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Thu,30Jun2016

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The making of the Orlando massacre

Omar Candelario, left, Luis Angel Candelario, right, say their last farewell to their brother Angel Candelario Padro, a 28-year-old nurse and National Guard member, as they embrace with their uncle Efrain Padro, center, at the Guanica municipal cemetery in Puerto Rico, Saturday, June 18, 2016. Photo©Carlos Giusti AP/SIPAIn the early hours of Sunday, June 12, 2016, the world woke up to the gruesome news of the worst mass shooting in US history. A lone gunman walked into a gay nightclub in Orlando killing 49 people and injuring 53 more. He himself was shot and killed by a rescue SWAT team.

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A good coat, because winters are cold

Plastic waste rushed down KwaZulu-Natal's rivers and out to sea. When Citigroup talked of the 100 trillion in stranded fossil fuel assets that they feared from a "successful" Paris negotiation in August 2015, the poor were busy adapting to fossil fuels, their by-products, and climate change with a mountain of stranded plastic.

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Fearmongers in the frame

A menacingly authoritarian triumvirate think that it's their turn. Canny, malign and experts in the politics of fear, the US's Donald Trump, France's Marine Le Pen and Russia's Vladimir Putin believe history is on their side.

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Empiricism: The first step towards imperialism

Hilary Whitehall PutnamOn March 13th this year, the world lost a renowned and influential philosopher called Hilary Whitehall Putnam.

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Nigeria's Lagos, towards a new Manhattan

The plan to create a “new city” (Eko Atlantic) at the edge of Lagos is probably one of the most audaciousLagos, Nigeria's populous megacity, is transforming from the chaos of traffic congestion, rickety buses and pickpockets. Massive infrastructural development and efficient social services are changing the city's image.

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Change in Lagos – mainly for the better

In 1965 cyclists shared the pavement with pedestrians and motorists stuck to their traffic lane. Photo©Mondadori Portfolio via Getty ImagesTwo decades ago, Lagos was a byword for urban neglect – not only the longstanding, big-picture brand of neglect that starves a city of roads, bridges and housing in the face of an exploding population but also the everyday, granular form that overwhelms it with undisturbed garbage and human roadkill.

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