The Independent5 min readInternational Relations
UN General Assembly Meeting Of World Leaders, By The Numbers
The barricades are down, the world leaders have left and New Yorkers are complaining slightly less about traffic: The gathering of world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly is over. Here, we break down the stats for you: U.N. GENERAL ASSEMBLY SESSI
The Independent5 min readCrime & Violence
Arizona Abortion Clinics Send Women To Other States
When an Arizona judge ruled last week that prosecutors can resume enforcing a near-total ban on abortion that dates to the Civil War, it fell to the staff at Camelback Family Planning to break the news to the women scheduled for appointments in the c
The Independent5 min readWorld
As Cantonese Language Wanes, Efforts Grow To Preserve It
Three decades ago, finding opportunities to learn Cantonese in San Francisco wasn't hard. But today in the city that's drawn Cantonese speakers from South China for over 150 years, there's fear that political and social upheaval are diminishing a lan
The Independent5 min read
Kamila Shamsie: ‘The Government’s Anti-migrant Position Is Outflanking That Of The Public’
Kamila Shamsie can still remember with absolute clarity a moment that happened to her many years ago when she was a teenage girl in Karachi. “I was in a car with a bunch of friends and a man was driving. We were having fun and then, in an instant, so
The Independent5 min read
At UN, A Fleeting Opportunity To Tell Their Nations' Stories
Pakistan's new prime minister stepped onto the U.N. podium and faced world leaders, ready to spin a tale of floods and climate change and more than 33 million people at risk. Shahbaz Sharif began: “As I stand here today to tell the story of my countr
The Independent5 min readDiscrimination & Race Relations
Teen Interest In Long-lasting Birth Control Soars After Roe
Sixteen-year-old Adismarys Abreu had been discussing a long-lasting birth control implant with her mother for about a year as a potential solution to increasing menstrual pain. Then Roe v. Wade was overturned, and Abreu joined the throng of teens ru
The Independent4 min readInternational Relations
UN Meeting Produces Sense That A 'New Epoch' Is Arriving
The war in Ukraine and its global fallout transfixed the meeting of world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly this year. When it wasn’t out front, it lurked in the background of virtually every speech. There were near-unanimous calls for an end to t
The Independent6 min read
Nikki Lane: ‘I Am Addicted To Weed And Antiquing’
Nikki Lane speaks as fast as she moves. The gregarious singer-songwriter is dashing around Nashville’s ornate Hotel Indigo, shaking hands and arranging stock. She’s here to put the finishing touches to her latest project – an intimate outpost of her
The Independent4 min read
Italy Shifts To The Right As Voters Reward Meloni's Party
A party with neo-fascist roots, the Brothers of Italy, won the most votes in Italy’s national elections, looking set to deliver the country’s first far-right-led government since World War II and make its leader, Giorgia Meloni, Italy's first woman p
The Independent6 min read
Celebrity Birthdays For The Week Of Oct. 2-8
Celebrity birthdays for the week of Oct. 2-8: Oct. 2: Critic Rex Reed is 84. Singer Don McLean is 77. Country singer Jo-el Sonnier is 76. Actor Avery Brooks (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”) is 74. Guitarist Mike Rutherford of Genesis and Mike and the M
The Independent5 min readPolitical Ideologies
False Claims, Threats Fuel Poll Worker Sign-ups For Midterms
Outraged by false allegations of fraud against a Georgia elections employee in 2020, Amanda Rouser made a vow as she listened to the woman testify before Congress in June about the racist threats and harassment she faced. “I said that day to myself,
The Independent6 min read
Emissions Declarations By Equity Firm Carlyle Under Question
At the start of 2022, the Carlyle Group, one of the world’s leading private equity firms, published a report on it financial risk from greenhouse gas emissions. The company said it was its first such portfolio-level analysis. Carlyle emphasizes its
The Independent4 min read
House Of The Dragon: The 3 Biggest Talking Points From Episode 6
Tolstoy once wrote that “all happy families are alike, but every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way”. It is a credo that George RR Martin, author of the Game of Thrones series, carried through into his novels. And here, in the first episode whe
The Independent4 min read
Voices: Are You Energy Literate? Here’s How To Tell – And It Could Make A Massive Difference To Your Bills
The blank refusal of the Tory government for over a decade to run any mass energy efficiency information campaigns means that in the current fossil fuelled inflation crisis, many people have been left energy illiterate. Many people literally do no
The Independent5 min readAmerican Government
Biden's Mixed Record Forces Some Dems Into Odd Balancing Act
Democratic House candidate Greg Landsman can tick off how his party's control of Congress and the White House has benefited his city. The bipartisan infrastructure deal will mean upgrades to the heavily traveled highway bridge linking Cincinnati with
The Independent4 min read
