When Ma Yi, 36, a senior manager from Shanghai, landed at Los Angeles International Airport on June 5, she had her own version of the American dream. She was entering her eighth month of pregnancy and intended to give birth to an American baby. http://sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/08/25/closer-scrutiny-as-chinese-seek-to-give-birth-in-the-united-states/?smid=tw-nytimesworld&smtyp=cur She told an immigration officer of her plan, she recalled […]

New site Eter9 promises digital immortality using a kind of artificial intelligence to scan your posts. http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/articles/34015307 It will then continue posting online for you after death. Yes, it’s the creepiest thing we’ve learned today too. If your social activity consists of posts about Taylor Swift and complaints to train companies, it means you can […]

Hungary called on Tuesday for more money from the European Union to handle a rising tide of migrants crossing the Balkans, as a new wave hit its southern border and further exposed the cracks in EU policy toward the worst refugee crisis since World War Two. http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/25/us-europe-migrants-idUSKCN0QU1BC20150825?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=twitter More than 100,000 migrants, many of them refugees […]

Kenneth Rogoff has long warned of a potential financial crisis in China. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/25/business/dealbook/a-warning-on-china-seems-prescient.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur Mr. Rogoff, a professor of economics at Harvard University, accurately predicted the eurozone debt crisis and for years has been telling anyone who would listen that China posed the next big threat to the global economy. He is starting to look right, […]

Documents obtained by The Intercept confirm that undercover police officers attended numerous Black Lives Matter protests in New York City between December 2014 and February 2015. https://firstlook.org/theintercept/ The documents also show that police in New York have monitored activists, tracking their movements and keeping individual photos of them on file. The nearly 300 documents, released […]

Who received more cash from Yale’s endowment last year: Yale students, or the private equity fund managers hired to invest the university’s money? http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/19/opinion/stop-universities-from-hoarding-money.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0 It’s not even close. Last year, Yale paid about $480 million to private equity fund managers as compensation — about $137 million in annual management fees, and another $343 million in […]

Democracy Now! video transcript: As documents from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden expose how AT&T aided the NSA’s vast spying operations, we speak to former AT&T technician Mark Klein, who worked at the company for 22 years. In 2006, he blew the whistle on AT&T’s cooperation with the National Security Agency by leaking internal documents that […]

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