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    Where are the Democrats?

    President Trump’s announcement stating that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and directing the State Department to begin moving the embassy sp... Read More

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    Where are the Democrats?

    Medea Benjamin & Ariel GoldPresident Trump’s announcement stating that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and directing the State Department to ... Read More

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    The silver lining

    Don’t count me among the mourners – habitual or seasonal – even though there are good reasons to mourn about our descent into darkne... Read More

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    Saving humanity

    Since the beginning of the nuclear age and the dropping of the first atomic bombs, humankind has struggled with the reality of being able to destroy t... Read More

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    Economic reforms: Part - IV

    The tariff differential subsidy (TDS) spawned perverse incentives for a number of players and was detrimental to the fiscal system. We describe here t... Read More

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    The victor?s hubris

    On the morning of May 31, 1992, as the Queen Mother unveiled the controversial memorial for Arthur ‘Bomber’ Harris outside the RAF Church ... Read More

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    With or without the US

    The United States’ abandonment of global migration and climate change agreements in the same year could be disastrous for climate refugees.When ... Read More

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    Palestine cries

    Palestinians have been experiencing a collective sense of anxiety and anger ever since President Donald Trump announced that the US formally recognise... Read More

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    Travel ban

    On Monday, December 4, the United States Supreme Court allowed the third version of President Donald Trump’s travel ban to take immediate effect... Read More

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    Ayodhya: the long wait for justice

    It has been 25 years since the destruction of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya. And it still seems like it was only yesterday that the tragedy that changed Ind... Read More

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    Say the word

    Pope Francis lost a historical opportunity to truly set his legacy apart from previous Popes. Alas, for him, too, political expediency trumped all els... Read More

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    Jurisdiction

    Last week, Slobodan Praljak, a Bosnian Croat general, committed suicide after he was found guilty for war crimes by the International Criminal Tribuna... Read More

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    Trapped in a no man?s land

    In a no man’s land along the Syria-Jordan border, an estimated 55,000 Syrians escaped the horrors of Syria’s conflict only to languish, ab... Read More

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    Climate migration

    A drastic change of the climate was one of the causes for a wave of German emigration to the United States in the 19th century. The grandfather of Don... Read More

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    The fault is in the system

    At the G20 steel summit in Berlin last week, the world’s largest steel-producing countries agreed to dismantle market-distorting subsidies. This... Read More

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    Human solidarity

    Nobody argues any more about what is happening in Myanmar. The United Nations, international human rights organisations and world capitals all agree t... Read More

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    Immortal words: Part - II

    Random thoughtsWhen the Holy Prophet (pbuh) appointed a man from the Hudhayl tribe as the commander-in-chief of his divinely-aided army, an insolent m... Read More

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    Fifth column: The Muslim problem

    November shall be remembered for unravelling the deep-seated hatred and contempt for Muslims, commonly known as Islamophobia, and the open endorsement... Read More

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    The joy of learning

    Among the Rohingya children who have fled Myanmar, there is a great desire to learn and grow. It is an enormous untapped resource, and it is urgent th... Read More

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    The age of the Anthropocene

    It’s another day in the age of the Anthropocene where a global game of musical chairs continues to play out. As humans continue to plunder and p... Read More

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    Faith, love and justice

    Love conquers all. Hadiya is an inspiring example of what the love for faith can accomplish when it is pitted against the greatest of odds. The frail ... Read More

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    Save the internet

    President Trump’s chair of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, announced last week that his agency was going to repeal the Obama-er... Read More

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    Medieval European universities

    In 387 BCE, Plato (d 348 BC) founded an Academy at Athens for the teaching of Philosophy. In this respect, he deviated from his teacher Socrates (d 39... Read More

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    On the global stage

    Over the last few years, tensions in the Middle East have been escalating with each passing day and many factors have contributed to this uncertainty.... Read More

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    Immortal words

    Random thoughtsThe following tale is taken from Rumi’s Masnavi, which I never tire of reading. It is a free rendition of the English translation... Read More

