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To many outside the country, particularly the more liberal, it seems that the government is intervening where it has no business to, dictating what Muslim women should and should not wear. But within France, the ban has broad support. Those on the right and the left both see banning the burkini as an act that defends women’s rights, as well as religious freedom.
France’s veiled prescription of what Islam should be is a poor guise of secularism for the country’s citizens and migrants.
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Indian-administered Kashmir has seen a new wave of unrest since early July when security forces killed 22-year-old Burhan Wani, the former head of the Hizb-ul-Mujhaideen militant group and a popular separatist leader in the Muslim-dominated Kashmir Valley. His death has prompted prolonged protests by tens of thousands of Kashmiris.
Street protests that have plagued Kashmir are likely to continue in the absence of meaningful political engagement between New Delhi and local stakeholders.
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The rise of Donald Trump, who has focused the anger of Americans at the elites in both major political parties, is mirrored by similar populist leaders elsewhere: Viktor Orban in Hungary, Vladimir Putin in Russia, Jaroslaw Kaczynski in Poland, Marine Le Pen in France, Nigel Farage in the United Kingdom, Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines, Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua, Narendra Modi in India.
Illiberal populists all over the world are benefiting from three simultaneous backlashes.
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Interest rates are low, so it should be attractive for companies to borrow and invest in new products and markets. But American companies are not doing that. Instead, they are spending about $500 billion every year buying back their own shares.
The best way to avoid stagnation induced by uncertainty is for governments to look at the road ahead.
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Aside from the obvious potential for illegal demographic profiling, CVE presents other dangers beyond mere policy imprudence. Indeed, the federal government’s past flirtation with interning and deporting Middle Easterners in the US—even American citizens—has most recently been embodied by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Ryan J. Suto addresses the danger of continuing the implementation of the CVE program at the federal level.
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The climate in both Ankara and Brussels now seems to be based upon the notion that it is simply unnecessary to bother running after a train that has already derailed. What is now needed is a skillful touch to remind both parties of the risks, as this could lead to more careless policies and, accordingly, ramifications destabilizing the region.
The European Union’s position vis-à-vis the failed coup attempt in Turkey has put another dent in Ankara-Brussels relations.
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The tension between China and the United States “is one of the most striking and dangerous themes in international politics,” says the Financial Times’ longtime commentator and China hand, Gideon Rachman. In just the past five months, warships from both countries—including Washington’s closest ally in the region, Japan—have done everything but ram one another.
It’s not just the chilling rhetoric. In the past five months, warships from both sides have done everything but ram one another.
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More or less every body of water in the world—from the depths of the biggest oceans to the tiniest rivulets—is contaminated with human-made toxins. This is about 330,000 cubic miles of now-contaminated water.
Human intervention has been responsible for polluting and emptying water resources at a criminal rate.
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The Daily Show went out among #DonaldTrump supporters to see if they share the very same beliefs The Donald wants to test immigrants for—like gender equality, religious freedom and gay rights—with some (un)surprising revelations.
America has lost its sense of irony. Completely.
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While tabloid journalism played its traditional part, it was serious, credible, often liberal journalism that was the most effective—the evangelical promotion of Blair and his wars by The Guardian, the incessant lies about Saddam Hussein’s nonexistent weapons of mass destruction in The Observer and The New York Times, and the unerring drumbeat of government propaganda by the BBC in the silence of its omissions.
The nuclear risk is obvious, though suppressed by the media across “the free world,” says John Pilger.
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In the early 2000s, US shoplifters took about $13 billion of goods from retailers each year, and 11% of Americans confessed to the act. Themes of power were present in the data: Whites were more likely to shoplift than Asians, Latinos, and African Americans. And yes, the wealthy were more likely to shoplift than the poor.
In our tour of the abuses of power, it is clear that when it comes to ethical behavior, it is the wealthy and powerful who don’t play by the rules.
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With the US spending more on patrolling the border than on the DEA, the FBI and the Secret Service combined, do we really need a wall to supplement ground sensors, helicopters, gunboats, dogs, drones and even blimps already in use?
Will a wall along the US-Mexico border make America safe again?
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