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Slavery, Endless War, and Presidential Politics
As I watched “unity” take hold of the Democratic Party this week, the believer in me wanted to be imbibe it — bottoms up. Michelle Obama ignited the crowd. “That is the story of this country,” she said. “The story that has brought me to the stage tonight. The story of generations of people who felt...
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Scorching Global Temps Astound Climate Scientists
Record global heat in the first half of 2016 has caught climate scientists off-guard, reports Thompson Reuters Foundation. "What concerns me most is that we didn't anticipate these temperature jumps," David Carlson, director of the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) climate research program...
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Defeating Islamic Terrorism. Here’s How…
As terrorism struck again in Nice and Germany and… Donald Trump outlined his policy against Islamic State: as president, he will seek a full declaration of war from Congress, the first such formal invocation since Pearl Harbor. Trump was short on specifics but very clear he would take the...
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Crimes Against the Future and the World After Me
I recently dug my mother’s childhood photo album out of the depths of my bedroom closet. When I opened it, I found that the glue she had used as a girl to paste her life in place had given way, and on many pages the photos were now in a jumble. My mother was born early in the last century. Today,...
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The Right Way to Defeat Terrorism
The recent attacks on Turkey, Bangladesh, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia are just the most recent examples of the horrific terrorist acts taking place around the world. The Islamic State’s recent bombing in Baghdad killed 250 people and wounded hundreds. The uptick of ISIS murderous attacks is likely due...
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Scorching Middle East Beats All-Time Heat Records for Eastern Hemisphere
Thermometers in Kuwait and Iraq reached record-shattering temperatures this week, with Weather Underground reporting that the measurements could be the hottest ever seen in the Eastern Hemisphere. According to Weather Underground 's Jeff Masters, the temperature in Mitribah, Kuwait climbed to an "...
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From Nice to the Middle East: Only One Way to Challenge ISIS
I visited Iraq in 1999. At the time, there were no so-called ‘jihadis’ espousing the principles of ‘jihadism’, whatever the interpretation may be. On the outskirts of Baghdad was a military training camp, not for ‘al-Qaeda’, but for ‘Mojahedin-e-Khalq’, an Iranian militant exile group that worked,...
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Iraq Must Not Be Forgotten: The Humanitarian Crisis Worsens
As ISIS continues to have devastating effects on Iraq, the country is facing some of the most profound challenges it has seen in the last decade. Rachel Sider, Humanitarian Policy Advisor, comments on the need for governments to prioritize the area as they meet this week in the United States at a...
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How Extrajudicial Executions Became "War" Policy in Washington
Think of it as the Trojan Drone, the ultimate techno-weapon of American warfare in these years, a single remotely operated plane sent to take out a single key figure. It's a shiny video game for grown ups -- a Mortal Kombat or Call of Duty where the animated enemies bleed real blood. Just like the...
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Yup, More Mission Creep: US Defense Announces 500 More for Endless War
Further escalating the United States' involvement in the campaign against the Islamic State (or ISIS), the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announced Monday the deployment of 560 additional American forces to Iraq. The announcement was made two days after the Iraqi military reportedly seized the...
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