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‘either he or the republic will be gone soon’


new york times columnist and pulitzer prize-winning economist paul krugman believes there are only two ways donald trump’s presidency can end: either with his resignation, or the death of democracy.in a tweet storm posted on tuesday morning that analyzed the events of the past few days — such as the anti-immigration executive order that sparked chaos last weekend and the president’s continued ault on media outlets who don’t give him positive coverage — krugman said that there was simply no way that a president with trump’s authoritarian tendencies can coexist with our constitutional republic.in other words, writes krugman, either trump goes or our democracy does.“given the rate at which things are coming to a head, “president trump” — the sort-of legitimate head of a republic — won’t last






malia obama joined the standing rock protest


while we don’t usually see the obama s getting heavily involved in political movements, now that their dad is out of office anything is possible. only one week after her family left the white house, malia obama was spotted at a standing rock rally at the sundance film festival in park city, utah this weekend, democracy now! confirms.read: donald trump to sign executive orders to a nce keystone, dakota access pipeline constructionthe event, which is to voice continued opposition against the construction of the dakota access pipeline on the sacred land, was hosted by actress and activist shailene woodley and the standing rock sioux tribe chairman, dave archambault ii.woodley was the one who shared her reaction to barack obama’s eldest daughter being at the event. “it was amazing to see malia






what u.s. protesters can learn from hong g


can the energy of last weekend’s post-inaugural march be channeled into electoral politics?this question becomes more urgent as president trump lays the ground for wrecking-ball policies that will weaken america at home and abroad.having recently returned from hong g, i suggest that protest organizers study the approach of young activists there against a far more fearsome opponent — the communist government in china. when their m ive demonstrations failed to budge beijing, they tried a very different tack.to understand their achievements, a little history is needed. hong g, with its fabulous harbor and elegant skys ers set against victoria peak, was handed back to china by british colonial masters in 1997. china agreed to let the city retain its capitalist economy and many democratic freed






myanmar ko ni: why was suu kyi party adviser s dead?


30 january 2017 last updated at 21:53 gmt jonah fisher reports from myanmar on the fatal shooting of ko ni, a prominent muslim adviser to aung san suu kyi's national league for democracy (nld) party.






fake news inquiry by mps examines threat to democracy


image caption concerns about fake news grew during the us election mps are launching a parliamentary inquiry into the "growing phenomenon of fake news".the culture, media and sport committee said it would investigate concerns about the public being swayed by propaganda and untruths.the inquiry will examine the sources of fake news, how it is spread and its impact on democracy.claims that voters in the us election were influenced by fake news spurred the inquiry, the committee said.new toolsdamian collins, the committee chairman, said the rise of propaganda and fabrications is "a threat to democracy and undermines confidence in the media in general"."just as major tech companies have accepted they have a social responsibility to combat piracy online and the illegal sharing of content, they






fake news inquiry by mps examines threat to democracy


image caption concerns about fake news grew during the us election mps are launching a parliamentary inquiry into the "growing phenomenon of fake news".the culture, media and sport committee said it would investigate concerns about the public being swayed by propaganda and untruths.the inquiry will examine the sources of fake news, how it is spread and its impact on democracy.claims that voters in the us election were influenced by fake news spurred the inquiry, the committee said.new toolsdamian collins, the committee chairman, said the rise of propaganda and fabrications is "a threat to democracy and undermines confidence in the media in general"."just as major tech companies have accepted they have a social responsibility to combat piracy online and the illegal sharing of content, they






myanmar ruling party adviser ko ni s dead at airport


a prominent muslim human rights lawyer was s dead at myanmar’s main international airport sunday after returning from an overseas trip.ko ni was a long-term adviser to the country’s leader aung san suu kyi and her national league for democracy, but he had also spoken out against the worsening sectarian divides in the predominantly buddhist...






