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Footage Contradicts U.S. Claim That Nicolás Maduro Burned Aid Convoy
Nicholas Casey, Christoph Koettl and Deborah Acosta – The New York Times, 18 Mar 2019

10 Mar 2019 – Top U.S. officials have said Nicolás Maduro’s regime burned an aid convoy last month. But TV footage contradicts that claim and shows how this unverified information spread across Twitter and television.

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John Dean: I Testified Against Nixon. Here’s My Advice for Michael Cohen.
John W. Dean – The New York Times, 11 Mar 2019

1 Mar 2019 – My appearance before Congress helped take down a president. Will the same thing happen to Trump? Michael Cohen told the legislators, “Given my experience working for Mr. Trump, I fear that if he loses the election in 2020 that there will never be a peaceful transition of power, and this is why I agreed to appear before you today.” This was the most troubling — actually, chilling — thing he said in his five hours before the committee.

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Time to Get Out of Afghanistan
Robert D. Kaplan – The New York Times, 7 Jan 2019

The United States is spending beyond its means on a mission that might only be helping its strategic rivals.

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The Insect Apocalypse Is Here
Brooke Jarvis – The New York Times, 3 Dec 2018

27 Nov 2018 – Insects are the vital pollinators and recyclers of ecosystems and the base of food webs everywhere. We’ve begun to talk about living in the Anthropocene, a world shaped by humans. But E.O. Wilson, the naturalist and prophet of environmental degradation, has suggested another name: the Eremocine, the age of loneliness. ‘We notice the losses, it’s the diminishment we don’t see.’

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Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis
Sheera Frenkel, Nicholas Confessore, Cecilia Kang, Matthew Rosenberg and Jack Nicas – The New York Times, 26 Nov 2018

“This superb investigative reporting on Facebook is sobering and must be seen as a wake-up call for the United States and the larger world. It paints a picture, in great detail, of a corporate culture run amok in service of its own standing, wealth and power. We have had a sense of this for a while, but the stakes now seem even higher.” – Dan Rather

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Bernie Sanders: We Must Stop Helping Saudi Arabia in Yemen
Bernie Sanders – The New York Times, 5 Nov 2018

24 Oct 2018 – “I very much hope that Congress will act, that we will finally take seriously our congressional duty, end our support for the carnage in Yemen, and send the message that human lives are worth more than profits for arms manufacturers.”

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The Tragedy of Saudi Arabia’s Slaughter of Yemenis
Declan Walsh – The New York Times, 29 Oct 2018

26 Oct 2018 – The harshest criticism of the Saudi-led war has focused on the airstrikes that have killed thousands of civilians at weddings, funerals and on school buses, aided by American-supplied bombs and intelligence. But aid experts and UN officials say a more insidious form of warfare is also being waged in Yemen, an economic war that is exacting a far greater toll on civilians and now risks tipping the country into a famine of catastrophic proportions.

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A Genocide Incited on Facebook, with Posts from Myanmar’s Military
Paul Mozur – The New York Times, 22 Oct 2018

15 Oct 2018 — They posed as fans of pop stars and national heroes as they flooded Facebook with their hatred. One said Islam was a global threat to Buddhism. Another shared a false story about the rape of a Buddhist woman by a Muslim man. The Facebook posts were not from everyday internet users. Instead, they were from Myanmar military personnel who turned the social network into a tool for ethnic cleansing, according to former military officials, researchers and civilian officials in the country.

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He Got Schizophrenia. He Got Cancer. And Then He Got Cured.
Moises Velasquez-Manoff – The New York Times, 1 Oct 2018

A bone-marrow transplant treated a patient’s leukemia — and his delusions, too. Some doctors think they know why.

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From Hero to Pariah, [Nobel Peace Laureate] Aung San Suu Kyi Dashes Hopes about Myanmar
Richard C. Paddock – The New York Times, 1 Oct 2018

29 Sep 2018 — “Rarely has the reputation of a leader fallen so far, so fast,” the International Crisis Group said of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Myanmar’s civilian leader, once a democracy icon, has become known as an enabler for the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims and a foe of the free press.

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Trump Administration Discussed Coup Plans with Rebel Venezuelan Officers
Ernesto Londoño and Nicholas Casey – The New York Times, 10 Sep 2018

8 Sep 2018 – Establishing a clandestine channel with coup plotters in Venezuela was a big gamble for Washington, given its long history of covert intervention across Latin America. Many in the region still deeply resent the US for backing previous rebellions, coups and plots in countries like Cuba, Nicaragua, Brazil and Chile, and for turning a blind eye to the abuses military regimes committed.

