Indian Farmers Stand Firm Against Their Government

January 14, 2021
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Farmers protesting on New Delhi’s border last week. Photo Credit: Saumya Khandelwal for The New York Times.

Tens of thousands of farmers have protested in New Delhi, India for more than six weeks. They have set up protest camps stretching for...

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The Crisis in America

January 12, 2021
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Setting up for the inauguration.

Joe Biden will take the Presidential Oath of Office on January 20, 2021. He is the next president of the United States. In one way, it is that simple.

But a large number of citizens...

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What Happened; What Happens Next?

January 8, 2021
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Demonstrators attempt to enter the U.S. Capitol building during a protest in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. The U.S. Photo Credit: Eric Lee/Bloomberg.

American voters chose Joe Biden to be the next president of the United...

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How to Think About America

January 5, 2021
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Waiting for the show to start. The U.S. House of Representatives chamber. Photo Credit: Brendan Hoffman/Getty images. 

Tomorrow is a day of theater in America. The name of the show is “Let’s Overturn the Election.” It is a farce. A group of Republicans...

What Does It Mean to Be Without a Country?

December 29, 2020
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Maha Mamo was born stateless in Lebanon. She received Brazilian citizenship. Photo Credit: Erin Kirkland for The New York Times.

Maha Mamo was born in Lebanon. Her parents were immigrants from Syria. Maha did not become a citizen of Lebanon. Her parents...

France Fast Tracks Many Frontline Workers to Citizenship

December 24, 2020
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French medical workers tend a patient affected with the COVID-19. Photo Credit: Jean-Francois Badias AP.

France said it is putting the applications of foreign frontline workers on a fast track for citizenship. The beneficiaries are not just health care workers. French officials are...

Surprising Picture of How Immigrants Voted in 2020

December 22, 2020
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Immigrants voting. Photo Credit: Hill Street Studios via Getty Images


Joe Biden beat Donald Trump in the election. Forget what you hear about voter fraud. Trump’s claims are false.

But elections are pictures of how people think and how they vote. One big surprise...

Poor Venezuelan Villagers: “There is Gold in the Water!”

December 17, 2020
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A family looking for gold.

Even by the standards of Venezuela these fishermen are poor. One was walking along the shore of the beach when he saw something shining. He put his hand in the sand and pulled up a gold medallion with...

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The Reign of the Mad ‘King’ Trump Will Soon Be Over

December 15, 2020
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Donald Trump at the end of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016. Photo Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.

For four years the president of the United States was a man consumed by his own desires. What mattered to him was...

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