People have always asked for alms, including the men depicted in this 17th-century European etching.
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The courts are saying that down-and-out Americans have a right to seek curbside alms despite efforts to ban the practice. Two scholars have come up with an alternative to anti-panhandling ordinances.
Puerto Ricans in favor of independence protest after a referendum was held on the island’s status.
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Some Puerto Ricans voted, but most stayed home amid a looming financial debt crisis and political protests. Will this vote matter?
Residents look on as a police investigator inspects the body of a suspected drug pusher, along an alley in Quezon city.
After a short suspension of anti-drug operations, President Rodrigo Duterte has resumed his bloody war.
Gay pride – but not everywhere.
Why are there such big differences in public opinion about homosexuality? It turns out where you live can be a major influence on how you feel.
A woman holds a flag as she looks out over the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum.
Data on violent incidents in the US reveal that our focus on Islamist extremism since 9/11 may be misguided.
Joshua Speed found his BFF in Abraham Lincoln.
Would Abraham Lincoln ever have become president if he didn't stumble into a dry goods store in Springfield, Illinois, and strike up a friendship with its owner, Joshua Speed?
Immigration activists rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington.
States once used their constitutional authority to argue in defense of slavery. Today, states can make a similar argument to protect immigrants from deportation, writes a legal scholar.
A saxophone player busks in New York: as technology transforms their industry, quite a lot of musicians are leaving the field.
Whenever you listen to a streamed song, like it but don't buy it and instead stream it again, you are casting a vote for the future nonexistence of professional musicians.
How do you defend yourself in virtual reality?
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Underlying online harassment is the false idea that events that happen on internet aren't real. But whenever people are interacting, it's all real.
George Brandis (centre) was ‘the guest’ of the co-ordinating minister for political, legal and security affairs, Wiranto (right), during a recent visit to Indonesia.
Here’s the glaring omission in George Brandis' list of issues raised recently with Indonesian President Joko Widodo: human rights.
The Philippine Daily Inquirer records 265 deaths of suspected criminals and drug users between June 30, the day Rodrigo Duterte assumed office, and July 18.
The Philippines is seeing a surge of extrajudicial killings of suspected criminals and drug users since Rodrigo Duterte assumed office last month.
Much of Trump’s popularity comes from his populist messages.
Both the Republican and Democratic platforms show a shift away from globalization, thanks to the influence of the rise of populists in both parties.
Entré début 1973, le Royaume-Uni demande une renégociation dès l'année suivante.
Entre l’accord du 23 juin 1971 sur l’adhésion du Royaume-Uni dans la CEE et le référendum sur l’UE du 23 juin 2016, deux époques de l’histoire politique britannique et européenne se font face.
A woman writes on a cross placed in honor of the victims of the shooting at the Pulse nightclub.
It is now recognized within public health that discrimination causes significant health problems for the LGBTQ community.
Hate crime or terrorism?
Was this a crime about hate or political ideology? Extremist experts use data to explain what type of crime took place in Florida, and why it matters.
The silence of President Joko Widodo amid a growing sense of clear and present danger to Indonesia’s LGBT population is troubling.
The recent anti-gay comments by Indonesian public officials may inspire militant Islamists with a propensity for violence to physically harm LGBT people.
After releasing five Papuan political prisoners in May, President Joko Widodo declared Papua open to foreign media. But challenges to media freedom in Papua remain.
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Although Indonesian President Joko Widodo declared Papua open for foreign media in May this year, government obstacles to access the restive region linger.
In the era of wearable technology, we live as devices of our own devices.
To be good global citizens, we must stop churning through energy-hungry devices. Earth cannot cope with the burdens, including mountains of e-waste, that electronic consumerism creates.
Run a study again and again – should the results hit the same bull’s-eye every time?
The field of psychology is trying to absorb a recent big study that was able to replicate only 36 out of 100 major research papers. That finding is an issue, but maybe not for the reason you think.
Levees in New Orleans were unable to prevent flooding during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Delta cities in both rich and poor countries face uphill, and potentially costly, battle in containing risk from flooding.