The Guardian - World news
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This is nothing new because it feels interesting to tell a story about a struggle with traditional ideas of masculinity through a form that obeys traditional, maybe even patriarchal, theatrical conventions. We are interested in the idea that whereas in the last century women entered the workforce, this century might be characterised as the moment in which men begin to share the domestic sphere more equally. What if this has a large part to play in “the crisis in masculinity”? Our culture has to shift a great deal to allow this change, so we make our two brothers deal with that every night. Continue reading...
The Iran Project
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The Iran Project
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Azer New s- Azerbaijan and Iran will create a joint chamber for settling possible differences between traders from both countries, Iranian Justice Minister Mostafa Pourmohammadi, who is on a visit in Baku, said in an interview with Trend. The minister said that the signing of a new agreement on cooperation in the sphere of justice was discussed during his visit to Azerbaijan. He noted that the relations between Azerbaijan and Iran are developing in both political and economic spheres. During the visit, Iran and Azerbaijan made statements on human rights, on the fight against terrorism, as well as the smuggling of narcotic drugs. The minister added that an agreement was reached to establish the Iran-Azerbaijan arbitration chamber to eliminate the differences between businessmen and investors. Pourmohammadi said that currently, the sides agree on the text of the relevant treaty to be signed in the future after the completion of discussions between the two countries.
ScienceDaily
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South China Morning Post
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Ever since Donald Trump launched his presidential campaign, he has been engaged in an intensifying war of words with the mainstream American media. The fact that he has defied such attacks to become the American president says much about the influence and reach of Twitter, the social networking service that lets him bypass his critics in the more traditional media sphere. Even as president, Trumps battle with the mainstream media shows no sign of letting up. Each side hurls accusations...
The Huffington Post
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Voice Of America
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With the Trump administration still stitching together its foreign policy, priorities and staff, Russia seems intent on expanding its once-shrunken sphere of influence by exploiting gaps in America's overseas presence. It's been a globe-spanning effort, with Russian leader Vladimir Putin using muscle in places like Ukraine and Syria and offering sweeteners to potential allies that he hopes will pay off later. The focus is on countries that have shaky ties with Washington, are strategically located or have abundant natural resources. A key issue is how Putin's relationship with new President Donald Trump will pan out. Can two cocky personalities truly be allies against common foes like Islamic State, which could usher in a new era of cooperation? Are the distrust and animosity that festered during the Cold War too much to overcome? And will there be long-term fallout over Russia's efforts to bolster Trump's election campaign? Russia's influence, which rivaled that of the United States during the Cold War, faded dramatically after the fall of communism and the breakup of the vast Soviet Union.
Mondoweiss
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TIME - Top Stories
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' Thats what happens, he said, proving once and for all that he will always be the guy in the movie saving the world from disaster. (See: San Andreas , Furious 7 , Doc Savage, Baywatch , etc.) Whether or not his choice of roles is actually preparation for real-life activities perhaps in the political sphere is still up for debate. His supporters can hope.
Sputnik International
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Design Milk - Home
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The Show coffee table not only provides storage, its double layer design with glass top becomes a place to display favorite items. The Party family includes bar tables, as well as stackable bar stools that offer flexibility. The minimalist wood design is dotted with round foot bars and backrests. The stools comes in two heights and with or without an upholstered seat. Big Move is a handy, triangular trolley cart that can be used as an end table or a bar cart, or wherever it's needed. It comes with a leather-covered handle and a lower marble shelf. Fellow helps you keep your things in order on one of its eight hooks which come in varying sizes to hold your coats, bags, and more. The Poem vase has a half sphere base with a mirrored top that doubles the image of the flowers by reflecting them.
Sky News
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But where Russia has been very effective in Europe and the United States is in that hybrid cyber severe. I asked him whether or not Nato was geared up to deal with that and this was his response -- cyber sphere. He said... Welcome he was asked whether or not the UK at GCHQ would be offensive in its cyber policies towards Russia.
Open Culture
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“The world is not an illusion,” said Alfred Korzbyski , “it is an abstraction.” You may know Korzbyski for another famous maxim, “the map is not the territory.” Jorge Luis Borges took this idea to its most absurd lengths by imagining in his story “On Exactitude in Science” a map that corresponded in size and scale at every point with the territory. Borges, wrote Colin Marshall in a previous Open Culture post , “illustrated the idea that all maps are wrong by imagining the preposterousness of a truly correct one.” That observation occurs in the context of a video from Vox that explains why it is mathematically impossible to create a completely accurate flat world map at any scale . We must abstract; “the surface of a sphere cannot be represented as a plane without some form of distortion,” and so cartographers use a technique calledprojection.
The Points Guy
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This might be the restaurant industry's ultimate gimmick to attract diners. We've seen everything from an underwater restaurant in the Maldives and a robot restaurant in Tokyo , but this could very well be the first place that you actually have to dive to t o eat your meal. The Pearl opened recently inside Brussels' NEMO33 diving center. The restaurant is a single sphere that rests five meters (about 16 feet) below the pool's surface. It's an exclusive dining experience, with seats for just four people and it's intimate, too, being only two meters (about 6.5 feet) wide. The watertight pod is tied down to the pool's floor and its many windows gives diners 360-degree views... of the indoor pool... Dining here costs99 per person and requires you to have prior diving experience. If you've never been diving, NEMO33 offers an introductory lesson before the meal.
