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Iranians Fear U.S. Moving Closer to War

February 10, 2017
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Iranians Fear U.S. Moving Closer to War

This matter would be of interest if this were a computer game. It is not.  America and Iran are enemies.  In 1979, Iranian religious leaders threw the U.S. backed Shah of Iran out of office. They created a theocracy. They …

China’s Railroad Investments Changing Africa

February 9, 2017
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China’s Railroad Investments Changing Africa

China believes in rails. The U.S. believes in walls.

The Chinese are spending billions of dollars on rail lines in Africa. A train line linking Djibouti and Ethiopia just opened. The new line is the first electric railway between two …

The Damage Trump Can Do to the American Economy

February 8, 2017
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The Damage Trump Can Do to the American Economy

Donald Trump won by making promises. He said he could stop the flow of jobs as they move around the world. One way is to start trade wars. He said this would bring factories back to towns where they had …

Updating the News: Gambia, Colombia, Myanmar

February 7, 2017
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Updating the News: Gambia, Colombia, Myanmar

Gambia and Gay People

The president of Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, is gone. He ruled Gambia for twenty-two years. He lost an election. Still, he held on to the office. Troops from other countries surrounded the country. African leaders convinced him …

Trump’s First Commander in Chief Action Fails

February 6, 2017
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Trump’s First Commander in Chief Action Fails

Yemen is a key place to gather intelligence on Al Qaeda. It is a country in distress. Its government is not in charge. It is a dangerous place. Houthi rebels control much of the country. They are allies of Al …

Good Reasons to Vaccinate Infants

February 5, 2017
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Good Reasons to Vaccinate Infants

VaccinationsParents should have their infants vaccinated. Vaccinations protect against measles, mumps, rubella (German measles) and varicella (chickenpox). Some parents worry that the vaccinations may cause autism. Scientists say there is no proof that they do.

Doctors say the reasons to …

Breast Feeding More Important

February 4, 2017
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Breast Feeding More Important

Breastfeeding is a good idea. Only about a quarter of mothers breastfed forty years ago. Now, more than three-quarters do.  Breastfed infants enjoy greater protection from infections. There are benefits for mothers as well.

The newest advice is to breastfeed …

President Trump is Turning America into a Different Nation

February 3, 2017
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President Trump is Turning America into a Different Nation

After two weeks, Trump is clear. America is engaged in a “Clash of Civilizations.”

On one side is an America based on Christian ideals. The ones found in the Constitution and the Bible.

On the other side is the Nation …

The Awful Plight of the Rohingya People

February 2, 2017
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The Awful Plight of the Rohingya People

The Rohingya are a Muslim ethnic group. Their home is Myanmar (also called Burma). Even though they live in Myanmar, they are not Myanmar citizens. The U.N. says they are the world’s most persecuted minority group.

The Myanmar government invade …

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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