fake news inquiry by mps examines threat to democracy


image caption concerns about fake news grew during the us election mps are launching a parliamentary inquiry into the "growing phenomenon of fake news".the culture, media and sport committee said it would investigate concerns about the public being swayed by propaganda and untruths.the inquiry will examine the sources of fake news, how it is spread and its impact on democracy.claims that voters in the us election were influenced by fake news spurred the inquiry, the committee said.new toolsdamian collins, the committee chairman, said the rise of propaganda and fabrications is "a threat to democracy and undermines confidence in the media in general".media captioneditor-in-chief, yournewswire.com, sean adl-tabataba: this is a war on 'alternative media'"just as major tech companies have accep






myanmar ruling party adviser ko ni s dead at airport


a prominent muslim human-rights lawyer was s dead at myanmar’s main international airport sunday after returning from an overseas trip, an attack the ruling party described on monday as a political ination.ko ni, 65, was a longtime adviser to the country’s leader aung san suu kyi and her national league for democracy. he had also spoken out against the worsening sectarian divides in the predominantly buddhist nation since...






lawyer for myanmar’s ruling party inated at airport


yangon, myanmar (ap) — a legal adviser for the national league for democracy was inated at a myanmar airport sunday after returning from a trip overseas, the government said.ko ni was the supreme court advocate for the nld and a longstanding adviser to the country’s leader aung san suu kyi.the unidentified gunman made a close s to the head as ko ni walked out of the arrival gate at yangon’s airport, the ministry of information said in a video posted on state-run mrtv.a friend of ko ni who witnessed the shooting said the suspected in also s a taxi driver who tried to stop him from fleeing.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.“as i stopped my car by the airport, that’s where i saw ko ni’s body lying on the walkway outside of the airport and i couldn’t believe that just h






lawyer for myanmar's ruling party inated at airport


yangon, myanmar — a legal adviser for the national league for democracy was inated at a myanmar airport sunday after returning from a trip overseas, the government said.ko ni was the supreme court advocate for the nld and a longstanding adviser to the country's leader aung san suu kyi.the unidentified gunman made a close s to the head as ko ni walked out of the arrival gate at yangon's airport, the ministry of information said in a video posted on state-run mrtv.a friend of ko ni who witnessed the shooting said the suspected in also s a taxi driver who tried to stop him from fleeing."as i stopped my car by the airport, that's where i saw ko ni's body lying on the walkway outside of the airport and i couldn't believe that just happened," said thet paing soe, a friend and an nld supporter. "






obama backs trump protesters on travel ban


"president obama is heartened by the level of enga ent taking place in communities around the country. in his final official speech as president, he spoke about the important role of citizen and how all americans have a responsibility to be the guardians of our democracy — not just during an election but every day."citizens exercising their constitutional right to emble, organize and have their voices heard by their elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when american values are at stake."with regard to comparisons to president obama’s foreign policy decisions, as we’ve heard before, the president fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion."






dutch elections, anyone? 81 parties make it a quandary


the hague, netherlands — peter plasman showed up at the netherlands' national electoral commission's offices monday to register one of the more unusual parties bidding to take part in the upcoming dutch election — a party for people who don't vote.plasman was hardly an exception when it e to flouting convention. a record 81 parties have expressed interest in taking part in the march 15 parliamentary election. monday was the day they all had to hand in their paperwork.among the eclectic roster of potential players, there also is the colorful cow party, which casts itself in part as an antidote to the fierce anti-islam rhetoric of the party for freedom. its website includes a recipe for a traditional dutch mashed potato dish, prepared with turkish sausages and moroccan spices.the party wound






fake news inquiry by mps examines threat to democracy


image caption concerns about fake news grew during the us election mps are launching a parliamentary inquiry into the "growing phenomenon of fake news".the culture, media and sport committee said it would investigate concerns about the public being swayed by propaganda and untruths.the inquiry will examine the sources of fake news, how it is spread and its impact on democracy.claims that voters in the us election were influenced by fake news spurred the inquiry, the committee said.damian collins, the committee chairman, said the rise of propaganda and fabrications is "a threat to democracy and undermines confidence in the media in general".media captioneditor-in-chief, yournewswire.com, sean adl-tabataba: this is a war on 'alternative media'"just as major tech companies have accepted they






