Amazon’s This Giant Beast That Is the Global Economy Takes Liberal-Bro Humor on a World Tour

Judy Berman Adam McKay was not supposed to be a political commentator. He rose to fame writing and directing so-dumb-they’re-smart Will Ferrell vehicles like Anchorman and Step Brothers—absurdist comedies built for frat-house immortality. But as the Obama era wound down and the consequences of the late-2000s Wall Street crash came into focus, movies about fictional idiots started to feel frivolous to McKay. He reinvented himself with 2015’s The Big Short, a Best Adapted Screenplay winner that uses black humor to explain the subprime crisis in bro-friendly terms; in one scene, Margot Robbie defines finance jargon from a bubble bath. His … Continue reading Amazon’s This Giant Beast That Is the Global Economy Takes Liberal-Bro Humor on a World Tour

‘A Harbinger of Things to Come’: Farmers in Australia Struggle With Its Hottest Drought Ever

Time When the wind blows, Krystal Bullen’s home can vanish in an instant. It sits on 4,000 acres of dust outside Pilliga, a New South Wales town nearly 300 miles northwest of Sydney, and a good gust will engulf her homestead in a brown haze. Click here to read TIME’s full cover story. Continue reading ‘A Harbinger of Things to Come’: Farmers in Australia Struggle With Its Hottest Drought Ever

How an Author Accidentally Solved an Infamous Murder Case While Writing a Book About It

Melissa Chan After four years researching one of the most notorious killings in Northern Ireland’s history, the New Yorker staff writer made a shocking discovery that may have actually solved the crime. His new book, Say Nothing, claims to unmask the person who fatally shot Jean McConville, a widowed mother of 10, in 1972 during the sectarian conflict known as the Troubles. Why did this case intrigue you? The idea that you could look at this one act, this one murder, and at the way in which it tied together a handful of desperate characters who were both victims and … Continue reading How an Author Accidentally Solved an Infamous Murder Case While Writing a Book About It

Stonehenge’s Rocks Have Been Traced to 2 Quarries 180 Miles Away

Hillary Leung A team of archaeologists may have unveiled one of the mysteries about Stonhenge, the iconic circular monument in southwest England. Rocks called bluestones that form an inner horseshoe and outer ring were traced to two precise quarries in west Wales, around 180 miles away from the towering stone circle. According to findings revealed this week in Antiquity, an archaeology journal, the team excavated quarries named Carn Goedog and Craig Rhos-y-felin in the Welsh hills and found evidence that bluestones were extracted around 3000 B.C., the same period as the initial stage of construction of Stonehenge. Past studies have … Continue reading Stonehenge’s Rocks Have Been Traced to 2 Quarries 180 Miles Away

‘The Holy People of God Are Watching.’ Pope Francis Warns Bishops to Act Now at Vatican Sex Abuse Summit

Nicole Winfield / AP (VATICAN CITY) — Pope Francis warned bishops and religious superiors summoned Thursday to a landmark sex abuse prevention summit that the Catholic faithful are demanding more than just condemnation of the crimes but concrete action to respond to the scandal. Francis opened the four-day summit by telling the Catholic hierarchy that their own responsibility to deal effectively with the crimes of priests who rape and molest children weighed on the proceedings. He told the 190 leaders of bishops conferences and religious orders to “listen to the cry of the young who want justice” and seize the … Continue reading ‘The Holy People of God Are Watching.’ Pope Francis Warns Bishops to Act Now at Vatican Sex Abuse Summit

Taiwan Proposes Asia’s First Same-Sex Marriage Law

Casey Quackenbush Taiwan presented Asia’s first same-sex marriage bill on Thursday, draft legislation that would grant similar legal protections to same-sex couples as heterosexual ones, Reuters reports. The bill is a first for Asia, a region not generally known for upholding LGBT rights. Last year, Taiwan’s voters opposed marriage equality in a host of referendums, opting to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Voters supported drafting a special law for same-sex partnerships, which activists cited as discriminatory, according to Reuters. The new bill has also been met with criticism from conservative groups that oppose same-sex … Continue reading Taiwan Proposes Asia’s First Same-Sex Marriage Law

Netanyahu’s Primary Centrist Challengers Have United Ahead of Israel’s April Elections

Aron Heller / AP (JERUSALEM) — Israel’s primary centrist challengers to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Thursday they were joining forces ahead of April elections — a dramatic move that shook up the country’s political system and created the first credible alternative to Netanyahu’s decade-long rule. Retired military chief Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid, head of the Yesh Atid party, said they would present a joint list for the upcoming vote that “will constitute the new Israeli ruling party.” In a joint statement, the two said they were “motivated by national responsibility.” “The new ruling party will bring forth a … Continue reading Netanyahu’s Primary Centrist Challengers Have United Ahead of Israel’s April Elections