From Open Democracy, the concept of genocide has become a weapon of political polemic, but the violence inflicted on civilians in four conflicts shows how it is also rooted in the logic of modern wars, says Martin Shaw; and in the current crisis the strongest regions economically are being hardest hit; Putin's policy of centralizing government is also being called into question by widespread demonstrations in the Far East. Wagging the "fat tail" of climate catastrophe: How much should we pay to avoid the tiny risk of total destruction? Why the press should declare itself a religion. Yellow Journalism: There's nothing kitschy about the taste of good mustard. Why did Stauffenberg plant the bomb? Whatever his motives for killing Hitler, Stauffenberg was no role model for future generations. The Internet is made of kittens: How the lowly cat, shunned by Hollywood, became an online star; and an ode to loud, stinky, filthy canines and the pathologically needy people who love them. Core Principles: How science can help form a theory of design. Crisis on the color line: After 100 years of "pleading our own cause", is the NAACP equal to the task ahead? A review of Classified: The Secret History of the Personal Column by HG Cocks. It is worth remembering that bipartisan coalitions are not inherently good and that some have pushed Congress in the wrong direction. 

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