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    The spirit of our age

    A gloomy early afternoon in mid-November New York, a heavily overcast grey sky - it is a perfect setup to enter the cemented austerity of The Met Breu... Read More

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    Time to change

    A proposal by a California administrative law judge has given safe energy advocates new hope that two Diablo Canyon nuclear reactors will be shut befo... Read More

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    Trapped

    Imagine that your son becomes critically ill, but he is not allowed into the nearest hospital for treatment. You need to travel to the market to earn ... Read More

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    Collateral damage

    After being in power for more than four years, the PTI-led KP government, with the help of the City Development Initiative for Asia, established the T... Read More

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    Net neutrality

    In December the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to repeal already compromised regulations that are in place to maintain a semblance o... Read More

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    After Mugabe

    The week-long political drama and behind-the-scene manoeuvres in Zimbabwe have finally ended following the resignation of Robert Mugabe. This marks an... Read More

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    Negative growth

    Everyone wants everything – how is that going to work? The promise of economic growth is that the poor can live like the rich and the rich can l... Read More

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    Padmavati and imagined angst

    Let’s get this straight. All the mayhem and madness over ‘Padmavati’ roiling India is not really about the imagined romantic encount... Read More

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    Tax cuts

    The Republican tax plan has plenty of critics, but not enough it seems. And the plan’s critics in Congress, where the battle is being waged, see... Read More

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    Silence on Myanmar

    A decade ago, the military government in Myanmar cracked down on peaceful protests for economic and political reform, killing an estimated 100 monks a... Read More

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    A looming crisis

    It could hardly have been imagined that the so-called developed countries would face continual political upheavals. However, the prevalence of politic... Read More

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    Beyond Brexit

    The future of the European Union is surely in doubt. Brexit and Catalonia are the most glaring recent examples of the irrepressibly dynamic forces of ... Read More

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    Women at work

    After the news that Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein had been sexually harassing and assaulting women in the movie industry for decades, millions o... Read More

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    The free sale of firearms

    “Guns don’t kill people – Americans kill people,” noted filmmaker Michael Moore once said.On November 5, about a month after t... Read More

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    Flirting with war

    The most surprising part about Donald Trump’s Wednesday speech, directed at the North Korean regime via Tokyo, is that more people of a certain ... Read More

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    The left gets rolled again

    Twenty years ago the optimism surrounding the development of the internet — by the American military (ARPA / DARPA) through communications chann... Read More

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    No tears for the Rohingya

    Reading about the Jewish Holocaust in Hitler’s Germany, I often wonder how the world could have just stood around and allowed this catastrophe t... Read More

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    Nuclear power and space

    The website nuclear-news this month has declared: “Nuclear Power and Space Exploration – theme for November 17.” And, indeed, a desi... Read More

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    Where the US fails

    The climate crisis is upon us. It seems that every report on climate conditions has one thing in common: things are worse than predicted. The World Me... Read More

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    Modern slavery

    Out of the 40 million victims of modern slavery worldwide, almost two-thirds – 25 million people – are exploited in Asia and the Pacific, ... Read More

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    Towards self-determination

    The right to self-determination is a fundamental principle in international law. The UN General Assembly in 1970 declared that the duty of all states ... Read More

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    The muddle of modernity

    It has become so much easier to talk people out of something than getting them interested in a subject for long enough to draw a thoughtful reflection... Read More

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    Conflicts and peace

    Sanity seems to be prevailing in the Syrian conflict. The two most powerful leaders of the world – US President Donald Trump and his Russian cou... Read More

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    Gun control

    Here’s how to judge the pragmatic case for gun control: if the pro-control lobby managed to have each of its favorite restrictions enacted, coul... Read More

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    Climate justice

    Seas rise in the Pacific islands, forcing people to leave their homes.      A fracking company takes a fancy to a drought str... Read More

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    Random thoughts : Education and technology

    Part - I Our country is going through a difficult time. But very few people, especially those in power, realise that most of our problems stem from t... Read More

