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For the first time, a new strain of bird flu was transmitted human-to-human. This is highly unusual–and could be the first sign of new global pandemic.: In 1918, the world was rocked by pandemic flu. A virulent strain of influenza, H1N1 influenza swept across the whole planet. A fifth of the world’s population was infected, and 20-40 million people died. It killed more people than World War One. We haven’t seen pandemic influenza on that scale si...
This is What Political Science Teaches Us About the Killing of Journalists: We are nearly six months into the year and already nice journalists have been killed in 2017, including four in Mexico alone. That figure comes from Reporters Without Borders and is part of a larger data set that researcher Sabine Carey is collecting on the murders of journalists around the worl...
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Common Sense and the Manchester Bombing. The Militarization of the United Kingdom: We shouldn’t be examining the Manchester bombing tragedy in isolation because we’ve seen all this before. While it is possible that the official explanation of what happened in Manchester, England on May 22, 2017 is correct, other possibilities should not …
Trump-Russia Inquiry Looks at Potential for Wall Street Bank Money Laundering: The majority of American citizens have never heard of the U.S. Treasury agency known as FinCEN – short for Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. But for those who work for Wall Street brokerage firms or the mega Wall Street banks like …
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G7 summit: Leaders pressure Donald Trump on climate change pact - but President makes no promises: Climate change has been a topic of discussion throughout the president's first foreign trip
Minya bus shooting: Donald Trump says 'bloodletting of Christians must end' after 28 die in Egypt gun attack: Donald Trump has said "the bloodletting of Christians must end" in a statement responding to the attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt.
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Iran’s Election: The six-week campaign is over, and 55 million Iranians will vote in the first round of the presidential election on Friday. Or rather, most of those 55 million people will vote, but many will not, because there is great disillusionment with President Hassan Rouhani’s promises to improve the econ...
The Turkish Referendum: “The office of the President of the Reich is unified with the office of the Chancellor. Consequently all former powers of the President of the Reich are demised to the Führer and Chancellor of the Reich Adolf Hitler. He himself nominates his substitute. Do you, German man and German woman, ap...
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Judge overturns life sentence of DC sniper Lee Boyd Malvo: Lee Boyd Malvo’s life sentence for his involvement in the 2002 DC sniper attacks has been overturned by a federal court because he was only 17 years old at the time of his arrest. The ruling is based on a 2016 decision by the US Supreme Court. Read Full Article at RT.com
Girl attacked by sea lion in viral video at risk of rare ‘Seal finger’ infection: The six-year old girl who was dragged off a dock and plunged underwater by a sea lion in Canada may be facing a battle with a rare infection known as ‘seal finger.’ Read Full Article at RT.com
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As Major Cities Crack Down on Panhandling, People of Faith Wrestle With Their Consciences: “If I’ve got money, and it’s easy for me to get over and give them money, I do,” Thun said. “What the Lord taught me is, I have a responsibility to give. What they choose to do with the money is between them and the Lord, and he can work with them in regards to stewardship.”
After the Climate March, Here's How to Continue Talking About Our Earth : On Capitol Hill, we find Democrats acknowledge climate change, affirm the need for action, and sometimes even express frustration and discouragement that there has not been more action. It is as if they need more hope. On the other hand, we find Republicans continue to minimize climate change as ...
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Give Cities Some Breathing Room: Today, just over 50 percent of the global population is urbanized. By 2050, this will grow to 70 percent. In general, people living in cities are healthier than their rural cousins, with improved access to services and healthcare. Densely populated cities are also more efficient users of energy a...
Think Outside The Forest: I recently joined a group of scientists to announce a surprising discovery in Science magazine: There are vast forests in the world’s deserts and drylands—about 1.8 million square miles of them— in areas previously thought to be treeless. Researchers at the Food and Agriculture Organization of th...
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Journalism Matters: fresh sheet for May 13, 2017: Trying to listen in Trump’s America, by Tom Regan   Column In the heart of America, there are long, flat stretches of emptiness in the spring. Fields, only recently plowed and sown with the fall’s harvest, still look barren and soggy. No majestic fields of wheat or corn greet the eye.  This is a ...
Journalism Matters this week: F&O’s fresh sheet: Venezuela spins at the rim of a black hole,  by Jonathan Manthorpe   Column Venezuela is being sucked into a political and social vacuum. The awful probability is that the vacuum will be filled by violence. That’s usually what happens when human societies lose their way. Why America’s health care...
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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...
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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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