Wrong Approach

Why a Troop Drawdown in Africa Is Exactly the Wrong Approach

Jan 21, 2020

On December 24, 2019, The New York Times reported that Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper is weighing proposals for a major reduction — or even a complete pullout — of US forces from West Africa. This is the first phase of reviewing deployments that could reshuffle thousands of troops worldwide...

MLK: Do We Still Dare to Dream?

MLK: Do We Still Dare to Dream?

Jan 20, 2020

As we once again remember Martin Luther King (MLK), we pause and reflect on what he would make of a world that appears to be retreating back to the isolationism and racism that was common in the time he lived. Cut short in his prime, King’s legacy must be discussed with “what if” scenarios....

For Ali Khamenei, Trump Isn’t a Solitary Clown

For Ali Khamenei, Trump Isn’t a Solitary Clown

Jan 20, 2020

The hardest part of publishing articles in the news is drafting the story’s headline. Headlines serve two essential purposes: to give a general idea of the subject that the article exposes and to trigger the reader’s curiosity or interest. Because the headline must be pithy, the second...

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