fake news inquiry by mps examines threat to democracy


image caption concerns about fake news grew during the us election mps are launching a parliamentary inquiry into the "growing phenomenon of fake news".the culture, media and sport committee said it would investigate concerns about the public being swayed by propaganda and untruths.the inquiry will examine the sources of fake news, how it is spread and its impact on democracy.claims that voters in the us election were influenced by fake news spurred the inquiry, the committee said.damian collins, the committee chairman, said the rise of propaganda and fabrications is "a threat to democracy and undermines confidence in the media in general".media captioneditor-in-chief, yournewswire.com, sean adl-tabataba: this is a war on 'alternative media'"just as major tech companies have accepted they






lawyer for myanmar’s ruling party inated at airport


yangon, myanmar (ap) — a legal adviser for the national league for democracy was inated at a myanmar airport sunday after returning from a trip overseas, the government said.ko ni was the supreme court advocate for the nld and a longstanding adviser to the country’s leader aung san suu kyi.the unidentified gunman made a close s to the head as ko ni walked out of the arrival gate at yangon’s airport, the ministry of information said in a video posted on state-run mrtv.a friend of ko ni who witnessed the shooting said the suspected in also s a taxi driver who tried to stop him from fleeing.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.“as i stopped my car by the airport, that’s where i saw ko ni’s body lying on the walkway outside of the airport and i couldn’t believe that just h






we need startups to build democracy tech


it’s time to actually make the world a better place.silicon valley was birthed from an existential threat to the world. nazi radar defense technology was decimating the allied air forces. but american engineers heeded the call, and in a harvard lab led by stanford professor frederick terman, invented radar jammers that helped win the war.terman brought the engineering talent back to stanford, turned it into the mit of the west, won military contracts, pushed researchers to start companies and made silicon valley the center of innovation.how the need to jam nazi radar led to silicon valleyit’s time for engineers to heed the call once again. president trump poses an existential threat to world peace, social equality, the environment and the future of american values. now the resistance needs






myanmar ruling party mourns ination of suu kyi adviser


yangon, myanmar — myanmar politicians, activists and others shocked by the ination of a longtime adviser to leader aung san suu kyi are gathering at a cemetery for his funeral.the government says ko ni, a prominent member of myanmar's muslim minority, was s in the head at close range as he walked out of the yangon airport sunday. the ministry of information said in a video posted on state-run mrtv that the gunman was arrested after he wounded a taxi driver who tried to stop him from fleeing.the ruling national league for democracy party issued a statement denouncing the ination and adding that authorities are trying hard to track down accomplices of the arrested gunman.the nld said ko ni was irreplaceable, both to suu kyi and the party.






elections, anyone? 1 dutch poll, 81 parties makes it busy


the hague, netherlands — it is crunch time for the 81 parties that registered to take part in the netherlands' march 15 election.parties must send representatives to the national electoral commission's offices on monday to hand in paperwork — and in many cases a deposit — if they are to be declared eligible to put up candidates in the election, which is ly anticipated as a clash between traditional parties and populists.for the likes of the ruling people's party of freedom and democracy of two-time prime minister mark rutte and the party for freedom of anti-islam firebrand geert wilders, the paperwork ought to be a formality.for tiny splinter parties running on quirky platforms seeking to contest their first election, it is not so simple.






trump’s white house website does not list the judiciary as a branch of governmen


another eyebrow-raising change to the white house website under president trump: it does not list nor provide details of the judiciary’s role in government the u.s. — naming only the executive and legislative branches, both of which are controlled by republicans.a page detailing the role of the judicial branch could be found on the website during president obama‘s tenure. president george w bush also had a (rather shorter) explainer. as did president clinton, the first president to create a white house website all the way back in 1994.the trump administration apparently does not — at least, for now — believe the role of judges in the u.s.’ democracy merits a mention online.the omission was spotted earlier by the hill, which believes the page was removed the day after trump’s inauguration,






