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China upset at disputed islands mention in Japan-U.S. meeting

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China’s Foreign Ministry expressed concern on Monday after Japan got continued U.S. backing for its dispute with Beijing over islands in the… Reuters A joint Japanese-U.S. statement after the weekend meeting in the United States said the two leaders affirmed that Article 5 of the U.S.-Japan security treaty covered the… China upset at… Read More »

The sultanate of women: exploring female roles in perpetrating and preventing violent extremism

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This paper examines the appeal of Islamic State (IS) to Western women and explores how women can be employed in countering violent extremism (CVE) structures to prevent further involvement. Sofia Patel Australian Policy Online It aims to deliver a comprehensive analysis for academics, policymakers and practitioners working in CVE program and policy design and implementation in order to bridge the gap between community development work and… The sultanate of… Read More »

Can Trump and Netanyahu Make Progress Toward the “Ultimate Deal”?

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As U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepare to meet, the fundamentals of the… Ofer Zalzberg ICG What aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are Trump and Netanyahu likely to discuss at their meeting in Washington on 15… The meeting will be crucial for the… Can Trump and… Read More »

Why we still need Black History Month in the US

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In an ideal world, Black History Month wouldn’t be necessary. Danielle Fuentes Morgan Al Jazeera News But we don’t live in one. Earlier this month… Why we still need… Read More »

Steve Bannon Cited Italian Thinker Who Inspired Fascists

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ROME — Those trying to divine the roots of Stephen K. Bannon’s dark and at times apocalyptic worldview have repeatedly combed over a… JASON HOROWITZ The New York Times But for all the examination of those remarks, a passing reference by Mr. Bannon to an esoteric Italian philosopher has gone little noticed, except perhaps by… Steve Bannon Cited… Read More »

Invasive spyware’s odd targets: Mexican advocates of soda tax

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San Francisco: Last northern summer, Dr Simon Barquera’s phone started buzzing with a series of disturbing text messages from unknown… The Canberra Times New York Times One said his daughter had been in a serious accident. Another claimed to be from a friend whose father had died – with a link to funeral… Yet another message informed Barquera, director of… Invasive spyware’s odd… Read More »

What is Merkel’s Mideast role in Trump-Putin era?

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Against the backdrop of US President Donald Trump’s conservative nationalistic policies, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is being described by the media as the new leader of the free world. Uri Savir Al Monitor Her open-minded and humanitarian views and policies on the immigration of Middle East refugees to Germany despite numerous terror attacks by Islamist terrorists in her country have gained respect in many liberal capitals in… What is Merkel’s Mideast… Read More »

How the lunatic fringe conquered world politics

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The left and the right ignored the extremists and we ended up with Brexit and Trump Nick Cohen The Guardian Three types dominate extremist movements: crazies, cynics and creeps. The true crazies… How the lunatic… Read More »

Want to Make a Lie Seem True? Say It Again. And Again. And Again

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YOU ONLY USE 10 percent of your brain. Kevin Mazur WIRED Eating carrots improves your eyesight. Vitamin C cures… Want to Make… Read More »

Americans aren’t as attached to democracy as you might think

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A new national survey suggests that we can no longer take for granted that our fellow citizens will stand up for the rule of law and democracy Austin Sarat The Guardian There is much to celebrate in the court decision against President Trump’s immigration ban. It was a stirring… Americans aren’t as… Read More »

Peaceful Protests Are Not a Crime

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A bit of silver lining at the onset of the Trump administration has been the groundswell of activism by hundreds of thousands of Americans taking to the streets to face off against a president, and a Republican establishment, they see as reckless, divisive and destructive. The Editorial Board The New York Times But Republican lawmakers have been so alarmed by the size and intensity of the demonstrations — for women’s rights, immigrants and the environment — and by protests around ... Read More »

Trump Faces Dilemma in Battle Against ISIS: Turkey or the Kurds

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While campaigning, Trump said he would attempt to bring Turkey and the Kurds together after years of hostilities in order to fight ISIS. Amir Tibon Haaretz Facts on the ground may force the U.S. president down a different path.. Last July, in the midst of the presidential election campaign, Donald Trump declared in an interview that he was “a big fan of the Kurds.” … Trump Faces Dilemma… Read More »

North Korea Fires Unidentified Ballistic Missile

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The launch came as Trump hosted Japan’s prime minister in Florida. The Huffington Post North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the sea off its east coast early on Sunday, the first such test since U.S. President Donald Trump was elected, and… The test was of a medium- or… North Korea Fires… Read More »

Cliff Taylor: Trump’s tax package is bad news for Ireland

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US president plans to increase taxes on those importing to sell into the American market Cliff Taylor The Irish Times From an Irish viewpoint, the tax debate in the US has taken a nasty… At their worst, the proposals now on the table could fundamentally change the world of foreign direct… Cliff Taylor: Trump’s… Read More »

Army veterans return to Standing Rock to form a human shield against police

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A growing group of military veterans are willing to put their bodies between Native American activists and the police trying to remove them Sam Levin in Cannon Ball, North Dakota The Guardian US veterans are returning to Standing Rock and pledging to shield indigenous activists from attacks by a militarized police force, another sign that the… Army veterans return… Read More »

Hundreds Arrested in US Immigration Enforcement Raids

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U.S. immigration authorities arrested hundreds of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally in raids across the country this week, although authorities said the enforcement action wasn’t linked to a… VoA The raids targeted undocumented immigrants with criminal histories, Gillian Christensen, a… Hundreds Arrested in… Read More »