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Is the staggeringly profitable business of scientific publishing bad for science? | The Guardian

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Jun 27, 2017 09:50 AM
"Many scientists also believe that the publishing industry exerts too much influence over what scientists choose to study, which is ultimately bad for science itself. Journals prize new and spectacular results – after all, they are in the business of selling subscriptions – and scientists, knowing exactly what kind of work gets published, align their submissions accordingly. This produces a steady stream of papers, the importance of which is immediately apparent. But it also means that scientists do not have an accurate map of their field of inquiry."

Trump‘s red line

by JBB — last modified Jun 26, 2017 08:53 PM
by Seymour M. Hersh | MR Online | Originally published at Welt (June 25, 2017) | President Donald Trump ignored important intelligence reports when he decided to attack Syria after he saw pictures of dying children. Seymour M. Hersh investigated the case of the alleged Sarin gas attack.

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign’s judicial review allows councils to boycott Israel | The Guardian

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Jun 26, 2017 02:05 PM
"This is a victory for the rule of law, for local democracy and for freedom of expression. But it is also a crucial moment in the campaign for Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law. This campaign emerged in 2005 in answer to a call from 170 Palestinian civil society organisations, frustrated by the decades in which international governments and bodies had issued condemnations of Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian people but refused to impose meaningful pressure."

Have you heard? The NDP is picking a new leader | The Globe and Mail

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Jun 23, 2017 05:28 PM
"So far, none of the five candidates has had anything particularly noteworthy to say. It has been variations on the same tired NDP tropes: income inequality; poverty reduction; the working-class poor; affordable housing; the homeless. No one denies these are important issues. But where is the captivating vision that breathes new life and offers fresh solutions to these age-old problems?"
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