American Histories by John Edgar Wideman review – an immense and moving jazz riff

In “JB & FD”, John Brown, architect of the doomed anti-slavery raid at Harpers Ferry in 1859, talks with Frederick Douglass, the African American abolitionist who applauds Brown’s intent but resists being drawn into his febrile logic that “only an ocean of blood … will cleanse the sin of man-stealing”. That story vibrates alongside “Nat […]

Fears in India as Kuwait looks to cap migrant worker numbers

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Happiness Road leads to spectacular pass

To reach the sites, people have to travel on National Road No 4C, or Happiness Road, which has been dubbed a legendary road with famed proper names including Quản Bạ Heaven Gate, Fairy Mountain (Twin Mountain), Pắc Xum Slope, Thẩm Mã Pass and Mã Pì Lèng Pass.

“Plague village” may upend what we know about how black death is spread

Plague is known to transmit from person-to-person in bodily fluids and aerosols—formed by coughing, which is generally associated with pneumonic plague. But the researchers speculate that such transmission routes were unlikely, given the historical records of people’s symptoms, which rarely included pneumonia. Instead, the researchers hypothesize that lice and human fleas may have been a […]

The Mandal moment

But it also opened up a Pandora’s Box. For one, the resentment of those communities which did not have a share in the reservation pie increased. And political parties, in order to appease them, continued to expand reservation — to the extent that now economically weaker sections of dominant communities avail quotas, and in many […]

Exclusive: Kajal Dey India’s only table tennis coach without hands, appeals to get affiliated as government coach

KD: I was looking for help for many years now. Many promised me but consequently, nobody helped me. After years of struggle, one guy helped me to get in touch with para table tennis federation, I’m still the only earner in my family. Still, my whole family forced me to live my dream as participating […]

Depictions of artificial intelligence in popular media are ‘overwhelmingly white’ and are ‘erasing people of colour’ from our perceptions of the future, study claims

IBM, MICROSOFT SHOWN TO HAVE RACIST AND SEXIST AI SYSTEMS In a 2018 study titled Gender Shades, a team of researchers discovered that popular facial recognition services from Microsoft, IBM and Face++ can discriminate based on gender and race.

Real Housewives Of New York City season 12 reunion is currently being taped in-person at the luxurious Oheka Castle on Long Island

Drama-rama: Luann hosts a spa day for the women she met through the Fortune Society. Ramona gives Sonja a talking-to over her birthday night antics and gives Leah the cold shoulder. The women head to Cancun, Mexico, where Sonja gets liquored up on this season

DAR Seek Student Entries for American History Contest

Essay judges will consider historical accuracy, adherence to topic, organization of material, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and neatness to determine grade level winners. This contest is conducted without regard to race, religion, sex, or national origin.

The Blue Devil in Miss Belle Knox: Meet Duke Porn Star Miriam Weeks

Weeks is actually entering a discussion that’s been around for decades. “I still get people telling me we’re all brainwashed, and we choose to do this because the patriarchy blah-blah-blah-blah,” says Nina Hartley, the godmother of sex-positive feminist porn. If Weeks becomes a lawyer, Hartley tells me, “she’ll have to be twice as good for […]