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U.S. Aircraft Carrier Carl Vinson: Where Are You?

April 21, 2017
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U.S. Aircraft Carrier Carl Vinson: Where Are You?

The U.S. said an aircraft carrier group (an “armada”) was heading toward North Korea. It was a show of force. The intent was to show the North Koreas leader that the U.S. was serious. It was time for North Korea …

H-1B Visa Program in the Spotlight

April 20, 2017
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H-1B Visa Program in the Spotlight

Workers from foreign countries are part of the American labor force. That has always been true. After all, America is a land of immigrants. Most of the time, the workers come in search of a better life.

It is not …

Treatment of Detainees About to Get Worse

April 19, 2017
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Treatment of Detainees About to Get Worse

You can call them prisons or detention centers. They are alike. In both, you have to obey the rules.

Jails are for criminals. Detention centers are for immigrants. The immigrants are not criminals. They are there awaiting their fate. Some …

Democracy Loses in Turkey

April 18, 2017
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Democracy Loses in Turkey

American voters elected Donald Trump as President. British voters chose to leave the European Union.

Turks voted to change the way their government works. They amended their Constitution. The next president will have sweeping powers. Gone are the familiar ‘checks …

Checking-In Can Now Lead to Checking-Out

April 17, 2017
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Checking-In Can Now Lead to Checking-Out

Immigrants in the U.S. who do not have the proper papers know they are at risk. It is the risk they took when they crossed the border or overstayed a visa.

There are actions people take to blend in with …

How to Add Three Years to Your Life

April 15, 2017
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How to Add Three Years to Your Life

The results are in. An hour of running adds seven hours to your life. The effect does not get much greater if you run more.

More exact results. Let’s say you run two hours per week over the course of …

Is Turkey About to Vote to End its Democracy?

April 14, 2017
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Is Turkey About to Vote to End its Democracy?

The United Kingdom chose to leave the European Union. Turkey is about to choose whether to end its democracy.

A referendum is set for this Sunday, April 16, 2017. If the citizens vote “Yes,” there will be a big change. …

Slavery in Sorting Italian Grapes for Wine

April 13, 2017
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Slavery in Sorting Italian Grapes for Wine

No doubt, Italian wine is good. The story behind that bottle may not be so good. In fact, it is a tale of modern slavery.

The job is picking and sorting grapes. Women do it. Sometimes they do it for …

Immigration and the Power of American States

April 12, 2017
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Immigration and the Power of American States

The struggle goes back to the writing of the Constitution. Thirteen colonies became the first thirteen states of America. The Constitution became the governing document. It spelled out the rights of the individual (the Bill of Rights). As important, it …

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An Immigrant Artist in America

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