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The UN Peacekeeping Mission in Liberia is Coming to a Successful End: By the end of this month the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Liberia will no longer exist. The mission, known as UNMIL, is closing shop after nearly 15 years in operation.  This is a a major milestone and success story for both Liberia and the United Nations. In 2003, it was hard to imagi...
The USA is Closer Than Ever to Reforming its Inefficient Food Aid Program: Advocates for better food aid are hoping they’ll finally see long-awaited changes become law. Last week, Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Chris Coons (D-DE) and Representatives Ed Royce (R-CA) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) proposed companion bills that they say ease restrictions on U.S. international ...
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg 'happy' to testify before Congress amid mounting anger at data scandal : Facebook CEO faced criticism over remaining silent for days
Austin bombings: Police find 'confession' but still seeking motive for 'challenged young man': Suspect did not mention terrorism or hate, Austin police chief says
Only the Poor Die Screaming: 7 January 2018 Only the Poor Die Screaming By Gwynne Dyer If you had a million dollars to spend (but not on yourself), where would it do the most good? Well, the cost to cover morphine or a morphine-equivalent pain relief treatment for all the sick children younger than 15 years who are in real...
Italian Election: Just one month before Italy’s national elections on 4 March, Luca Miniero’s satirical movie ‘Sono Tornato’ (‘I’m Back’) hit the screens all over the country. It imagined the fascist dictator Benito Mussolini returning to the Italy of 2018, and its timing was perfect. “”The Italians, unlike the...
Russian scientists learn to ‘track & control desires’: Russian researchers have developed a device capable of identifying desire centers in the brain and, potentially, controlling them. Scientists hope that their non-invasive method will greatly benefit medical science. Read Full Article at RT.com
Accusations and threats, but where are the facts? – Russia challenges West on truth: From the MH17 case to chemical attacks in Syria to the Skripal poisoning, the West only throws accusations against Russia without giving any proof, the Russian Foreign Ministry said, adding that such an approach “will not work.” Read Full Article at RT.com
The Spoils of War: Afghanistan’s Multibillion Dollar Heroin Trade: Since the US led invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001, the Golden Crescent opium trade has soared. According to the US media, this lucrative contraband is protected by Osama, the Taliban, not to mention, of course, the regional warlords, in defiance of the "international community".
America Has Been at War 93% of the Time – 222 out of 239 Years – Since 1776: First published by Washington’s Blog and Global Research in January 2017 The U.S. Has Only Been At Peace For 21 Years Total Since Its Birth In 2011, Danios wrote:  Below, I have reproduced a year-by-year timeline of America’s wars, …
A New Streetwear Line for Muslim Women Takes the Frills Out of Modest Fashion: Because for her, designing clothes for Muslim women is less about a modest fit and more about carrying out an Islamic ethic. Of course, it’s also about style. “The modest fashion industry didn’t have anything that was speaking to the fashion-forward and edgy Muslim girl,” Ijaz says. “They’re all ...
Kentucky Considers Law on Student Prayer: Courts have generally rejected challenges to “See You at the Pole” events, in which students who want to pray gather at their school’s flagpole outside of class time. And the Supreme Court has generally upheld student-led prayer as long as it is not compulsory or organized by school officials.
Overtime & Underpaid: Within the international development community, it has become extremely popular to focus on the economic potential of women and girls. Reports tout the incredible boost to GDP in developing countries that could come from adding women to the workforce and promoting female entrepreneurship. McKinse...
At the Margins: Cities in low and middle-income countries will add more than two billion people between now and 2050. Slums, the informal settlements that many poor residents call home, will inevitably grow during this period as well. But with a bit of planning and a willingness to relax barriers that exclude th...
F&O this week: Kohl, Grenfell ashes, Trade Jungle, Singapore schadenfreude, US discourse: HELMUT KOHL delivered German reunification and the Euro, by  Noah Barkin  Obituary A towering figure of post-war European politics, Helmut Kohl pushed through German reunification and was a driving force behind the creation of the euro during a 16-year reign as German chancellor that spanned the ...
Is your food expired or ugly? Eat it, is good for you!: By Zabeth Salome Chedraui It is very possible to imagine a world in which people recycle the food that they consider as waste. Nashville has been selected by the Natural Resource Defense Council as a model city on food waste reduction. Many restaurants in the city are participating in the Food Sa...
Action on climate change is cheaper than inaction: Many are afraid that tackling climate change is going to be too costly. But increasingly, studies are showing action will not just be cheaper than inaction, but could actually result in economic, environmental and even health benefits, while improving sustainability. This new page...

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