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    A way of fixing

    Anyone old enough to remember when Existentialism was not seen simply as one brief, fascinating stop on the interminable journey of human inquiry &nda... Read More

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    Part - I: Education and technology

    Random thoughts Our country is going through a difficult time. But very few people, especially those in power, realise that most of our problems stem... Read More

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    One year of Trump

    Donald Trump’s entry into the White House was an event of monumental proportions that caught the world unawares. Political pundits in Washingto... Read More

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    Perpetual victimhood

    Privilege is a characteristic feature of the world we live in, defining the vast and unmistakable gaps between the haves and the have-nots, the prover... Read More

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    Fifth column: Papers from paradise

    Paradise has lifted its veil and exposed many of its shrouded inhabitants. The new data leaks, dubbed as the Paradise Papers, have yet again exposed h... Read More

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    After the New York attack

    This week’s ISIS-inspired truck attack in lower Manhattan by Uzbek immigrant Sayfullo Saipov        has promp... Read More

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    Power struggle in the kingdom

    What is happening in Saudi Arabia at the moment is a mere power game. A young and ambitious crown prince is trying to outmanoeuvre potential rivals an... Read More

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    Can Rahul stop the Modi juggernaut?

    What’s Rahul Gandhi having these days for breakfast? The scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty has been on a roll after having discovered his &lsquo... Read More

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    Using fear

    The mysterious case of the alleged ‘acoustic attacks’ against US diplomatic personnel in Cuba turns out to have been a media maneuver aime... Read More

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    Climate peril

    A just released report on climate change (Climate Science Special Report) issued by 13 U.S. federal agencies states that human activities are responsi... Read More

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    The ecosystem is breaking down

    The ecosystem is the quintessential essence of life on our planet, and this crucial life system is showing signs of breaking down. It is likely a more... Read More

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    Has poverty been reduced?

    “Take a bow, capitalism.” That’s from       The Economist, a business-happy publication that has every... Read More

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    The corporate logic

    In American politics today, corporations reign supreme. Powerful corporations control American politics through Big Money and Big Data. Donald Trump a... Read More

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    The time has come

    A common thread throughout history is that great leaders did the right thing at the right time, with courage and integrity. The current climate crisis... Read More

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    Can the Democrats save themselves?

    Beyond Hillary Clinton’s epic unraveling in 2016, the Democratic Party has been amassing electoral corpses for years. Since President Obama&rsq... Read More

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    Silence is golden

    Random thoughts One can’t help but be shocked by the rhetoric used by political leaders in TV programmes. It leaves the impression that all nor... Read More

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    The politics of fear

    With the speed at which globalisation has occurred over the past few decades, it could have easily been assumed that Nazism, racism, xenophobia were ... Read More

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    A brave new world

    As the clock ticks down on Britain’s exit from the European Union, one could not go far wrong casting British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn... Read More

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    A feeble promise

    There is more than a little irony in Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to attend a “celebration” dinner this week... Read More

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    Riches, racism and recuperation

    A reluctance by Liberals since the Reagan administration to target the wealth divide and the economics that creates it can be traced to its own invest... Read More

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    A managed decline

    It is clear that the end of the fossil fuel era is on the horizon. Between plummeting renewable energy costs, uncharted electric vehicle growth, gover... Read More

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    No surprises

    The by-election in Peshawar’s NA-4 constituency failed to produce any big surprises. As expected, the PTI won this seat by a large margin. If th... Read More

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    White immigrants

    Happy Native American Heritage Month! In this “Make America Great Again” era, where white nationalists (and your nextdoor neighbours who ... Read More

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    Problems of the super rich

    NEW YORK: A study just released by UBS, a major global financial services company, has revealed that, during 2016, the total wealth of the world&rsquo... Read More

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    Lessons from NA-4

    With the next general elections less than a year away and the political landscape taking an uncertain turn, the recent by-election in NA-4 come across... Read More