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I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration
Anonymous - The New York Times, 10 Sep 2018

5 Sep 2018 – The Times today is taking the rare step of publishing an anonymous Op-Ed essay. We have done so at the request of the author, a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure. We believe publishing this essay anonymously is the only way to deliver an important perspective to our readers.

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Something Not Rotten in Denmark
Paul Krugman – The New York Times, 20 Aug 2018

16 Aug 2018 – To be or not to be a socialist hellhole, that is the question. Sorry, I couldn’t help myself. Last weekend, Trish Regan, a Fox Business host, created a bit of an international incident by describing Denmark as an example of the horrors of socialism, right along with Venezuela.

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Is India Creating Its Own Rohingya?
Hartosh Singh Bal – The New York Times, 13 Aug 2018

10 Aug 2018 — Echoes of the majoritarian rhetoric preceding the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya can be heard in India as four million, mostly Bengali-origin Muslims, have been effectively turned stateless.

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Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change
Nathaniel Rich – The New York Times, 6 Aug 2018

1 Aug 2018 – This narrative by Nathaniel Rich is a work of history, addressing the period from 1979 to 1989: the decisive decade when humankind first came to a broad understanding of the causes and dangers of climate change. Complementing the text is a series of aerial photographs and videos, all shot over the past year; with support from the Pulitzer Center.

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U.S. Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution Stuns World Health Officials
Andrew Jacobs – The New York Times, 9 Jul 2018

8 Jul 2018 – American officials sought to water down the resolution by removing language that called on governments to “protect, promote and support breast-feeding…” When that failed, they turned to threats, according to diplomats and government officials who took part in the discussions… The confrontation was the latest example of the Trump administration siding with corporate interests on numerous public health and environmental issues. In the end, it was the Russians who ultimately stepped in to introduce the measure — and the Americans did not threaten them.

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Silent Pain: Rohingya Rape Survivors’ Babies Quietly Emerge
The Associated Press – The New York Times, 9 Jul 2018

5 Jul 2018 — She was 13, and she was petrified. Two months earlier, soldiers had broken into her home back in Myanmar and raped her, an attack that drove her and her terrified family over the border to Bangladesh. Ever since, she had waited for her period to arrive. Gradually, she came to realize that it would not. For the girl, a Rohingya Muslim who agreed to be identified by her first initial, A, the pregnancy was a prison she was desperate to escape. The rape itself had destroyed her innocence. But carrying the baby of a Buddhist soldier could destroy her life.

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‘Have You No Shame?’ Myanmar Is Flogged for Violence against Rohingya
Nick Cumming-Bruce – The New York Times, 9 Jul 2018

4 Jul 2018 — When a senior diplomat from Myanmar told a gathering of the UNHRC today that his country was “committed to the defense of human rights,” he drew an outraged rebuttal from Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, dispensing with the usual diplomatic courtesies. “Have you no shame, sir?” he demanded. “Have you no shame? The claim almost creates its own level of preposterousness,” he said.

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What 7 Creepy Patents Reveal about Facebook
Sahil Chinoy – The New York Times, 2 Jul 2018

21 Jun 2018 – A review of hundreds of Facebook’s patent applications reveals that the company has considered tracking almost every aspect of its users’ lives. One of them describes using forward-facing cameras to analyze your expressions and detect whether you’re bored or surprised by what you see on your feed. Another contemplates using your phone’s microphone to determine which TV show you’re watching. Others imagine systems to guess whether you’re getting married soon, predict your socioeconomic status and track how much you’re sleeping. Read on…

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Nobel Peace Laureate Suu Kyi Says Outside Hate Narratives Driving Myanmar Tension
The Associated Press – The New York Times, 25 Jun 2018

21 Jun 2018 — Myanmar’s security forces have been accused of rape, killing, torture and the burning of Rohingya homes. The UN and the USA have described the army crackdown as “ethnic cleansing.” The government has denied the accusations. Rohingya Muslims have long been denied citizenship and other basic rights in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.

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A Grotesque Spectacle in Jerusalem
Michelle Goldberg – The New York Times, 21 May 2018

14 May 2018 – Religions like “Mormonism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism” lead people “to an eternity of separation from God in Hell,” Robert Jeffress, a Dallas megachurch pastor, once said. He was chosen to give the opening prayer at the embassy ceremony. John Hagee, one of America’s most prominent end-times preachers, once said that Hitler was sent by God to drive the Jews to their ancestral homeland. He gave the closing benediction. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner celebrated the relocation of the American Embassy to Jerusalem. The event was grotesque.

