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Venezuela: Is a Class War Within the Military Underway?

August 9, 2017
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Venezuela: Is a Class War Within the Military Underway?

Things are getting worse in Venezuela. The Maduro government is trying to take full control. People who disagree are going to prison. Food and medicine shortages are growing. Crime, inflation, and unemployment are rising. How does this dictator stay in

China and America: Two Ways of Free Speech

August 7, 2017
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China and America: Two Ways of Free Speech

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to free speech. It guarantees not just the right to make free speech, but the right to hear free speech.

The internet is one path to free speech in America.

Venezuela Heads Down the Dark Road to Dictatorship

August 2, 2017
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Venezuela Heads Down the Dark Road to Dictatorship

A rigged referendum is all it takes. Some Venezuelans went to the polls last Sunday. They voted for a national assembly to rewrite the constitution. The new constitution would give absolute power to the president. If this sounds like Turkey’s

The North Korean Plan for Victory

July 31, 2017
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The North Korean Plan for Victory

Will North Korea go to war against the United States? If it does, it is a war it will lose. Then why are the North Koreans trying to make it seem like they will? Experts see a “plan” behind what

For China, ‘Iran is at the Center of Everything’

July 26, 2017
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For China, ‘Iran is at the Center of Everything’

The idea of ‘America First’ does not impress the world. It is giving other countries the chance to fill the gap left by President Trump’s bombast. For example, Trump is tearing up trade agreements. The rest of the world is

The meaning of the G20 meeting

America in the World

July 12, 2017
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America in the World

From the end of World War II to today, America and Europe have worked together as partners. The common enemy was Russia. But Russia was not the only reason for the alliance.

The nations shared many values. Free elections and …

Where are the Babies?

July 10, 2017
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Where are the Babies?

Women in most of the world are not having enough babies.

At the rate women in the U.S. are giving birth, the U.S. population will decline. Those are the findings of a new study.

The campaigns to lower the number …

Looking at Hong Kong on America’s Fourth of July

July 3, 2017
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Looking at Hong Kong on America’s Fourth of July

It was 241 years ago that the thirteen colonies declared their “independence” from Great Britain. Twenty years ago, Great Britain “handed” Hong Kong over to China.

In a recent speech, President Xi Jinping of China made some things clear. He …

Qatar is a Ticking Time Bomb

June 28, 2017
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Qatar is a Ticking Time Bomb

Arab nations cut economic, diplomatic and travel ties with Qatar a few weeks ago. They issued a list of harsh demands. The demands include:

  • Abandon ties with Islamist terror organizations,
  • Provide information about their fundingof political groups,
  • Shut down

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 …

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