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What It Feels Like When a Mosque Is Threatened

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This Week in Hate highlights hate crimes and harassment around the country since the election of President Trump. Anna North The New York Times On the day the threat arrived, the congregation of Masjid Bilal Ibn Rabah had planned a potluck dinner. Earlier that afternoon… What It Feels… Read More »

Want To Be a Successful Dictator? Copy North Korea.

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A blueprint for how to run a North Korea-style authoritarian regime. James Person The National Interest The White House has launched its review of U.S. policy toward the DPRK, making it a good time to dispel with the notion that the regime is unknown and unknowable, unpredictable and irrational, and to consider a number of… Want To Be… Read More »

Donald Trump: Is there a ‘deep state’ in America and is it trying to take down the President?

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If you’ve been following US politics (and who hasn’t been over the past few months) you may have come across the term “deep state”. Michael Collett ABC The idea is that unelected members of America’s security agencies (the intelligence community or IC) and bureaucracy are secretly pulling the strings of government. And according to Washington… Donald Trump: Is… Read More »

Democracy needs more trees and less Trump

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For almost all of its more than 2,500-year history, democracy has been thought of as an attribute of purely human societies. John Dryzek The Conversation For most of that history democracy was generally reviled and excoriated; only in the late 20th century did it come to be widely celebrated, and indeed widely practised. But now democracy… Democracy needs more… Read More »

Fix Immigration Without Sacrificing Innocent Children

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Whoever said there are no bad ideas never spent any time in Washington. Michael R. Bloomberg Bloomberg Many never get off the ground, thankfully, but one of the worst I can remember hearing is now under serious consideration by the Department of Homeland Security: forcibly separating children from their parents when… Fix Immigration Without… Read More »

Hard times for feminists in China

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On January 21, 2017, more than half a million people showed up for the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., and hundreds of similar protests took place around the globe. Jiayun Feng SUP China But not in China, a country with 645 million women — nearly one-sixth of the world’s female population. China’s absence in… Hard times for… Read More »

The Hysteria Over Russia Is Causing Serious Foreign Policy Problems

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National security experts say the domestic political situation is leading to a rapid deterioration of the already fragile relationship with Russia. Mollie Hemingway The Federalist The fifth season of “The Americans,” the FX series about two Soviet spies posing as an American couple living near Washington DC in the 1980s, began airing this week. The Washington Post’s… The Hysteria Over… Read More »

Why economists can’t forecast

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You knew it all along: Economists can’t forecast the economy worth a hoot. Robert J. Samuelson The Washington Post And now we have a scholarly study that confirms it. Better yet, the… Why economists can’t… Read More »

WikiLeaks says it releases files on ‘CIA’s cyber spying tools’

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Anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks published on March 7 what it said were thousands of pages of internal Central Intelligence Agency discussions about hacking techniques used over several years, renewing concerns about the… Hurriyet The discussion transcripts showed that CIA hackers could get into Apple Inc. iPhones, Google Inc. Android devices and… WikiLeaks says it… Read More »

Will Trump split the Israeli right?

U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and first lady Melania Trump greet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara (2ndL) as they arrive at the South Portico of the White House in Washington, U.S., February 15, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  - RTSYTO0

Top police investigators from the anti-corruption unit Lahav 433 interrogated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on March 6 for the fourth time. Ben Caspit Al Monitor This round of questioning, which lasted almost five hours, focused on Netanyahu’s discussions with Yedioth Ahronoth publisher Arnon Mozes and their alleged conspiratorial plotting. In the middle… Will Trump split… Read More »

The Culture War Surrounding Trump’s Travel Restrictions

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America’s battle over the immigration ban has less to do with national security and more to do with cultural preferences. James Jay Carafano The National Interest Decades ago Samuel Huntington penned a dismal, dystopian tome about the future of conflict. He predicted a… The Culture War… Read More »

The Travel Ban: An Assault on Islam?

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To the Editor: Vipan Chandra The New York Times Re “Trump’s New Ban Halts Travelers From 6 Nations” (front page, March 7): The Trump administration… The Travel Ban… Read More »

Can international force save Gaza?

Palestinians take part in a protest against the Gaza blockade, near Israeli Erez crossing in the northern Gaza Strip January 5, 2017. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa - RTX2XME1

Anyone following media reports about the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip did not need the assessment offered by Military Intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Herzl Halevy that the powder keg that is Gaza will blow up in Israel’s face. Akiva Eldar Al Monitor A recent survey commissioned by the Israeli human rights organization Gisha shows that 67% of Israelis believe the nearly decadelong Israeli blockade of Gaza has undermined Israeli security, and 70% believe that an improvement… Can international force… Read More »

Separating mothers and kids is wrong on every level

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(CNN) – The most anti-immigrant administration in modern history appears poised to outdo itself. Raul A. Reyes CNN On Monday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly confirmed to CNN that his agency is considering separating children from their parents at the US border. “We have tremendous… Separating mothers and… Read More »

A Muslim ban is a ban is a ban is a ban

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THE NEW, watered-down executive order on travel from six predominantly Muslim nations that President Donald Trump signed Monday probably won’t bring the insane chaos at the airport or the last-minute court filings that his first stab at the… Editorial Boston Globe But one can certainly count on lawsuits challenging the… While now more… A Muslim ban… Read More »

Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War: a 2400-year-old text that explains Trump

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Forget modern dystopian novels. Greek history offers a far better guide to today’s US… Mark Thomas The Age Donald Trump has provoked an unlikely boom in a few market niches: for the makers of red baseball caps, among late-night comedians, and for those who own the royalties to dystopian… George Orwell’s 1984 has… Thucydides’ History of… Read More »