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Tell Israel to Allow Thinking in Its Schools Friday, July 20th, 2018

Israel has passed a law allowing its Minister of Education to ban from its schools any person or group who criticizes Israel — apparently something that no teachers or students in Israel are supposed to do either (though some do). The hasbara, or pro-war propaganda, spin on this is that it is..

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The Intelligence Community Is Neither Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

At the big “Treason Summit” “Russopocalypse” “Catastrovent” on Monday, journalist Sam Husseini tried to ask a question about banning nuclear weapons, and was physically hauled out of the room by officials from the “Land of Press Freedom,” Finland. Meanwhile, an Associated Press..

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The Woes of Luka Modrić: Croatia, Nationalism and Football Monday, July 16th, 2018

Juraj Vrdoljak of Telesport was convinced. “I think half the population didn’t show up to work on the morning after the win against England.” The victory had inspired early shop closures, a feeling of rampant escapism. “Croatia is a country with a deep economic crisis. Every day, life is..

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Dilemma of Strengthening Democracy in Pakistan Friday, July 13th, 2018

No country can achieve political stability without the active coordination of different state institutions working within their own specified parameters. For a nation to keep moving smoothly on the road to prosperity and maintaining national cohesion, consensus among political forces and other..

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The Limits of Empathy

Paul Bloom’s book Against Empathy was bound to be either advocacy for cruelty and sadism, or a horribly misguided attempt to improve the world, or false advertising (it would turn out he’s only against the most narrowly or bizarrely defined concept of empathy), or genuinely interesting. It..

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Giant Killing, Heroes and Teams at the 2018 World Cup Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

They have been falling like ninepins at one of the most unpredictable World Cups in generations. Even before the kick-off in the tournament, Italy’s absence was conspicuous. By the time the first phase of matches had been concluded, Germany, whose teams have made it to the elimination phase for..

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Why Trump’s Iran Isolation Plan May Backfire – OpEd Monday, July 9th, 2018

In May, President Trump pulled the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal despite Iran living up to its obligations and the deal working as planned. While the US kept in place most sanctions against Tehran, China and Russia – along with many European countries – had begun reaping the..

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China and Nepal reach across the Himalayan divide Saturday, July 7th, 2018

Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s visit to China last month was closely watched by both domestic and international observers. Oli’s visit was a continuation of his groundbreaking trip to China during his first tenure as prime minister in 2016, during which a transit transport agreement..

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Silicon Valley Will Not Save You from the Surveillance State Friday, July 6th, 2018

There was something quite odd about the very welcome news that some Google employees were objecting to a military contract, namely all the other Google military contracts. My sense of the oddness of this was heightened by reading Yasha Levine’s new book, Surveillance Valley: The Secret Military..

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Monbiot’s New Story Uncut and Unrated Thursday, July 5th, 2018

I’m going to praise the heck out of yet another terrific book I’ve just read while yet again exclaiming (into a deep empty echoing canyon?) my bewilderment and outrage at the glaring omission it makes — the same one as all the other books. George Monbiot’s Out of the Wreckage: A New..

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Send in the Troops! Deploying the ADF against Rioters Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

Such moves should trouble any constructive dissenter and civil libertarian: the vesting of powers in a military force to be used against domestic disturbances. While the United States has a troubled history with it, posse comitatus still remains something of a letter restricting the deployment of..

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The US Sacrificing Pakistan Monday, July 2nd, 2018

It has never been easy for any developing nation to deal with the major power in international system on prescribed terms and conditions. The case of relationship between the United States and Pakistan indicate different ups and downs based on super power’s interests in history. The course of..

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CAN EUROPE GET RID OF THE MIGRANT HEADACHE? Friday, June 29th, 2018

Migraine is a headache that happens to people , when the pain would be so intense that the individual can think of nothing else except the pain and would desperately look for a way to get rid of it. Like the migraine headache that individual suffer from , European Union is now suffering from..

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Mugger Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s Sadist-In-Chief – OpEd Thursday, June 28th, 2018

Mr. Mulvaney’s title seems uninterestingly bureaucratic—director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). But as Trump’s chief hatchet man extraordinaire, Mugger Mick Mulvaney is easily one of the cruelest, most vicious presidential henchman in modern American history. From his powerful..

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Nepal Recovers Slowly, But US Says It’s Time to Leave Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

A year from now, the studying and startups, the cooking, cleaning, and child care will end as thousands of Nepali citizens join the growing number of foreigners being shown America’s exit. In April, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen had..

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Infant Armour: Jacinda Ardern, Baby Madness and Myth Sunday, June 24th, 2018

The Jacinda Ardern phenomenon, clumsily dubbed Jacindamania, shows no signs of abating. Journalists have long given up bothering about policy analysis regarding New Zealand’s prime minister, instead focusing on pregnancy and the newly arrived infant. The duration of the prime minister’s tenure..

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