New Zealand wildfires show no sign of easing, 3,000 flee

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Strong winds on Sunday are expected to fan forest fires that have been burning for a week through New Zealand’s South Island, forcing thousands of people from their homes, with more residents expected to flee, officials said. New Zealand Defence Force firefighters combat the Richmond fire near Nelson, South Island, New Zealand, […]

J’accuse! The Case for Traditional Capitalism

Max Weber brilliantly demonstrated the impact of religion and culture on politics, and even on world-scale institutions, at the beginning of the 20th century in his famous work, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. A single religious idea, a theological principle, through a causal chain that Weber eloquently demonstrates, led to the establishment […]

Lindsey Buckingham heart surgery damages vocal cords | Music

Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham has had his vocal cords damaged during emergency open heart surgery. In posts on social media, the musician’s wife, Kristen Buckingham, said her husband is recuperating at home, and is hopeful the damage is not permanent. “This past year has been a very stressful and difficult year for our […]

Debate Around Angela Merkel Quitting Facebook

February 08, 2019  06:00 PM Angie Merkel is still on Facebook. The American from Michigan recently announced her daughter’s wedding on the social network and got 67 likes. But Angela Merkel isn’t. On Monday at 11 a.m., the fan page of Germany’s chancellor, a woman who has led the country for over 13 years […]

Fire at Brazilian soccer team complex leaves 10 dead, 3 hurt

By Peter Prengaman and Marcelo Sousa Da Silva | AP February 8 at 9:06 AM RIO DE JANEIRO — A fire tore through the sleeping quarters of a development league for one of Brazil’s most popular professional soccer clubs on Friday, killing 10 people who were most likely players and injuring three others, authorities said. Firefighters were […]

Australia probes attempted hacking of national parliament

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian authorities are investigating an attempt to hack into the national parliament’s computer network, two senior lawmakers said on Friday, but there was no evidence yet that any data had been accessed or stolen. In one of Australia’s most high-profile cyber attacks, Tony Smith, the speaker of the lower House of Representatives, […]

Forced Adoptions in East Germany Continue to Cause Pain

February 07, 2019  07:24 PM When Uwe Mai thinks about his childhood, he sees the Saale River. Bending gently, it flowed past his parents’ home in Calbe just south of Magdeburg. He only had to dash across the road and down some steps to reach the riverbank, lined with big old trees to climb […]

New York Times Publisher A. G. Sulzberger About Journalism And Trump

February 06, 2019  03:19 PM DER SPIEGEL: Mr. Sulzberger, you’re one year into your role as the publisher of The New York Times. How much is resting on your shoulders? Sulzberger: This is a really difficult time for media. Journalists and journalism are under attack by political forces all over the globe. Trust in […]

Lebanon names 1st female Arab minister in charge of security

Newly appointed Interior Minister Raya El Hassan, third right, and former Lebanese Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk, center, review an honor guard during a ceremony at the interior ministry in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. El Hassan is one of four women in the new 30-member Cabinet, becoming the country and the Arab world’s first […]