Juan Cole / TruthdigMar 27, 2016
The right wing is carping that President Obama is “downplaying” the dangers of Islamic State in the wake of the Paris and Brussels attacks on soft targets. But whipping up hysteria about the threat of terrorism is a racket that mainly benefits security firms and arms manufacturers. Dig deeper ( 2 Min. Read )
Alexander Reed Kelly / TruthdigMar 14, 2015
Cognitive scientist Steven Pinker’s 2011 book “The Better Angels of Our Nature” has convinced many people that humanity has steadily become less violent in the recent past. English philosopher John Gray argues that Pinker merely sees what he wants in trends and statistics. Dig deeper ( 2 Min. Read )
Staff / TruthdigNov 3, 2013
A statistic based on a United Nations Multi-Country Study on Men and Violence led many to believe that one in four men admitted to sexual assault in Asia and the Pacific. But is this founded on evidence or merely a misreading of the research? Dig deeper ( 2 Min. Read )
Staff / TruthdigNov 1, 2013
Looking for something to put things into perspective? Check out this real-time map to remind you how transient life is, but also, how quickly the world is becoming populated. Dig deeper ( 2 Min. Read )
Staff / TruthdigFeb 17, 2012
Decades of neuropsychology research have given Target the ability to predict customers’ shopping habits with increasing precision. The company’s statistical team can even tell when shoppers are likely to be in their second trimester of pregnancy. Combined with aggressive marketing tactics, such powers promise to add millions to its already swollen revenues. Dig deeper ( 2 Min. Read )
Staff / TruthdigNov 25, 2009
Upon first glance, the FBI's news that hate crimes based on sexual orientation were up 11 percent in 2008 from the previous year suggests a giant uptick in violence against America's LGBTQ population However, as Andrew Sullivan and Mark Thompson remind us (continued). Dig deeper ( 1 Min. Read )
Staff / TruthdigMar 24, 2009
Here's a list of countries where you don't want to find yourself when it comes to human rights: Saudi Arabia, Iran, China, Iraq, Pakistan and the good ol' US of A Those six states execute more of their citizens than any others, according to Amnesty International's latest tally The U is the fourth-worst offender. Dig deeper ( 1 Min. Read )
Staff / TruthdigMar 24, 2009
Black and Latino communities have long suffered significantly higher unemployment rates than those of whites, but the economic collapse is taking labor inequity to new and alarming places. Jobs data shows that blacks and Latinos aren't just more unemployed overall, but they're losing jobs faster than their white colleagues. Dig deeper ( 1 Min. Read )
Staff / TruthdigFeb 16, 2009
According to a Palestinian census, the population of Gaza jumped by 40 percent between 1997 and 2007. West Bank officials expect the Gaza population, which they estimate at 1.4 million, to double over the next 21 years. Dig deeper ( 1 Min. Read )
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