October 17, 2018

World

“The great sticking point—around the Irish border—has always been there.”

“America’s economy, thanks to Trump’s deep cuts in taxes and regulations, is powering ahead.”

“Some Catholic leaders are using the sex abuse crisis to unseat Pope Francis.”

“You buy a purse at Walmart. There’s a note inside from a ‘Chinese prisoner.’ Now what?”

“Conservatives win in Ontario and Quebec and may soon lead as many as six of 10 provinces.”

“The latest disaster in Indonesia shows the need for the global system put in place in the wake of 2004’s devastating waves.”

Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and political dissident, has gone missing. Was he killed for his political beliefs?

Australia’s economy thrives on immigration – and could collapse if the influx of immigrants slows down.

“Indonesia covers many complex tectonic environments. Many details of these are still poorly understood, which hampers our ability to predict earthquake and tsunami risks.”

“The case of Tunisia shows that the anger of disappointed middle-class youths is driving radicalization more than poverty or unemployment.”

“Washington should listen to the will of the American people and leave Baghdad.”

“The United States supplies bombs and other support for the war that’s killed civilians and is creating famine.”

“It is the greatest story of our time, and it’s one few have heard of. Mankind is defeating extreme poverty.”

“If Washington’s mayhem doesn’t interfere, discussion of Iran is poised to dominate the UN General Assembly.”

Brexit was just the start. Add Irexit to the mix, and factor in the brewing trouble over Poland and Hungary’s brotherhood of democratic backsliding, and we’re looking at a full-blown EU crisis.

China's massive and rapid investments in Africa have been criticized by some as a form of economic colonialism. Others are just wondering why the West is missing out on the opportunity.

North Korea has committed itself to denuclearization… again. The breakthrough deal between North and South Korea is being celebrated. But why should we trust North Korea this time?

“The repression of the Turkic Uighur Muslim community in western China [.] is a key part of Beijing’s new imperial policy. Only by understanding the dynamics of Chinese empire can one grasp this brutal campaign.”

China’s most famous actress received a zero rating in China’s Orwellian social credit system. Now she’s gone missing.

"If ever two leaders wanted the world to see their 'bromance', it's Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping… But beneath the warmth, some analysts believe long-held mutual suspicions remain."

Yesterday was the anniversary of Al Qaeda's devastating September 11th attacks. Seventeen years later, how has Al Qaeda managed to survive the War on Terror?

India has officially decriminalized homosexuality. The long-awaited repeal of the British Colonial-era law sheds light on the political divisions at work in the increasingly polarized Indian society.

Months after Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un shared their historic handshake, it seems that neither of them has done much to follow up on their agreement to move towards denuclearization. Here's why Trump shouldn't give up on North Korea just yet.

A number of escalating conflicts in the Middle East, such as Assad’s attacks on Idlib and Iran’s continuing creep into Iraq, threaten to further destabilize the region. Will America get involved?

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“The great sticking point—around the Irish border—has always been there.”

“Congress and the president have historically reined in the justices when they’ve gone against public opinion.”

Great schools, low prices, less partying, less anti-Zionism. Why not send your kid to school in Israel?

“Writers from the sitcom’s original run weigh in: ‘You’re not telling a story about a strong matriarch anymore. It’s something else.’”

Sears was Amazon in a time before Amazon. Now they’ve declared bankruptcy.

“When we die now, we leave a multitude of digital relics behind. Can we grieve properly for those we love when the dead remain with us?”

On sensitive issues, most Americans are censoring themselves.

“Bookish, which sounds a bit like Jewish, is the word I use to describe lives that are dominated by books.”

Personality development might be more influenced by siblings than it is by parents.

Are avocados, almonds, melon, kiwi or butternut squash suitable for vegans? Nope!

“Scientists bred healthy baby mice from same-sex parents for the first time.”

“Perhaps there was something too primal about it, the associations with blood and the female body and sexuality, the act of immersing naked in rainwater.”