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The Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa (CIHA) Blog, at www.cihablog.com, has as its mission to “transform the phenomenon of aid to Africa into egalitarian and respectful relationships that challenge unequal power relations, paternalism and victimization.” It focuses particularly on “critical and religious voices to explore connections among issues of faith, governance, gender, and race in colonial and post-colonial contexts.

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The final irony in an election filled with irony is the refusal of some voters to accept President-elect Donald Trump’s victory . This group doesn’t simply include protesters but a movement of some size to persuade the electoral college to vote for Hillary Clinton instead of Trump

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“Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving nature’s laws wrong it learned how to walk without having feet.” – Tupac Shakur The late Tupac Shakur’s poem has always resonated with me. His words speak to the underdog, the overlooked and unsung hero, who finds a way to grow and thrive, against the harshest odds.

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Many governments persecute people of religious faith. However, one nation stands out: North Korea

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Sorry, Orson. This time we’re invading Mars, not the other way around.

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Hindustani classical music played on a river boat in Banaras. Jason Baker/flickr, CC BY-SA Laksmi Subramanian , Center for Studies in Social Sciences Calcutta At the end of September 2016, the Indian motion picture producer’s association, India’s largest organisation related to entertainment, announced a ban on all Pakistani artists. In retaliation, Pakistan authorities imposed a complete ban on airing Indian content on all its TV channels, including Bollywood movies

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HELENA, Ala. (Reuters) – Colonial Pipeline Co shut down its main gasoline and distillates pipelines on Monday after an explosion and fire in Shelby, Alabama, killing a worker and sending five to the hospital – the second time in two months it had to close the crucial supply line to the U.S.

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Moundsville, West Virginia There are two types of Halloween mounds: One is the delicious coconut candy bar. The other is the tumulus or Hügelgräber , a.k.a. the burial mound.

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Elon Musk is expected to unveil a new solar roofing product for his energy company, SolarCity, this week. Based on what Musk has already said about the product, his solar roofing would put the photovoltaic cells used to generate electricity from the sun in the shingles themselves, instead of in a system of solar panels on a roof.

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It has taken two years of training a demoralized army, backed up by the air cover and special forces of the world’s greatest powers, for Iraq to mount an offensive to recapture Mosul from Islamic State. Almost week into the U.S.-led onslaught, many of those running the campaign say the battle to retake the city could be long and hard

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The story depicts a young Wallisian man trying to make it in the world of rugby in France. 3 B Productions Niko Besnier , University of Amsterdam French filmmaker Sacha Wolff’s first feature film, Mercenaire (released in English as Mercenary ), tells the story of a young Pacific Islander, Soane Tokelau, trying to make it in professional rugby.

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How Retiring Overseas Can Make You Healthier

16Oct

“I’ll tell you something…. You won’t find better weather anywhere in the world than this,” a friend of ours said as he was leaving after visiting us in Ecuador. Morning View of Vilcabamba, Ecuador He’s right about that

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ESA Lander Prepares For Historic Mars Landing

16Oct

FRANKFURT – A Mars lander is due to leave its mothership on Sunday and head toward the red planet’s surface to test technologies for Europe’s planned first Mars rover, which will search for signs of past and present life. After a seven-month journey from Earth as part of the European-Russian ExoMars program, the Schiaparelli lander is expected to separate from spacecraft Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) at 10:42 a.m. EDT and start a three-day descent to the surface.

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Autumn–in Paris–Is For Remembrance

10Oct

–Diego Rivera, Flower Seller 1942 Autumn is the season for remembrance, and nobody does remembrance like the Parisians. Crisp air, sunny skies, fewer tourists (at least most places) and easy public bike rentals: what could be a better moment to leap into the sentiments of moments past: the graphic intensity of mid-century Mexican painters and sculptors, the revisited brilliance of Oscar Wilde who died in Paris a victim of British sexual duplicity, and the always charming–if occasionally vapid–surrealist advertising images of semi-surrealist René Magritte

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At Camp David in 2000 , during the most hopeful discussions about resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a Palestinian representative at the table denied any Jewish historic connection to Jerusalem. Speaking of the Holy sites, he referred to the Dome of the Rock and Al Aksa mosques sitting on the Temple Mount, but labeled as fantasy the notion that there had ever been a Jewish Temple on that spot or in the city at all. This allegation at a critical juncture undercut the aspiration of achieving a two-state solution — the Jewish state of Israel and a Palestinian state — and proved devastating to the left-of-center Israeli delegation seeking a compromise that would serve the interests of both peoples.

