Will Tsvangirai Bring Civil Society to Zimbabwe?

Under the new two-way power-sharing agreement, Zimbabweans are enthused with a new hope that civil society may take hold in a country Foreign Policy ranked in the top three of the world's most failed states.

Once the bread basket of Africa, Zimbabwe has seen its economic prospects evaporate under three decades of strong-man rule under Robert Mugabe. Hyperinflation has driven made even basic items out of reach of most people. A recent cholera update was said to wipe out thousands though the official toll was not disclosed from on high. Zimbabwe's new co-chief, Morgan Tsvangirai, was the long-time president of the Movement for Democratic change and promises to bring sweeping improvements to the country. Do big thinkers think Mr. Tsvangirai is up to the task?

China’s artificial sun reaches fusion temperature: 100 million degrees

In a breakthrough for nuclear fusion research, scientists at China's Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) reactor have produced temperatures necessary for nuclear fusion on Earth.

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  • The EAST reactor was able to heat hydrogen to temperatures exceeding 100 million degrees Celsius.
  • Nuclear fusion could someday provide the planet with a virtually limitless supply of clean energy.
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Project 100,000: The Vietnam War's cruel and deadly experiment

Military recruits are supposed to be assessed to see whether they're fit for service. What happens when they're not?

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  • During the Vietnam War, Robert McNamara began a program called Project 100,000.
  • The program brought over 300,000 men to Vietnam who failed to meet minimum criteria for military service, both physically and mentally.
  • Project 100,000 recruits were killed in disproportionate numbers and fared worse after their military service than their civilian peers, making the program one of the biggest—and possibly cruelest—mistakes of the Vietnam War.
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Here's how diverse the 116th Congress is set to become

The 116th Congress is set to break records in term of diversity among its lawmakers, though those changes are coming almost entirely from Democrats.

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  • Women and nonwhite candidates made record gains in the 2018 midterms.
  • In total, almost half of the newly elected Congressional representatives are not white men.
  • Those changes come almost entirely from Democrats; Republican members-elect are all white men except for one woman.
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