uk and turkey sign defence deal, push for more trade | uk news


british prime minister theresa may has signed a $125m defence equipment deal with turkey as the two countries promised to ramp up trade partnerships.may, who arrived in turkey on urday after a trip to the us, visited both countries for the first time as prime minister, promoting trade agreements to strengthen her hand in the uk's negotiations to leave the european union, or brexit.following three hours of talks, turkish president recep tayyip said the two leaders head discussed steps towards defence industry cooperation.he also told reporters he hoped to increase annual trade with britain to $20bn - up from $15.6bn now.trade, defencemay said the two countries had agreed to form a joint working group for post-brexit trade.they would step up an aviation security programme, signing a defence






uk and turkey sign defence deal, push for more trade | uk news


british prime minister theresa may has signed a $125m defence equipment deal with turkey as the two countries promised to ramp up trade partnerships.may, who arrived in turkey on urday after a trip to the us, visited both countries for the first time as prime minister, promoting trade agreements to strengthen her hand in the uk's negotiations to leave the european union, or brexit.after three hours of talks, turkish president recep tayyip erdogan said the two leaders had discussed steps towards defence industry cooperation.he also told reporters he hoped to increase annual trade with britain to $20bn - up from $15.6bn now.trade, defencemay said the two countries had agreed to form a joint working group for post-brexit trade.they would step up an aviation security programme, signing a defen






president obama shames legacy as he speaks out against trump’s policy, fueling c


president obama waited ten days until he decided to re-insert himself into the political discussion with remarks against president trump’s immigration executive order. obama spokesman kevin lewis said a statement that “all americans have a responsibility to be the guardians of our democracy” and “citizens exercising their constitutional right to emble, organize and have their voices heard by their elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when american values are at stake.”trump pointed out that his new policy is “similar to what president obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from iraq for six months.”obama’s remarks attempt to distance his legacy from the trump plan.the strong words shocked republicans who watch president george w. bush stay silent through years an






president obama shames legacy as he speaks out against trump’s policy, fueling c


president obama waited ten days until he decided to re-insert himself into the political discussion with remarks against president trump’s immigration executive order. obama spokesman kevin lewis said a statement that “all americans have a responsibility to be the guardians of our democracy” and “citizens exercising their constitutional right to emble, organize and have their voices heard by their elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when american values are at stake.”trump pointed out that his new policy is “similar to what president obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from iraq for six months.”obama’s remarks attempt to distance his legacy from the trump plan.the strong words shocked republicans who watch president george w. bush stay silent through years an






top adviser to myanmar's leader inated at airport


yangon, myanmar -- a gunman killed a legal adviser for myanmar’s ruling national league for democracy on sunday, shooting the lawyer in the head at close range as he walked out of the yangon airport, the government said.the gunman was arrested after he killed ko ni, a prominent member of myanmar’s muslim minority, and wounded a taxi driver who tried to stop him from fleeing, the ministry of information said in a video posted on state-run mrtv.ko ni was the supreme court advocate for the nld and a longstanding legal adviser to the country’s leader aung san suu kyi. he had just arrived from a trip overseas.a friend of ko ni who witnessed the shooting said the suspected in also s a taxi driver who tried to stop him from fleeing.“as i stopped my car by the airport, that’s where i saw ko ni’s b






gunman kills lawyer for myanmar's ruling party at airport


yangon, myanmar — a gunman killed a legal adviser for myanmar's ruling national league for democracy on sunday, shooting the lawyer in the head at close range as he walked out of the yangon airport, the government said.the gunman was arrested after he killed ko ni, a prominent member of myanmar's muslim minority, and wounded a taxi driver who tried to stop him from fleeing, the ministry of information said in a video posted on state-run mrtv.ko ni was the supreme court advocate for the nld and a longstanding legal adviser to the country's leader aung san suu kyi. he had just arrived from a trip overseas.a friend of ko ni who witnessed the shooting said the suspected in also s a taxi driver who tried to stop him from fleeing."as i stopped my car by the airport, that's where i saw ko ni's bo






weapons of math destruction, book review: democracy in the age of the algorithm


weapons of math destruction: how big data increases inequality and threatens democracy • by cathy o'neill • allen lane • 272 pages • isbn: 978-0-241-2-681-3 • £12.99 if someone made me commissioner of education for a day, i would make everyone study statistics. especially journalists, whose job it is to explain to the general population what risk factors mean and investigate how systems are gamed.in weapons of math destruction: how big data increases inequality and threatens democracy, cathy o'neil shows the consequences of widespread mathematical fear: very few people understand what's really going on inside those mathematical models, algorithms, and scoring systems. very few of us can become phds, but o'neil's principal argument is not for better mathematical education -- rather, it's f






