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Liberia investigating disappearance of $100m in bank notes Newly printed money vanished as it was being transported to the central bank, according to officials.
ICC opens probe into crimes against Rohingya The International Criminal Court has initiated a preliminary investigation into alleged crimes against the Rohingya.
UN Yemen envoy arrives in Sanaa as battle for Hodeidah rages on Martin Griffiths arrives in Yemeni capital as UN push for peace talks between warring sides continues.
Protests grow over jailing of Reuters journalists in Myanmar Scores call for Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo's release in Yangon as reporters across globe voice solidarity on social media.

Political Fragmentation on the Homefront

trump-blameThere are reported to be some 43 million registered Democrats in the U.S. We know, however, that the Democratic Party has been having trouble translating their numbers into continuous electoral success. Why so? Part of the answer has to do with the fact that the party leaders concentrate on recruiting and satisfying a constituency of centrists.

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Gunplay

gunsummiIn June of 2018 I was in Nashville, Tennessee on family business. While there I went to see Paul Simon in concert at the city’s Bridgestone Arena. As is a common practice, everyone went to the bathroom before the program started. That is where I saw the advertisement for “simulated fast paced COMBAT in the heart of DOWNTOWN NASHVILLE” posted over the urinal.

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Are We Sure It Can’t Happen Here?

One runs a risk whenever one cites the 20th century’s great terror states while discussing current ominous developments in the western democracies.

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Update on express entry immigration to Canada

by Edward C. Corrigan and Selvin Mejia On January 1, 2015 the Federal Conservatives introduced significant changes to Canada’s economic immigration program.

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Trump, Spinoza, and the Palestinian Refugees

As though we had any ground for doubt heretofore, we can now clearly see — in light of his end to $350 million in annual humanitarian assistance to five million Palestinian refugees...

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Anti-Israelism and Anti-Semitism: The Invidious Conflation

I and others have warned that enactment of the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act now before Congress would threaten free speech and free inquiry on America’s college campuses and beyond.

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Defining Anti-Semitism, Threatening Free Speech

In May the benign-sounding Anti-Semitism Awareness Act appeared before the U.S Congress “to provide for consideration a definition of anti-Semitism for the enforcement of Federal antidiscrimination laws concerning education programs or activities.”

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Who the Hell Are Jews?

Years ago I had a friendly discussion with Ariel Sharon. I told him: "I am first of all an Israeli. After that I am a Jew."

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Politics

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In Praise of Serena Williams

Serena Williams is a wonder of our time, fantastic as an athlete, enthralling as a competitor, and above all, a shining example of what it is possible to achieve if raw talent and a caring, brave, and moral sensibility is nurtured toward greatness.

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All the President’s Con Men

It’s almost impossible to measure the corruption surrounding Donald Trump these days. It is huuuuuge covering the White House with a blanket of sleaze deep enough to bury the 6 foot three inch unindicted Oval Office co- conspirator to the point he’s going to need a two- foot length of bamboo to continue breathing.

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What Would It Take to ‘Win’ the Drug War?

After decades of warfare, the federal drug war has become a predictable cycle.

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Battle of the DC Network Stars

The ongoing warfare between Omarosa Manigault- Newman and President Donald Trump is more scarily delicious than an underbaked blueberry muffin covered in strawberry marshmallow sauce and wasabi sprinkles.

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For the Love of Reason

Far be it from me to divide humankind in two, but were I so inclined, I’d divide it into those who love reason and those who are indifferent if not outright hostile to it. Members of the first group adore the reasoning process and their own reasoning faculties.

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Swamp Thing

During the 2016 presidential election Donald Trump famously proclaimed he would drain the swamp in Washington, but looking at the cast of characters he’s surrounded himself with, it seems more like he invited all his carnivorous reptilian buddies to come drain their bladders in the swamp and now it’s not only bigger but warmer as well.

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