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“ American Horror Story ,” the campy horror series that’s doubling as an instructional guide to disembowelment this season, revealed a lot about Lady Gaga’s Season 6 character in Wednesday’s episode. Until now, Gaga’s Witch of the Woods has been a fleeting presence, appearing menacingly in the background as Kathy Bates’ band of stab-happy former colonists find new victims.

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Just when you thought  Elon Musk ’s plan for putting humans on Mars  seemed ambitious, or even far-fetched, the world’s largest aerospace company has promised to get there first. Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg didn’t say whether his company planned to beat SpaceX’s target date of 2025 , only that it would reach Earth’s planetary neighbor before Musk’s SpaceX does. “I am convinced that the first person to step foot on Mars will arrive there riding on a Boeing rocket,” Muilenburg said Tuesday at an innovation conference in Chicago.

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Dump Chump Trump

01Oct

What kind of a presidential candidate tweets in the middle of the night about alleged sex tapes involving a former Miss Universe winner?  Indeed, what kind of a man does this

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I used to hate running. Back in my elementary school days the dreaded ‘Field Day’ came around like clockwork every June. For me, it was one of the worst days of the school year.

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Time and time again, Pope Francis reveals the clash of two sides of the same man: the Pope of love and tolerance versus the Pope who closes the door on the possibility of change, and sees the world through the eyes of a 79-year-old celibate cleric. Those contradictions are most evident when the Pope addresses the arena of sexual morality, particularly when it touches on the church’s position on homosexuality. More…

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Last Thursday I was privileged to attend an event that had been scheduled as part of an ongoing advocacy effort on behalf of open trans military service. The symposium , entitled “Inclusive Military Policy: Transgender Service, Like Repealing DADT , Strengthens the Force,” was planned when it seemed that the original deadline, already six months past, would be kicked further downfield, potentially into a new administration. The lineup was chosen very strategically to make the case that the time for dallying had long passed, and the noises coming from the Congressional Armed Services committees needed to be ignored

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A semi-permanent state of quasi-war?

15Jul

Many Americans, and surely many people around the world, will be shocked to learn about the kinds of foreign policy “architecture” the President plans to leave for his successor.

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photo: Jonas Svensson, Swedish Armed Forces More…

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By Caroline Banton , Contributor More…

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This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft . ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational events, screenwriting competitions and the annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship program , connecting screenwriters with agents, managers and Hollywood producers. Follow ScreenCraft on Twitter , Facebook , and YouTube

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Footage of Muhammad Ali from the 2009 documentary ” Soul Power ” captures intimate moments when the legendary boxer expressed his pride in Africa while visiting Zaire in 1974. Ali was in Kinshasa, the capital of what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo, weeks ahead of a heavyweight world championship fight with George Foreman — an encounter famously nicknamed the “Rumble in the Jungle.” More…

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Lester M. Davids , University of Cape Town More…

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Donald Trump is being relentlessly mocked on Twitter for backing out of a debate with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)

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The following article first appeared in The National Book Review : By Madeleine Dobie More…

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Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. More…

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The vehicle is as classy as the city where I headed to test it out, the 2016 BMW 3 Series 340i, a sporty rendition of a luxury sedan offering comfort, style and power behind the wheel. This year all the 3 Series offerings have been tweaked a bit inside and out with not only suspension improvements, but also a name change from 335i to 340i and under the hood there is more power in the 340i than in the previous incarnation

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Clive Kronenberg , Cape Peninsula University of Technology More…

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This post originally appeared in The Tab . By Kami Thomas While sitting in class yesterday, a friend of mine sent me an article with a headline that shook me to the very core.

