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India’s government claims to subsidise farmers, but actually hurts them

INDIA’S farmers should be the happiest in the world. For decades governments have showered them with perks including a blanket tax exemption; subsidies on fertiliser, seeds, energy and water for irrigation; low-interest loans; cheap crop insurance; high tariffs to block...

/ July 12, 2018
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How policy debates in Europe become untethered from reality

IN 2016 the election of an American president with a wilful disregard for the truth inspired some observers to return to “On Bullshit”, a monograph on hot air written in 1986 by Harry Frankfurt, a philosopher. Europeans delight in this...

/ July 12, 2018
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Emmanuel Macron’s popularity hits a new low

A YEAR ago, as a young freshly elected president eager to look the part, Emmanuel Macron summoned a joint sitting of both houses of parliament in the former royal palace at Versailles, and spoke loftily of grandeur and destiny. On...

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Pakistan’s former prime minister embraces jail to rally his party

WHEN Nawaz Sharif recently announced that he would return to Pakistan, not everyone believed him. On July 6th the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), an anti-graft court, had sentenced the 68-year-old former prime minister to ten years’ imprisonment. In such circumstances,...

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The president of Kazakhstan throws himself a modest birthday bash

IT WAS in June of 1998 that oil-rich Kazakhstan officially inaugurated its purpose-built capital, Astana. But when the 20th anniversary of the city’s founding rolled round this year, the government decided to mark the occasion a few weeks late, on...

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The welfare state needs updating

IN JUNE 1941 William Beveridge left the office of Arthur Greenwood, a British cabinet minister, with tears in his eyes. A well-known academic and civil servant, Beveridge had sought a big job in the war effort. The 62-year-old was brilliant,...

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In an Effort to Diversify Museum Staffs, a New Program Offers Paid Internships at Museums Across the US

The Association of Art Museum Directors has launched a new paid internship program for minority college students. It’s designed to help bring some much-needed diversity to museum staffs across the country, whose demographics are overwhelmingly white. “Museums will be able to serve...

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Cocaine Now Easier To Get Than Pizza – Except When You Actually Want It

The latest reports from the streets of London, England, suggest that cocaine is now easier to get in the city than pizza, except for when you actually want it. Sources in London claim that low-level street dealers outnumber pizza restaurants...

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English Man Cancels Holiday To Croatia For Defected Festival

An angry Englishman has reportedly canceled an upcoming holiday to Croatia after watching England get eliminated from the World Cup during last night’s semi-final against the Croatians. Steve Bootham, claims he feels he can no longer trust Croatian people after...

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The American president lambasts his allies

DONALD TRUMP’S bark may be worse than his bite, but the bark is a very nasty sound. America’s NATO allies were left with that feeling after a summit in which the American president showed startling rudeness, but in the end...

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Trump To Be Greeted In England By 650-Foot Crop Circle With A Very Rude Message

President Donald Trump may not want to look out the window as he passes over the English countryside later this week.  An artist has turned part of a field at Moat Farm in Stoke Mandeville into a 650-foot crop circle with...

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Dijon: large refugee squat evicted

Yesterday early morning French police, with assistance from border police evicted the XXL Squat in Dijon, where about hundred asylum seekers lived. During the eviction, twenty-four people were detained by the border police. The eviction was enforced despite of the...

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Must-See Art Guide: Santa Fe

Santa Fe might be in for some intense weather this weekend—keep an eye out for another potential flash flood watch, everybody!—but the show must go on with the hottest art event of the summer, Art Santa Fe. The international contemporary...

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Watch Cats Run 10 Seconds Before An Earthquake Hits

Can cats sense earthquakes before they strike? A video from a cat cafe in Japan shows some of the animals perking up and running across the room before a temblor last month.  Some of the cats begin moving about 10...

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Man With World’s Longest Fingernails Finally Cuts Them After 66 Years

It’s the end of an era for the man who holds the world record for Longest Fingernails on One Hand.  Shridhar Chillal, of Pune, India, hadn’t cut the fingernails on his left hand since 1952, when he was 14 and a...

/ July 11, 2018
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No One In England Going To Work Tomorrow

England is set to come to a complete standstill tomorrow as the entire nation’s workforce prepares to “pull a sickie” following England’s World Cup semi-final defeat to Croatia. According to experts, as many as nine out of ten people in...

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Football Staying In Russia – England Coming Home

Football has reportedly decided to stay in Russia after England were unceremoniously knocked out of the World Cup by Croatia. According to sources close to Football, the possibility of a “hard Brexit” made the sport’s mind up and it will...

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Adding to the anarchist media list

The Anarchist Federation in London launched a new podcast yesterday, adding a welcome new voice to what is currently a very short list of anarchist audio outlets (which we’re collating below). The podcast is structured in a topical magazine format, with...

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Twitter Will Hide ‘Locked’ Profiles From Follower Counts

Perhaps a healthier Twitter is one with smaller follower counts—even if that comes as a blow to your ego. That’s what the company is hoping, anyway. Over the last several months, Twitter has embarked on a renewed push to fight...

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See Florida’s New Underwater Sculpture Park, Which Is Delighting Scuba Divers and Oysters Alike

Want to go to a museum but can’t bear to be indoors this summer? Now you don’t don’t have to choose. The Underwater Art Museum, the US’s first permanent underwater sculpture garden, has just opened to the public. Located less...

/ July 11, 2018