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favicon theguardian.com —  6+ hour, 24+ min ago

'We dodged a mortar round': George Packer on America in crisis

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/jun/19/we-dodged-a-mortar-round-george-packer-last-best-hope

One was a pamphlet by Walt Whitman called Democratic Vistas, "a passionate, wonderful book"; another ... Last Best Hope is a stock-taking two presidential terms later, after the rise and fall of Donald Trump ... Sitting alongside these shorter works in Packer's rural retreat was Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy ... He finished writing Last Best Hope at a point when the democracy de Tocqueville had described had barely ... "I think we dodged more than a bullet - a mortar round," Packer said, noting that if Republican election ... ...

favicon theguardian.com —  7+ hour, 24+ min ago

GB News will flourish if the success of partisan, rightwing TV in Australia is any guide

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2021/jun/19/gb-news-will-flourish-if-the-success-of-partisan-rightwing-tv-in-australia-is-any-guide

Dr Denis Muller, a senior researcher at the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne ... , where the GB News chief executive, Angelos Frangopoulos, made his name. ... After all, Britain is not ready for a rightwing TV channel. ... News Corp had talked about starting its own Fox News-style channel in the UK but in April announced it ... a steady diet of strident rightwing conservative opinion, more aligned with Fox News. ... ...

favicon theguardian.com —  7+ hour, 40+ min ago

Hong Kong: Apple Daily staff treat "every day like it is our last" as leaders appear in court

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/19/hong-kong-apple-daily-court-editor-in-chief-ryan-law-cheung-kim-hung

Editor-in-chief Ryan Law and chief executive Cheung Kim-hung are accused of colluding with foreign forces ... Mainland China languishes 177th out of 180, above only Turkmenistan, North Korea and Eritrea. ... Apple Daily and its jailed owner Jimmy Lai have long angered Beijing with their support for the city's ... Earlier this week, security secretary John Lee described Apple Daily as a "criminal syndicate". ... Two executives from Hong Kong's pro-democracy Apple Daily have appeared in court, charged with collusion ... ...

favicon pbs.org —  19+ hour, 46+ min ago

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's HEMINGWAY to Premiere April 5, 2021 on PBS

https://www.pbs.org/about/about-pbs/blogs/news/ken-burns-and-lynn-novicks-hemingway-to-premiere-april-5-2021-on-pbs/

Daniels as Hemingway; Meryl Streep, Keri Russell, Mary Louise Parker and Patricia Clarkson as Hemingway ... Vargas Llosa, Edna O’Brien, Abraham Verghese, Leonardo Padura, Mary Karr — to share their insights into ... Through letters to and from his four wives — voiced by Meryl Streep, Keri Russell, Mary Louise Parker ... Verghese, Mario Vargas Llosa, Mary Karr, Tim O’Brien, Akiko Manabe, Leonardo Padura and Tobias Wolff ... Burns and Lynn Novick (THE VIETNAM WAR, PROHIBITION, THE WAR) coming to PBS April 5-7, 2021 at 8:00 ... ...

favicon theguardian.com —  1+ day ago

The harassment of the BBC's Nicholas Watt was all too predictable | Owen Jones

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jun/18/harassment-nicholas-watt-bbc-far-right

Yet we're failing to address dangerous radicalisation As soon as Nicholas Watt, the BBC Newsnight ... At the end of 2018, as I was being interviewed live on Sky News outside Parliament, a group of Tommy ... me during the broadcast, and then chased after me as I left the security cordon on College Green. ... I'm not alone: one of those who targeted me on College Green had a restraining order imposed on him after ... Robinson supporters wearing Maga caps, who had latched on to nearby leaver protests, shouted abuse at ... ...

favicon theguardian.com —  1+ day ago

'We have so much more in common': refugee stories, told by refugees

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2021/jun/18/we-have-so-much-more-in-common-refugee-stories-told-by-refugees

stories," says Hammond, speaking by Zoom from New Zealand. ... political refugees from Iraq. ... her family in Iraq and lives in Germany where she hopes to work as a biologist. ... for a hug from his relatives; and a 33-year-old atheist feminist activist who fled death threats from ... Shammi Haque, 27, from Bangladesh, sought refuge in Germany after her feminist blogs attracted death ... ...

favicon theguardian.com —  1+ day ago

ByteDance revenues more than double on back of TikTok boom

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2021/jun/18/bytedance-revenues-more-than-double-on-back-of-tiktok-boom

The company recently hired the former Xiaomi executive Shou Zi Chew to be its new financial officer, ... D'Amelio and the illusionist Zach King. ... Suitors including Microsoft and Oracle emerged but the change in administration at the White House put ... He is being succeeded by the fellow co-founder Rubo Liang. ... In May, ByteDance announced that the chief executive and co-founder Zhang Yiming would step down into ... ...

favicon ap.org —  1+ day ago

AP says it will capitalize Black but not white

https://www.ap.org/ap-in-the-news/2020/ap-says-it-will-capitalize-black-but-not-white

Columbia Journalism Review, the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times ... Kwame Anthony Appiah, a philosophy professor at New York University, wrote in the Atlantic that capitalizing ... The National Association of Black Journalists and some Black scholars have said white should be capitalized ... , NBC News and Chicago Tribune are among the organizations that have recently said they would capitalize ... CBS News said it would capitalize white, although not when referring to white supremacists, white nationalists ... ...

favicon bbc.com —  1+ day ago

The mysterious origins of punctuation

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20150902-the-mysterious-origins-of-punctuation

Keith Houston explains their history. ... _Keith Houston is the author of Shady Characters, The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols & Other Typographical ... As the Roman Empire crumbled in the 4th and 5th Centuries, Rome's pagans found themselves fighting a ... In early democracies such as Greece and Rome, where elected officials debated to promote their points ... reading was unheard of: when asked to read aloud from an unfamiliar document, a 2nd Century writer named Aulus ... ...

favicon theconversation.com —  1+ day ago

How Black writers and journalists have wielded punctuation in their activism

https://theconversation.com/how-black-writers-and-journalists-have-wielded-punctuation-in-their-activism-161141

As I discuss in my recent book, "Jim Crow Networks: African American Periodical Cultures," Black activism ... Du Bois wrote to The New York Times and Encyclopedia Britannica to argue that the word "negro" ought ... Eventually The Associated Press, The New York Times, USA Today and many other outlets declared that they ... Jim Crow era. ... protagonist Bigger Thomas in Richard Wright's 1940 novel "Native Son" - as an "animal" whose "physical ... ...