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"Hints" of an End to Yemen’s Nightmare

09Abr

For decades now, Yemen’s people have suffered from bad governance, underdevelopment, and prolonged civil conflict. Despite enduring these multiple hardships, Yemenis have largely been ignored by the rest of the world. During the past year, Yemen’s pain has been compounded by a devastating air war.

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Last week I wrote a swooning review of Zahav restaurant in Philly’s Society Hill neighborhood, the brilliant invention of Michael Solomonov, one of the most creative chefs of his generation. Eating at Zahav was supposed to be just one of many stops on a tour of Jewish sites of the city. Philadelphia has a rich Jewish history, dating back to Colonial times, and I’d hoped to explore more of it

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A man from Tennessee who has the words “psycho” tattooed on his forehead and “nazi” inked on his throat is accused of stabbing another man in the stomach.

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Tilting toward Mecca. REALITY TV “Thou doth protest too much.” That’s my reaction to President Barack Obama’s visit to a mosque yesterday.

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MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Jan 31 (Reuters) – At least 65 people were killed during an attack by Islamist militant group Boko Haram near Nigeria’s northeastern city of Maiduguri, a Reuters reporter said after counting bodies at a hospital morgue. The remains of a dozen victims were burnt beyond recognition in Saturday’s attack when militants opened fire on residents, set fire to houses and targeted a crowd with suicide bombers, security and medical officials said

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Melissa Tandiwe Myambo , University of California, Los Angeles The real world is often overwhelmingly complicated.

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Prince Mashele , University of Pretoria The Portuguese set foot in South Africa in the 15th century, and the Dutch settled at the “Cape of Storms” in 1652 . But the noses of the first interlopers into southern Africa were not sharp enough to fore-smell Kimberley’s hidden diamonds or the Witwatersrand’s entombed gold

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There was something about Arlene Silver that instantly captivated Dick Van Dyke. The two first crossed paths in the green room at a SAG Awards dinner in 2006, and despite their obvious age difference, Van Dyke knew he had to talk to the young makeup artist. “I never approached a strange woman in my life,” the actor recently told “Oprah: Where Are They Now?”

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Giving Advice to a Presidential Candidate Who Wants to “Do Something” Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com How can we stop the Islamic State? Imagine yourself shaken awake, rushed off to a strategy meeting with your presidential candidate of choice, and told: “Come up with a plan for me to do something about ISIS!” What would you say

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The LGBT civil rights movement has evolved admirably over the past few years to become more inclusive, working against institutional bigotry of all kinds, and grappling with the intersectionalities that exist within all of us. Those multiple identities impact not only how we think of ourselves, but more notably, what others think of us. Unfortunately, some of that progress has empowered the more radical amongst us to act in a brazen, autocratic manner.

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A Texas man was wearing an anti-drugs campaign T-shirt when he was arrested last weekend for alleged possession of methamphetamine. In his booking photograph, Adrian Harold Pounders wore a top that read “DontMethWithMe.org.”  The web address he proudly promoted on his chest ironically links to an anti-meth drive that warns Texans about the dangers of the highly addictive drug.   Pounders, 47, was detained when cops raided his home in Crockett on Sunday

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Not too long ago, more than 60,000 people were sterilized in the United States based on eugenic laws. Most of these operations were performed before the 1960s in institutions for the so-called “mentally ill” or “mentally deficient.” In the early 20th century across the country, medical superintendents, legislators, and social reformers affiliated with an emerging eugenics movement joined forces to put sterilization laws on the books. Such legislation was motivated by crude theories of human heredity that posited the wholesale inheritance of traits associated with a panoply of feared conditions such as criminality, feeblemindedness, and sexual deviance

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The American Response to ISIS

19Nov

In the wake of the Paris bombings by ISIS, the United States has joined the world in expressing outrage and its determination to destroy the terrorist group. But with what actions should America – and individual Americans – respond

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‘Tis the season… for asking kids to name what they’re grateful for over turkey..

