Yes, we’re drowning in plastic, but let’s look at some scraps of good news

By Kelly Clarke & Nivriti Butalia

In April, a piece of news made an optimist out of anyone even a wee bit environmentally conscious: an enzyme had been born, which could munch on plastic, and was being cautiously hailed as the solution to the world’s plastic pollution mess.

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The simple, stylish art of watchmaking in Japan

By Allan Jacob

In Japan, time is not just of the essence, it’s been given the exalted status of an art where possibilities are infinite. There’s a creative process in its construction. I get the feeling that it watches (pun intended) over me, never tarrying, as I lumber along after a day out in the sprawling megalopolis that is Tokyo.

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How a song portrays the divided states of America

By Keith Pereña

Just last week, three shootings occurred in the United States. Even before the latest atrocities, I had begun to wonder why America — the country I was told was a land of progress and peace — had turned into the Wild West. Growing up in one of the many countries that the US governed back in time, Filipino culture always put America up on a pedestal. Yet there it was, another dot in their population deciding to shoot down other dots.

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Is it outrageous for a 30-year-old “kid” to live with his folks?

By Sushmita Bose

Last week, a 30-year-old man in Camillus, New York, was taken to court by his parents for overstaying his welcome at home. This man (who has a 5-year-old son, who — obviously — he doesn’t have custody of) had been living rent-free for the past eight years (and refusing to get a job). The judge ruled for his immediate “eviction” (from the relieved parents’ house), and added that the 30-year-old’s behaviour was “outrageous”.

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Media sting: Lying for the sake of truth

By Anamika Chatterjee

Journalism often reveals inconvenient truths. Recently, an elaborate sting operation in India caught on tape managers and owners of some of the country’s leading media houses willing to endorse an ideology in the garb of news ahead of the 2019 general elections. This is how the sting operation played out: in the guise of Acharya Atal, reporter Pushp Sharma reached out to media houses with a proposition to run content that endorsed Hindutva in exchange for several crores of revenue promised through advertising. The sting operation showed key officials, media managers and owners in elaborate exchanges, planning how the endorsement will be carried out in phases.

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