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The Wire creator David Simon eviscerates the dystopia creating war on drugs

David Simon surged into the American mainstream with a bleak vision of the devastation wrought by drugs on his home town of Baltimore – The Wire, hailed by many as the greatest television drama of all time. But what keeps him there is his apocalyptic and unrelenting heresy over the…

Hackers attack official Saudi websites

Cyber hackers attacked several official Saudi websites on Saturday, posting an Algerian flag on their homepages that later vanished, local media reported. The website of the information ministry was among the hacked sites, according to state news broadcaster Al-Ekhbariya and newspapers. The websites of Al-Ekhbariya itself, along with sports channel…

Google defends listing extremist sites: Legal information will be indexed

Google’s indexing of extremist websites helps police track their activity and will continue, the company’s chief told an audience at the Hay festival. Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, was asked to act to take down terrorist-sympathising websites from his search engines during a question and answer session at the…

Female Halo 3 gamers receive three times as many negative comments online

The male-dominated online environment in first-person-shooter games is a markedly hostile place for women. Female gamers playing Halo 3 receive roughly three times as many negative comments compared to a male player, research published in the June issue of New Media & Society found. “In summary, this study has established…

Roman Polanski complains birth control pills are ‘masculinizing’ women

Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski on Saturday blamed birth control pills for “masculinising” women, as he premiered what he called a satire on sexism. Polanski unveiled “Venus in Fur” starring his wife Emmanuelle Seigner, which was the last movie in competition to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival. Asked by…

Chuck Hagel: Military sexual assault ‘a profound betrayal of sacred oaths’

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Saturday called for the “scourge” of sexual assaults within the military to be “stamped out,” in a speech at the West Point military academy in New York. Speaking at a graduation ceremony for newly commissioned officers, the Pentagon chief emphasized it would be their…

Obama: Effects of sexual assaults in the military ‘ripple far and wide’

President Barack Obama said Friday that members of the military guilty of sexual assaults threatened to undermine the trust and discipline vital to the strength of the US military machine. Obama delivered the warning at a graduation ceremony at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, following a spate of…

Former Guatemala president Alfonso Portillo extradited to U.S.

Guatemala extradited former president Alfonso Portillo to the United States to face charges of laundering $70 million of swindled government funds through US banks. Portillo, president 2000-2004, is the first former Latin American leader ever to be extradited to the United States. “Hasta luego (see you later), people of Guatemala,”…

New York beaches re-open seven months after Hurricane Sandy

Seven months after deadly superstorm Sandy devastated the coastline of New Jersey and parts of New York, all New York City beaches opened Friday at the start of the three-day Memorial Day weekend. New York City has eight public beaches along 14 miles (23 kilometers) of coastline — Brooklyn (southeast),…

Yemenis in Guantanamo hopeful of transfer after Obama’s speech

Weakened by a prolonged hunger strike, Yemeni detainees who have languished at Guantanamo Bay for years see growing hope of finally returning home after a ban on transfers to Yemen was lifted. If fulfilled, President Barack Obama’s pledge Thursday to end a moratorium on sending prisoners to the Gulf state…

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