This was a week of endings. It kicked off with the Mad Men finale, which ended [SPOILER ALERT] with Don Draper meditating on a hilltop, just before we see the famous, "I'd like to teach the world to sing," Coke ad from 1971. Did Don create it? The series is over, but the debate lives on. Next, David Letterman -- after 33 years of smart, stupid, silly, absurd, cool, game-changing comedy -- signed off with a pitch-perfect finale, and a sincere, "Thank you and goodnight." Less bittersweet was Jeb Bush continuing to say goodbye to his senses, following up his Iraq debacle by claiming that it's "arrogant" to say there's a scientific consensus that climate change is man-made. No, what's truly arrogant is denying future generations a livable planet. Continue down this road, and the earth will say goodbye to us all. Now there's an unambiguous finale.
The fast food industry is constantly complaining about how they can't afford to serve unprocessed foods or raise worker's wages. According to them, prices would rise, their sales would plummet and the CEOs, now raking in millions, would end up homeless and destitute. It is however quite possible to serve...
On 8 May, to everybody's surprise, David Cameron became for the second time the prime minister of the United Kingdom. As a newly elected leader, he has now to face his own promises. The UK became a member of the European union in 1973 but never agreed to be part...
Democracy is the problem with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiation. It's the problem for TPP supporters because the trade deal has been secret so far - known to the public only through leaks and rumors - and because the Fast Track authorization that the Obama Administration wants would box...
By: Jennifer Robinson During a summer weekend, many of us look forward to family activities, going to a beach, eating good food, or maybe just catching up on Mad Men (don't spoil the finale for me!) But while you are enjoying your leisure time you can also be networking. Here...
Friday night -- At opening time, the merchant who adds cash to the ATM machine slinks in as quiet as a mouse. He stocks the money nest with tens and twenties. Later, the drinkers will raid the machine like Vikings sailing for Lust....
Bosnia And Herzegovina,
Ethnicity is a tool rather than the cause for the reappearance of discord in Burundi. As means to rationalize his grab for perpetual office, President Pierre Nkurunziza has reached into the bag of tricks of stoking fear of "the other." That is a zombie from the past that can rise from the dead.
We must recognize that striking the "right" balance between personal liberty and national security requires constant attention and reassessment. This is especially true following periods of crisis, when there is understandable pressure to tip the scales in favor of national security.
We have to face the fact that our massive privatization of what once were government functions has been a failure. There are some public services that get really loused up when done privately and for profit.
Cannes Film Festival,
Mexican Film Directors,
Tim Roth gives an outstanding performance in Michel Franco's new film Chronic, which just premiered at Cannes, as a male nurse who bizarrely goes beyond the call of duty to care for his dying patients.
Never before in its media history has Pakistan experienced such a large scale of resignations from top journalists based on the investigations of a foreign newspaper. Some jaded skeptical citizens are complaining why their own secret services and the media organizations are unable to dig out stories as big as the one reported by the NYT.
Kagame previously commanded the rebel forces that ended the 1994 Genocide and became President in 2000. Under his leadership, Rwanda has transformed from a broken nation into one of the safest, most productive and stable economies in Africa.
Food For Peace,
World Food Programme,
What will end the hunger and suffering in Syria is a peace treaty. That miracle appears far off today. But, until we can find this elusive peace, we cannot forget the plight of the Syrian people.
We always want to avoid the hurt, anger and sense of loss. But I'm really glad I married my ex because I wouldn't be the person I am today if I hadn't.
Pretty pastels, sky-high cakes, bold brows and gold foil paper are all trending for spring. Here's how to make them yours.
Now, Upstart acts more as a lender and issues personal loans that can be used by the borrower to pay off outstanding debt, help fund your education or pay of your student loans.
GPS for the Soul News
Who's the matter with you today? In other words, who might be holding your happiness hostage with your permission? If someone "special" pops up in your mind when I ask that question, consider blessing them rather than cursing them.
Attending graduate school can often increase your long-term earning potential, but also leave you with tens of thousands in graduate school loans. The cost of going back to school, however, often intimidates candidates even before starting the application process.
The head of ASIO recently issued a call to arms for families to spot teenagers on the path to radicalisation. The Director General of Security has said that in "September last year we still had people in their 20s [being arrested] ... By Christmas it was...
Ciudad Lunar Productions,
Embrace Of The Serpent,
Richard Evans Schultes,
An unusual entry in the Cannes Fortnight, Embrace of the Serpent is a stark black-and-white journey down the Amazon in the 1900s, based on the travel journals of German Koch-Grunberg and the American explorer, Richard Evans Schultes.