History is rewritten on Twitter and social media, often by propagandists or idiots

By Jason Steinhauer Those distracted by our recent political theater may have missed an extraordinary international incident at the end of May: Russia and Ukraine got into a Twitter war about history. A brief recap of what occurred: Russian President Vladimir Putin held a press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron in France. During the […]

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Correa says Ecuador and Spain show the rest of the world how to treat foreigners

By José Manuel Sanz Mingote Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa insists that “Spain and Ecuador are showing the world how to treat foreigners” and predicts that leftwing politics will soon “sweep across the continent” of South America, in an exclusive interview with EurActiv Spain. During his last day in Spain, President Correa was received by King […]

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Ecuador pushes to eliminate international tax havens and ‘illegitimate wealth’

By Thalif Deen The new chair of the United Nations G77, Ecuador is lobbying for an independent UN body that will eliminate tax havens and illicit financial flows which affect the world’s poorer nation. Practicing what it preaches, Ecuador says it is the world’s first country to hold a nation-wide referendum on tax havens, scheduled […]

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Spain complains about disappearance of U.S. White House Spanish-language website

Spain’s foreign minister Alfonso Dastis complained Monday morning about the disappearance of the Spanish-language U.S. White House website and Twitter account. “We regret that the Spanish version of the website has been deleted. It doesn’t seem like a good idea given the fact that 52 million Spanish speakers live in the U.S.,” Alfonso Dastis told […]

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Smartphone addiction: How ‘too much of a good thing’ is leading us to a cultural crisis

By James A. Roberts How many times a day do you check your smartphone? According to a recent survey, the typical American checks once every 6½ minutes, or approximately 150 times every day. Other research has found that number to be as high as 300 times a day. For young people, the attachment is particularly […]

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Returning to the scene of the world’s worst natural disaster of 2015, Nepal’s devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake

By Moni Basu Kathmandu, Nepal Sadly, the earth’s rumbling seems so fresh here. Debris lies stacked like grim monuments to shattered lives. The 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit almost a year ago, on the morning of April 25. It turned out to be the worst natural disaster of 2015. Then, on May 12, a 7.3 aftershock rocked […]

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Opposition wins sweeping legislative victory in Venezuela elections

Government opponents have won a sweeping victory in Sunday’s legislative elections in Venezuela, capturing at least 100 of the national congress’ 167 seats. The number is likely to climb as 22 races were too close to call as of 2 a.m. Monday morning, according to elections officials. The United Socialist party, or Chávistas as they […]

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