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Are Marxist Antiwar Meetings Anti-Science? Monday, June 19th, 2017

In the United States you can attend a local “peace and justice” group meeting in almost any city and find people generally open to any new way of thinking or evidence of success that could help advance the causes of peace or justice. But if you go to too academic a “peace studies” event..

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Untrump the World — It Won’t Self-Impeach Sunday, June 18th, 2017

Did you hear about Trump calling up the mayor of Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay and telling him that, contrary to all appearances, his island is not sinking? I want to focus on one element of this story, namely that the guy believed what he was told, rather than what he saw. Did you hear..

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China’s belt and road reaches Nepal

On 12 May, Nepal signed a memorandum of understanding with China to cooperate on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The timing of the agreement, signed just two days before the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, is not surprising. For its part, China wanted to amplify support for its ‘grand..

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Leftism’s Moment Thursday, June 15th, 2017

For the past many years and for many years to come, “extremism” has been unacceptable in U.S. politics. One must be in favor of more fossil fuel pipelines under certain strict conditions, not against them entirely. That would be extreme. The moment when extremism becomes acceptable, or ceases..

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Dear Young People Who Laugh at Climate Deniers Saturday, June 10th, 2017

Laughter is a wonderful thing. It’s hard to get too much of it. But there may be something even more valuable — something that you may be better able to grasp than some of your elders. When you’re able to see a failure in others, it can be an opportunity to spot other similar failures —..

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Can Nepal’s New Prime Minister Avert a Crisis? Friday, June 9th, 2017

The newly elected prime minister of Nepal, Sher Bahadur Deuba of the Nepali Congress, has a host of challenges ahead, most prominently holding the second round of local level elections later this month, as well as provincial and parliamentary elections within eight months. Additionally, foreign..

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Nepal: Guarded Progress – Analysis Thursday, June 8th, 2017

On May 14, 2017, after an interregnum of 20 years, the first round of local level elections were conducted in 34 Districts of Province Nos. 3, 4 and 6, to elect representatives in 283 local level institutions, including four metropolitan cities, one sub-metropolitan city, 92 municipalities and 186..

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Nepal’s Crumbling Manufacturing Sector – Analysis Monday, June 5th, 2017

  During the eighties, Nepal experienced some optimistic moments in manufacturing sector; Nepalese woolen carpet shops across the streets of Frankfurt and other European cities were subject of major attraction. Nepalese garment export to USA was contending with other major garment exporters..

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A Portrait of the CIA in Prison Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

John Kiriakou’s Doing Time Like a Spy: How the CIA Taught Me to Survive and Thrive in Prison paints a disturbing portrait of a U.S. prison in which Kiriakou spent time as retribution for having admitted that the CIA used torture. His ongoing whistleblowing on the state of U.S. prisons, as well as..

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War Monuments Are Killing Us Friday, June 2nd, 2017

Washington, D.C., and much of the rest of the United States, is full of war monuments, with many more under construction and being planned. Most of them glorify wars. Many of them were erected during later wars and sought to improve the images of past wars for present purposes. Almost none of them..

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An Open Letter to People with ‘Mental Health’ Issues Thursday, June 1st, 2017

As ‘mental health’ issues gain more attention, sympathetic and otherwise, in a wide variety of contexts and countries around the world, the opportunity for inaccurate perceptions of what causes these issues, and how to treat them, are likewise expanded. So if you or someone you know is..

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Next Door Nepal: Waiting for a PM Monday, May 29th, 2017

Several parallel and contradictory trends are clearly visible in Nepal’s politics, an area which has been a victim of a prolonged transition process and the resultant adhoc-ism over the years. Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda”, chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist Centre, on Wednesday..

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We’re Dealing With a New Type of War Lie Friday, May 26th, 2017

When the U.S. public was told that Spain had blown up the Maine, or Vietnam had returned fire, or Iraq had stockpiled weapons, or Libya was planning a massacre, the claims were straightforward and disprovable. Before people began referring to the Gulf of Tonkin incident, somebody had to lie that it..

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Time to Ban the Bomb Thursday, May 25th, 2017

This week, the Chair of an exciting UN initiative formally named the “United Nations Conference to Negotiate a Legally Binding Instrument to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons, Leading Towards their Total Elimination” released a draft treaty to ban and prohibit nuclear weapons just as the world has done..

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Why Children Should Form Ties to Russia Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

In 1982 a 10-year-old girl from Maine named Samantha Smith wrote a letter to Soviet Premier Yuri Andropov: “Dear Mr. Andropov, “My name is Samantha Smith. I am ten years old. Congratulations on your new job. I have been worrying about Russia and the United States getting into a nuclear war...

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Truth or Delusion? Monday, May 22nd, 2017

One inevitable outcome of the phenomenal violence we all suffer as children is that most of us live in a state of delusion throughout our lives. This makes it extraordinarily difficult for accurate information, including vital information about the endangered state of our world and how to respond..

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Murder in Suburbia Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

A teenage girl from my hometown in Northern Virginia, a girl identified most prominently as a Muslim, has reportedly been murdered with a baseball bat. We do not know..