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Article Name:In to Asia
Author Name:Christopher Bae 
Category:Human Evolution

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This informative article deals with the topic of ancient humans that resided in Asia . The author starts with how Modern humans arose only once, in Africa . They then spread across Eurasia some time after years ago, replacing whatever indigenous populations they met with no interbreeding. This is the ‘Out of Africa’ model.

Many new hominin fossils found over the past decade, particularly in China, are now tentatively dated as older than 60,000 years, calling into question the idea that modern humans migrated out of africa only 60,000 years ago . And he further gives the examples of the same and tries to unravel the mystery of ancient men in Asia through the new available findings.The author then details about the facts from the recent findings and concludes that still there is a tremendous amount of research that needs to be done in Asian paleoanthropology.

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Paleoanthropology: the branch of anthropology concerned with fossil hominids.
Cascading: arrange (a number of devices or objects) in a series or sequence.
Indigenous: originating or occurring naturally in a particular place; native.
Desiccated: remove the moisture from (something), typically in order to preserve it.
Morphology: the study of the forms of things, in particular.

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Article Name:Democracy’s immune system is in trouble. Here’s what we can do
Author Name: Craig Newmark 
Source:CNN World

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This article sheds light on the challenges faced by the media and the urgent requirement of media to be strong and trustworthy. The writer takes us through the history when media was used to manipulate and influence political outcomes. He highlights how the digital technology has met with a similar fate only larger in magnitude. The writer proposes a solution to this grave problem by suggesting to create a more formalized journalistic code of ethics for the digital age. To reinforce these standards and to counter media manipulation it is important that social media platforms take the matters in their hands. A few of them have done so by committing to using ‘Trust Indicators’ and involving with News Integrity Initiative at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Though the undertaking is complex, there is potential to give media literacy to both news organizations and consumers.

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Vigorous: strong, healthy, and full of energy.
Ethics : moral principles that govern a person’s behaviour or the conducting of an activity.
Foster: encourage the development of (something, especially something desirable).
Defamation: the action of damaging the good reputation of someone; slander or libel.

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Article Name:Hungary’s war on democracy is a war on democracy everywhere
Author Name:Owen Jones
Source:The Guardian
Category: Politics

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The article focuses on the threat of democracy dying in Hungary and how this menace is spreading everywhere in the world. The authoritarian Fidesz party and its leader Viktor Orbán play a major role in deriving contempt for democracy with xenophobia and crude antisemitic tropes in Hungary. George Soros, a supporter of democratic ideals and pro- governance, is thwarted by Orbán in his attempts to create foreign-funded NGO’s. Orbán’s state-sanctioned antisemitic tropes are being accepted by most part of the country. These views are spreading in other states too where in the name of democracy, the actual substance of democracy is being hollowed out. To avail a favourable Brexit deal, many governments are cosying up to Orbán’s autocratic regime. The authoritarian populists thus are emboldened everywhere to assault democracy and civil liberties.

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Crude: (of an action) showing little finesse or subtlety and as a result unlikely to succeed.
Antisemitic : hostile to or prejudiced against Jews.
Tropes: a figurative or metaphorical use of a word or expression.
Caricatured: a picture, description, or imitation of a person in which certain striking characteristics are exaggerated in order to create a comic or grotesque effect.
Adorns: make more beautiful or attractive.

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