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The Mass Shooting in Mexico
Following a week of accolades abroad , President Enrique Peña Nieto returned home to face the worst political crisis of his administration. Protests rage after local police forcibly disappeared 43 students of Ayotzinapa, a rural teaching college in the southern Mexico state of Guerrero. As the...
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Climate Change Linked to Rising Violence: Report
Along with rising sea levels and global insecurity, climate change is producing yet another unforeseen consequence—rising violence, from road rage to civil war, a new report finds. A working paper released Thursday by the National Bureau of Economic Research, which conducted a meta-analysis of 55...
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On the Side of Humanity: The Death of Klinghoffer
A florid and unlikely morality play has been unfurling this week at New York City's Lincoln Center, where the Metropolitan Opera is staging of “The Death of Klinghoffer." Based on the 1985 murder by Palestinian terrorists of an elderly Jew on a hijacked ship, the opera has sparked furious charges...
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Stand Tall America, We’re #1! (When It Comes to Our Military Budget, Knocking Off Wedding Parties, Military Bases, etc.)
We’re now passing through a no-name election season of a particularly lusterless sort, but don’t count on that for 2016. Here, in fact, is a surefire prediction for that moment, which (given the nature of modern presidential campaigns ) will kick off with the usual round of media speculation and...
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Harper and Malala
Ian Fleming famously wrote, "Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times, it's enemy action." The day Malala Yousafzai was to be conferred with an honorary Canadian citizenship, a Canadian soldier was shot dead at the War Memorial on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Two days before Malala...
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Chuck Todd, Militarism and Media Diversity
To his credit, NBC Meet the Press host Chuck Todd is doing interviews with some press critics; he spoke to NYU professor Jay Rosen ( 10/9/14) recently, and also to liberal watchdog group Media Matters ( 10/22/14 ). And some of his comments to the latter are revealing; Todd really wants to mix...
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Police Use of Drones May Threaten Human Rights: UN Expert
The increasing use of drones by police forces and private security may pose a threat to human rights, a United Nations independent expert has said. "An armed drone, controlled by a human from a distance, can hardly do what police officers are supposed to do—use the minimum force required by the...
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US Official: Bombing Oil Pipelines in Syria a 'Viable Option'
A top State Department official on Thursday said that bombing oil pipelines controlled by Islamic State (or ISIS) in Syria is now a "viable option" under consideration by the U.S. military. Julieta Valls Noyes, the US deputy assistant secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, was in London and...
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Protesters Torch City Hall, Demand Justice for Missing Mexican Students
Tens of thousands marched in Mexico City and Iguala, Mexico on Wednesday to protest the disappearance of 43 student-teachers who went missing on September 26. Reflecting growing outrage over the failure of Mexican authorities to resolve the case, a group of masked protesters separated from the...
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The Importance of Being Exceptional
The origins of the phrase “American exceptionalism” are not especially obscure. The French sociologist Alexis de Tocqueville, observing this country in the 1830s, said that Americans seemed exceptional in valuing practical attainments almost to the exclusion of the arts and sciences. The Soviet...
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