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The insecurity of inequality

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Global inequality today is at a level last seen in the late 19th century – and it is continuing to rise. Kaushik Basu Asia Times With it has come a surging sense of disenfranchisement that has fueled alienation and anger, and even bred nationalism and xenophobia. As people struggle… The insecurity of… Read More »

Syria after the U.S. Strike: What Should Come Next

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Poison gas and missile response have heightened tensions over the Syria… ICG Washington and Moscow should respond to the new risks by pursuing their stated common interest: sufficient de-escalation of the war’s violence to establish a meaningful political track toward… Whether one believes they were the… Syria after the… Read More »

Toward an enlightened environmentalism

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The relationship between business, politics and the environment is about to become more complicated. Mark Malloch Brown Arab News As US President Donald Trump’s administration threatens to dismantle vital environmental protections, some of which have existed for decades, business leaders are increasingly recognizing — and acting upon — the need for… Toward an enlightened… Read More »

Dreaming ‘hot zone’ found at the back of the brain

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The stuff of dreams has bewildered science for years, but a new study has found a so-called “hot zone” near the back of the brain… Dani Cooper and Genelle Weule ABC The study also confirmed that dreaming does not just happen in the rapid eye movement (REM) phase, associated with fast rhythms of… Monitoring of this hot zone led to predictions about when a person was dreaming in non-REM sleep and even some aspects of the… Dreaming ‘hot zone… Read More »

Organ Donation: A Modern Act of Heroism

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“Live a Legacy of Life. Be an Organ Donor” Is there anything more heroic than saving a life? Marios Prikis University of Vermont Whether, it’s saving a child from drowning or pulling a driver from car wreckage, we are fascinated and profoundly moved by people who perform selfless acts on behalf of others. When it comes to donating an organ however, many consider this form of selflessness as… Organ Donation: A… Read More »

Sticky tar of climate politics oozes over oil reserve valuations

Climate - AEI

Environmentalist ideology and political ambition in combination make for a dangerous blend, and nowhere is that truth clearer than in the context of climate politics, the valuation of fossil-fuel reserves and accusations of “fraud.” Benjamin Zycher AEI With the deregulatory decisions of the Trump administration, in particular in the context of a severe prospective reduction in federal efforts to control emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG), various pressure groups and state… Sticky tar of… Read More »

The Americans volunteering to watch executions

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Teresa Clark has watched three strangers die. She held her husband’s hand the first time, but after that the experience began to… Gareth Evans BBC The couple, who run a chimney sweeping business in Waynesboro, Virginia, volunteer to watch… Teresa’s husband, Larry, 63, went to the first one… “He was very curious. I dropped him off and I asked him all kinds of questions,” she… The Americans volunteering… Read More »

Welcome to ‘the world’s largest death row’

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Despite allegations of rights abuses, Pakistan continues to be one of the five most prolific executioners in the world. Asad Hashim Al Jazeera News Lahore, Pakistan – Exhausted from a full day’s work, 25-year-old student Sohail Yafat knew he had one last stop to make before heading home: a visit to a colleague’s ailing father at the Punjab Institute of Cardiology hospital, in his… Welcome to ‘the… Read More »

We are stepping into a new world…

Daily Sabah

The meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping was one of the most important summits of 2017. Celim Ertem Daily Sabah This meeting took place at the very beginning of the new path both the U.S. and China are about to walk down. China is striving… We are stepping… Read More »

The Threshold Choir: Singing for people on the cusp of death

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Do you find comfort in music? The Threshold Choir sings for people on the cusp of death, hoping to alleviate some of their anxieties… Fiona Pepper ABC The concept of a Threshold Choir first began in America in 2000; a book of ‘comfort’ songs were written and local chapters… Now there are more than 130 choirs worldwide… The Threshold Choir… Read More »

Towards a new Cuban Crisis?

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Immediate Danger of Nuclear War Original title: “Russia is preparing for Hot War” Defence Democracy Press “I think this is the most dangerous moment in American, Russian relations since the Cuban Crisis” – Stephen Cohen, Professor emeritus of Russian studies at Princeton University and New York University Towards a new… Read More »

Co-ordination a must for eurozone survival

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The eurozone crisis is far less dangerous now than during its peak years of 2010-13. Herman Van Rompuy, Fabian Zuleeg, and Janis A Emmanouilidis Irish Examiner Growth has picked up across the EU and 5m jobs were created between 2014 and 2017. But the EU… Co-ordination a… Read More »

The EU’s emphasis on migrant returns has some serious human rights problems

Migration - The Conversation

In yet another move intended to increase migrant returns, the European Commission has presented new measures for an “efficient and credible” return policy in the European Union. Daniela DeBono The Conversation One might read the March 2 2017 announcement as part of the perennial performance put on by EU member states to demonstrate control and assert their authority to affect deportations. Various official speeches… The EU’s emphasis… Read More »

As goes France, so goes the EU

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President of the French far-right party and presidential candidate for the 2017 French Presidential elections Marine Le Pen poses during a photo session in Nanterre on October 17, 2016. / AFP / JOEL SAGET / BLACK AND WHITE VERSION        (Photo credit should read JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)

French voters hold the Continent’s future in their hands. Paul Taylor Politico PARIS — When France sneezes, Europe catches pneumonia. Rarely have the… As goes France… Read More »