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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

New South Korean President Vows to Work with North Korea

May 11, 2017
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New South Korean President Vows to Work with North Korea

It sometimes seems like there are three parties in the crisis. They are the U.S., China, and North Korea. There is a fourth party in the crisis. It is South Korea. South Korea just elected a new president. He is

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 …

French Election Decisive: What Does it Mean?

May 9, 2017
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French Election Decisive: What Does it Mean?

Emmanuel Macron is the new president of France. He swept the election with 66 percent of the vote. It was a big victory. He ran as an independent. His opponent, Marine Le Pen, got 34 percent of the vote.

Next …

Want a Bigger, Stronger Economy? Put More Women to Work

May 8, 2017
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Want a Bigger, Stronger Economy? Put More Women to Work

The U.S. leads the world in some things such as:

Death by Firearms – Science – Research and Development – Weapons Sales – Prison Population – Language Diversity – Food Production – Food Waste.

America does not lead the world …

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 …

Trump — the Killer, the Autocrat, and the General

May 3, 2017
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Trump — the Killer, the Autocrat, and the General

As U.S. president, Donald Trump meets other heads of state. He chooses whom he meets. It is not surprising that he talks with the heads of democracies that are friends of the United States.

What is surprising are some of …

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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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