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The Insanity at the Gaza Fence
Roger Cohen – The New York Times, 30 Apr 2018

20 Apr 2018 – When snipers shoot to kill civilians approaching a wall, there are disturbing echoes for anyone who has lived in Berlin. I lived in Berlin. I have passed several times through the fence separating the first world of Israel from the open-air prison of Gaza. Israel, through overreach, has placed itself in a morally indefensible noose.

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‘They Eat Money’: How Mandela’s Political Heirs Grow Rich Off Corruption
Norimitsu Onishi and Selam Gebrekidan – The New York Times, 23 Apr 2018

16 Apr 2018 – Corruption that has whittled away at virtually every institution in the country. While Mr. Mandela is still revered in the West, his legacy is regarded more critically in South Africa, especially by some young black people. To them, he sold out the country’s black masses to the white business elite.

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U.S. Holocaust Museum Revokes Award to Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi
Michael Schwirtz – The New York Times, 12 Mar 2018

7 Mar 2018 – The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has revoked a prestigious human rights award it had given to the Nobel laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, now Myanmar’s civilian leader, faulting her for failing to halt or even acknowledge the ethnic cleansing of her country’s Rohingya Muslim minority.

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I Saw a Genocide in Slow Motion in Burma/Myanmar
Nicholas Kristof – The New York Times, 12 Mar 2018

2 Mar 2018 — Sometimes Myanmar uses guns and machetes for ethnic cleansing. But it also kills more subtly and secretly by regularly denying medical care and blocking humanitarian aid to Rohingya. Myanmar and its Nobel Peace Prize-winning leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, are trying to make the Rohingya’s lives unlivable, while keeping out witnesses.

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For Myanmar’s Army, Ethnic Bloodletting Is Key to Power and Riches
Richard C. Paddock – The New York Times, 5 Feb 2018

27 Jan 2018 – Myanmar’s army was born in blood 76 years ago and has been shedding it ever since. Its founders, known as the Thirty Comrades, established the army in 1941 with a ghoulish ceremony in Bangkok, where they drew each other’s blood with a single syringe, mixed it in a silver bowl and drank it to seal their vow of loyalty. It has spent the past seven decades warring with its own people.

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A Perfect Marriage: Evangelicals and Conservatives in Latin America
Javier Corralesjan – The New York Times, 22 Jan 2018

17 Jan 2018 — Christians are seducing poor voters and conservative parties. Is that good for democracy and minority rights? Evangelical churches today can be found in almost every neighborhood in Latin America — and they are transforming politics like no other force. They are giving conservative causes, and especially political parties, new strength and new constituencies.

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Is This Genocide?
Nicholas Kristof - The New York Times, 18 Dec 2017

15 Dec 1017 — “Ethnic cleansing” and even “genocide” are antiseptic and abstract terms. What they mean in the flesh is a soldier grabbing a crying baby girl named Suhaifa by the leg and flinging her into a bonfire. Or troops locking a 15-year-old girl in a hut and setting it on fire. Survivors describe Myanmar soldiers killing men, raping women and burning babies in a Rohingya village.

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Philippines Suspends Dengue Vaccination after Drug Firm’s Warning
Felipe Villamor – The New York Times, 11 Dec 2017

2 Dec 2017 — French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi said in the advisory that further clinical studies had revealed that for those who had not had dengue, and were vaccinated and later became infected, “more cases of severe disease could occur.” The Philippines became the first country in Asia to approve the commercial sale of Dengvaxia, in December 2015.

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‘No Such Thing as Rohingya’: Myanmar Erases a History
Hannah Beech – The New York Times, 4 Dec 2017

2 Dec 2017 — He was a member of the Rohingya student union in college, taught at a public high school and even won a parliamentary seat in Myanmar’s thwarted elections in 1990. But according to the government of Myanmar, U Kyaw Min’s fellow Rohingya do not exist.

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What if You Knew Alzheimer’s Was Coming for You?
Pagan Kennedy – The New York Times, 20 Nov 2017

17 Nov 2017 – Simple blood tests may soon be able to deliver alarming news about your cognitive health. 25 to 50 percent of us will show signs of Alzheimer’s by the age of 85. When it comes to dementia, we all should consider ourselves vulnerable. No matter what genes you carry, your odds of developing cognitive problems increase as you age.

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How War Created the Cholera Epidemic in Yemen
Alia Allana – The New York Times, 13 Nov 2017

How the Saudi-UAE coalition backed by the USA has bombed Yemen society into a cholera epidemic. It glaringly illustrates how disease follows in the wake of bombs.

