Good for Gawker. They started out trying to give crack dealers two hundred grand. They ended up helping addicts and contributing to the social cohesion of Toronto, Canada’s largest city. The website announced Thursday that it had selected charities to receive the proceeds from its Crackstarter crowd-funding campaign to raise money to buy a video purportedly showing Toronto mayor Rob Ford smoking crack. That campaign foundered when the would-be video-mongers stopped returning Gawker’s middleman’s calls, and the video has never appeared publicly. The Crackstarter was deemed controversial because it broke a rule of American journalism that you shouldn’t pay sources (it corrupts them and you)Read More →

Surfacing “Coming to Howard for the first time was seeing the beauty of blackness,” one alumnus said. Written by Bianca Ladipo Photographs by Andre Wagner “Have you ever seen anything like this?” Ashley Maltbia-Burgess, a 2010 graduate of Howard University, asked. She was standing with a group of fellow alums and her wife, Ashlee, looking out onto the crowded campus lawn. “I always told my wife, you have to come here to believe this, to feel this energy.” At Howard University in Washington, homecoming encompasses more than collegiate nostalgia; it’s a celebration of black culture, a music and arts festival, a history lesson, a communityRead More →

Nearly one-eighth of the world’s population suffers from chronic hunger. By 2050, the world’s population is projected to increase to more than 9 billion, requiring at least a 60% increase in agricultural production. In order to meet these challenges efficiently and effectively, the US Agency for International Development — as part of the feed the future initiative — is expanding its engagement with the university community, tapping into scientific expertise and innovation that are crucial to advancing global food security. Through the feed the future innovation labs, which build on USAid’s long history of working with US universities through the collaborative research support programmes, weRead More →

An Egyptian flight school student who was arrested in Los Angles over a Facebook post in which he mused about killing Donald Trump agreed on Friday to leave the US of his own accord. Emadeldin El-Sayed, 23, who had been a student at the Universal Air Academy in LA, and was facing possible deportation, appeared in an immigration court in the city on Friday shackled and wearing a yellow jail jumpsuit. According to the Associated Press, immigration authorities agreed to let Sayed return to Egypt voluntarily instead of deporting him, as long as he departs the US by 5 July. Sayed has not been chargedRead More →

The rightwing writer and internet troll Milo Yiannopoulos has apologised for mismanaging a “privilege grant” college scholarship fund for white men. Yiannopoulos admitted on Friday he had missed a deadline to turn donations into bursaries but denied speculation he had spent the cash. “This is very overdue, and I do apologise for this very sincerely. We did pass our deadline I’m sorry to say … as a result of over-eagerness and just being completely overwhelmed by the volume of interest in it and the various things on my plate,” he said in an audio show posted on YouTube. He blamed a busy schedule. “This isRead More →

Once widely maligned for leaking state secrets, Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, continues to win favor with the US right over the release of hacked emails from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. On Friday night, the Fox News personality Sean Hannity and David Duke, a US Senate candidate in Louisiana and former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard, became the latest to offer their support. In response to a tweet from the Nebraska Republican senator Ben Sasse that was critical of the Clinton leaks, Hannity praised Assange and WikiLeaks for having “done the USA a great service” by exposing “government corruption” and cybersecurity weakness. Sean HannityRead More →

If you had “National Parks subtweet the new president” on your 2017 bingo card, today’s your lucky day. After the US National Parks Service was temporarily banned for retweeting images comparing Trump and Obama’s inaugurations, the official Twitter account of the appropriately named Badlands National Park, based in South Dakota, appeared to go rogue by posting a series of now-deleted tweets on climate change. Badlands National Park’s now-deleted tweets on climate change Photograph: Twitter The tweets were eventually deleted, and, while the official accounts may not be saying much right now, some “alternative” accounts have been set up. One, @BadHombreNPS tweeted: “Hey, friends. Here toRead More →

Several high-profile opinion writers and activists have vocally distanced themselves from today’s protest because of the alleged involvement of the Socialist Workers party (SWP), who they are critical of due to the handling of a rape allegation dating back to 2008. They include Owen Jones, who organised last Monday’s Downing Street protest and co-founded the Stop Trump Coalition. He said: “I’m not taking part in tomorrow’s Trump demo because of the leading role of the SWP in it, a cult which covered up rape.” Stop Trump (@UKStopTrump) Too often activist spaces aren’t a safe space for women. We’re committed to a zero tolerance approach toRead More →

Dear Spokane, Washington. The Guardian owes you an apology. On Tuesday, in anticipation of March Madness, we at Guardian US published a piece by Cody Delistraty, a writer and journalist who grew up in Spokane and is gunning for the Gonzaga Bulldogs in this year’s tournament. (Go Zags!) Cody’s essay was intended to reflect on the success of Gonzaga’s basketball team in their post-industrial surroundings, drawing on his own experience in the place he calls home. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite hit the right note, and it caused a storm among Spokanites. “The Guardian misses with flawed Spokane story,” wrote Poynter. “Hashtag trolls writer who portrayedRead More →

Is the cryptocurrency bitcoin the biggest bubble in the world today, or a great investment bet on the cutting edge of new-age financial technology? My best guess is that in the long run, the technology will thrive, but that the price of bitcoin will collapse. If you haven’t been following the bitcoin story, its price is up 600% over the past 12 months, and 1,600% in the past 24 months. At over $4,200 (as of 5 October), a single unit of the virtual currency is now worth more than three times an ounce of gold. Some bitcoin evangelists see it going far higher in theRead More →