handwriting analysis: walesa helped polish secret police


warsaw, poland — experts with a state historical institute say a handwriting analysis confirms lech walesa collaborated with the polish communist-era secret police from 1970 to 1976, a few years before he founded the pro-democracy solidarity movement.officials with the institute of national remembrance said tuesday that the analysis of communist-era files signed by agent "bolek," who is believed to be walesa, confirms walesa signed agreements to collaborate with the secret police, wrote reports on regime opponents and signed receipts for money in return.the 73-year-old walesa, who won the nobel peace prize in 1983 for his peaceful dissident activism, strongly denies the allegations, which he has faced for years. poland's first popularly chosen president after communism, walesa was cleared






britain's may visits turkey, reaches fighter jet deal


ankara, turkey — turkey and britain signed a deal to jointly build fighter jets during prime minister theresa may's visit to ankara on urday, even as the british leader called on turkey's government to uphold democracy and abide by human rights standards.britain's bae systems and turkish aerospace industries signed the 100 million pounds (nearly $125.5 million) agreement establishing a partnership for the development of turkey's fighter jet program as may met with turkish president recep tayyip erdogan and other turkish officials about boosting trade between the countries once britain leaves the european union. the discussions also focused on increasing cooperation over security and counterterrorism."this agreement underlines once again that britain is a great, global, trading nation and t






voting is at risk; let’s strengthen it


in the wake of president trump’s ludicrous lies about illegal votes in november’s election — immediately after the lies about the size of the audience for his inauguration — it’s tempting to just point and laugh at his apparent insecurity and fears of illegitimacy. he does, though, inadvertently raise a point worth considering: how can we strengthen the integrity of our voting systems?after all, the sitting president is eager to call those systems into question after he wins; this makes it seem likely that he — and the party he represents — will sooner or later begin to reject the result of elections they lose. can technology help us to ensure that elections, and their results, continue to be free and fair? (modulo suppression of voters who simply aren’t allowed to register/vote, of course






hard-line muslim leader named in indonesia defamation case


jakarta, indonesia — indonesian police say the leader of a hard-line islamic group behind m ive blasphemy protests last year is a suspect in a case alleging he defamed the state ideology.west java police spokesman yusri yunus said monday that police have sufficient evidence against islamic defenders front leader rizieq shihab, including video and expert opinions.the protests late last year against the minority christian governor of jakarta rocked the government of president joko "jokowi" widodo.yunus said rizieq's alleged offenses can be punished by prison time of more than four years.indonesia's state ideology pancasila promotes five principles — belief in god, humanitarianism, nationalism, democracy and social justice. it was established by the country's founding president sukarno.






myanmar ruling party mourns ination of suu kyi adviser


yangon, myanmar (ap) — myanmar politicians, activists and others shocked by the ination of a longtime adviser to leader aung san suu kyi are gathering at a cemetery for his funeral.the government says ko ni, a prominent member of myanmar’s muslim minority, was s in the head at close range as he walked out of the yangon airport sunday. the ministry of information said in a video posted on state-run mrtv that the gunman was arrested after he wounded a taxi driver who tried to stop him from fleeing.the ruling national league for democracy party issued a statement denouncing the ination and adding that authorities are trying hard to track down accomplices of the arrested gunman.the nld said ko ni was irreplaceable, both to suu kyi and the party.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for






handwriting analysis: walesa helped polish secret police


warsaw, poland (ap) — experts with a state historical institute say a handwriting analysis confirms lech walesa collaborated with the polish communist-era secret police from 1970 to 1976, a few years before he founded the pro-democracy solidarity movement.officials with the institute of national remembrance said tuesday that the analysis of communist-era files signed by agent “bolek,” who is believed to be walesa, confirms walesa signed agreements to collaborate with the secret police, wrote reports on regime opponents and signed receipts for money in return.the 73-year-old walesa, who won the nobel peace prize in 1983 for his peaceful dissident activism, strongly denies the allegations, which he has faced for years. poland’s first popularly chosen president after communism, walesa was cle






