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A Trump Abroad

May 25, 2017
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A Trump Abroad

The headline of this article is a word play on the title of a book written by Mark Twain. He is one of the most famous American writers. Twain wrote “Tom Sawyer” and “Huckleberry Finn.” He also wrote “A Tramp …

Erdogan Brings His Police State to Washington

May 19, 2017
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Erdogan Brings His Police State to Washington

The Turks had voted to give dictatorial powers to the next Turkish president. It is sure to be Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Many said there was a lot of fraud in the election.

President Trump was one of the first …

Is Trump Unraveling?

May 18, 2017
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Is Trump Unraveling?

Three big events make many people think Trump is unraveling.

The firing of James Comey

The job of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) is law enforcement. Its oversight includes the federal government. James. Comey was the head of the …

Are Neo-Nazis Hiding in the German Army?

May 12, 2017
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Are Neo-Nazis Hiding in the German Army?

Germany has the past with which it reckons. It is the memory of fascism, Hitler, and the Nazi regime. It is World War II and the Holocaust.

Over the years Germany has come to address its past. It is building

Can the U.S. Launch Missiles When It Wants To and Where It Wants To?

May 10, 2017
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Can the U.S. Launch Missiles When It Wants To and Where It Wants To?

The U.S. sent missiles to take out a Syrian airfield. It was in response to Syria using chemical weapons. The U.S. action pleased many people in the U.S. and elsewhere.

Suppose the Prime Minister of Australia did the same? Can …

The Expert’s Guide to Contentment

May 6, 2017
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The Expert’s Guide to Contentment

The experts met in Vancouver. The agreed on the following tips to a better life.

  • Face-to-face social interaction leads to a longer life

Forget about smoking, drinking, exercise or even your heart. They matter, but something else matters …

For the United Arab Emirates: A New Look

May 5, 2017
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For the United Arab Emirates: A New Look

The United Arab Emirates (UAE), what are they? For one thing, they are a 16th-century form of government. The UAE has no democratic government. The UAE is an absolute monarchy. It has no rules about free speech. Critics know it …

What Do You Say to a Neighbor Who Killed Most of Your Family?

May 4, 2017
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What Do You Say to a Neighbor Who Killed Most of Your Family?

How do you come back from genocide? For Jews, the Holocaust remains the central fact of the past. But Jews and Germans were urban people. They lived in old societies.

And the state of Israel is a refuge Jews can …

Does Race Matter? Ferguson, Missouri Re-Elects a White Mayor

April 11, 2017
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Does Race Matter? Ferguson, Missouri Re-Elects a White Mayor

Ferguson is where the “Black Lives Matter” campaign began. A police officer killed a young unarmed black man in Ferguson. Facts about the case differ. The District Attorney did not charge the police officer.

Other incidents followed. The incidents Included …

For Slaughtering  a Cow in India You Might Get Life in Jail

April 7, 2017
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For Slaughtering  a Cow in India You Might Get Life in Jail

A few days ago, a group of radical Hindus killed a Muslim. His crime, he was transporting cattle. The incident took place in Rajasthan. Cows, religion, politics, and violence sometimes come together in India.

India exports meat. A huge …

Features

How Well Does Your Pet See?

Here is another way pets are like people. They can have vision problems. Sometimes the symptoms are easy to detect. Your dog or cat...

New Danger: The Bottom of Your Shoes

Do you take off your shoes when you go into someone’s home? Most Americans do not. It is common practice in Japan and Finland....

New Research: What it Means to Become a Mother

There is even a word that describes it. It is “matrescence.” The matrescence period begins during pregnancy and extends into motherhood. The signs can...

An Immigrant Artist in America

Nari Ward is an artist from Jamaica. He lives and works in a former Harlem fire station.

Nari Ward takes everyday objects – most...

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