Human rights group says repatriating Rohingya to Myanmar is “Unthinkable” while Rohingya remain unsafe

Over 620,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled a brutal crackdown at the hands of the Myanmar military since August. One day after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson finally labeled the brutal treatment of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar “ethnic cleansing,” representatives from Bangladesh and Myanmar announced they had inked a preliminary agreement negotiating the possible repatriation of the displaced, persecuted, Rohingya population back to Myanmar. Amnesty International called the news “unthinkable” for a country that has not…

"Human rights group says repatriating Rohingya to Myanmar is “Unthinkable” while Rohingya remain unsafe"

Laura Ingalls Wilder only had one good Thanksgiving in the Little House books

In all of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s immortal Little House books, there are only two Thanksgiving scenes. That seems wrong; the Little House books are obsessed with food and patriotism, and what is Thanksgiving but our national excuse to indulge in both in equal measure? They are designed to codify the myth of the self-sufficient pioneers, pulling themselves up by their bootstraps and living off the fat of the land. They take an almost pornographic pleasure…

"Laura Ingalls Wilder only had one good Thanksgiving in the Little House books"

In Vancouver, 50% of trips are by foot, bike, or transit. This video shows how they did it.

Step one: Start decades ago. Vancouver, British Columbia, has aggressive aspirations for sustainability. Its goal is to be entirely powered by clean energy by 2050 — not just electricity, but transportation and heating as well. (I talked to city manager Sadhu Johnston about it in July 2016.) As part of that effort, the city adopted the goal of 50 percent “sustainable mode share” by 2020 — half of all trips in the city taken by…

"In Vancouver, 50% of trips are by foot, bike, or transit. This video shows how they did it."

Women surgeons are punished more than men for the exact same mistakes, study finds

The analysis helps explain the gender wage gap. Earlier this year, the BBC sparked an international discussion about pay equity following the release of an embarrassing report on the salaries of its staff. Men at the organization were being paid 9.3 percent more than women on average. What’s more, only a third of the BBC’s highest-paid on-air stars were women, and some 500 female employees earned less than men who had similar roles. Stories like…

"Women surgeons are punished more than men for the exact same mistakes, study finds"

Americans think sexual harassment is a problem in Hollywood and DC — but not where they work

A tale of two charts. Sexual misconduct allegations have rocked Hollywood, the media, and Capitol Hill this week. These high-profile accusations — from Charlie Rose to Sen. Al Franken to Rep. John Conyers — reveal systemic problems within these fields. And voters think those industries — but not their own workplaces — are where the problem of sexual harassment is most prevalent. A Politico/Morning Consult Poll, which asked voters about the recent allegations against Franken…

"Americans think sexual harassment is a problem in Hollywood and DC — but not where they work"

A definitive ranking of Thanksgiving sides

Winter isn’t coming. It’s here. Sunsets in the middle of the afternoon, temperatures dipping into the 40s and below throughout the country, and itchy, irritated skin from heating systems kicking into high gear — all these factors have worked in unison to break our souls and make the past few weeks feel exponentially longer. Thankfully, we have Thanksgiving on the horizon. Thanksgiving is magical. It’s a warm blanket for your soul — a brief break…

"A definitive ranking of Thanksgiving sides"

A mysterious radiation cloud spread over Europe in September. Russia finally acknowledged it.

But officials won’t say where it came from. After weeks of denying its existence, the Russian government this week acknowledged the strange surge of radiation that billowed over Europe in September. The French nuclear safety regulator IRSN first detected the radioactive element ruthenium 106 in the air in late September, tracing its origins to the Ural Mountains in the border region between Russia and Kazakhstan. Other European cities like Stockholm, Milan, and Budapest also began…

"A mysterious radiation cloud spread over Europe in September. Russia finally acknowledged it."

How Trump turned Sean Hannity into a conspiracy theorist

The Fox News host is sounding a lot like Alex Jones. Sean Hannity was a reliable pro-Trump voice on Fox News throughout the 2016 presidential race, frequently touting Donald Trump’s campaign and inviting the candidate onto his show for softball interviews. Since the election, however, Hannity has taken on a new role in the pro-Trump ecosystem: conspiracy theorist in chief. Hannity has spent the first year of the Trump administration peddling wild conspiracy theories about…

"How Trump turned Sean Hannity into a conspiracy theorist"

#ChurchToo: abuse survivors speak out about harassment in their religious communities

The latest trending Twitter hashtag encourages Christians to come forward. A woman who revealed her rape during a youth group prayer section, only to be asked if she’d repented. Another who fled an abusive marriage, only to be told by her pastor to return home and “submit” to her husband’s will. Another who, as a child, was told to “cover up” after a male classmate had been caught masturbating while looking at her. Another who…

"#ChurchToo: abuse survivors speak out about harassment in their religious communities"

Netflix’s She’s Gotta Have It unleashes Spike Lee on TV — and the results are electric

Based on the director’s classic 1986 film, the new series is the best example yet of a filmmaker transitioning to TV. In the seventh episode of the new Netflix series She’s Gotta Have It, director Spike Lee’s updated TV adaptation of his own classic 1986 breakthrough film, a white art critic played by the inimitable Wallace Shawn publishes a video review of an art show featuring black artists, including protagonist Nola Darling (DeWanda Wise). He…

"Netflix’s She’s Gotta Have It unleashes Spike Lee on TV — and the results are electric"