Monthly Archives: December 2016

For Millions of Immigrants, a Common Language: WhatsApp – The New York Times

“When Facebook bought WhatsApp for more than $19 billion in 2014, Jan Koum, a founder of the messaging company, arranged to sign a part of the deal outside the suburban social services center where he had once waited in line … Continue reading

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Muted U.S. Response to China’s Seizure of Drone Worries Asian Allies – The New York Times

BEIJING — Only a day before a small Chinese boat sidled up to a United States Navy research vessel in waters off the Philippines and audaciously seized an underwater drone from American sailors, the commander of United States military operations … Continue reading

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Heat, Hunger and War Force Africans Onto a ‘Road on Fire’ – The New York Times

“AGADEZ, Niger — The world dismisses them as economic migrants. The law treats them as criminals who show up at a nation’s borders uninvited. Prayers alone protect them on the journey across the merciless Sahara.But peel back the layers of … Continue reading

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What Is a Hybrid Publisher? | Jane Friedman

“Over the last year, I’ve received more questions than ever—usually from journalists—asking me to explain “hybrid publishing. ”This is a confusing term to discuss, because you will hear different definitions or descriptions of hybrid publishing depending on who you ask … Continue reading

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The Copy Editing and Proofreading Checklist All Writers Need | WritersDigest.com

Here are 26 important items you should check when copy editing and proofreading your manuscript. Source: The Copy Editing and Proofreading Checklist All Writers Need | WritersDigest.com

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5 WordPress Themes for Professional Authors | Jane Friedman

5 WordPress Themes for Professional Authors Posted on December 13, 2016 by Nate Hoffelder | 9 Comments Today’s guest post is by Nate Hoffelder of The Digital Reader (@thDigitalReader). When it comes to websites, one of the first decisions you … Continue reading

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Under Rex Tillerson, Exxon Mobil Forged Its Own Path Abroad – The New York Times

“BEIRUT, Lebanon — Struggling to keep Iraq from splintering, American diplomats pushed for a law in 2011 to share the country’s oil wealth among its fractious regions. Then Exxon Mobil showed up.Under its chief executive, Rex W. Tillerson, the giant … Continue reading

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STRENGTH IN WHAT REMAINS – by Tracy Kidder – A First Pages Book Choice at Northeastern University

Originally posted on Inconvenient News .Wordpress.com:
I have just finished listening to Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder, and read aloud by the author. What a magnificent story about the survival and rise of a young medical student…

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How the short story that inspired Arrival helps us interpret the film’s major twist – by Nick Statt – The Verge

“This post contains major plot spoilers about Arrival. “In one of the final scenes of Arrival, the new first-contact science fiction film with a focus on linguistics, Dr. Louise Banks (Amy Adams) explains why she got divorced. “He said I … Continue reading

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Through climate change denial we’re ceding global leadership to China – LA Times

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“China is betting that clean energy and green technology will be what powers the global economy of the 21st century. “During the Marrakech talks, the official Xinhua News agency stated, “China is playing…

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