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Hi, my name is Lauren and I’m addicted to 30-day challenges. If you’ve been keeping up with me for awhile, you know this statement is true, but if you’re new I’ll elaborate

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Don’t Hold Back Your Tears for Yemen

17Nov

The UNDP recently held its Resilience Development Forum (RDF) , looking at how the international community can support the many millions of Syrians displaced by civil war. It has taken over four years of conflict but delegates at the RDF at least now recognized that only a political solution can bring an end to the fighting and give hope to the displaced that they might return home and build a future in Syria. Whether the need for a political solution will be recognized by the peace talks scheduled to restart soon in Vienna is, of course, another matter entirely

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By James M. Dorsey Khaldoon Al-Mubarak, chairman of Manchester City, one of Britain’s most popular soccer clubs and a close business associate of UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, has warned the UK that his country would block multi-billion dollar arms deals, halt investment in Britain and suspend intelligence cooperation if Prime Minister David Cameron failed to crack down on the Muslim Brotherhood, according to internal UAE documents viewed by The Guardian

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Image courtesy of Adam Wilson at StockSnap.io Dining out at a restaurant can be problematic these days. Noise levels have grown, tables are stacked closer and closer together, and glass and hardwood are all the rage for decor, leaving even less cushioning or carpet behind for sound absorption. Layer hearing loss on top of all this, and dining out can be quite a challenge

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Of the eight major Hawaiian islands, Maui, Oahu, and Kauai hog most of the attention.

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Is Politics a Profession?

27Oct

I’d love to be a pilot, in the cockpit of a 747, soaring across the Atlantic at 37,000 feet. I have no experience flying airplanes, mind you, though I was a weather forecaster once

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#Squad: My Inner Glam Squad

27Oct

Yes. I need my hairstylist, Mahagony, on deck.

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“Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time,” argued Britain’s legendary prime minister, Winston Churchill.

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Seabiscuit and Louise have an important role at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge (Arsenal) — and they are up for the challenge. Stationed close to the park’s visitor center, these two are the “ambassador” black-footed ferrets of the Arsenal and afford all of the park’s visitors a rare and up-close look at one of North America’s most endangered mammals. Black-footed ferrets once numbered in the tens of thousands, but due to loss of habitat and prey, they were brought to the brink of extinction.

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In the short-form version of Winston Churchill’s life — I’m thinking of Paul Johnson’s excellent 192-page biography — we meet the Churchill who’s become legend, a late-life hero who saved the free world. John Kelly’s “Never Surrender: Winston Churchill and Britain’s Decision to Fight Nazi Germany in the Fateful Summer of 1940” weighs in at 384 pages followed by 20 pages of footnotes, and offers a more nuanced view.

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Terrorism and the Crisis of Sunni Islam

19Oct

Sunni Islam is in turmoil. Over the last two decades, it has been in the grip of ferment and fragmentation unprecedented in its long history.

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A drought in southern Mexico has caused water levels to fall so much that the remains of a long-abandoned, 16th-century church are now visible above the waterline.  The Temple of Santiago, also known as the Temple of Quechula, normally rests under nearly 100 feet of water since the completion of a dam in 1966 created the Nezahualcoyotl reservoir in Chiapas.

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David Metcalfe, autor, investigador y fundador de Liminal Analytics – Investigación Aplicada Colaborativa – es co-autor de este articulo. Traducido del inglés por Fabiola Chesnut. La temporada de la muerte ya se acerca.

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Some 1,500 Israelis and Palestinians attended a rally for coexistence and equality in downtown Jerusalem Saturday night. The demonstrators called for an end to the ongoing Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories, which they believe is a root cause of the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian violence that reignited earlier this month. Many held signs saying “Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies” and chanted peace slogans that rhyme in Hebrew, such as “Money for the neighborhoods / Not for the settlements.”  Noa Levy, 30, a human rights lawyer and activist with Hadash , a radical Jewish-Arab political party, came from the Israeli city of Jaffa to attend the event.

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Michel Chikwanine was 5 years old when rebel militiamen kidnapped him from a soccer field near his school in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He had decided to stay out to play rather than follow his father’s instructions to head straight home. As the fighters approached his group of friends, he was more concerned about having disobeyed his dad than about what the men would do

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A Q&A with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of “An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States” By Mark Trecka CHICAGO — When Howard Zinn published “A People’s History of the United States” in 1980, historian and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz told Zinn that he had largely failed to include the narratives of Native Americans. Zinn replied that it was up to Dunbar-Ortiz to write that book.

