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Migrants? or Refugees?

I would not open windows into men's souls. When interviewed, these poor wretches espouse various reasons for their journey in the wilderness: Economic opportunity is one, which makes them migrants. A well founded fear of persecution is another, which makes them refugees, even if...

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Gaza Body Count

Al Mezan Center for Human Rights documentation showed that from the start of the Great Return March protests on 30 March 2018, by 26 October 2018 at least 222 Palestinians had been killed in the Gaza Strip. Of the total fatalities, 168 were killed at...

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Save the J. Edgar Hoover Building

The J.Edgar Hoover FBI headquarters defines the agency, and should be preserved for posterity. More than any other structure in Washington, it is a monument to the turbulent 1960s. The "Brutalist" style of the building perfectly captures the agency under Hoover. Other government buildings in...

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a wonderful family

"I am a superstitious man If some unlucky accident should befall him [my son] If he should get shot in the head by a police officer If he should hang himself in his jail cell Or if he is struck by a bolt of...

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MHz D.C. News Channels Going Off-Air April 1, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Washington - MHz Networks will end its broadcast and cable distribution of their international news channels in the Washington, D.C. market on March 31, 2018. The move represents a change in television technologies as the company grows into the digital streaming world...

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a conspiracy so immense

The Cambridge Analytica connection could turn out to be massive. The idea that they have been "banned from Facebook" is silly, since even modestly competent tradecraft could set up shell companies that Facebook would not recognize as banned. Cambridge Analytica is not just big...

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Non Lethal Novichok

The Novichok poison gas is interesting not because it is highly lethal, but because it produces non-lethal casualties that could massively disrupt unit cohesion on the battlefield. The fact that Sergei Skripal, his daughter Yulia, and British police officer Sgt Nick Bailey remain in critical...

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Davis Cup After Four Decades

Apartheid [apartness], was the Afrikaans name given by the white-ruled South Africa's Nationalist Party in 1948 to the country's harsh, institutionalized system of racial segregation. In South Africa, riots, boycotts, and protests by black South Africans against white rule had occurred since the inception of...

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