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Guyana: To Be Rich and Ethnically Split

August 4, 2020
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Lining up at a polling station in central Guyana on election day. Photo Credit: Adriana Loureiro Fernandez for The New York Times.

Guyana is a country on the east coast of South America. It has a population of three-quarters of a million people....

The United States Is Becoming a Smaller, Meaner Nation

July 14, 2020
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People taking the citizenship oath in Des Moines on July 2. Photo Credit: Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press.

How do we know?  Under Trump's presidency the government has almost stopped hiring new workers.  One-third of federal workers will be eligible to retire between now and...

Mexican President In U.S. With Weak Hand

July 9, 2020
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President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico went to Washington to meet with President Trump. Photo Credit: Mexican Presidency, via Reuters.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador visited the U.S. on Wednesday, July 8th. He met with President Trump.


China Starts to Bully The World

May 26, 2020
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A screen showing China’s leader, Xi Jinping, during the opening session of the National People’s Congress in Beijing. Photo Credit: Thomas Peter/Reuters.

In the past year, thousands of people in Hong Kong have demonstrated against China. China has wanted to remove some Hong Kong...

Trump Becomes His Own Doctor. Tests Unproven Drug on Himself

May 21, 2020
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“All I can tell you is so far I seem to be OK,” President Trump said on Monday. Photo Credit: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Donald Trump is President of the United States. He wants the coronavirus to go away. He spent January...

Essay: One of These Two Men Will Run Against Trump in November

March 10, 2020
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Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders in debate.
Joe Biden (L.) and Bernie Sanders in debate.

Primary elections are taking place in six states today. Voters are picking the Democrat they want to run against Donald Trump for president. They are...

India on a Path to Intolerance

February 18, 2020
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Muslim women protested against India’s new citizenship law in Mumbai last week. Photo Credit: Satyabrata Tripathy/Hindustan Times, via Getty Images Is there a reason why Hindus and Muslims cannot live together? What is the problem? Narendra Modi is the Prime Minister of India. He...

The President Trump Impeachment Scorecard

December 24, 2019
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Chief Justice John Roberts shaking hands with President Trump. Photo Credit: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call. Everyone knows that the U.S. House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump last week. What next? First, impeachment is not a finding of guilt about anything. It is a...


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