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    Humanity: the next phase

    It was heartbreaking, that final glance, when he saw his wife and kids for the last time. Memories flashed back, in heartbreaking cascades, of all tho... Read More

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    After the Armistice

    November 11 marks the centenary of the Armistice that ended World War I. The end of a war that claimed 40 million lives worldwide triggered euphoria a... Read More

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    After historic firsts

    Amidst the backdrop of white nationalist violence linked to the presidency of Donald Trump, the 2018 midterm elections are ushering in a slate of elec... Read More

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    War and no peace

    Trump is in Paris to commemorate the end of World War I, about which he knows almost nothing.The outbreak of that war in 1914 took many contemporaries... Read More

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    From left to right

    September’s general elections left Sweden with a hung parliament. Two months later, negotiations between parties have not resulted in a viable g... Read More

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    Trump?s loss

    With the Democrats having won the House of Representatives, and forecast to gain 37 seats (there are currently 14 uncalled races), there is some confu... Read More

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    Memories and a miracle

    As we grow older, we often close our eyes and revisit old memories. This happens to me quite a lot lately. Thanks to the Almighty, I have had a good, ... Read More

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    The result

    In what was a very high turnout election, Democrats beat the Republicans by 7.1 points in the popular vote. In 2016, Hillary Clinton’s margin wa... Read More

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    Trump?s partial defeat

    The American electorate delivered a partial defeat to Trump’s Republican Party in the most expensive midterm elections in the country’s hi... Read More

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    We need forests

    The warning from the world’s top climate scientists that carbon dioxide will need to be removed from the atmosphere to limit global warming to ... Read More

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    The reality of Israeli outreach

    There are no permanent enemies and no permanent friends, theorised William Clay, only permanent interests. This principle perhaps best applies to the ... Read More

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    US elections

    Unprecedented amounts of money have flowed into the 2018 midterm elections, and voters are being bombarded with TV commercials and mailers that use mi... Read More

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    Julian Assange

    Over 7 months have passed since WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was deprived of his ability to communicate with the outside world in the Ecuadorian e... Read More

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    Born in the USA

    In the many years this column has appeared, it is rare that it has weighed in on constitutional issues. Occasionally, however, an issue is so signific... Read More

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    Economic reforms: Part - XXXIII

    The primary instrument of fiscal federalism is provided in Article 160 of the 1973 constitution. This deals with the National Finance Commission, the ... Read More

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    Moral disgrace

    A recent agreement between US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and ORR now requires background checks and fingerprints – not just for potenti... Read More

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    War against war

    What comes to mind when you hear the words “anti-war protest”? Most Americans will picture the protests against the Vietnam war in the six... Read More

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    Save the planet

    Over decades we have all operated in our different spheres of life – whether as journalists, academics, politicians, campaigners and educators &... Read More

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    Leaders or managers?

    This is the crux of governance, the difference and complementarity of which must come early to any person in a position of leadership. Actually, it is... Read More

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    War in Yemen

    One reason Saudi Arabia and its allies are able to avoid a public outcry over their intervention in the war in Yemen, is that the number of people kil... Read More

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    Collapsing ecosystems

    The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences recently issued a report on the status of arthropods in rainforests. The report’s shocking a... Read More

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    Truth and the media

    Asia encompasses diverse countries and regions – in terms of religion, culture, language, ethnicity and history. However, the region has remaine... Read More

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    Pittsburgh shooting

    A white gunman walks into a synagogue outside of Pittsburgh and guns down 11 congregants after screaming, “All Jews must die!” during Sabb... Read More

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    An end to a mad race

    The worst humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen, the wretched faces of the hapless people of Syria and the maimed masses in Afghanistan remind one about t... Read More

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    Suppressing voters

    We’re less than two weeks away from the November 6th midterm elections and the strategies of each Party are well defined. Democrats are determin... Read More