bryan cranston on politicizing awards shows: 'we’re allowed to do that'


when accepting the screen actors guild award for his performance in "all the way," bryan cranston told the audience that he suspects president lyndon b. johnson would "earnestly wish" donald trump success. the political theme continued in his remarks backstage. is it a challenge to be at an awards show considering all that's going on? there’s a lot of strife in the world and in our country, but  i think it's important to embrace the good things that we have as well. and the collective of people coming together and talking about the issues as you've seen tonight-- it's alive. this is what artists do best: take the anguish, the anxiety and fear, and put it into work. hopefully it creates a groundswell of understanding. i don't feel it's the wrong thing to celebrate—good work that has not






update: trump’s white house website restores judiciary page explainer


update: the judiciary branch page of the white house website has now been reinstated with its text apparently unchanged.initially the restored page lacked a lead image and its caption — omitting the sentence: “article iii of the constitution of the united states guarantees that every person accused of wrongdoing has the right to a fair trial before a competent judge and a jury of one’s peers.” but this has also now been restored.it’s unclear exactly why the sub-page went awol from the white house website for around a week, although the likely explanation is the trump administration taking over whitehouse.gov — and breaking some content during the digital transition process.that said, as noted above, the content of the page itself does not appear to have been actively updated during the tim






bryan cranston on politicizing awards shows: 'we’re allowed to do that'


when accepting the screen actors guild award for his performance in "all ther way," bryan cranston told the audience that he suspects president lyndon b. johnson would "earnestly wish" donald trump success. the political theme continued in his remarks backstage. is it a challenge  to be at an awards show considering all that's going? there’s a lot of strife in the world and in our country, but  i think its important to embrace the good things that we have as well.  and the collective of people coming together and talking about the issues as you've seen tonight-- its alive. this is what artists do best: take the anguish, the anxiety and fear, and put it into work. hopefully it creates a groundswell of understanding. i don't feel it's the wrong thing to celebrate—good work that has nothi






british pm may visits turkey, reaches $125m fighter jet deal


ankara, turkey — turkey and britain signed a deal to jointly build fighter jets during prime minister theresa may's visit to ankara on urday, even as the british leader called on turkey's government to uphold democracy and abide by human rights standards.britain's bae systems and turkish aerospace industries signed the 100 million-pound (nearly $125.5 million) agreement establishing a partnership for the development of turkey's fighter jet program after may met with turkish president recep tayyip erdogan and other turkish officials about boosting trade between the countries once britain leaves the european union.the two countries agreed to start preparatory work for a future free trade agreement and also talked about increasing cooperation in security and counterterrorism."this agreement u






salma hayek and jessica williams get heated on feminism


what was meant to be a celebration of women filmmakers at the sundance festival turned into an unyielding debate on feminism in the face of donald trump’s divisive administration.sponsored by glamour and gaze, the “powered by women” luncheon held days after the women’s march on washington did more than bring a host of influencers to one table. it ultimately ripped the guise of sisterhood to shreds, unearthing the distance women have yet to go to live in solidarity.read: v books: a beginner’s #feminismsyllabusaccording to the los angeles times, veteran actresses salma hayek and shirley maclaine offered their shared opinion that women shouldn’t reduce themselves to victims. “find the democracy inside,” maclaine told jessica williams, who alluded to the oppression of black, brown and queer co






uk parliament to launch 'fake news' inquiry; cites threat


london — a british parliamentary committee is launching an inquiry into the spreading "fake news" phenomenon.the culture, media and sport committee probe begins monday. it will study "the widespread dissemination, through social media and the internet" of phony news stories.committee chairman damian collins says the trend is a "threat to democracy" that undermines public confidence in the media.he called on major tech companies to do more to prevent the spread of fake news on their platforms."just as major tech companies have accepted they have a social responsibility to combat piracy online and the illegal sharing of content, they also need to help address the spreading of fake news on social media platforms," he said.concerns about bogus stories have risen since the u.s. presidential ele