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    An anti-imperialist breakthrough

    US troops are now conducting 3,500 exercises, programs, and engagements per year, an average of nearly 10 missions per day, on the African continent, ... Read More

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    Economic fundamentals

    Even though there are differences among experts on its definition, the term ‘economic fundamentals’ is highly popular and well understood.... Read More

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    Chemical planet

    Each and every year an avalanche of toxic chemicals, amounting to 250 billion tonnes, drips over Earth, which, over time, will sanitize all life, turn... Read More

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    Casting couch

    For years, various celebrities and shows referred to Weinstein’s repulsive behavior with thinly veiled jabs. Shows like Entourage and Unbreakabl... Read More

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    Random thoughts: When the judgment comes

    The Day of Reckoning is usually referred to as the Day of Judgment or the Day of Resurrection. In the Holy Quran, it is also referred to as “tha... Read More

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    The danger of fascism

    For all of the millions of words written about the fascist danger posed by Donald Trump, there are very few devoted to an actual analysis of fascist e... Read More

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    Tale of Puerto Rico

    On September 20, Hurricane Maria swept through the United States territory of Puerto Rico and devastated the island. The death toll is not yet confirm... Read More

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    500 years of reformation

    In 1517, Martin Luther (d 1546), professor of theology at the Wittenberg University nailed his 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Church, challen... Read More

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    Preventing war

    Everyone from         Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel     and    ... Read More

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    Rohingya children

    Nine-year-old Hamida* has a bandage wrapped around her head and vacant eyes that suggest her mind and body are worlds apart. I’ve never seen a c... Read More

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    The Catalan crisis

    This is a difficult year for Spain. First, the prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, had to appear in court because of corruption charges levelled against hi... Read More

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    Reconstruction of Raqqa

    The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) celebrated winning the battle for Raqqa by recreating the ‘tank doughnuts’ that ISIL did when they seiz... Read More

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    Ecological collapse

    A recent landmark study that investigated alarming loss of insects is leaving scientists dumbfounded, deeply troubled, potentially the biggest-ever ex... Read More

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    Time to get civilised

    Every so often in the US, a scandal erupts to temporarily demolish the country’s marketed image as a pioneer in gender equality and related righ... Read More

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    Trump?s North Korea rhetoric

    A general sense of political uncertainty has loomed the past few weeks as US President Donald Trump continued his abusive and dangerous rhetoric over ... Read More

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    Trump?s North Korea rhetoric

    A general sense of political uncertainty has loomed the past few weeks as US President Donald Trump continued his abusive and dangerous rhetoric over ... Read More

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    Stop ignoring Yemen

    Earlier this year, I left my home in Yemen to try to tell the world the story of a collapsing and suffering country, a story that largely has been ign... Read More

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    Fifth column: The Bijbehara massacre

    Twenty-four years ago, on the 22nd of October, 1993, Bijbehara, my hometown, was struck by a vicious massacre that killed scores of peaceful protester... Read More

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    Positive signs

    It has been said more than once that the only ‘peace’ Israeli Prime Murderer Benjamin Netanyahu wants with the Palestinian people is a gre... Read More

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    Abuse of power

    Barely a month after President Donald Trump announced plans to deepen and extend the now 16-year-old U.S. war in Afghanistan, reports surfaced of plan... Read More

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    Poverty and economic policies: Part - I

    In 1992, the UN declared October 17 as the International Day to Eradicate Poverty. Since then, on this day governments around the world pledge to redu... Read More

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    Raising the ghosts of Ayodhya

    The more things change for the BJP and its Parivar, the more they remain the same. When in doubt or facing the slightest rough weather, it reverts to ... Read More

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    Genocide in Myanmar

    It is only in recent weeks that the word ‘Rohingya’ has begun to crop up in international headlines and to seep into the world’s col... Read More

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    Just an assault?

    “I am over the passivity of good men. Where the hell are you? You live with us, make love with us, father us, befriend us, brother us, get nurtu... Read More

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