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South Africa: The Moment for a Reset is Now

February 19, 2018
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Years ago, South Africa was a nation in apartheid. A white minority controlled the lives of a black majority. It was an evil system and the world condemned it. One result was that nations and companies stopped doing business with

Gaza Strip Plunging into a New Crisis

February 14, 2018
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Gaza is a strip of land just southwest of Israel and northwest of Egypt.  Both countries control their borders with Gaza. The Mediterranean Sea borders Gaza on the west. For most of its history, Gaza has been a home for

Democracy is Dying in Hungary

February 12, 2018
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Democracies can destroy themselves. How can this happen? The destruction can begin with elections. First, a party with a certain view of the world takes power by election.

It happened in Venezuela and Turkey. Vladimir Putin of Russia came

When Governments Give a Little, the People Want More

February 7, 2018
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There is an old saying about the “revolution of rising expectations.” It means that loosening restrictions whets the appetite of people for “more.”

This can enrage the enforcers of religious doctrine. It can affect nationalists who want a return to

If the War on Terror is Over is the Next War Beginning?

January 22, 2018
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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis waits for the arrival of Singapore's Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen to the Pentagon, Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Photo Credit: AP Photo/Cliff Owen.

The American Secretary of Defense says, "yes."

The invasion of Iraq by America

Israel and the Palestine Territories: What is the Future?

January 15, 2018
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The light rail system in Jerusalem, serving Arabs and Israelis.

American President Donald Trump declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel. It is the capital of Israel. But no other country ever was willing to say it is the capital. 


Book Claims That U.S. President is a ‘Child’

January 8, 2018
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A woman in a bookstore. Photo Credit: NY Daily News

A new book about Donald Trump tells a story that is scaring people. The name of the book is “Fire and Fury,” by Michael Wolff. It is already a number-one

Is North Korea Caving? Or is it Cunning?

January 3, 2018
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Kim Jong-un New Year's speech Photo Credit: Lee Jin-Man AP/Images

Kim Jong-un is the leader of North Korea. He wants his country to have a nuclear weapon that can reach the United States. He believes that will make the rest

It may not last long

Freedom Breaks Out in Iran

January 1, 2018
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Iranian riot police tossed smoke grenades at students. Teheran University, Saturday. Photo Credit: Associated Press

By freedom, we mean freedom of expression. In America, it is the right to petition the government. The Constitution protects that right.

People in Iran

Why America Will Not Try to Influence the Russian Election

December 27, 2017
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The Russian opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny, center, trying to register as a presidential candidate. His application was denied. Photo Credit: Maxim Shipenkov/European Pressphoto Agency

Russian President, Vladimir Putin, did not like Hillary Clinton. He said she made trouble for


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