aclu enrolls in startup school y combinator


the american civil liberties union will learn how to turn the $24 million it raised over the weekend into growth and progress with help from top silicon valley startup accelerator y combinator. the aclu will be part of the winter batch of companies in yc, where it will receive mentorship, a network of powerful connections in tech, and a chance to present itself to investors on demo day.y combinator will also provide some funding, though it won’t take an equity stake in aclu because it’s a non-profit.after fighting to secure a stay of the executive order signed by president trump barring entry to the country for people from seven muslim countries, the public rewarded the aclu’s vigilance with a windfall of cash. it raised six times its yearly fundraising average in just a few days, in part






a week into the trump administration, dystopian books top charts / boing boing


the 's brian wheeler reports that nineteen eighty-four, george orwell's cl ic tale of a fake news editor at a popular british tabloid, has sold out only days into the new administration of president donald trump. (it's the #1 book at amazon, with only used copies in stock; the company promises new prime-shipped paperbacks in a week. the blu-ray of the john hurt movie's sold out too.) in the top five is it can't happen here, sinclair lewis's cl ic cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy, which predicts the "chillingly realistic rise of a president who becomes a dictator to save the nation from welfare cheats, , crime, and a liberal press." also flying high is aldous huxley's 1935 novel brave new world, which imagined a insidiously totalitarian future where prescription medications,






aclu enrolls in startup school y combinator


the american civil liberties union will learn how to turn the $24 million it raised over the weekend into growth and progress with help from top silicon valley startup accelerator y combinator. the aclu will be part of the winter batch of companies in yc, where it will receive mentorship, a network of powerful connections in tech and a chance to present itself to investors on demo day.y combinator will also provide some funding, though it won’t take an equity stake in aclu because it’s a nonprofit.after fighting to secure a stay of the executive order signed by president trump barring entry to the country for people from seven muslim countries, the public rewarded the aclu’s vigilance with a windfall of cash. it raised six times its yearly fundraising average in just a few days, in part th






aclu enrolls in startup school y combinator


the american civil liberties union will learn how to turn the $24 million it raised over the weekend into growth and progress with help from top silicon valley startup accelerator y combinator. the aclu will be part of the winter batch of companies in yc, where it will receive mentorship, a network of powerful connections in tech and a chance to present itself to investors on demo day.y combinator will also provide some funding, though it won’t take an equity stake in aclu because it’s a nonprofit. aclu will not pay to participate.after fighting to secure a stay of the executive order signed by president trump barring entry to the country for people from seven muslim countries, the public rewarded the aclu’s vigilance with a windfall of cash. it raised six times its yearly fundraising aver






uk and turkey to enhance trade links, says theresa may


image copyrightpatheresa may has said the uk will enhance trade relations with turkey after talks with the country's president recep tayyip erdogan.the prime minister said turkey was one of britain's "oldest friends" but there was much that could be done to build on that relationship.mr erdogan announced that turkey aimed to increase trade with the uk to $20bn (£16bn) a year from $15.6bn.mrs may and mr erdogan also discussed cyprus, syria and aviation security.the prime minister said they agreed to have a joint working group to prepare the ground for the uk's post-brexit trading relationship.as they spoke to the media, she said: "you mentioned, mr president, the opportunities for enhancing the trade between our two countries. and we've discussed that."and we both want to build on our exist






senator hammers jeff sessions over his ‘willful blindness’ to russian interferen


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yangon, myanmar — myanmar politicians, activists and others shocked by the ination of a longtime adviser to leader aung san suu kyi gathered monday at a cemetery for an emotional funeral ceremony, while police investigated the motive for the killing.ko ni, a prominent lawyer and member of myanmar's muslim minority, was s in the head at close range as he walked out of the yangon airport sunday."this is a great loss not only for our community but also for the country," win myint, a muslim religious leader, said at the funeral. "he was necessary to our country's democratic system."the killing shocked many in yangon because attacks on prominent people are rare, although security forces are notorious for brutal behavior in remote rural areas, especially when dealing with ethnic minorities.ko ni