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The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Pacific countries agree to historic trade pact

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Australian officials confident Drug breakthrough brings deal closer Washington, DC: After eight years of negotiations, 12 Pacific-rim nations – including Australia – have agreed upon the largest free-trade agreement in history during a last-minute round of talks in Atlanta, Georgia. The Canberra Times – Nick O’Malley, US correspondent for Fairfax Media The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which covers 40 ... Read More »

US state executes multiple murderer from El Salvador

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The state of Virginia late Oct.1 executed multiple murderer Alfredo Prieto, rejecting last minute court appeals from lawyers for the Salvadoran immigrant. Hurriyet – WASHINGTON – Agence France-Presse Prison officials said in a statement that Prieto, who was put to death by lethal injection, was pronounced dead at 9:17 pm (0117 GMT Friday). His final ... Read More »

I lived on $6 a day with a 6-year-old and a baby on the way. It was extreme poverty

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There’s a certain hopelessness in living at this level of poverty that I had to fight daily to overcome The Guardian – Stephanie Land @stepville It didn’t take me long to go from financial stability to fearing homelessness. In January 2014 I was 35-years-old, raising a six-year-old nearly full-time and six months pregnant without a partner. ... Read More »

Putin Calls Out Washington

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“We can no longer tolerate the state of affairs in the world.” President Vladimir Putin Paul Craig Roberts Last Wednesday (28 Sept 2015) the world saw the difference between Russia and Washington. Putin’s approach is truth-based; Obama’s is vain boasts and lies, and Obama is running out of lies. By telling the truth at a ... Read More »

Mexico: From Cold War to Drug War

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Earlier this summer, I participated in the Library of Congress’s first ever ScholarFest. My conversation partner, UVA’s Professor William Hitchcock, and I spent ten minutes discussing whether the Cold War still mattered. I imagine that very few people in the audience were surprised to hear two historians argue for the continuing relevance of the Cold War. ... Read More »

Obama and Putin Meet in New York, Agree on Nothing

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The US establishment doesn’t understand that Russia’s foray into Syria is more than an imperial gamble. The Nation –  By James Carden The opening of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly on Monday featured major addresses by, among others, US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The speeches showcased the stark, ... Read More »

Martin Dempsey’s World Is Falling Apart

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The outgoing Joint Chiefs chairman bids farewell to an alliance beset by crises. Politico – By James Kitfield * BERLIN — As his convoy sliced lights flashing through the busy streets of Berlin on a recent morning, Gen. Martin Dempsey could see a good part of his own career. He could see through the tinted ... Read More »

President Xi’s Double Talk on Doing Business in China

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At the start of his visit to the United States, President Xi Jinping of China sought to reassure American companies that his government was committed to protecting the interests of foreign companies and fighting cybercrime. The New York Times – By THE EDITORIAL BOARD “The Chinese government will not, in whatever form, engage in commercial ... Read More »

Pope to Congress: ‘Do unto others …’

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Francis urges lawmakers to work together in a historic papal address. Politico – By Nahal Toosi Pope Francis stood before a bitterly divided Congress on Thursday and reminded lawmakers of that most golden of rules, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Those “others,” the pope made it clear to the ... Read More »

How the U.S. Military Lost Its Favor for Turkey

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Despite continued bilateral security cooperation, thirteen years of policy differences have taken their toll on the U.S. military’s attitude toward Turkey. The Washington Institute – Soner Cagaptay, Foreign Policy Concepts When I came to Washington in 2002, the Department of Defense was among Turkey’s best friends inside the U.S. government. The Pentagon considered Turkey a ... Read More »

Pope’s climate message unlikely to sway Republicans

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The pope’s pleas to take action on climate change will fall on deaf ears with many Republicans when he speaks before a joint session of Congress. Politico – By Andrew Restuccia and Darren Goode Pope Francis has already made the issue a prominent part of his visit to Washington, using brief remarks at the White ... Read More »

YPG not a terrorist organization for US, spokesman says

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The United States does not consider the Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG), the armed wing of the Syrian Democratic Union Party (PYD), a terrorist organization, State Department Spokesperson John Kirby has declared. Hurriyet – NEW YORK – Doğan News Agency “We don’t consider the YPG a terrorist organization, and they have proven successful against ISIL [Islamic ... Read More »

India to buy Boeing Apache and Chinook helicopters

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India’s cabinet has approved a $2.5bn (£1.7bn) deal to buy 37 military helicopters from the US aviation company Boeing. BBC – The news comes ahead of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US later this week. India will buy 22 Apache attack helicopters and 15 Chinooks to replace ageing Soviet-era aircraft. The purchase ... Read More »

Bank of America investors vote to keep Brian Moynihan in both top jobs

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Shareholders reject plan to strip the chief executive and chairman of one of his titles after governance debate The Telegraph – Marion Dakers and agencies Bank of America shareholders have voted to let chief executive Brian Moynihan keep his chairmanship, despite concerns about the dual role among major investors in the bank. About 63pc of ... Read More »

Bank of America’s CEO should be out of a job

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Brian Moynihan may still deserve to have one of the top titles at BofA, but not two. Fortune Stephen Gandel @stephengandel For Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan, it’s nearly judgement day. On Tuesday, Bank of America shareholders will vote on whether the company’s board had the right nearly a year ago to make Moynihan ... Read More »

America’s Autumn of Islamophobia

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After a summer of advocating for religious freedom, U.S. conservatives suddenly shift to voicing troubling views about Muslims. The Atlantic David A. Graham The United States seems poised to follow up its summer of religious freedom with an autumn of Islamophobia. Last week, in New Hampshire, Donald Trump was questioned by a man who said ... Read More »