10 Physics Tricks to Recover From Digital Decalibration

Aug 23, 2019

This is a list of straightforward ways to feel better in the age of smartphones. This list can serve as a companion to an earlier edition of Tech Turncoat Truths listing how screens damage the human nervous system, and also to a peer-reviewed article making the same case. Here's the gist of...

Rivers of Dust: The Future of Water and the Middle East
Aug 23, 2019

Rivers of Dust: The Future of Water and the Middle East

Malawi Can Be Aid Independent If Communities Are Empowered
Aug 22, 2019

Malawi Can Be Aid Independent If Communities Are Empowered

The Unabated Bombardment of Idlib in Syria
Aug 22, 2019

The Unabated Bombardment of Idlib in Syria

Fighting for Legitimacy: The Dueling Sovereignties in Southern Yemen

Fighting for Legitimacy: The Dueling Sovereignties in Southern Yemen

Aug 20, 2019

Recent clashes in Aden lay bare the untenable sociopolitical status quo in southern Yemen. Weeks of attacks and conspiracies reveal a strained Saudi-Emirati alliance and unaddressed southern Yemeni grievances. A tenuous partnership between forces of the Saudi-backed, internationally-recognized...

Kashmir Reaches a New and Dangerous Level

Kashmir Reaches a New and Dangerous Level

Aug 19, 2019

In a regional environment where the slightest miscalculated move on one side can trigger an equally miscalculated reaction from the other, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s actions on August 5 over Jammu and Kashmir are simply bizarre. Article 370 of the Indian Constitution had...

South Asians Are Shaping the Future of Science and Technology

South Asians Are Shaping the Future of Science and Technology

Aug 17, 2019

Each year, the MIT Technology Review publishes a list of outstanding innovators under 35. They come from fields as diverse as biotechnology, robotics, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, energy, the web, transportation, communications, materials and computer hardware. Their innovations are...

Leaving the JCPOA May Have Been a Mistake, But So Is Reentering It

Leaving the JCPOA May Have Been a Mistake, But So Is Reentering It

Aug 16, 2019

In the first Democratic primary debate, the candidates were asked to raise their hands if they would reenter the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), otherwise known as the Iran nuclear deal. Of the 10 presidential candidates on stage, all raised their hands — except New Jersey Senator...

Perhaps “Slowbalization” Is Exactly What the World Needs

Perhaps “Slowbalization” Is Exactly What the World Needs

Aug 16, 2019

A group of Italians started the Slow Food movement back in the 1980s. Stay away from fast-food restaurants, they urged: Eat local, focus on traditional recipes, relax and enjoy your meal.  The Slow Food movement began as a protest against McDonald’s, which opened a new franchise near...

Tech Versus Human Rights

Tech Versus Human Rights

Aug 15, 2019

Imagine that your government could identify you and track your movements digitally, solely based on your physical appearance and perceived ethnicity or race. This is not the stuff of dystopian science fiction, but is happening now due to the widespread use of artificial intelligence (AI) tools....

A Healthy Police Force Is a Sign of a Healthy Democracy

A Healthy Police Force Is a Sign of a Healthy Democracy

Aug 15, 2019

The institution that creates and maintains domestic security — and that can ultimately guarantee it during emergencies — is the police. However, a comparative look at the historical development of various political systems shows that, in the modern world, no such system has existed, or even...

The World Without American Leadership

The World Without American Leadership

Aug 14, 2019

People around the world, including Americans, have argued that the world can get along without US leadership. Today, they may want to scan the global landscape. While acute crises and violent conflict may not seem imminent at the moment, the view isn’t a hopeful one. For Americans, naively...

The Planet Deserves a Pledge of Allegiance

The Planet Deserves a Pledge of Allegiance

Aug 13, 2019

Author and editorialist Alan Weisman has reviewed Bill McKibben’s most recent book on the environment, “Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?” McKibben, an author-turned-activist, has been leading the campaign at 350.org to combat the resistance of oil companies to addressing...

Giving Away Equity to Create a More Equitable Society

Giving Away Equity to Create a More Equitable Society

Aug 12, 2019

“Adam und Evelyn,” a bittersweet German love story in the summer of 1989, captures both the promise and the peril of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Adam and Evelyn are an East German couple. Evelyn yearns to flee to the West. Adam is happy behind the Iron Curtain as a dressmaker. She leaves and...

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