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In the News 28.01.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

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In the News 28.01.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

1. Your Son Is Deceased

“Stephen Torres was meeting with a client at his law office, in downtown Albuquerque, on April 12, 2011, when he received a call from a neighbor, who told him that police officers were aiming rifles at his house. He left work and drove to his home, in a middle-class suburb with a view of the mountains. There were more than forty police vehicles on his street. Officers wearing camouflage fatigues and bulletproof vests had circled his home, a sand-colored two-story house with a pitched tile roof. Two officers were driving a remote-controlled robot, used for discharging bombs, back and forth on the corner.”

 
Read the rest of this article at The New Yorker

 


 

2. Second-tier cities grab headlines and inward investment

“The world isn’t flat,” wrote Edward Glaeser, a Harvard professor of economics in his 2011 book The Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier and Happier, “it’s paved.” Today, 54 per cent of us live in cities compared with just 10 per cent in 1900. By 2030, the World Health Organisation estimates that more than 5bn people will be urban dwellers. Is this unprecedented rush to the city, though, confined to the world’s megacities – those with populations over 10m – or is the rise of the second-tier city a new feature of urbanisation?

 
Read the rest of this article at The Financial Times

 


 

3. Council Of Europe – Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights – Mass surveillance Report

“Our freedom is built on what others do not know of our existences.” —Alexandr Solzhenitsyn

 
Read the rest of this article at Parliamentary Assembly

 


 

4. In memory of Primo Levi, author and Auschwitz survivor

“70 years ago today the Soviet Army liberated Auschwitz concentration camp. Primo Levi had been a prisoner there. He had survived for 11 months in a place in which most people died after two weeks because he had a use. He was a chemist and his expertise had kept him alive, working in a lab, devising a method of making synthetic rubber. The futility of having anything worth saying to such a person was overpowering. His skin seemed transparent, paper-like, against the white of his shirt. The camp number was still on his arm and I tried not to stare at it but did.”

 
Read the rest of this article at Irish Times

 


 

5. Koch Brothers’ Budget of $889 Million for 2016 Is on Par With Both Parties’ Spending

“INow the Kochs’ network will embark on its largest drive ever to influence legislation and campaigns across the country, leveraging Republican control of Congress and the party’s dominance of state capitols to push for deregulation, tax cuts and smaller government. In 2012, the Kochs’ network spent just under $400 million, an astonishing sum at the time. The $889 million spending goal for 2016 would put it on track to spend nearly as much as the campaigns of each party’s presidential nominee.”

 
Read the rest of this article at The New York Times

 


P.S. previous articles & more by P.F.M.

 

 

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