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Are India and Pakistan a bigger threat than North Korea?

Are India and Pakistan a bigger threat than North Korea?

North Korea is dominating media coverage and capturing the attention of world leaders, but the greatest threat of a nuclear war may actually be on the other side of Asia. It's on the Indian-Pakistan border, according to Matthew Bunn, an expert in nuclear weapons and terrorism at Harvard University.

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The challenges of a 'disrupted' news industry

The challenges of a 'disrupted' news industry

“Bad story selection – or in not so-PC terms – dumb, lazy noise.” That’s how Peter Hamby, the head of news at Snapchat, summed up the biggest threat to the media industry at a panel discussion at the Texas Tribune festival on September 23.

“The homogeneity of news is a real problem. There’s a lack of bravery around telling new stories,” he added.

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How dangerous is a nuclear-armed North Korea?

How dangerous is a nuclear-armed North Korea?

North Korea’s most recent nuclear missile test on Sept. 3 – equivalent to a 6.3 magnitude earthquake – and the U.S. Government’s ramped-up rhetoric –  exemplified by President Donald Trump promising “fire and fury” and U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis portending  a “massive military response” to further threats – have raised fears that the crisis could escalate to a nuclear war.

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Is a journalism museum worth fighting for?

Is a journalism museum worth fighting for?

 

A museum dedicated to the freedom of expression – one of five freedoms enshrined in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution –  called the Newseum, in Washington, D.C., is undergoing a “strategic review” and may have to close due to financial difficulties, it was revealed last week.

The announcement, which coincided with the resignation of the museum’s president and CEO, received a mixed reception from the local media industry.

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An unexpected reminder of America’s divisions

An unexpected reminder of America’s divisions

A giant bright blue rooster and an enormous spoon holding up a crimson cherry are drawing crowds to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden this summer.

Bigness is pervasive in the United States, and it seems sculptures are no different.

However, it’s a barely noticeable nearby empty space - where another sculpture was briefly erected, and then removed earlier this year - that arguably says more about America.

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The ‘danger’ of Trump’s fake news rhetoric

The ‘danger’ of Trump’s fake news rhetoric

The U.S. media has become used to being derided as “fake news” by Donald Trump on Twitter. This week was no different, with the president blasting the “fake news media” and “truly bad people” in the wake of the killing of a protester at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, while he celebrated the return of his former chief strategist Steve Bannon to Breitbart: “Fake news needs the competition!”

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