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Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

5 Reasons Why North American Retirees Are Flocking To Mexico

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | August 27, 2016 | Fifty
Current estimates put the number of U.S. and Canadian citizens living in various places in Mexico at well over one million. Not all are retired, but hundreds of thousands of them are.
Nathan Gardels

Weekend Roundup: Anti-Global Backlash Is Realigning Politics Across the West

Nathan Gardels | August 26, 2016 | World
The great sociologist Max Weber postulated that the birth act of modern capitalism was the secession of business from the household and thus the web of moral and ethical obligations that intimate form of human organization entailed. Zygmunt Bauman has called globalization the "'second secession'" in which unleashed capitalism has "'flown away'" from the constraints of the nation-state, in effect the larger household. Now, national households are clawing back their claims, reasserting sovereignty in an anti-globalization backlash that is profoundly realigning politics.(continued)
Ben Barber

Middle East Death Tolls Rise

Ben Barber | August 26, 2016 | World
War and terrorism in dozens of Middle East countries from Tunisia to Afghanistan since 2010 is rolling back health care and leaving open paths for new and old diseases to strike down millions and spread to the Western countries.
Abdullah Sharif

Afghanistan: A Pawn In The Pakistan India Regional Tug Of War

Abdullah Sharif | August 26, 2016 | World
Afghanistan, also known as the crossroads of civilization dating back centuries, has found itself on a different crossroad in the past few decades. This time around, however, it has been very deadly and destructive for Afghanistan and its inhabitants.
Ivan Eland

We Really Don't Know if the Defense Department Is Providing Security

Ivan Eland | August 26, 2016 | World
The U.S. Army has been falsifying its accounting records to the tune of $6.5 trillion for the year, according to a recent report by Department of Defense auditors.
Antonia Williams

The Sanctity of Counting Dead Bodies

Antonia Williams | August 26, 2016 | World
Yesterday was the first time I saw a dead body. Not just one, but many. They were in bodybags but I could still make out the figure. I could still make out bent limbs and dried blood. The smell reached deep and engrained itself in my nose for hours after I left.
Raza Habib Raja

End of the Past: Story of What Went Wrong With Pakistan

Raza Habib Raja | August 26, 2016 | World
Nadeem Farooq Paracha, or NFP as he is popularly known is perhaps Pakistan's most popular and yet controversial English language journalist. I started to follow him in 1995-96 and over the years, my opinion about him has oscillated a lot.
Brian Dooley

Bahrain's Truth Will Out

Brian Dooley | August 26, 2016 | World
There's a U.N. Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva in a few weeks, which means Bahrain is slapping travel bans on activists who might go there and, ya know, tell the truth about what's happening in the dictatorship.
Azadeh Shahshahani

An International Tribunal Declares the 'Impeachment' of Brazil's Dilma Rousseff an Illegitimate Coup

Azadeh Shahshahani | August 26, 2016 | World
The grounds for it are baseless, and many of the legislators pushing it are themselves under indictment for serious crimes. On July 19 and 20, I served as a juror for the International Tribunal for Democracy in Brazil, held in Rio de Janeiro. The tribunal was modeled on...
Menna Elnaka

The Nightmare Egyptian Abdelrahman ElGendy Lives in Prison

Menna Elnaka | August 26, 2016 | World
Abdelrahman ElGendy is a student, 20 years old. In October 2013, after the ouster of the elected-president Mohammed Morsi, there was a protest in Ramsis Square. Abdelrahman, being a 17-year-old then, wanted to watch and take some footage of the protest. But he was instead arrested from the car with his father, because the police suspected that the beard of his father meant that he belonged to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Ameenah Sawwan

Through Their Voices 5.10: The Returnee's Voice

Ameenah Sawwan | August 26, 2016 | World
Moaddamiyeh has been an early hotspot for anti-Assad demonstrations and the following government oppression. The town has endured the siege of the Assad regime since the end of 2012, and it is one of towns hit by chemical weapons in August 2013.
Doug Bandow

Is U.S. Prepared To Sacrifice Los Angeles For Taipei? The Extraordinary Danger Of Foreign Military Commitments

Doug Bandow | August 26, 2016 | World
Taiwan long has been one of the globe's most dangerous tripwires. Other than a brief period after World War II, the island has not been ruled by the mainland for more than a century. The 23 million people living on what was once called Formosa have made a nation.
Abdul Malik Mujahid

No Rohingya On Commission To Address Their Fate

Abdul Malik Mujahid | August 26, 2016 | World
As manifested in the United States, race and religion are extremely delicate topics for politicians to explore. And eradicating widespread endemic prejudices against certain racial and religious groups is a notoriously explosive proposition.
Wildlife SOS

We Have To Get These Girls Out

Wildlife SOS | August 26, 2016 | Green
It took us an entire day to load the elephants. Stiff resistance from the circus, hostile mobs, and agitated elephants made it nearly impossible to edge them toward the waiting trucks, let alone get them to climb in.
Peiran Wei

China's Apps Are Way Better Than America's -- Just Ask My Grandma

Peiran Wei | August 26, 2016 | World
BEIJING -- Chinese companies, which have long been playing catch-up with their U.S. counterparts, are now leading the way. My time in the U.S. was like stepping backward in time.
Daniel Williams

Italy Earthquake: Despair And Fear at The First Lunch as A Survivor

Daniel Williams | August 26, 2016 | World
GRISCIANO, Italy-- There are more than two hundred people dead and many more displaced around Amatrice and the neighboring towns following the earthquake that shook these towns for the past twenty-four hours. The mood is very tense and the people are reliving the horror of the earthquake that destroyed l'Aquila...
The Conversation Africa

How India can stem the rising scourge of racism against Africans

The Conversation Africa | August 26, 2016 | World
Pooja Jain-Grégoire, École des Hautes Études en sciences sociales (EHESS) - PSL India has seen a rise in incidents of racism by its citizens against foreign nationals, especially Africans, in recent times. As a country with the largest...
John A. Tures

Should We Send A Man We Know Is Innocent To His Death Abroad?

John A. Tures | August 26, 2016 | World
In the movie Judgment at Nuremberg, a Nazi judge has to answer for sacrificing an innocent man to appease the bloodlust of an angry crowd, swearing he had no idea how it would lead to the Holocaust. America must make a similar decision on whether to send a liberal Muslim...
Armine Sahakyan

If an American PR Whiz Had Not Helped Yanukovych, Would Ukraine Still Be Intact?

Armine Sahakyan | August 26, 2016 | World
Image: Viktor Yanukovych. Public Domain If an American PR whiz had not helped Yanukovych, would Ukraine still be intact? A British scholar wrote an eye-opening book a decade ago on the tactics that candidates in the former Soviet Union used to win elections....
European Horizons

The European Union And Why Legalism Destroys Multilateralism

European Horizons | August 25, 2016 | World
The Brexit debate in the United Kingdom is only the most recent of a number of threats to the European Union's integrity. Commenters increasingly frame these threats as xenophobia brought on by economic distress, phobic reactions to terrorism, and refugee flows.
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