Voice Of America
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Timmermans, who had warned Romania not to backtrack in the fight against corruption after the graft decree was approved, urged the country to continue tackling graft and to involve the civil society in the reform of its corruption laws. He also offered Romania EU assistance to improve the prison system, saying EU funds could be used for that purpose. The Social Democrat-led government had argued that the decriminalization of some graft offenses would have reduced overcrowding in the country's jails. New minister could be outsider Speaking at the same news conference, Grindeanu committed to new reforms and said he will work to make sure the EU's monitoring of Romania's judicial sector and anti-graft legislation would no longer be needed by 2019, when the country takes over the EU presidency for the first time since it joined the bloc in 2007. Grindeanu also said he will propose next week a new justice minister, who is likely to be picked from “outside the political sphere,” he told journalists.
Washington Free Beacon
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Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.) said she is not ready to impeach President Donald Trump until Congress conducts an independent investigation. CNN's Erin Burnett asked Wasserman Schultz whether she thought her Democratic colleagues went too far by calling for Trump's impeachment. Burnett's question was referencing some Congressional Democrats who have hinted at impeaching President Trump. For example, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D., Calif.) recently said it's "legitimate" to discuss impeaching Trump and stated that it's her "greatest desire is to lead him right into impeachment." In her response, Wasserman Schultz never used the wordimpeachment,” but instead said that she would like to see Republicans and Democrats in Congress come together to conduct a bipartisan investigation in the public sphere. She then criticized Trump and said it was “disturbing” that he knew his recently fired national security advisor Michael Flynn did not tell Vice President Mike Pence the whole truth about his conversations with Russia's foreign minister.
The Huffington Post
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I realized that nothing I have written, nor actions I have taken in an effort to have impact, has actually reached my intended audiences. Words carry weight, but I had convinced myself that mine were influential beyond the small sphere that comprises my community. They merely circulate among Duke's echo chamber and bounce back to me. I appreciate this supportive atmosphere for the ways in which it has fostered my growth, encouraged me and heightened my passion, but I am disappointed I never pushed myself harder to puncture through it. North Carolina is a purple battleground, fraught with tension and longstanding issues of race. Duke's backyard is a microcosm -- a petri dish -- demonstrating the myriad of ways Americans are struggling to connect with each other, at least enough to find common ground. More than anything, this election has imparted upon me that I must proactively seek out diversity of experiences and opinions because they will not fall into my lap.
Washington Free Beacon
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Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.) said she is not ready to impeach President Donald Trump until Congress conducts an independent investigation. CNN's Erin Burnett asked Wasserman Schultz whether she thought her Democratic colleagues went too far by calling for Trump's impeachment. Burnett's question was referencing some Congressional Democrats who have hinted at impeaching President Trump. For example, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D., Calif.) recently said it's "legitimate" to discuss impeaching Trump and stated that it's her "greatest desire is to lead him right into impeachment." In her response, Wasserman Schultz never used the wordimpeachment,” but instead said that she would like to see Republicans and Democrats in Congress come together to conduct a bipartisan investigation in the public sphere. She then criticized Trump and said it was “disturbing” that he knew his recently fired national security advisor Michael Flynn did not tell Vice President Mike Pence the whole truth about his conversations with Russia's foreign minister.
TIME - Top Stories
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Despite the aggressiveness from Russia, despite its victories in the Middle East, and in Ukraine, I dont think the Western Balkans can be fertile ground for such attacks. You know, in a way, they applied the same approach to the elections in the United States. And Im not sure the same scenario wont take place in Germany and France during their elections. Since Donald Trumps election victory in the U.S., theres been a lot of concern in Eastern Europe that Trump will sit down with Putin and strike some grand geopolitical bargain , one that would allow Russia to establish a sphere of influence in this region of the world. Do you think such a bargain is possible? I dont believe in such a scenario. I think those times when two leaders sat down and decided the fate of the world passed a long time ago.
Max Keizer
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If you forge forward into the blog-o-sphere without a concrete plan, you’re going to waste time, energy and money as you struggle to determine your goals and milestones. Luckily, there’s a better way. When you sit down to write, do it with the end goal in mind. Do you want this post to earn you social followers? Do you want to start a conversation? Are you seeking to engage new readers? Regardless of what your goals may be, understanding the purpose of your blog helps ensure you’ll write a piece that’s worthy of attention and helps you meet your milestones. 5. Know your reader Just like guest blogging, knowing your reader is an old standby of blog strategy. You know what they say, though: “It’s an oldie, but a goodie.” Knowing your reader is critical to your blog’s success. By understanding who you’re speaking to, what you’re doing for them and how you’re going to distribute your content to reach them most effectively, it’s easy to build a viral blog following that’s based on real value rather than trending news and clickbait titles.
The Sun Daily - Style
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It was a radical departure for the 39-year-old whose shows have been over the top – presenting at locales from Madison Square Garden to New York's Roosevelt Island – since he started his fashion line two years ago. But on Wednesday his latest collaboration with Adidas was shown in a more traditional, stripped-down industrial space in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, in an area along the Hudson River used by other designers. Guests were warned not to use phones, take pictures or videos, and not to post anything on social media – but of course, those warnings appeared on social media anyway, as did a few photos. The clothes departed a bit from his usual sportswear, though that influence was still present. Denim hit the Yeezy catwalk for the first time, in the form of high-waisted jeans, shirts and jackets. Coats in leather or fur put the label into another sphere, as did an anthracite gray blouse with a decidedly feminine cut. — AFP
Washington Free Beacon
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