27 April 2015 – Nepal Earthquake, Germany and the NSA and more

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Nepal Earthquake: People Around the World Scramble Online to Find Loved Ones
[Global Voices]
In the midst of this crisis, people are using tools like Google Person Finder and Facebook Safety Check to find loved ones. Google Person Finder launched in 2010 in response to the earthquake in Haiti and helps people find each other in the aftermath of a disaster, by downloading or uploading data from the site.

Spying Close to Home: German Intelligence Under Fire for NSA Cooperation
US intelligence spent years spying on European targets from a secretive base. Now, it seems that German intelligence was aware ofthe espionage — and did nothing to stop it.

Ramadi Civilians Fleeing IS ‘Charged Hundreds Of Dollars To Enter Baghdad’
[Under The Black Flag]
Displaced persons fleeing from Islamic State (IS) militants in the Iraqi city of Ramadi were reportedly made to pay hundreds of dollars to take their families across the Euphrates River and enter Baghdad.

The Case That Blew the Lid Off the World Bank’s Secret Courts
[Foreign Policy in Focus]
How Bolivian protesters and global activists exposed the dark side of global trade pacts and paved the way for the battles to come.

How the language you speak changes your view of the world
[The Conversation]
Bilinguals get all the perks. Better job prospects, a cognitive boost and even protection against dementia. Now new research shows that they can also view the world in different ways depending on the specific language they are operating in.

Robert Frank’s Unconventional Show at Germany’s Museum Folkwang
“Cheap, quick, and dirty, that’s how I like it,” Robert Frank is said to have replied when he first heard about the plans for his exhibition at Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany titled “Robert Frank, Books and Films, 1947-2014.”


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