October 3, 2018

Understanding China’s Race-Based Espionage

A discussion with John Jordan, former senior Navy intelligence officer The Chinese Communist Party heavily focuses on race in its espionage recruitment. That’s so that when issues arise with prosecuting Chinese spies, the “race card” can be played, triggering sensitivity about discrimination, according to a former senior U.S. Navy intelligence officer. The CCP uses two

Ten Photos That Changed How We See Human Rights

Nearly 70 years ago, in December 1948, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. At this time, the UN’s cultural arm, UNESCO, sought to harness the “universal language” of photography to communicate the new system of human rights globally, across barriers of race and language. UNESCO curated the ground-breaking “Human Rights Exhibition” in


Mindfulness Meditation: Ten Minutes a Day Improves Cognitive Function

Practicing mindfulness meditation for ten minutes a day improves concentration and the ability to keep information active in one’s mind, a function known as “working memory.” The brain achieves this by becoming more efficient, literally requiring fewer brain resources to do these tasks. Many big claims have been made about the effects of meditation, but

An employee monitors a circular weaving machine at a textile factory in Shangqiu City, Henan Province, China, on Sept. 8, 2018. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

China’s Private Sector: Anxiety to Panic in Seven Months, Economist Says

“China’s non-state-owned firms are facing their most difficult situation in the past 40 years,” says Chen Shouhong, an economist in Hong Kong and China. With recent reports of the Chinese regime increasing state interference in the private sector—from state officials to widely circulated essays hinting at more central planning—Chinese leader Xi Jinping sought to reassure private businesses

Not amused? Vladimir Putin. Shutterstock

Russia: New Research Shows Even Authoritarian Regimes Struggle To Pass Laws

When we think of parliaments in non-democratic states, we often think of a room full of raised hands. This compelling image of unanimity conveys a simple idea: that these assemblies are stuffed with loyal servants of the ruling elite. Rather than scrutinise, challenge, amend, and block initiatives from the government, they provide guaranteed support. Rather


The Age You Feel Matters More to Your Health Than Your Actual Age

Your subjective age—meaning the age you feel in your spirit and in your bones—is the magic number. In fact, a growing body of research suggests your subjective age may be a better predictor of your physical health, well-being, vitality, and even life expectancy. Feeling younger than you are might: Keep you open to new experiences; Maintain or


How Facebook Friends Hurt Our Feelings and Our Thinking

A new study takes a critical look not just at Facebook and other similar platforms, but at the peculiarities of the systems on which they operate. The short-term effects of social exclusion posts create negative emotions in people who read them, and may affect thought processes in ways that make users more susceptible to advertising

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