[VIDEO] ‘Sex, Drugs, & Robots’: Reason’s Katherine Mangu-Ward on the Future of the Magazine

Reason‘s new editor in chief Katherine Mangu-Ward sat down with former Reason editor and author Virginia Postrel (now a columnist at Bloomberg View) at Reason’s Los Angeles headquarters to talk about the future of the magazine as it nears its 50th anniversary.

Nick Gillespie—and to some extent Matt Welch—their version of Reason was sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll. Mine is more like sex, drugs, and robots,” says Mangu-Ward.

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You may know Mangu-Ward’s work already as Reason’s managing editor or from her insightful cover stories covering everything from defending plastic bags to why your vote doesn’t count.

Approximately 48 minutes.

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BREAKING: Blast Hits Restaurant Near Mosque as Violence Erupts in Eastern France

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PARIS, January 8 (Sputnik) – An explosion took place at a kebab restaurant near a mosque in Villefranche-sur-Saone, eastern France, 20 Minutes newspaper reported Thursday, citing a police source.

According to the newspaper, the blast blew out the window of a neighboring restaurant. No injuries have been reported. The area is currently cordoned off by the police and the explosion is being investigated.

“I’m afraid that this is connected with the dramatic event which happened this Wednesday.”

Bernard Perrut, the mayor of the city, told Le Progres newspaper.

On Wednesday, three men attacked the office of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, killing 12 people and injuring 11 others….(read more)

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An explosion has hit a restaurant near a mosque in the eastern French town of Villefranche-sur-Saone, but no casualties have been reported.

A local official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, described the Thursday blast as “a criminal act.”

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BREAKING: U.S. Counterterrorism Officials: Paris Attack Suspect Dead, Two in Custody

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One of the suspects in the Paris attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine has been killed and the two others are in custody, two senior U.S. counterterrorism officials told NBC News on Wednesday.

Authorities earlier had identified the three men as Said Kouachi and Cherif Kouachi, both French and in their early 30s, and Hamyd Mourad, 18, whose nationality wasn’t immediately clear.

“They want to scare French citizens and prohibit any criticism of religion, so here we are to remind them that religion can be freely criticized.”

— Sasha Reingewirtz, 28, president of the Jewish Students Union

One of the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to publicly discuss the investigation, told The Associated Press that the men were linked to a Yemeni terrorist network. Cherif Kouachi was convicted in 2008 of terrorism charges for helping funnel fighters to Iraq’s insurgency and sentenced to 18 months in prison.

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Twelve people were killed in the attack by gunmen, armed with AK-47s, who attacked the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a publication that has enraged Muslims for publishing cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.

On their way in, they killed a maintenance worker, then stormed into an editorial meeting, where they killed eight journalists.

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A source familiar with the investigation told NBC News that the men targeted those magazine employees who had created or published cartoons showing Muhammad — asking for their victims by name. They executed editor and cartoonist Stephane Charbonnier, popularly known as Charb; Bernard Maris, a Bank of France economist who was a columnist for the magazine; and three cartoonists. Read the rest of this entry »


Press Freedom Under Attack in Hong Kong

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Protest for press freedom in Hong Kong. March 2014.

Kevin Lau, former editor of the local Chinese-language daily Ming Pao in Hong Kongwas brutally attacked with a knife and suffered serious wounds on February 26, 2014.

This was the latest of hardships that Mr. Lau had to endure in Hong Kong, a city increasingly hostile towards the press.  In January he had been ousted from his position as Editor in Chief at the newspaper Ming Pao, sparking enough outrage that 90% of the editorial staff at Ming Pao signed a petition demanding that the company state its reasons for dismissing Kevin Lau. Many speculated that it was his critical reporting of the Hong Kong government that was the reason for his removal as Editor in Chief.

Under Lau’s leadership, Ming Pao was critical of numerous government policies and pushed for democratic reforms in Hong Kong. The newspaper also exposed several political scandals, embarrassing political leaders in the city.

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