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    Doubts and droughts

    The most hazardous global warming risk for society at large is widespread loss of grain production because of a synchronized worldwide drought. It wou... Read More

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    Death by the dozens

    As I sit down to write this column with a very heavy heart, there are bombs going off at some distance. Although I feel I might be away from harm&rsqu... Read More

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    Fear in Trump?s America

    Donald Trump, the American president, has fomented violence against liberal opponents and critics who disagree with his policies, and so-called &ldquo... Read More

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    A dangerous dichotomy

    Donald Trump says the midterm elections are a “referendum about me.” Of course they are. Everything is about him.Anyone who still believes... Read More

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    The Paris pact

    At the end of the Global Climate Action Summit, California Governor Jerry Brown and Michael Bloomberg pronounced that despite Trump’s intransige... Read More

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    Carbon capture

    The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report lays out a rather grim set of observations, predictions and warnings. Perhaps the b... Read More

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    Great march

    Friday 19 October marked the 30th consecutive weekly gathering of thousands of Palestinian women, men and children near the Gaza fence.These past six ... Read More

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    What?s cooking?

    A famous person told me once, very angrily, that if you won’t me talk about what I want to talk about (on TV), then I’ll just discuss food... Read More

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    China and the US

    The Chinese are our best friends while the Americans always try to find some fault with us. Most recently, they even blamed China for our debt problem... Read More

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    The death of a journalist

    The gruesome murder of Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul has become an albatross around the neck of the royal family of the Kingdom o... Read More

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    Homeless in the US

    When San Diego resident Gerald Stark’s rent increased and he couldn’t afford another apartment, the retired union pipefitter moved into hi... Read More

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    Free college

    Forty four million people in the US owe nearly $1.5 trillion in student debt, a total that grows larger every day. Students often choose between eatin... Read More

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    Cycle of hopelessness

    Today, nearly five million Palestinians who live in the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip are trying to survive day-to-day life, without ... Read More

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    The cost of tax avoidance

    International pharmaceutical companies are facing issues with regard to intellectual property rights in developed and developing countries, and local ... Read More

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    An unequal world

    Two meticulously sourced – and deeply disturbing – warnings about our shared global future have appeared over the past week. One has terri... Read More

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    The tower cranes

    About 17 years ago, I lamented the sorry state of our cities in a series of articles in local newspapers with the title, ‘Where are the tower cr... Read More

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    Trump?s debt burden

    The almost 1,400 point, two day drop in the Dow was the market putting its money where its mouth is on Trump’s economic and trade policies. .Jus... Read More

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    Europe vs the people without history

    European society emerged from the darkness of the Middle Ages and transformed on a fresh basis after the Renaissance and the Reformation, which revita... Read More

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    Immigrants

    My apologies to my readers. I am sure they get tired of hearing about immigrants. Immigrants get tired of being in a position where the likes of me ar... Read More

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    AI: the silent observer

    Think of a young man, let’s call him Jack. Jack has just hired a personal assistant, Bob. Bob’s job is to record Jack’s every moveme... Read More

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    A dark comedy

    The ongoing phase-wise civic polls in Jammu and Kashmir are unique, even in the eyes of the Indian security personnel on polling duty. Ramesh Kumar of... Read More

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    Caged

    On June 16 2015 Donald Trump announced his candidacy to the presidency and set the tone of his priorities. The elimination of illegal immigration to t... Read More

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    Brazil?s right

    Jair Bolsonaro, a neo-conservative, rightwing populist, misogynistic and homophobic congressman just missed an outright victory in the first round of ... Read More

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    Laughing with Trump

    Weary of my growing frustration with the reigning superpower’s shenanigans in the Middle East under Bush-43, my former editor would admonish me:... Read More

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    Monitoring volcanoes

    Wilderness Watch recently objected to a Forest Service decision to allow permanent seismic monitoring stations in the Glacier Peak Wilderness in Washi... Read More

