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Is Venezuela Going the Way of Cuba?

June 26, 2017
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Is Venezuela Going the Way of Cuba?

Democracy looks like this. The people elect the representatives and leaders. Sometimes the vote does not turn out too well. Almost twenty years ago the people of Venezuela elected Hugo Chávez. He won by a landslide.

Chavez said he would …

Arab States Break Ties with Qatar, an Arab State

June 7, 2017
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Arab States Break Ties with Qatar, an Arab State

There is an old story.

A scorpion asks a camel to give him a ride on its back across the Jordan River. The camel says, “If I do that you will sting me and we will both drown.” The scorpion …

Venezuela Gets a Payday Loan

June 5, 2017
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Venezuela Gets a Payday Loan

You know how payday loans work. You borrow money because you think you will be able to pay it back with your next paycheck. The interest rate is high, but you can manage it if you pay the loan back …

Reality Meets Reality in Global Trading

May 26, 2017
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Reality Meets Reality in Global Trading

Harley-Davidson is the Harley Davidson of motorcycles. It is a symbol of America. It is a big motorcycle with the roar of a lion.

President Trump greeted executives of the company on the White House lawn in February. He said, …

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 …

Turkey Blames U.S. for Riot in D.C.

May 23, 2017
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Turkey Blames U.S. for Riot in D.C.

They say elections matter. Was it the Turkish people who voted to give a new president powers that could kill the democracy? Or was the election itself a fraud? The vote gave President Recep Tayyip Erdogan the mandate to rule …

Does Brazil Have More Crises than America?

May 22, 2017
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Does Brazil Have More Crises than America?

The future of Brazil was on the line. The government wanted the kind of reform that economic markets like and the people do not.

Brazilian President Michel Temer wanted to reduce pensions. He wanted to make the age of …

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 …

The Sanction Industry: North Korea, Cuba and the USA

May 17, 2017
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The Sanction Industry: North Korea, Cuba and the USA

What do Kim Jong-un of North Korea, Raul Castro of Cuba and President Donald Trump all have in common? All share the view that free markets and free trade threaten their regimes.

For years other governments have placed sanctions on …

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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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