New on Facts and Opinions:

Congratulatons to founding feature writer Brian Brennan, whose
story Canada’s Mayor – F&O’s first original magazine feature –
won Runner-up, Best Feature Article, in the 2014 Professional Writers
Association of Canada Awards

COMMENTARY

JONATHAN MANTHORPE — International Affairs 
The Shameful Stain of Religious Violence

JIM MCNIVEN — Thoughtlines 
The Future of the Global University System

CHRIS WOOD — Natural Security 
Harbingers of our Mortality

LOOSE LEAF — F&O’S Salon 
CHARLES MANDEL on Yesterday’s Man (free) 
PENNEY KOME on The Degree Bubble (free) 
TZEPORAH BERMAN on Ugly Oil Debates (free) 
CHERYL HAWKES on Hurricane Carter (free) 

DISPATCHES 

The Forgotten Concentration Camp/GEO
By TOBY THACKER, The Conversation

BRICS Bank a Game Changer/MONEY
By ALI BURAK GUVEN, The Conversation

Public Watchdog: Crowdsourcing in Indonesia/PUBLICA
By RULI MANURUNGThe Conversation

Domesticated Animals with Floppy Ears/SCIENCE
By DON NEWGREEN and JEFFREY CRAIG, The Conversation

Fracking Water Contamination Feared in California/GEO
by ABRAHAM LUSTGARTEN, ProPublica

International law and flight MH17/PUBLICA
By MELANIE KLINKNER, The Conversation

Anting: a brief/SCIENCE
By DEBORAH JONES

Canadian Court Expands Aboriginal Rights/JUSTICE  
By DEBORAH JONES 

Aggressive Tactic on the Fracking Front
By NAVEENA SADASIVAN, ProPublica

Red Cross Claims its Spending a ‘Trade Secret’/PUBLICA
By JUSTIN ELLIOTT, ProPublica

Deadly Danger in Female Hurricane Names/SCIENCE
By DEBORAH JONES 

A Whale for the Taking/GEO
By GREG LOCKE and DEBORAH JONES

Oscar Pistorius and South Africa’s VIP Justice/JUSTICE
By RUTH HOPKINS

MAGAZINE

SHELDON FERNANDEZ, A Soccer Fanatic Reflects
RYAN GOLDBERG, ProPublica, on the Kentucky Derby
JAKE BERNSTEIN, ProPublica, on Treating Cancer 
STEPHEN KIMBER on The Cuban Five 

EXPERT WITNESS 

TZEPORAH BERMAN on The Pointy End of Activism
BRAD ALLENBY on Smart Thinking about Geo-engineering
ANDREW MACK on Global Violence

ARTS

DINAH BIRCH, Judging the Man Booker Prize
JEFF GERTH, on Hillary Clinton and Iraq

CHARLES MANDEL, on the Republic of Doyle
BRIAN BRENNAN on Larry Kramer’s Normal Heart
Norway’s Void, a Memory Wound in images

ENERGY – An ongoing series

On the Energy that Runs the world

FRONTLINES BLOGS

Jon Stewart, Israel, and Freedom of Expression;
Online tracking: Canvas Fingerprinting;
Adding Climate to Environmental Assessments;
Man BookersSummer Festivals; Quidditch
How to Stop Being Tracked Online

Bombast: the Hobby Lobby Ruling; 
Hope and warning in bipartisan climate/economy reports;
British AccentsDetoxifying Comments; How Facebook
Follows You; Creepy Online Tracking; Assisted Suicide

 

Aus-USVANCOUVER, Canada — Team USA rode their brooms to beat Australia for the gold in the final match of the Quidditch Global Games July 19 in Burnaby, a suburb of this Western Canadian city. Quidditch, a game invented by author J.K. Rowling in her Harry Potter series of books and films, requires players to hold broomsticks between their legs. Matches are played with three types of balls all at once: one golden snitch, three bludgers and one quaffle. As well as the United States (1st) and Australia (2nd), the games involved Canada (bronze), the United Kingdom (4th), Mexico (5th), France (6th) and Belgium (7th). No wizards revealed their presence, although one child was dressed in a black robe that would not have been out of place at Hogwarts.The Global Games were one of several international Quidditch events held this year.  Quidditch has grown in popularity worldwide, starting mostly on university campuses and recently evolving into an internationally organized sport. Photo by Deborah Jones © 2014

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