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    Crushing dissent

    I am writing this with a deep sense of sadness and foreboding. If, as appears increasingly to be the case, the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dea... Read More

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    Murderers

    ‘This is La Main Rouge,’ said the gruff voice on our home telephone in Geneva, Switzerland. ‘Stop your activities on behalf of the F... Read More

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    The Kavanaugh affair

    It was 5:00am when West Virginia Citizen Action members and coalition activists boarded a bus to cross the Allegheny Mountains as we headed towards Wa... Read More

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    The fading art of rhetoric

    The art of rhetoric requires complete command over the use of language, and techniques to make speeches more appealing by quoting suitable verses and ... Read More

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    Bad policy

    Good farm policy works for rural people by stabilizing prices, encouraging the growth of rural communities, and helping farm families deal with natura... Read More

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    The Afghan war

    We expect 17-year-olds to have learned a great deal starting from infancy, and yet full-grown adults have proven incapable of knowing anything about A... Read More

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    Gaza bleeds

    As a doctor living and working in Gaza all my life, I thought I had seen it all. I felt I knew the limits of what Gaza can endure. But the last six mo... Read More

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    A new global order

    The arrogance that US President Donald Trump demonstrated during the UN General Assembly session last week underscores the need for a new global order... Read More

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    The ideal Indian Muslim

    Soaps, face packs, shampoos and medicinal products made from cow urine and dung will soon be just a click away as an RSS-backed centre says it is set ... Read More

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    War on relief

    The US government’s decision to slash funds provided to the United Nations agency that cares for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, is part of a new A... Read More

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    Our climate conundrum

    Ensconced deep in the heart of the Karakoram mountain range and straddled between India and China lies Gilgit-Baltistan. With its towering peaks and m... Read More

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    What?s next?

    There are no hidden secrets about anthropogenic global warming. It’s everywhere, wherever one looks! After all, the People’s Climate March... Read More

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    Homeless in LA

    Joe Ryes was homeless and living on the streets for five months in Los Angeles when he died of a heart attack on August 20, 2018. He was 56-years old.... Read More

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    Trump?s trade war

    China and the US – the two largest economies and trade partners in the world – are embroiled in an increasingly bitter trade war that coul... Read More

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    A safe world

    September 26th is the United Nations’ International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. One year on from the historic adoption of ... Read More

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    Nomads of knowledge

    Edward Said was one of the seminal public intellectuals in the post-colonial period who gave a voice to forgotten voices and suppressed histories &ldq... Read More

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    A new crash

    Currently, the US government owes $21 trillion, which is slightly more than the household and corporate debt combined. The owners of US debt include f... Read More

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    An unjust solution

    The two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is not dead. On the 25th anniversary of the Oslo Accords, Israel is implementing an unjust ... Read More

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    Shades of revenge

    There are many examples in history of individuals and groups who assassinate their enemies and opponents on the basis of religious hatred or to fulfil... Read More

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    From crisis to clarity

    It is unfair to demand that the new government should be able to quickly turnaround the economy, which has been in a mess for nearly two years. In las... Read More

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    Refugees in the US

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that the US would reduce the cap on its refugee program to a new low of 30,000 people in 2019. This is th... Read More

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    Going beyond woke-washing

    Nike’s latest ‘Just Do It’ ad campaign includes a number of A-list athletes: LeBron James, Serena Williams, Odell Beckham Jr –... Read More

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    Chinese hoax?

