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Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World Order, Earth and Beyond, 21st Century Living, Going Mental, Extreme Biology, Power and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

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Blackwater Shame

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over 4 years ago

Two defense contractors, working for a subsidiary of Blackwater Worldwide, have been charged with shooting and killing two Afghan citizens in Kabul and wounding a third, prosecutors said on Thursday. “Justin Cannon, 27, and Christopher Drotleff, 29, were indicted by a federal grand jury in Norfolk ...

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World HIV Cup

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“Advocates for sex workers in South Africa have warned that this summer's World Cup could be a public health disaster. With up to half a million football fans expected to visit South Africa for the World Cup, and up to half of South Africa's prostitutes carrying the HIV virus, there have been calls ...

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Child Soldiers

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More than 200 former child soldiers have been sent home from Nepal after being disqualified for being recruited after the ceasefire code of conduct was signed in May 2006. “The first batch of 201 former child soldiers, 155 minors and 46 who were recruited after the cut-off date, left the Unified ...

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“Eco-Fascism”

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“As you freeze your butt off in a winter whose severity the politicised weather forecasters of the Met Office utterly failed to predict, and as you wonder how you can afford gas and electricity bills which have been grotesquely inflated by taxes and legislation designed to ‘combat global warming ...

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Thumbs Down

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over 4 years ago

The New Jersey Senate yesterday rejected a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the state with a 20/40 vote against the motion striking a serious blow for gay rights advocates. “After an hour and 40 minutes of heartfelt speeches, just 14 senators voted in favor of the bill, with 20 opposed. Twenty ...

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Christian Clash

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Thousands of enraged Egyptian Christians clashed with police in the city of Nag Hammadi yesterday after a drive-by shooting the previous night killed six Christians and wounded nine. “The attackers, who are still at large, had opened fire on several groups of Christians gathered to celebrate Coptic ...

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“Systemic Problem”

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Sexual abuse of detainees at juvenile prisons is a “systemic problem” according to a federal report which found that 3 out of 25 young prisoners are abused by their “carers”. “The study, which is the first of its kind, brings attention to the need for more training and accountability for staff ...

Brave Green World

Top 10 Green Building Trends For 2010

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over 4 years ago

Losing sleep over the bleak future of real estate? You might do well to look into hooking your home (new or old) up to use geothermal energy. Experts are saying that actually, while the rest of the market spiraled down the toilet last year, sustainable and energy efficient building did relatively ...

Waq al-Waq

To be anonymous

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I have often wondered what I would say if I could say something without my name being attached to my comments, I'm still not sure. But I would certainly request anonymity if I said this: "The similarity between Yemen and Somalia is that they are tribal societies, they have conservative social ...