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    Twitter campaign by Pakistani ruling party warns media against anti-state criticism

    At least four hashtags targeting journalism emerged on Twitter on Tuesday - two of the trends became top trends in Pakistan. By R Umaima Ahmed Pakistani Journalists are grappling with increased censorship and repression by State authorities. In early July, a recorded interview of former Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari was taken off air and many journalists...

    • 2 months ago
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    A Gurgaon pub is selling "Female Beer"! But is it safe to have after sundown?

    What's a "female beer", you ask? Well, if a Gurgaon pub is to be believed, it's some sort of sweet cocktail mixture that promises to awaken your inner tigress with just a few sips. By Purba Ray If the drink you've just ordered is coy, caring, compassionate, and has dedicated its life to taking care of you and your every need,...

    • 2 months ago
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    Russian Twitter trolls stoke anti-immigrant lies ahead of Canadian election

    The same Russian online troll farm that meddled in the American presidential election has also taken swipes at Canadian targets. By Ahmed Al-Rawi and Yasmin Jiwani Russian troll activity on Twitter aimed at influencing public opinion has attracted a lot of attention in the United States and other western democracies. Canadians may feel it's not an issue here. But...

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    WhatsApp Pay will officially launch by the end of the year in India

    The wait might finally be over. By Ivan Mehta WhatsApp's payment program has been stuck in the testing phase in India for quite a while now. But, the wait might finally be over. The company's global head, Will Cathcart, said the UPI-based payment service will officially launch in the country by the end of 2019. Speaking at an event in New Delhi, Cathcart said,...

    • 2 months ago
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    We had the hottest June ever this year - this is what happened around the world

    2019 saw world's hottest-ever June since records began 140 years ago. By Emma Charlton Wildfires in Catalonia, water handed to homeless people in Toulouse and temperatures running above 45°C in Bahrain. These were just some of the signs of the world's hottest-ever June since records began 140 years ago. The average land and sea temperature was 0.95...

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    Big Little Lies and the truth about women's grief

    If season one of Big Little Lies was all about shattering the them-not-us illusion of what a victim of domestic violence looks like, season two tried to capture the hypnotic nature of grief. By Sonali Kokra What do you see when you look into the mirror? Some days, I see myself as a confused, scared child who experienced something no child should ever have to experience. On other days, I'm...

    • 2 months ago
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    Gone are the days of one and done (part 2)

    Is college actually necessary in a world of MOOCs and open sourced knowledge on the internet? By Kavita Mehta In the first part of this article, I described how the days of "one and done" in education are long gone, with learning turning into a lifelong endeavor. Given the myriad options to learn at different places, times and using different modes - experiential workshops, online courses,...

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    Gender matters in responding to major disease outbreaks like Ebola

    How do gender inequities fuel and exacerbate outbreaks? By Julia Smith Despite over a year of containment efforts, the World Health Organisation recently declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The declaration reflects the grim recognition that insecurity is preventing an effective response. In...

    • 2 months ago
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    Why US public schools' creepy use of surveillance AI should frighten you

    These systems have not proven effective, but are still being implemented widely across the US. Why? By Tristan Greene Public schools across the US continue to spend millions implementing AI-powered surveillance solutions alleged to prevent or mitigate violence. The only problem: most of them don't work. US schools now rival China's when it comes to ubiquitous...

    • 2 months ago
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    Why we need artists who strive for social change

    Through their work, artists can become catalysts for social change. By Andreas Heinecke If anything, art is . . . about morals, about our belief in humanity. Without that, there simply is no art. - Ai Weiwei 'Art' and 'social' are very broad terms, and a combination of the two increases their complexity many times over. 'Art' can range from an individual...

    • 2 months ago

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