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‘Drug Dealers in Lab Coats’
Nicholas Kristof – The New York Times, 23 Oct 2017

18 Oct 2017 – For decades, America has waged an ineffective war on drug pushers and drug lords, regarding them as among the most contemptible specimens of humanity. One reason our efforts have failed is we ignored the biggest drug pushers of all: American pharmaceutical companies, which helped get America hooked on opioids.

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Where’s the E.U. in the Catalonia Crisis?
Susi Dennison – The New York Times, 23 Oct 2017

16 Oct 2017 — The problems in Spain are just the latest chapter in the ongoing battle between populism and the European Union. The truth is, there is plenty of blame to go around for the Catalonia crisis, and the European Union certainly shares some of it.

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Mysterious Sounds and Scary Illnesses as Political Tools
Lisa Diedrich And Benjamin Tausig – The New York Times, 16 Oct 2017

10 Oct 2017 – The narrative around the “sonic attack” on the American embassy in Cuba fits a troubling pattern for Trump as the latest example of the way he has attempted to harness vague, unspecified threats to inspire fear and advance his political agenda. He has long signaled his desire to reverse President Obama’s normalization of relations with Cuba.

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Making the Rich Richer – How Big Banks Became Our Masters
Rana Foroohar – The New York Times, 2 Oct 2017

Lending to consumers or small companies is no longer a core business for large banks. Mainly they are trading assets that enrich the rich. Ten years on from the financial crisis, it’s hard not to have a sense of déjà vu.

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In the Amazon, a Catastrophic Gold Rush Looms
Chris Feliciano Arnold – The New York Times, 25 Sep 2017

18 Sep 2017 — Brazil’s interim president, Michel Temer, is willing to sacrifice millions of acres of rain forest in pursuit of a 16th-century boondoggle: fortunes of gold in the Amazon. In August, he signed a decree to open a rain forest reserve — an area larger than Denmark — to commercial mining, threatening decades of progress on environmental protection and indigenous rights in the Amazon.

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For the Love of Money: Wall Street’s Money Addiction
Sam Polk – The New York Times, 18 Sep 2017

These traders despised anything or anyone that threatened their bonuses. Ever see what a drug addict is like when he’s used up his junk? He’ll do anything — walk 20 miles in the snow, rob a grandma — to get a fix. Wall Street was like that. In the months before bonuses were handed out, the trading floor started to feel like a neighborhood in “The Wire” when the heroin runs out.

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Follow Kenya’s Lead on Plastic Bags
The New York Times | Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Sep 2017

14 Sep 2017 – Plastic bags are often used for a few minutes before enjoying an eternal afterlife, clogging storm drains, stuffing landfills, killing animals that eat them and contributing to the eight million metric tons of plastic in oceans every year. Kenya and more than 40 other countries have taxed, limited or banned plastic bags. The rest of the world should, too.

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Chelsea Manning: The Dystopia We Signed Up For
Chelsea Manning – The New York Times, 18 Sep 2017

13 Sep 2017 – For seven years, I didn’t exist. While incarcerated, I had no bank statements, no bills, no credit history. In our interconnected world of big data, I appeared to be no different than a deceased person. After I was released, that lack of information about me created a host of problems, from difficulty accessing bank accounts to trouble getting a driver’s license and renting an apartment.

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How to Make Fun of Nazis
Moises Velasquez-Manoff – The New York Times, 4 Sep 2017

By undercutting the gravitas white supremacists are trying to accrue, humorous counterprotests may blunt the events’ usefulness for recruitment. Brawling with bandanna-clad antifas may seem romantic to some disaffected young men, but being mocked by clowns? Probably not so much.

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Exporting Chaos to Venezuela
Editorial Board – The New York Times, 21 Aug 2017

President Trump’s recklessness is felt around the world.

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Trump Finds Reason for the U.S. to Remain in Afghanistan: $1 Trillion in Untapped Mineral Deposits
Mark Landler and James Risen – The New York Times, 7 Aug 2017

25 Jul 2017 — President Trump, searching for a reason to keep the United States in Afghanistan after 16 years of war, has latched on to a prospect that tantalized previous administrations: Afghanistan’s vast mineral wealth, which his advisers and Afghan officials have told him could be profitably extracted by Western companies.

