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Algeria is Set to Ignite

March 25, 2019
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Algerians take to the streets.

Modern Algeria had a rough start. Sixty years ago, it revolted from France. Then In the 1990s, the Algerian army crushed an Islamist insurgencyThe military chose Abdelaziz Bouteflika as its leader.

President …

When it is Time to Say Goodbye to Your Pet

March 22, 2019
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Credit: Fabio Consoli for The New York Times

Pets become part of the family. When the end of a pet’s life nears, family members can be heartbroken.  The best outcome is what owners think is a “natural death.” The dog, …

“Replacement.” The Threat to White Nationalist Men

March 20, 2019
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White nationalists clash with protestors at Charlottesville.

Birthrates are a simple matter to discuss. When the number of births goes up, the number of people in a city or a nation goes up. When birthrates go down, the number of …

Migrant Caravans Become Big Business

March 18, 2019
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A large group of migrants waits near the Antelope Wells Port of Entry in Hidalgo County, N.M. (Obtained by The Washington Post)

Express buses are taking migrants from Guatemala to the Mexican border. The journey has now become cheaper, safer, …

The Road to Climate Change is Paved With Coughing and Choking

March 15, 2019
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The Taj Mahal as seen through polluted air in Agra, India, in January. Photo Credit: Andrew Kelly/Reuters

The Problem in South Asia

report found that toxic air kills about seven million people every year. Most of those deaths take …

Venezuela: No Food, No Water, No Medicine, No Lights

March 13, 2019
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Caracas, Venezuela without lights. Photo Credit: Meridith Kohut for The New York Times

Inside Venezuela

The lights are back on, for the moment. Much of the country was without power for five days.

The country is still violent. There are …

President Trump Accused of Betraying American Workers

March 11, 2019
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    Legal immigrants taking the oath of allegiance to America.

Donald Trump made a promise to build a wall on the Mexican border. A wall will keep criminals and drugs out of America.

But illegal border crossings are way down.  Criminals …

Fast Food is Still Killing Us

March 8, 2019
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The meal.

Fast food chains have tried for years to appeal to customers who care about their health.  They are adding lighter fare such as salads and yogurt. Of course, the lighter food goes with the usual burgers, fried chicken …

The War Against Trump Has Begun

March 6, 2019
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Representative Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Photo Credit: Tom Brenner for The New York Times

The U.S. Constitution names three equal branches of government. The Executive branch, now headed by President Donald Trump. The Judicial branch, which are …


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