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Remittances and migration: the case of Nepal Thursday, November 29th, 2018

In the last two decades, remittances have grown to almost three times the size of official aid. As of 2017, Nepal has the fifth highest ratio of remittances to GDP in the world (28.3%) just behind Haiti (29.2%), Tajikistan (31.5%), Kyrgyz Republic (32.8%) and Tonga (34.2%). Money sent home now..

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Open Letter to Senator Bernie Sanders Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

On Wednesday, November 28, 2018, over 100 U.S. scholars, intellectuals, and activists published the open letter to Senator Bernie Sanders below and invited others to add their names to it. Sanders was working to force a new Senate vote on ending, or at least reducing, U.S. participation in the war..

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I never expected to become a conscientious objector Sunday, November 25th, 2018

I never expected to become a conscientious objector. If you would have asked me two years ago to name the first things that came to mind when I heard this title, it would have been words like coward, afraid, selfish, ignorant, and unpatriotic. I guess it’s how growing up tends to work. Now I..

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Nepal-China defense cooperation builds on momentum Friday, November 16th, 2018

Nepal and China have witnessed growing defense cooperation, with the latter increasing financial support to enhance the professionalism and capacity of Nepali soldiers. The two nations have completed two military drills as part of the broader Nepal-China relationship which is moving from strength..

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The Disgruntled Former Prime Minister Thursday, November 15th, 2018

The disgruntled former prime minister is a rather large, and growing club, on the Australian scene. The country has become known for its killing seasons, those occasions when spear wielding apparatchiks within respective political parties feel the need to execute (politically speaking) their..

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No to NATO, No to Bases, No to Wars in Distant Places Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

As I head over to Ireland for a conference on closing U.S. and NATO military bases around the world — and at which some of us will make plans for protesting NATO in Washington on April 4, 2019 — the presidents of France and Germany are talking up the need for a European military that can fight..

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Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

President Donald J. Trump has been engaged with berating human caravans, a spectacle that might have been odd in another era. At first instance, it all seems fundamentally anachronistic, a sort of history in reverse. It was, after all, the caravan packed with invasive pioneers that gave the United..

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Dan Crenshaw Sounds Like a Propagandist for Mass Murder Sunday, November 11th, 2018

What is more sick about U.S. society? 1) It’s totally 100% acceptable to make cruel stupid jokes about people’s appearance. 2) There’s an exception. You shouldn’t do it if the thing you’re making fun of relates to their participation in mass murder. 3) Violation of that exception is..

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Celebrate Armistice Day, Not Veterans Day Thursday, November 8th, 2018

Do not celebrate Veterans Day. Celebrate Armistice Day instead. Do not celebrate Veterans Day — because of what it has become, and even more so because of what it replaced and erased from U.S. culture. Former American Humanist Association President Kurt Vonnegut once wrote: “Armistice Day was..

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What Else You Can Do Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

You’ve been radically misled to believe that the only thing, or the most important thing, or one of the super important things you can do is vote. Voting in a functioning democracy would be a fairly important thing to do, but wouldn’t somehow eliminate the thousands of important things that..

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China’s Private Companies Seek State Support Monday, November 5th, 2018

Major setbacks for China's private sector have driven many companies into the safety of state financing and control, posing problems for reform policies that could last for years. On Oct. 20, the South China Morning Post published a detailed account of the "privatization in reverse, or..

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Tell the Truth: Veterans Day Is A National Day of Lying Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

Some are inclined to recognize that Trumpies are dwelling in an alternative universe in which neither climate collapse nor nuclear apocalypse is a concern but terrifying wild hoards of Muslim Hondurans are skipping and dancing into the Fatherland armed with gang symbols, deadly rocks, and..

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Angela Merkel’s Last Days Friday, November 2nd, 2018

Cultural compilations such as James Frazer’s The Golden Bough are rich with these accounts: the high priest or leader of a tribe, whose lengthy tenure is wearing thin, is set for the sacrifice, either through ritual or being overthrown by another member. The crops have failed; a drought is taking..

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A Coming Shift In US Security Policy In The South China Sea? – Analysis Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

The new movie “Vice” purports to tell the story of former US Vice President Dick Cheney’s rise to power and the damage he did to the U.S., other countries, and US..