Category Archives: Politics

What life is like after retirement for labourers in Bangladesh – Part2

Nothing is left there,” said 55-years old widow Fazilat Begum who lost everything in river erosion 15 years ago.

She pauses for breath and looks out onto the alley through the half-open door of her home, a room made of corrugated iron in a slum of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. (more…)

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What life is like after retirement for labourers in Bangladesh – Part1

Md Habibur Rahman, 60, was just sitting in a metallic three-wheeled cart at the corner of a lane of the main street of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. He was waiting for some benevolent pedestrians of the city, home to more than 100 million people. (more…)

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How are Americans practicing religion during the pandemic?

Divinity School/AP-NORC poll: 9% think in-person services should continue without restrictions

An overwhelming majority of people in the United States support restricting or suspending in-person religious services during the COVID-19 outbreak, according to a new poll from the University of Chicago Divinity School and the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs. (more…)

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How conspiracy theories emerge – and how their storylines fall apart

UCLA research uses artificial intelligence to analyze differences between a true story and a completely fabricated one

A new study by UCLA professors offers a new way to understand how unfounded conspiracy theories emerge online. The research, which combines sophisticated artificial intelligence and a deep knowledge of how folklore is structured, explains how unrelated facts and false information can connect into a narrative framework that would quickly fall apart if some of those elements are taken out of the mix. (more…)

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Fragile fragments: Marina Rustow unpacks daily life in medieval Egypt

Imagine what the stuff of everyday life — personal letters, the deed of a house, a shop owner’s inventory records — might look like in medieval times. Since the late 1990s, historian Marina Rustow has immersed herself in a unique cache of such documents hidden away for centuries in an Egyptian synagogue. (more…)

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A conversation with Dan Chirot about his new book ‘You Say You Want a Revolution,’ exploring radical idealism

Those who wish for revolution should be wary, a new book by Dan Chirot warns; they might come to regret that wish should revolution become a violent reality.

Chirot is a professor in the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies and of sociology. His latest book, “You Say You Want a Revolution: Radical Idealism and its Tragic Consequences” was published in March by Princeton University Press. He is the author or co-author of many articles and several books, most recently “The Shape of the New: Four Big Ideas and How They Made the Modern World” (with Jackson School colleague Scott Montgomery, 2015). (more…)

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