Society

Is the American Dream killing us?

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It isn’t often that economics raises the most profound questions of human existence, but the recent work of economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton (wife and husband, both of Princeton University) comes close. Robert J. Samuelson The Washington Post You may recall that a few years ago, Case and Deaton reported the startling finding that the death rates of non-Hispanic middle-aged whites had gotten worse — they were dying younger. The results were… Is the American… Read More »

How American women gained, lost, and are regaining their collective voice

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Women have been far more prominent in American politics throughout history than conventional wisdom might suggest. Kristin Goss VOX This the second post in a series on the 100th anniversary of Jeannette Rankin’s induction into the US House of Representatives. Passing the statue… How American women… Read More »

Londonistan: 423 New Mosques; 500 Closed Churches

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British multiculturalists are feeding Islamic fundamentalism. Giulio Meotti Gatestone Institute Muslims do not need to become the majority in the UK; they just need gradually to Islamize the most important cities. The change is… Londonistan: 423 New… Read More »

Jeb Bush warns robots taking US jobs is not science fiction

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Sunday that people “should be marching in the streets” to demand changes to “antiquated” education systems that… DANIEL CHAITIN Washington Examiner “The looming challenge of automation and artificial intelligence and the rapid advancement of technology brings great benefits but also creates huge challenges,” Bush… The threat of a… Jeb Bush warns… Read More »

Liberation of Mosul: A new catastrophe?

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We are deeply concerned over the deteriorating plight of the civilians in Mosul, who are paying an excessively high price for their liberation from terrorists. Alexander Yakovenko RT We have seen devastating consequences of the first phase of the military operation in the eastern districts of Mosul, where the Coalition applied doubtful tactics to push terrorists out of the city. Those efforts led… Liberation of Mosul… Read More »

Get ready for the spiritual economy

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In 2013, the book The Spiritual Imperative: Sex, Age, and Caste Move the Future by American futurist Lawrence (Larry) Taub reached the top of the Japanese bestsellers list. Jan Krikke Asia Times Taub had attracted attention in Japan since the 1970s, giving lectures and predicting global developments. Some of his… Get ready for… Read More »

A lost history of cultural tolerance

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Unbeknownst to many, Qur’anic calligraphy still adorns stone pillars of certain Sicilian churches. Zaid M. Belbagi Arab News The best-known example is the “Bismillah” motif engraved into a column at La Martorana Cathedral in Palermo. Such pillars were… A lost history of… Read More »

New World Disorder – Disintegration Stage Commences

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The mainstream media has a new in vogue phrase and you are sure to have heard it by now – ‘the rules based international order (or system)’. Graham Vanbergen Global Research The Royal Institute of International Affairs based in London, commonly known as Chatham House commented a several years ago that“Economic and political upheavals are emboldening… New World Disorder… Read More »

Black and Proud. Even if Strangers Can’t Tell.

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My 11-year-old is understated, but not shy. Rebecca Carroll The New York Times He likes to bake, loves video games, is loyal to his friends and, biased as I may be, is a pretty good-looking kid. He gets mad… Black and Proud… Read More »

50 grand challenges of the 21st Century

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We asked experts from the world of science and technology to describe the societal challenges that they think matter in 2017 and… Bryan Lufkin BBC Read the full list of responses… Over the past month, Future Now has been covering the “grand challenges” we face as a society in a series of articles, videos and… We polled a… 50 grand challenges… Read More »

China’s yuan a long way from challenging almighty dollar

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IMF’s renminbi disclosure shows currency has only small impact on global foreign-exchange… TOM BUERKLE Asia Times When Deng Xiaoping set China on the course of market-oriented reform nearly 40 years ago, he called his pragmatic and incremental approach “stepping on stones to cross the… The Chinese currency’s much-ballyhooed entry into global finance has landed on a… China’s yuan a… Read More »

Oettinger tells EU27 to expect to cough up after Brexit

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European Budget Commissioner Günther Oettinger said European countries would have to pitch in at least half of the United Kingdom’s share in the EU budget after… LAURENS CERULUS Politico “I could imagine that we try to economize a part and that the remaining 27 member countries agree upon how to contribute the remaining amount,” he said, according to… Oettinger tells EU27… Read More »

Portugal cuts its fiscal deficit while raising pensions and wages

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Growing out of it The Socialists say their Keynesian policies are working; others fret about Portugal’s… The Economist NO ONE would have called António Costa, Portugal’s Socialist prime minister, a fiscal hawk when he took office in November… After finishing second to the centre-right Social Democrats in an… Portugal cuts its… Read More »

Disaffected with the elected

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The alarming rise of disaffected young voters in Cyprus is a sign that the country’s political forces have failed to modernise themselves to the… Annie Charalambous InCyprus Plus, the decade-old prevailing financial crisis across Europe that has led to a bleak youth unemployment rate does not help, European University Cyprus Rector Kosta Gouliamos told the… “We see that the… Disaffected with the… Read More »

One man’s quest to save the Jewish Iraqi language

Torah scrolls are exhibited at the Babylonian Jewry Heritage Center in Or Yehuda, near Tel Aviv, in this October 19, 2006 picture. World Jewish groups began a global campaign on Sunday calling for recognition of Jews from Arab countries as refugees in the Middle East conflict.  REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen  (ISRAEL) - RTR1IKQX

On Friday mornings in a class on the heritage of Babylonian Jewry, Oded Amit has taught a small group of Israelis to speak Jewish Iraqi, the language of his ancestors. Jacky Hugi Al Monitor Amit, 70, was born and raised in Baghdad, and Jewish Iraqi was the language in which his mother raised him. “It’s a beautiful… One man’s quest… Read More »

China’s new-found love for Confucius

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Confucius is synonymous with Brand China, but can the Chinese government live up to the wisdom of Confucius? Salvatore Babones Al Jazeera News Ask any educated person in the world to name one great Chinese thinker, and you’ll always get the same answer: Confucius. Ask that person… China’s new-found love… Read More »