Culture

Student went undercover in a Chinese iPhone factory
Electronics
Mashable | Dejian Zeng may have built your phone. Or at least worked on it, anyway.  The second-year masters of public administration student at NYU Wagner spent six weeks last year working in a Chinese factory manufacturing...
A Quarter of Millennials 25 to 34 Who Are Living at Home Aren’t Working
Basement
PJMedia | A new report from the Census Bureau revealed that about a quarter of older millennials aged 25 to 34 who are living at home are neither working nor in school. A full third of young people between the ages of 18 and 34...
Inside the World’s First All-Female Special Forces Unit
Norway Troops
NBCNews | ELVERUM, Norway — An explosion just a few feet away rocks the unmarked station wagon as it travels along a dirt road in the Norwegian woodland. Immediately, two soldiers jump from their front seats and run for cover...
UN Child Sex Ring Left Victims But No Arrests
UN Troops
AP | In the ruins of a tropical hideaway where jetsetters once sipped rum under the Caribbean sun, the abandoned children tried to make a life for themselves. They begged and scavenged for food, but they never could scrape...
Germany approves bill curbing online hate crime, fake news
German Justice Minister Heiko Maas
AP | BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Cabinet on Wednesday approved a new bill that punishes social networking sites if they fail to swiftly remove illegal content such as hate speech or defamatory fake news. Chancellor Angela Merkel...
Wikipedia founder to fight fake news with new Wikitribune site
Jimmy Wales
Guardian | Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of Wikipedia, is launching a new online publication which will aim to fight fake news by pairing professional journalists with an army of volunteer community contributors. Wikitribune plans...
The Syrian People Have Been Betrayed By All Sides
Syrian Refugees
TheIntercept | Where do you stand on the conflict in Syria? This question has become perhaps the ultimate political and sectarian Rorschach test of our time. Are you a leftist or libertarian who opposes U.S. air strikes and waxes...
Chechens tell of prison beatings and electric shocks in anti-gay purge: ‘They called us animals’
Prison Bars
TheGuardian | At least once a day, Adam’s captors attached metal clamps to his fingers and toes. One of the men then cranked a handle on a machine to which the clamps were linked with wires, and sent powerful electric shocks through...
NY Makes Tuition “free,” But Students Must Stay in State Afterward
NYU
AP | There’s a big string attached to New York’s free middle-class college tuition initiative: Students must stay in the state after graduation or else pay back the benefit. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that the...
Venezuela Reminds Us That Socialism Frequently Leads to Dictatorship
Venezuela Violence
Reason.com | On March 29, the Supreme Court of Venezuela dissolved the country's elected legislature, allowing Venezuela's top court to write future laws. The court is filled with allies of Venezuela's socialist president, Nicolas...
Instagram Will Start Blurring ‘Offensive’ Photos
Instagram
Heatst | Instagram is the latest internet company to step up efforts to hide content from users, implementing an automatic blur feature for images it deems “offensive”. The social network announced the incoming censorship...
Psychopathic CEOs are rife in Silicon Valley, experts say
Mens TIe
TheGuardian | There is a high proportion of psychopathic CEOs in Silicon Valley, enabled by protective investors and weak human resources departments, according to a panel of experts at SXSW festival. Although the term “psychopath”...
Trump revokes Obama guidelines on transgender bathrooms
Donald Trump
Reuters | President Donald Trump's administration on Wednesday revoked landmark guidance to public schools letting transgender students use the bathrooms of their choice, reversing a signature initiative of former Democratic...
Hundreds of campuses encourage students to turn in fellow students for offensive speech
Free Speech
WashingtonExaminer |   Universities are the cradle of free speech, where ideologies and ideas clash, where academics and activists can agree, disagree, or be disagreeable. This is particularly true in the United States, where the First...
NoHo school budget cuts due to high white student percentage
North Hollywood
ABC7 | NORTH HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Outrage has grown at Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood, as the school faces layoffs and increased class sizes due to a law limiting funds for schools with a higher white...
Judge OK’s Petition for America’s First ‘Genderless’ Person
genderless
HeatST | A Portland student has become the first American to gain legal designation as “genderless”, following a ruling by a Multnomah County judge. The March 10 decision, reported for the first time on Thursday, involved a 27-...
Trump Budget Proposes Killing All Funding for PBS, NPR and National Endowment for the Arts
PBS
TheWrap | President Donald Trump made good on a long-time conservative goal in his first proposed budget Thursday morning, targeting the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities...
Banksy opens hotel overlooking Bethlehem wall
TheGuardian | The Walled Off hotel may sound utilitarian, even bleak. Its owner says it has “the worst view of any hotel in the world”, while its 10 rooms get just 25 minutes of direct sunlight a day. But, nestled against the...