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Read the Full Text of President Obama’s Speech on Immigration

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In a primetime address to the nation Thursday night, President Obama announced sweeping executive action to change U.S. immigration policy. His plan — the largest overhaul of the immigration system in five decades — will protect nearly 5 million unauthorized immigrants from deportation. Eligible immigrants can begin applying for protections in the spring. Here are the president’s remarks as prepared ... Read More »

Atul Gawande: The Smiling Angel of a Happy Death

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It is said that victorious Roman generals, on city parades following battlefield triumphs, would be followed by a servant. “Memento Mori,” the servant would say over and over. “Remember that you have to die.” Later, still-life paintings were punctuated by symbols of the finite – rotting fruit, wilting flowers, bubbles – as reminders of life’s transience. Early self-help books, with ... Read More »

Autonomous Weapon Systems: The Military’s Smartest Toys?

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“We are standing at the cusp of a momentous upheaval in the character of warfare, brought about by the large-scale infusion of robotics into the armed forces.” If the enthusiasts are to be believed, we are standing at the cusp of a momentous upheaval in the character of warfare, brought about by the large-scale infusion of robotics into the armed ... Read More »

Erdoğan vows to teach Turkish children Muslim discovery of Americas

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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has instructed Turkey’s educational institutions to adopt a policy of highlighting the contribution of Islam to global science and arts, including the discovery of the American continent by Muslim sailors some 300 years before Columbus. “I have to be clear that there is an important responsibility falling on the shoulders of our Education Ministry and YÖK ... Read More »

Mikhail Gorbachev disappointed in lame duck Obama

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The first president of the USSR, Mikhail Gorbachev, said that he was disappointed with the policies of US President Barack Obama. According to Gorbachev, Obama will not be able to improve the relations between the USA and Russia. “Obama is a lame duck. One should not finish their work in such an inept way. He decided to throw accusations around. ... Read More »

Arab Americans Getting Ready for 2016

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Next week, Arab American leaders and activists from a dozen key electoral states will convene in Washington to map out a political strategy for 2016. Despite the very real challenges facing the leaders who will gather, this generation of Arab Americans can approach the future with some confidence given the progress that has been made the last three decades. Thirty ... Read More »

Erdoğan says America was discovered by Muslims, not Columbus

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America was discovered by Muslims, not by Christopher Columbus, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has claimed, vowing to build a mosque “on that hill” in Cuba if the authorities of the Caribbean nation grant the permit. Speaking at the closing ceremony of the first LatinAmerican Muslim leaders summit in Istanbul on Nov. 15, Erdoğan slammed colonialism before referring to a ... Read More »

Iranians and multinationals hungry for nuclear deal that will end sanctions

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Rouhani’s moderate faction is relying on an agreement but even Iran’s conservative factions want to end the nuclear stalemate Jump to comments Outside the former US embassy’s compound in Tehran – now a museum called “den of spies” – hundreds of Iranians gathered last week to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the hostage crisis, when 52 American diplomats were held ... Read More »

US, Japan, Australia Agree to Deepen Security Ties

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BRISBANE, Australia — Eyeing Chinese aggression, President Barack Obama and the prime ministers of Japan and Australia committed Sunday to deepen their military cooperation and work together on strengthening maritime security in the Asia Pacific. The meeting, the first since 2007 among leaders of the three allies, risked antagonizing Beijing after a week when Obama reached a surprising level of ... Read More »