Politico
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Then, a week later, a grim-faced Spicer took to the podium in the White House briefing room for the first time and angrily denounced the news media’s reporting of Trump’s inauguration crowd, uttering several easily debunked falsehoods. “This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration. Period,” he said, flanked by twin monitors displaying a deceptively flattering overhead photo of the crowd on the National Mallinstantly becoming a national punchline on Twitter and late-night television. He did not take questions, let alone make jokes. “It was a bit of a shocker,” said one veteran Washington journalist who had attended Spicer’s party. “Especially given what had happened that night at the get-together.” *** In societies around the world , anthropologists have observed a phenomenon calledritualized warfare,” a sort of pantomime of battle most famously observed among the Dani people of Papua New Guinea, who would regularly line up in formation to shout insults and shoot arrows at warriors from rival villages with no decisive outcome.
The Economic Times
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What makes India's youth these days such an interesting mix?To find what the Indian youth thinks, the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies along with a German political foundation conducted an exhaustive survey.
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Organizers say the event is non-partisan and is not aimed against the Trump administration or any politician or party. The march, which coincides with Earth Day, has more than 200 co-sponsors, including many major scientific and professional societies, zoos, aquaria and advocacy groups. "This is pretty remarkable and unprecedented," said geochemist Eric Davidson, president of the 60,000-member American Geophysical Union, one of the march co-sponsors. Many of the group's members did the climate research that the Trump administration disavows. "I can't think of another example where scientists have organized themselves in as many cities with an event as big as this. Organizers of the international event say it is the first step in a global movement to acknowledge and defend the vital role science plays in everyday life. “Science extends our lives, protects our planet, puts food on our table, contributes to the economy and allows us to communicate and collaborate with people around the world," says Caroline Weinberg, national co-chair for the March for Science.
Washingtons Blog
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James Q. Whitman's new book is called Hitler's American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law. It is understated and overdocumented, difficult to argue with. No doubt some will try. In cartoonish U.S. historical understanding, the United States is, was, and ever shall be a force for good, whereas Nazism arose in a distant, isolated land that lacked any connection to other societies. In a cartoonish reversal of that understanding that would make a good strawman for critics of this book, U.S. policies have been identical to Nazism which simply copied them. Obviously this is not the case. In reality, as we have long known, the U.S. genocide of Native Americans was a source of inspiration in Nazi discussions of expanding to their east, even referring to Ukrainian Jews as Indians. Camps for Native Americans helped inspire camps for Jews.
The Huffington Post
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In an era of profound cultural transformation, elections and referendums have very real consequences ― such as the repeal of environmental regulations or crackdowns on press freedom. But as much as they reveal how markedly divided societies are at this historical moment, they settle little. For those who are nostalgic for an ideal past, the challenges of a complex future wrought by globalization, digital disruption and increasing cultural diversity remain unresolved. For those looking ahead, there is no going back. The present political reaction is only the first act, not the last. It is the beginning, not the end, of the story of societies in fluid transition. The recent Turkish referendum , like Brexit and U.S. President Donald Trump s election , fits a pattern of a territorial divide. Residents in large cities and coastal zones linked to global integration and cosmopolitan culture represented just under half of the vote; rural, small-town and Rust Belt regions linked more to the traditions and economic structures of the past were just over half.
Phys.Org
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The Paris Agreement commits nations to limiting global warming to less than 2˚C by the end of the century. However, it is becoming increasingly apparent that, to meet such a massive challenge, societies will need to do more than simply reduce and limit carbon emissions. It seems likely that large scale removal of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere may be called for: so-called "negative emissions".
BBC News 24
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societies and banks. For instant, there are banks just based on your mobile phone at the moment, and.
Voice Of America
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Norah Chepkulul, a single mother of two young sons, stands outside her home, a grass thatched hut surrounded by cactuslike euphoria trees on the dusty Maasai Mara road in Kenya’s Rift Valley. She has just finished milking her four cows and has asked the boys to keep an eye on the goats corralled in the little compound. A few years ago, a single mother taking sole responsibility for her family would have been a rare sight among the pastoral Kipsigis and Maasai communities. Traditionally, in the predominantly herder societies men are the decision-makers and managers of land and stock. But overgrazing and the sub-division and privatization of land and its transfer to agricultural use has forced herder communities to accept and adopt new land strategies, including applying for security of tenure and women in land transfer and inheritance. Traditions rooted deep “Getting married these days is no longer a priority,” Chepkulul told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Informed Comment
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Vulnerability is often high among indigenous peoples, women, children, the elderly, and disabled people who experience multiple deprivations that inhibit them from managing daily risks and shocks. It should go without saying that these are also the people least responsible for the greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming in the first place (something no less true of the countries most of them live in). Inaction Equals Annihilation In this context, consider the moral consequences of inaction on climate change. Once it seemed that the process of global warming would occur slowly enough to allow societies to adapt to higher temperatures without excessive disruption, and that the entire human family would somehow make this transition more or less simultaneously. That now looks more and more like a fairy tale. Climate change is occurring far too swiftly for all human societies to adapt to it successfully.
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societies that presume innocence, and security forces by and large, as opposed to intelligence forces, act on crimes, versus pre-emptively, in anticipation of an act, based on the box. It is very hard, the fine line to be drawn back,.
