Aishe Ghosh, a young woman who was set upon at a campus demonstration, has become an icon in India’s growing protest movement.
Michael SlackmanThe biggest and most energized protests India has witnessed in a generation are sweeping the country and one young woman has been thrust to the fore: Her name is Aishe Ghosh. They beat her and broke her arm. Her response: keep fighting for what’s right.
For humanity over all, life just keeps getting better.
Michael SlackmanSince modern humans emerged 200,000 years ago, 2019 was probably the year in which children were least likely to die, adults were least likely to be illiterate and people were least likely to suffer excruciating and disfiguring diseases. nytimes.com/2019/12/28/opi… via @NYTOpinion
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Michael SlackmanProgress is a historical fact. The numbers show that over the past seven decades humans have become (on average) longer-lived, healthier, safer, richer, freer, fairer, happier and smarter. Progress is not, however, a natural force.
Japan’s population fell by more than a half-million people as the country’s efforts to shore up its dwindling birthrate come up short.
Michael SlackmanJapan is the world’s grayest nation: Almost 28 percent of its residents are over 65.
Births in the country — which are expected to drop below 900,000 this year — are at their lowest figure since 1874.
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India, the world’s largest democracy, shuts down the internet far more than any other country. This week, 60 million people — roughly the size of France — have no service.
Michael SlackmanIndia tops the world — by far — in the number of internet shutdowns imposed by local, state and national governments. Last year, internet service was cut in India 134 times, and so far this year, 93 shutdowns have occurred. nytimes.com/2019/12/17/wor… via @NYTimes
The film shows the journalist Kathy Scruggs trading sex for a scoop. “It’s an insult not only to her, but to just about any other woman who’s been a reporter,” says her writing partner.
Michael SlackmanThe film by Clint Eastwood shows the journalist Kathy Scruggs trading sex for a scoop. “It’s an insult not only to her, but to just about any other woman who’s been a reporter,” says her writing partner.
This is politics in a climate of fear and intimidation: Inconspicuous offices with no campaign posters and multiple security cameras. No canvassing after dark. Death threats.
Michael SlackmanIn the dwindling days before Britain heads to the polls, candidates, particularly women, are finding themselves campaigning in a climate where they say abuse, threats and a culture of intimidation have become the norm.
nytimes.com/2019/12/04/wor… via @NYTimes
The viral spread of misinformation, widening news deserts and the proliferation of fake news will threaten life as we know it
Michael SlackmanThe collapse of the information ecosystem has already wreaked havoc on our political systems. It has undermined democratic elections. It has shaken basic trust in institutions. It has left us with a world in which anyone is free to choose their own facts.
The "failing" New York Times' news operation now employs more than 1,700 journalists, up nearly 50 percent from a decade ago. It has nearly 5 million subscribers, triple its print-era peak. Now it's preparing to up the price.
Michael Slackman4.9 million. That’s the total number of New York Times subscribers overall, between print and digital. That’s already three times its peak in the good old days of print.