U.N. Ambassador Makes Passionate Plea for LGBT Rights

Samantha Power helps block an effort to suspend the United Nations’ monitor on queer discrimination. Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, delivered an impassioned argument for LGBT rights on Monday, noting the Pulse nightclub massacre in voting against a move to stop the work of the U.N.’s monitor on anti-LGBT discrimination. By a narrow…

‘Anger shouldn’t drive policy’: George W. Bush has some advice for the Trump administration

  Former President George W. Bush reflected on the presidential election Tuesday and cautioned against anger influencing political policy, CNN reported. Speaking in Dallas, Bush acknowledged that economic anxiety and voters who were “sick and tired of the status quo” pushed President-elect Donald Trump to victory — though Bush did not mention Trump by name.…

US army and CIA may be guilty of war crimes in Afghanistan, says ICC

Prosecutors to decide ‘imminently’ whether to investigate reports that detainees were tortured in Afghanistan and elsewhere A US Marine in Helmand province, Afghanistan, in 2012. Photograph: Adek Berry/AFP/Getty Images US armed forces and the CIA may have committed war crimes by torturing detainees in Afghanistan, the international criminal court’s chief prosecutor has said in a…

The 11 best school systems in the world

Every year, the World Economic Forum releases its Global Competitiveness Report on the state of the world’s economies.

The WEF looks at data on areas as varied as the soundness of banks to the sophistication of businesses in each country. It then uses the data to compile a picture of the economy of almost every country on earth.

Countries were ranked according to the “12 pillars of competitiveness,” which includes macro-economic environment, infrastructure, health and primary education, and labour market efficiency.

Cyprus, crisis and the bank that came back from the brink

The country’s biggest lender took cash away from savers to survive in 2013. Now, remarkably, Bank of Cyprus is hoping to float in London A branch of Bank of Cyprus branch in Nicosia in 2013, the year of the Cypriot bailout. Photograph: Barbara Laborde/AFP/Getty Images Only three years ago, Bank of Cyprus was on the…

A&E Cancels KKK Docuseries Following Criticism

Spencer Platt/Getty The move comes after the network learned that participants in ‘Escaping the KKK’ had been paid in order for production to gain access. A&E has pulled the plug on its upcoming docuseries centered on the KKK. The network announced their plans to scrap the project, which was intended to serve as a close…

Joseph H. Rainey, Speeches of African-American Representatives Addressing the Civil Rights Bill of 1875, February 3, 1875

Speeches of African-American Representatives Addressing the Civil Rights Bill of 1875 Representatives Richard H. Cain and Joseph H. Rainey, responding on February 3, 1875, to arguments that the Bill would unconstitutionally infringe the rights of whites Mr. CAIN. Mr. Speaker there are periods in the history of nations and of peoples when it is necessary…