newyorker:

In his series “Lands in Limbo,” the photographer Narayan Mahon investigates how regions like Somaliland redefine their cultural identity after they declare independence. Take a look: http://nyr.kr/1hpY21b

theatlantic:

A Lawsuit Charges That the FBI Used Stasi Tactics Against Muslims

A complaint filed this week in a Manhattan federal court alleges that the FBI is cornering innocent people, insisting that they act as informants for the federal government, and preventing them from leaving the country if they refuse to collaborate. Those are the tactics of the Stasi. Spy on other members of society or else.
If you refuse? Forget about the ability to travel freely or visit family abroad.
If Tanvir v. Holder is decided on the merits, rather than suppressed in the name of state secrets, we’ll find out if the FBI has turned those tactics against Muslim Americans.
That’s what four plaintiffs allege. The stories they tell are chilling.
Read more. [Image: Reuters]

theatlantic:

A Lawsuit Charges That the FBI Used Stasi Tactics Against Muslims

A complaint filed this week in a Manhattan federal court alleges that the FBI is cornering innocent people, insisting that they act as informants for the federal government, and preventing them from leaving the country if they refuse to collaborate. Those are the tactics of the Stasi. Spy on other members of society or else.

If you refuse? Forget about the ability to travel freely or visit family abroad.

If Tanvir v. Holder is decided on the merits, rather than suppressed in the name of state secrets, we’ll find out if the FBI has turned those tactics against Muslim Americans.

That’s what four plaintiffs allege. The stories they tell are chilling.

Read more. [Image: Reuters]

theatlantic:

Africa’s Tech Edge

How the continent’s many obstacles, from widespread poverty to failed states, allowed African entrepreneurs to beat the West at reinventing money for the mobile age
Read more. [Image: Mike McQuade]

theatlantic:

Africa’s Tech Edge

How the continent’s many obstacles, from widespread poverty to failed states, allowed African entrepreneurs to beat the West at reinventing money for the mobile age

Read more. [Image: Mike McQuade]

newsweek:

U.S. workforce more concentrated in large — and largely low-paid — occupations | Pew Research Center

unicef:

The world is full of amazing children. Sometimes, we just have to take a moment to recognize one. Today, that child is is Ashol-Pan, a 13-year-old Mongolian girl who carries on her culture’s tradition of hunting with a golden eagle. She may just be the only girl on the planet with this very unique skill.

Check out photographer Asher Svidensky’s jaw-dropping images of her on BBC News Magazine: http://uni.cf/1mcT252     

This. Is. Amazing.

In other words: Political money and hence influence at the top levels is disproportionately white, male, and with almost no social context that includes significant numbers of African Americans and other people of color.

This is why money isn’t speech. Freedom of speech as a functional element in democratic life assumes that such freedom can be meaningfully deployed. But the unleashing of yet more money into politics allows a very limited class of people to drown out the money “speech” of everyone else—but especially those with a deep, overwhelmingly well documented history of being denied voice and presence in American political life.

newyorker:

Evan Osnos on what it means when politicians are literally shooting laws: http://nyr.kr/1mdty7J

“It is a politics in which the practitioners of government, those who seek the highest offices in the land, declare open season on the laws they are charged with passing and enforcing.”

Above: A still from Joe Manchin’s “Dead Aim” advertisement.

I don’t know of a single other profession in which one auditions for a job by announcing that he (a) dislikes the profession and/or (b) has no interest in developing a knowledge of said profession and/or (c) announces his intention to bring down his employer.

newyorker:

Evan Osnos on what it means when politicians are literally shooting laws: http://nyr.kr/1mdty7J

“It is a politics in which the practitioners of government, those who seek the highest offices in the land, declare open season on the laws they are charged with passing and enforcing.”

Above: A still from Joe Manchin’s “Dead Aim” advertisement.

I don’t know of a single other profession in which one auditions for a job by announcing that he (a) dislikes the profession and/or (b) has no interest in developing a knowledge of said profession and/or (c) announces his intention to bring down his employer.

guardian:

The human cost of the Bangladeshi garment industry
How did the clothes you’re wearing get to you? We trace the human cost of the Bangladeshi garment industry in video, words and pictures. View the interactive

guardian:

The human cost of the Bangladeshi garment industry

How did the clothes you’re wearing get to you? We trace the human cost of the Bangladeshi garment industry in video, words and pictures. View the interactive

shortformblog:

pewresearch:

As Business Insider put it, “Watch America age 110 years in one gif.”
See more on the demographic transformation of The Next America here. 

Anyone else find it intriguing that there will be more people over the age of 85 in 2060 than there will be people in their late 70s?

This isn’t that intriguing. Every bar seems to represent a cohort of five years. As people live longer, the 85+ cohort will include decades, not five year blocks. Unless the scale is adjusted, it should get a little top heavy.

shortformblog:

pewresearch:

As Business Insider put it, “Watch America age 110 years in one gif.”

See more on the demographic transformation of The Next America here

Anyone else find it intriguing that there will be more people over the age of 85 in 2060 than there will be people in their late 70s?

This isn’t that intriguing. Every bar seems to represent a cohort of five years. As people live longer, the 85+ cohort will include decades, not five year blocks. Unless the scale is adjusted, it should get a little top heavy.