[Letter from Washington] A Special Relationship, by Andrew Cockburn

[Letter from Washington] A Special Relationship, by Andrew Cockburn

One morning early in 1988, Ed McWilliams, a foreign-service officer posted to the American Embassy in Kabul, heard the thump of a massive explosion from somewhere on the other side of the city. It was more than eight years after the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, and the embassy was a tiny enclave with only a handful of diplomats. McWilliams, a former Army intelligence operative, had made it his business to venture as much as possible into…

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How mapmakers are helping driverless cars stay on track

How mapmakers are helping driverless cars stay on track

HERE, a California-based company that creates detailed digital maps, is working to help self-driving cars navigate roads even in extreme conditions when lane markings aren't visible. "[A] snowstorm may be the extreme case for most autonomous cars," says HERE's John Ristevski. "But you've still got to have a solution for a suddenly featureless road."

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The Paranoid Style of American Policing

The Paranoid Style of American Policing

When I was around 10 years old, my father confronted a young man who was said to be “crazy.” The young man was always too quick to want to fight. A foul in a game of 21 was an insult to his honor. A cross word was cause for a duel, and you never knew what that cross word might be. One day, the young man got into it with one of my older brother’s friends. The young man pulled a metal stake out of the ground (there was some work being done nearby) and began…

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