Voice Of America
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" And if both groups settle in one Iraqi locale, it's likely the U.S-led coalition in Iraq will target them, experts say. "If they combine, that may have the unintended effect from their standpoint of encouraging the United States, the coalition, and our local partners in these predominantly Muslim countries and societies … to fight against them as one," analyst Pollack told VOA.
Daily Mail - Home
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Yorkshire Building Society's rate is the cheapest since records began in 1988. It will put pressure on other banks and building societies to cut their rates too, experts have said.
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It should go without saying that these are also the people least responsible for the greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming in the first place (something no less true of the countries most of them live in). Failing to halt the advance of climate change... means complicity with mass human annihilation. Inaction Equals Annihilation In this context, consider the moral consequences of inaction on climate change. Once it seemed that the process of global warming would occur slowly enough to allow societies to adapt to higher temperatures without excessive disruption, and that the entire human family would somehow make this transition more or less simultaneously. That now looks more and more like a fairy tale. Climate change is occurring far too swiftly for all human societies to adapt to it successfully. Only the richest are likely to succeed in even the most tenuous way.
The Event Chronicle
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We have the latest figures on mortgage lending and they show a sharp drop from a year ago - down by nearly a fifth in March. The numbers are taken from banks and building societies. To give you an idea of the size of the market - an estimated £21.4 billion was lent last month to buy houses and flats. But that's 19% less than March 2016. The council of Mortgage Lenders says that's no a surprise. Let's find out why
The Event Chronicle
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g., the Jesuits and Knights of Malta) to destroy anyone or any organization that opposes the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church. Why Catholics are Servants of the Holy Roman Empire One very important thing you need to know about the Pope is that he is one of the leaders of the Holy Roman Empire. Because of this, the Vatican and its subsidiaries (e.g., the Roman Catholic Church) are controlled by the Holy Roman Empire. This empire is alive and well today and is working hard from behind the scene to rule the world again. The Holy Roman Empire is behind the New World Order (NWO) and is in control of most of the secret societies on Earth. Furthermore, anyone with a title of nobility is a servant of the Holy Roman Empire. For strong evidence showing that the Holy Roman Empire is behind the NWO, read my empowering article titled Why Rome (the Holy Roman Empire) Still Rules the World .
Collective Evolution
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Slavery may be deemed a historical term in many societies at this point, but it's certainly not a thing of the past. Human trafficking, for instance, produces hundreds of billions of dollars in profit by trapping millions of people in unfathomable situations around the world. Human traffickers resort to violence, threats, deception, debt bondage, and other forms of manipulation to force people to take part in commercial sex or other services against their consent. According to the International Labour Organization, there are an estimated 20.9 million victims of human trafficking globally , with 68 percent of them trapped in forced labor, 26 percent being children, and 55 percent being women and girls. The organization also estimates that forced labor and human trafficking is a $150 billion industry worldwide . It's unlikely you'll hear of a human trafficker coming forward about their crime, but recently, one has done just that, going on the record and confessing during a filmed interview that he sold thousands of children into sex slavery and killed hundreds who he wasn't able to sell off.
The Event Chronicle
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The Assyrian nation today stands at a crossroad. One third of [it]is in a diaspora, while the remaining two-thirds lives perilously in its native lands. These are some of the dangers facing the Assyrians: Denominationalism and fragmentation, Islamic fundamentalism, Arabization, Cultural immersion and absorption into Arab societies, Mass emigration to the West, and absorption into Western societies.” The same site states that Assyrians lived in their homelands for 6,600 years, but since the Turks committed genocide against them in World War 1, claiming 750,000 lives, they began moving west. Now, there are more in western lands than there are in their native territory. And the exodus has been accelerating. This cylinder seal rolled across wet clay to make the imprint depicts a mythological scene: A goddess cheers as Assur attacks a monster. The name Assyrian may have been taken from Assur.
BBC Two England
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-- one of the most unequal societies in the whole of Europe so we want to make sure people on higher incomes will be paying more but the Green Party not only has that analysis and shared concern about inequality and a real commitment to addressing inequality, but also we have that consistent position.
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On the second count, Tengku Iskandar was charged with acting on behalf of “Kerabat Diraja Long Yunus” by signing the letter of attorney, which had the letterhead of the “Pertubuhan Kerabat Diraja Long Yunus” as a document to allow his driver, Chai Kok Leong, 51, to handle his Mercedes Benz car at the same time and place. The charge, under Section 48(1) of the Societies Act 1966, carries an imprisonment for up to five years, or fine, or both, if found guilty. Deputy public prosecutor Awang Armadajaya Awang Mahmud, who prosecuted offered bail of RM5,000 with one surety, but lawyer Datuk Joshua Sambanthan, representing Tengku Iskandar, said his client had ties with the Kelantan royalty and was involved in charity work. Sambanthan also requested the court to stop the media from making a coverage of the case so as not to affect the coronation ceremony of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V, who is also the Kelantan Sultan, this Monday.
Voice Of America
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"We decided the time [for the program] was now," Mirrer said in a phone interview. "The demand for help in becoming a citizen on the part of green-card holders has ramped up hugely." To become citizens, green-card holders must pass an English literacy test and an oral government and history exam by correctly answering six of 10 questions from a total pool of 100. Questions range from "What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?" to "What territory did the United States buy from France in 1803?" "These are things that Americans should know but most Americans do not," said Mirrer. (Here is a practice version of the civics test.) The society's initiative will include a new gallery with interactive displays designed around the 100 questions. It is a model that other historical societies and museums could follow to help green-card holders and educate Americans.