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Are India and Pakistan a bigger threat than North Korea?

Are India and Pakistan a bigger threat than North Korea?

North Korea is dominating media coverage and capturing the attention of world leaders, but the greatest threat of a nuclear war may actually be on the other side of Asia. It's on the Indian-Pakistan border, according to Matthew Bunn, an expert in nuclear weapons and terrorism at Harvard University.

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“It’s too late to make coal great again,” says an climate expert who wants action

“It’s too late to make coal great again,” says an climate expert who wants action

The United States has not completely backed from work against climate change. In the next United Nations climate meeting American companies, organizations and a selection of states will gather under the same pavilion, even though the federal government will stay at home.

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The challenges of a 'disrupted' news industry

The challenges of a 'disrupted' news industry

“Bad story selection – or in not so-PC terms – dumb, lazy noise.” That’s how Peter Hamby, the head of news at Snapchat, summed up the biggest threat to the media industry at a panel discussion at the Texas Tribune festival on September 23.

“The homogeneity of news is a real problem. There’s a lack of bravery around telling new stories,” he added.

For Sudeep Reddy, the managing editor of Politico, “shrinking attention spans” are the challenge of our era.

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Conspiracy theories

”You all know what they say: do not talk at family dinners about religion and politics, because you will not convince anyone. I would add conspiracy theories to that list. Try having two bottles of wine during Thanksgiving and asking someone about that. Good luck!,” said Joseph Uscinski, an associate professor at the University of Miami.

Uscinski has been researching conspiracy theories for 10 years. Sitting in his leather armchair, he shared some of his findings. What struck me was how skeptical he was about the ability of journalists to convince anyone.

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Spotlight is alive

Spotlight is alive

I still remember clearly the thoughts in my head after I watched the movie Spotlight. It was a perfect 2 hours and 8 minutes – an ideal romantic image of what journalism should be like. The ideal romantic image of the deeply passionate journalist whose work brings important change. Now, in the time of fast clicks and 24-hour news cycle, investigative journalism is more of a luxury for financially starving newsrooms.

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Miami Beach and corrupt Latin American politicians

Miami Beach and corrupt Latin American politicians

In recent years, Miami has earned itself an unsavory reputation as a haven for corrupt Latin American politicians. I reflected on this as I admired the view from the beautiful penthouse in which we stayed in Ocean Drive, Miami, and wrote about it in my creative non-fiction column for Guatemalan newspaper Soy502.

You can read the original text in Spanish by clicking on this link:

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Dirty Campaigning

Dirty Campaigning

 

Dirty Campaigning

Is it OK for advertising and political campaigns do anything that’s possible? Or, should there be barriers? A visit to the Texas-based advertising agency Harris Media shows how far agencies and political parties are willing to go.

Vincent Harris founded the agency in 2008. Bloomberg News crowned Harris as “the man who invented the Republican Internet.”

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