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SHANGHAI, CHINA–Shanghai, China’s financial capital, enjoys a double skyline.

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Rights Camera Action: Sunshine Cinema

07Oct

Al photos provided by Sunshine Cinema Lloyd Maanyina is a charcoal burner from Livingston, Zambia – “home of the mighty Victoria Falls.” The dirt from a hard day’s work jammed beneath his fingernails, Maanyina counts his money as he tells a story of guilt and reconciliation.

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A nurse with Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) who survived Saturday’s hour-long bombing of an Afghan hospital is speaking out  about the scene he called “absolutely terrifying.” MSF nurse Lajos Zoltan Jecs was in the Kunduz trauma hospital in northern Afghanistan when it was hit early Saturday morning, likely by U.S.-led coalition forces. The medical aid group said Sunday the death toll had risen to 23 , including 13 staff and 10 patients — three of whom were children.  The bombing was a blitz of chaos, terror and confusion, with patients burning in their beds and medical staff with massive injuries searching desperately for their colleagues. One doctor died on the operating table, Zoltan Jecs wrote on MSF’s website, recounting the horrifying eyewitness ordeal.  Upon looking into one of the compound’s burning buildings, Zoltan Jecs called the scene indescribable: “There are no words for how terrible it was

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Anna Faris and Chris Pratt both grew up around Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo , and now their son, Jack, has named one of the park’s Humboldt penguin chicks.   Henceforth, the little penguin with the blue band shall be known as “Eagle.”  via YouTube Why

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BEIJING–There are many obscure tourist sites in Beijing. One missed by many foreigners is the Chinese People’s Anti-Japanese War Memorial Hall

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We may look back on this week just passing as one of the true nadirs in America’s post-9/11 efforts to lead the world, a series of events that make the failures of America’s shallow strategies, of both Republican and Democratic administrations, impossible to ignore. It is a particular low point for President Barack Obama. With his Iranian nuclear deal in hand, at last secure from blockage in the U.S.

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Made in Brooklyn

03Oct

Who knew? I’ve lived, shopped and written thirteen cookbooks in our Park Slope brownstone, and thought I knew this trendiest of boroughs pretty well

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By James M. Dorsey The rise of Islamic State (IS) beyond the borders of Syria and Iraq over the past one year has drawn comparison with the spread of communism more than a century ago. It has also pitted proponents of kinetic realpolitik seeking military defeat of the extremist against supporters of the notion that jihadism poses primarily an ideational threat

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Writing for Foreign Affairs in 1968, Filipino national hero Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino lamented : “Almost half a century of American rule bequeathed to the Asian Filipino a trauma by making him uncomfortably American in outlook, values and tastes…” No wonder then, in one survey after the other, the Philippines has held the distinction of having the most favorable view towards the United States, its formal colonial master. In the 2013 Global Attitudes survey , conducted by the Pew Research Center, as many as 85% of Filipinos expressed a favorable view of America, astonishingly beating even the Americans themselves (81%). By 2015, even a greater number of Filipinos (92%) expressed a favorable view of the global superpower

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New York Jets: Thursday Injury Report

25Sep

Photo Credit: Zimbio.com The New York Jets are flying high at 2-0, and looking forward to playing at home this weekend.

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A Texas probate judge recognized a common law marriage between two women this week, granting that the women were in fact legal spouses and defying objections from the state attorney general in the process. The ruling is a historic first for the Lone Star State. On Tuesday, Travis County Probate Judge Guy Herman approved an agreement between Sonemaly Phrasavath and the family of her late partner, Stella Powell, who died of colon cancer in 2014, to split Powell’s assets

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Sept 18 (Reuters) – A suspect has been arrested in connection with a spate of shootings along a major highway that runs through Arizona, authorities said on Friday. “We got him! DPS SWAT team is in custody of the individual suspected of I-10 shootings. Apprehended moments ago,” Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said on Twitter.

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I just returned from Tokyo, where I took part as a panelist at the G1 Global Conference.

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