    Remember when our president declared that global climate change was a ‘Chinese hoax’? That his assertion ran against the judgment of 97 pe... Read More

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    Tax cuts

    Lawrence MishelOne of the leading arguments for the GOP’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 has been that it will raise the wages of rank-and-file w... Read More

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    Inconvenient realities

    As Australia’s tattered yet new government, led by the increasingly oafish and amateurish Scott Morrison trundled into its post-climate phase, s... Read More

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    The bank bailout

    This week marked 10 years since the harrowing descent into the financial crisis – when the huge investment bank Lehman Bros went into bankruptcy... Read More

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    Hurricane Florence

    ‘Storm of a lifetime’ is how the National Weather Service in Wilmington, NC, described Hurricane Florence as it came lumbering across the ... Read More

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    No clarity on economic management

    The economic performance of the government continues to look tentative. There is confusion in the minds of policymakers – at least that’s ... Read More

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    Prison labour

    As wildfires rage across California, some of the people risking their lives to fight them are paid only a few dollars a day. They’re part of a 2... Read More

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    Hurricane of destruction

    While the Trump administration swirls around in a vortex of Tweets, one thing is for certain, while we are all distracted and perplexed by the daily m... Read More

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    Time to take a stand

    Rahul Gandhi and Chandrababu Naidu standing together, shoulder to shoulder and in a single frame, waving to incredulous, rapturous crowds? Who would h... Read More

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    Maria?s dead

    They knew it was coming. They knew when it would hit. They knew how strong the winds would be and how much rain the storm bands would unleash. They kn... Read More

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    Hurricane Florence

    Hurricane Florence is projected to be an ‘extremely dangerous’ storm, poised to inflict life-threatening impacts on low-lying coastal comm... Read More

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    Sweden is no exception

    Sweden has failed to escape the emerging phenomenon of the far-right making gains across Europe. In the September 9 general elections, established pol... Read More

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    Eco-tourism

    The Montana Wilderness Association and other self-declared ‘conservation’ groups regularly tout efforts to get more and more people into t... Read More

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    A dangerous attack

    In an unprecedented attack on one of the most important judicial bodies in the world, National Security Advisor John Bolton on Monday threatened to sa... Read More

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    Memories of 9/11

    What promised to be a peaceful September morning turned into a nightmare. As usual, that day (a beautiful diaphanous day with a very clear sky) my wif... Read More

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    Violence at the border

    Nidzara AhmetasevicDuring the first two weeks of August, when most people in Western Europe were enjoying their summer holidays, volunteers from No Na... Read More

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    Fear of freedom

    The blatant acts of terrorism against the US on September 11, 2001 jolted the entire world. These attacks raised important questions about the future ... Read More

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    Trump?s latest experiment

    President Donald Trump appears to enjoy experimenting on human beings. First came the separation of young children from their parents. In May 2018, Tr... Read More

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    Climate crisis

    We are facing deep-rooted climate, social, and environmental crises. The current dominant economic system cannot provide solutions. It is time for sys... Read More

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    A killing machine

    Wildlife Services is a secretive taxpayer-supported federal agency whose prime purpose is to kill wildlife. Wildlife Services uses a host of cruel met... Read More

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    Offline tracking

    Google is in the news (again) for creepy surveillance practices. Google, AP reported, is tracking your physical whereabouts even after you tell them t... Read More

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    No war

    A national collaborative grassroots coalition to abolish nuclear weapons is rapidly emerging in this country. The effort called “Back from the B... Read More

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    A people?s history

    The process of writing history by reflecting on political, social and economic factors has gone through different stages. In the first phase, it prese... Read More

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    Healthy eating?

    One of the biggest open questions of this century is whether 144,000 different chemicals swirling throughout the world are properly tested and analyze... Read More

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    Net neutrality

    California’s net neutrality bill, S B 822 has received a majority of votes in the Senate and is heading to the governor’s desk. In this fi... Read More

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    Public debt: boon or bane?

    We now turn to the use of the proceeds of public debt. For this purpose, it is important to understand the system of fiscal management in the country.... Read More

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    Wishing them the best

    A new government has been sworn in. The outgoing one tried all the tricks in the bag to stay in power, but the voters could not be fooled this time. T... Read More

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    The exiled

    Immigrants are the “enemy” in Donald Trump’s America. The president has made the arrest, detention and deportation of immigrants the... Read More

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