Harrowing Film Tells Of Las Vegas Shooting And Its Aftermath
A pair of cowboy boots that Ashley Hoff never thought she would see again helped unlock a powerful story about the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The resulting film, “11 Minutes,” is an inside account of the 2017 massacre at a country mu
The Independent16 min readAmerican Government
The Jan 6 Hearings So Far: Everything You Need To Know
The public hearings of the House Select Committee investigating the insurrection on January 6 have revealed new footage from the attack on Congress and have featured testimony from rioters, law enforcement, and members of the Trump administration. M
The Independent6 min read
Lights Out, Ovens Off: Europe Preps For Winter Energy Crisis
As Europe heads into winter in the throes of an energy crisis, offices are getting chillier. Statues and historic buildings are going dark. Bakers who can't afford to heat their ovens are talking about giving up, while fruit and vegetable growers fac
The Independent5 min readWorld
Putin's Call-up Fuels Russian Anger, Instability, Violence
Long lines of cars on roads snaking to Russia’s border crossings with Georgia, Kazakhstan and Mongolia, and similar queues at airports. Angry demonstrations — not just in Moscow and St. Petersburg — but in the remote far north province of Yakutia and
The Independent5 min readInternational Relations
Politics Impede Long-advocated Growth Of UN Security Council
Virtually everyone involved agrees: Almost eight decades after it came into existence, the powerful U.N. Security Council needs to expand, to evolve, to include more voices. But as with so many things, the central question — and the biggest disagreem
The Independent4 min read
House Of The Dragon: The 3 Biggest Talking Points From Episode 6
Tolstoy once wrote that “all happy families are alike, but every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way”. It is a credo that George RR Martin, author of the Game of Thrones series, carried through into his novels. And here, in the first episode whe
The Independent4 min read
Government Growth Proposals Part Of ‘Millennia-long Trend’ Of Encroaching On Nature, Says Sir Partha Dasgupta
Recent proposals to spur growth in the UK are part of a thousands-year old trend of encroaching on the environment in pursuit of economic gain, according to the author of a landmark review into the economics of biodiversity. Sir Partha Dasgupta said
The Independent4 min read
Pakistan Floods Raise Fears Of Hunger After Crops Wrecked
Like every year, Arz Mohammed had planted his little patch of land in southern Pakistan with cotton. The crop would earn him enough so that, as he puts it, his family of five wouldn’t be reduced to begging. Then came the deluge. Pakistan’s massive f
The Independent4 min read
Liz Truss’s Claims Fracking Could Produce Gas In Six Months Called Into Doubt As Firm Warns Of 18-month Wait
Liz Truss’s claims gas from fracking could flow in six months has been called into doubt – with one company estimating it could take as long as 18 months. The government lifted the ban on fracking on Thursday, despite warnings from climate campaigner
The Independent4 min read
From Yale To Jail: Oath Keepers Founder Stewart Rhodes' Path
Long before he assembled one of the largest far-right anti-government militia groups in U.S. history, before his Oath Keepers stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, Stewart Rhodes was a promising Yale Law School graduate. He secured a clerkship on
The Independent4 min readInternational Relations
Ukrainians Scared By Russia's Preordained Referendums
After seven weary months of war, many Ukrainians fear more suffering and political repression awaits them as referendums orchestrated by the Kremlin with help from gun-toting police portend Russia’s imminent annexation of four occupied regions. Many
The Independent9 min read
From Yale To Jail: Oath Keepers Founder Stewart Rhodes' Path
Long before he assembled one of the largest far-right anti-government militia groups in U.S. history, before his Oath Keepers stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, Stewart Rhodes was a promising Yale Law School graduate. He secured a clerkship on
The Independent4 min read
House Of The Dragon: The 3 Biggest Talking Points From Episode 6
Tolstoy once wrote that “all happy families are alike, but every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way”. It is a credo that George RR Martin, author of the Game of Thrones series, carried through into his novels. And here, in the first episode whe
The Independent4 min read
EXPLAINER: Why Is Japan Split Over Abe's State Funeral?
A rare state funeral for Shinzo Abe, the former prime minister who was assassinated in July, has split Japan. The hawkish Abe was one of the nation’s most divisive postwar leaders, but it is the ruling party’s cozy ties with the ultra-conservative U
The Independent5 min readAmerican Government
Bills Would Curtail Objections At Future Jan. 6 Counts
Members of Congress have officially objected to the results in four of the last six presidential elections, a partisan practice that has been legal for over a century but became much more fraught after a violent mob of former President Donald Trump’s
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