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Waging Peace in Colombia is Not Easy

March 3, 2017
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Waging Peace in Colombia is Not Easy

The fifty-year war in Colombia was over. It was time to make peace work. The rebels (known as FARC) agreed to turn in their weapons. The movement was to become political. The military phase was over.

But a lot …

Who is Targeting American Jews?

March 2, 2017
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Who is Targeting American Jews?

Anti-Semitism is another word for being anti-Jewish. It means being against people because of who they are.

Jews have suffered for centuries because of their religion. Seventy-five years ago, Hitler set out to kill all the Jewish people in countries …

How to Keep Wages Low — American Style

March 1, 2017
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How to Keep Wages Low — American Style

Workers just do not seem to be able to make enough money. There are reasons. Moving factories across the border is just one of them.

Another is outsourcing jobs. Not outsourcing to Mexico but inside the United States. Hundreds of …

A Police State in the Making?

February 28, 2017
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A Police State in the Making?

Many Americans say President Trump is right on immigration. They say the nation should know who is crossing the borders. Coming to America is a privilege. It is not a right. They say they support legal immigration.

There are about …

North Korea – Number One Global Threat

February 27, 2017
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North Korea – Number One Global Threat

North Korea has nuclear weapons. North Korea has chemical weapons. North Korea has a mad man as its leader.

His name is Kim Jong-un. He is the latest leader from a family that has run North Korea since 1948. He …

Trump Introduces Fear into America

February 24, 2017
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Trump Introduces Fear into America

All over the world, documents matter. Passports give people identity. Driver’s licenses let you drive. To be without documents is to expose yourself to danger.

It was never safe for anyone to be in America without papers. Millions came the …

New Workers Reviving Old Cities, and Yes, They are Refugees

February 23, 2017
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New Workers Reviving Old Cities, and Yes, They are Refugees

Upstate New York was going downhill. The plants were closing. Too many houses were vacant. Two large upstate cities, Buffalo and Rochester, were suffering.

Refugees knew a good thing when they saw the upstate cities. Housing was cheap. They saw …

Texas Oil Fields Booming, Jobs Not So Much

February 22, 2017
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Texas Oil Fields Booming, Jobs Not So Much

Texas oil fields were going through hard times. Prices were dropping; production was dropping. Thousands of workers lost their jobs.

Now oil production is coming back. The workers are not.

Lower prices forced oil producers to find new ways to …

Republican Replacement for Obamacare Taking Shape

February 21, 2017
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Republican Replacement for Obamacare Taking Shape

An observer sums it up in one sentence. She said the Republican plan for health reform would take money from the poor and give it to the rich. That is a lot easier than taking money from the rich and …

In Brief

Selling Kids on Vegetables

How to get kids to eat vegetables? Marketing is the answer. You can call it tricks or just good ideas. Whatever works.

School lunchrooms are...

What Do You Call Yourself if Your Mother is White and Your Father is Black?

On the 2010 Census, President Barack Obama, identified himself as  “black.” But millions of Americans consider themselves “bi- or multi-racial.”  And their numbers are...

Mending Walls, By Robert Frost

Robert Frost (1874 – 1963) was a great American poet. Just before he died, he read his poetry at the inauguration of President John...

Pineapple on Pizza? The Global Debate

The President of Iceland started it. Last week he joked that pizza topped with pineapple should be outlawed. His remarks set off a debate...

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