Prominent Chinese lawyer and human rights defender Jiang Tianyong. PHOTO/COURTESY By PATRICK MAYOYO newsdesk@reporter.co.ke A group of United Nations human rights experts has called on the Government of China to immediately release prominent lawyer and human rights defender Jiang Tianyong, who is on trial for inciting subversion of the State’s power. The experts’...
  https://youtu.be/OVjdcwdwCUY     Edward Snowden is the closest a living human has come to being a Kafka character. Marooned in Moscow since 2013 after revealing state secrets or exposing the National Security Agency for surveilling Americans (depending on your point of view), he remains a sought-after speaker on the topic of cyber...
Hurricane Irma swirls in the Atlantic Ocean as a Category 5 storm. Image courtesy National Hurricane Center By UPI newsdesk@reporter.co.ke   -- Hurricane Irma strengthened to a Category 5 storm early Tuesday as it continues to pick up steam in the Atlantic, just east of a chain of islands in the Caribbean. The National...
Journalists killed outside of conflict, 2002-2013 Data: Anita R. Gohdes and Sabine C. Carey, “Canaries in a coal-mine? What the killings of journalists tell us about future repression,” Journal of Peace Research 2017, Vol. 54 (2), 157-174, http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0022343316680859. Figure: Anita Gohdes Reporting the news from a war zone is a...
Jack Dorsey is an American computer programmer and internet entrepreneur widely known as a co-founder and CEO of Twitter. PHOTO/COURTESY By ALECIA SWASY newsdesk@reporter.co.ke Twitter reflects the good, the bad and just plain ugly reality of social media these days. For academics, journalists and voters, there’s never been a more crucial time...
Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev.  On the morning of December 30, the day after Barack Obama imposed sanctions on Russia for interfering in the 2016 US election, Tillmann Werner was sitting down to breakfast in Bonn, Germany. He spread some jam on a slice of rye bread, poured himself a cup of...
Robert Mercer, a reclusive Long Island hedge-fund magnate, who has become a major force behind the Trump Presidency. PHOTO/COURTESY Last month, when President Donald Trump toured a Boeing aircraft plant in North Charleston, South Carolina, he saw a familiar face in the crowd that greeted him: Patrick Caddell, a former...
  Chuck Berry, Legendary Rock 'N' Roll Pioneer, died at 90. NBC NEWS TV SCREEN SHOT. As a player, as a songwriter, and as a performer, Chuck Berry was a master of invention. Berry, who died Saturday, at the age of ninety, was a proud and difficult man. He was also a genius. As...
PHOTO/THE ATLANTIC A new book, Learn Better, by  author and education researcher Ulrich Boser, explores the psychology of mastering skills and absorbing information. In his new book Boser digs into the neuroscience of learning and shows why it’s so hard to remember some facts. Boser explains why some of the most...
A smoking chimney in a factory. PHOTO/COURTESY Top environmental causes of death among children under 5 Respiratory infections 570,000 deaths in children under 5 linked to indoor and outdoor air pollution and secondhand smoke Diarrhea 361,000 deaths in children under 5 linked to poor access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene Death...