The Indian prime minister concealed his somewhat mysterious marriage throughout most of his political career; Pope Francis is now suffering rightwing backlash for some of his more progressive views; meanwhile, two children have been banned for life from discussing fracking. These discoveries and more below.

Syriza’s Win Is the Beginning of the End for the Eurozone’s Long Nightmare Everyone seems to agree that Syriza’s big victory in Greece is a milestone for Europe, which has been plagued by mass unemployment and a failure to really recover from the financial crisis and world recession of 2008-09. But what kind of a milestone will it be?

Andrew Sullivan Is Not the Future of Journalism With Andrew Sullivan announcing the end of his 15-year blogging career—and with it, his “bold experiment” in transforming journalism into crowd-funded blogging— I figure it’s a good time to take one last look at Sullivan’s long, poisonous contribution to the decline of American journalism.

25 Mind-Twisting Optical Illusion Paintings By Rob Gonsalves The beautiful and mind-bending illusions in Canadian artist Robert Gonsalves’ paintings have a fun way of twisting your perception and causing you to question what in his paintings, if anything, is real.

Children Given Lifelong Ban on Talking About Fracking Two Pennsylvanian children will live their lives under a gag order imposed under a $750,000 settlement.

Beyond the Pieties, the Charlie Hebdo Massacre Leaves Us with Painful New Ironies and Tired Old Remedies It’s not hard to imagine the scorn that the artists and writers of Charlie Hebdo might have heaped on the dour protests their deaths provoked.

Abandoned As a Child Bride, Wife of Narendra Modi Hopes He Calls

Jamaica is About to Decriminalize Ganja The island nation most closely associated with marijuana in the popular mind is about to decriminalize it.

Pope Francis, Radical Leftist? The Rightwing Backlash Has Begun After an initial wave of adulation, Pope Francis is now suffering a backlash.

Google Glass Still Means Business Last week, Google announced that it would be ending the Glass Explorer project for the public to purchase.

Our Privacy Is for Sale, We Have to Accept That. But What’s the Price Tag? On data protection and privacy day, it’s worth remembering that politicians are all too willing to trade in our personal information

A Historic Manuscript on Aztec Life Is ‘Virtually Repatriated’ One of the major textual resources on pre-Columbian Mexico is now online in a digital platform launched this month.

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