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A Few More Vegetables and a Little Less Meat May Reduce Diabetes Risk
Roni Caryn Rabin – The New York Times, 17 Jul 2017

You don’t have to be a vegetarian to reap the benefits of a plant-based diet. New research shows that eating a few extra servings of healthy plant-based foods each day and slightly reducing animal-based foods like meat and dairy products can significantly lower your risk of Type 2 diabetes.

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At Walden, Thoreau Wasn’t Really Alone with Nature
John Kaag and Clancy Martin – The New York Times, 17 Jul 2017

To “live deliberately,” in Thoreau’s words, was to wrest oneself from the diversions of this rat race, to understand the difference between the seemingly urgent matters of spending and acquiring and the truly significant ones of caring and thinking. “Do not trouble yourself much to get new things,” Thoreau instructs us. “Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.”

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Yanis Varoufakis: A New Deal for the 21st Century
Yanis Varoufakis – The New York Times, 10 Jul 2017

Today’s false feud between globalization and nationalism is undermining the future of humanity, and spreading dread and loathing. It must end. A new internationalist spirit that would build institutions to serve the interests of the many is as pertinent today across the world as Roosevelt’s New Deal was for America in the 1930s.

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Trained to Kill: How Four Boy Soldiers Survived Boko Haram
Sarah A. Topol – The New York Times Magazine, 26 Jun 2017

25 Jun 2017 – The four children, from a fishing village in Nigeria, were among thousands abducted by Boko Haram and trained as soldiers. They learned to survive, but only by forgetting who they were. The names of the children in this article have been changed to protect them against retaliation from Boko Haram, the Nigerian government and their own community. No other details about the children or their situation have been changed.

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Fighting, While Funding, Extremists
Editorial |The New York Times – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Jun 2017

19 Jun 2017 – Saudi Arabia and some of its neighbors decide to punish Qatar and some of its citizens, ostensibly for fostering and financing Islamist terrorism. But Saudi Arabia itself has been accused of underwriting extremists. No matter: President Trump, captivated by Saudi royalty, sides with the Saudis — even though the United States has two important bases in Qatar. Baffling, right? The biggest loser in all this may turn out to be the fight against the Islamic State.

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Why the Palestinian Authority Should Be Shuttered
Diana Buttu – The New York Times, 12 Jun 2017

The Deplorable State of Palestine

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Undoing All the Good Work on Cuba
Editorial – The New York Times, 5 Jun 2017

5 Jun 2017 – To spite his predecessor, the president will further isolate America, hurt business interests and impede the push for greater democracy.

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The Genocide of Brazil’s Indians
Vanessa Barbara – The New York Times, 5 Jun 2017

29 May 2017 — On April 30, a group of ranchers armed with rifles and machetes attacked a settlement of about 400 families from the Gamela tribe, in the state of Maranhão, in northeastern Brazil. According to the Indigenous Missionary Council, an advocacy group, 22 Indians were wounded, including three children. Many were shot in the back or had their wrists chopped.

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Why We Are on Hunger Strike in Israel’s Prisons
Marwan Barghouti – The New York Times, 24 Apr 2017

16 Apr 2017 — Having spent the last 15 years in an Israeli prison, I have been both a witness to and a victim of Israel’s illegal system of arbitrary arrests and ill-treatment of Palestinian prisoners. After exhausting all other options, I decided to resist these abuses by going on a hunger strike. Freedom and dignity are universal rights that are inherent in humanity, to be enjoyed by every nation and all human beings. Palestinians will not be an exception.

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Why Is Trump Fighting ISIS in Syria?
Thomas L. Friedman – The New York Times, 17 Apr 2017

“Trump should not defeat ISIS in Syria. The USA should use ISIS as a proxy in the same way we encouraged the mujahedeen fighters to bleed Russia in Afghanistan.” Thomas Friedman becomes aroused by war. It would be more appropriate for the NYT to let him manage this pathology from the safety of his private space than on the pages of the newspaper.

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Brazil: An Impeached President, Reeling but Defiant
Ernesto Londoño – The New York Times, 17 Apr 2017

13 Apr 2017 – Nearly a year ago, Brazilian lawmakers voted to suspend President Dilma Rousseff from office. The overthrow of the former guerrilla leader who was tortured during the country’s military dictatorship in the 1970s marked the end of a 13-year period of rule by the leftist Workers’ Party. I interviewed Ms. Rousseff last weekend at the Brazil Conference at Harvard and M.I.T., during which she delivered a defiant speech warning that Brazil’s democracy is in peril.

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Chechen Authorities Arresting and Killing Gay Men, Russian Paper Says
Andrew E. Kramer – The New York Times, 17 Apr 2017

First, two television reporters vanished. Then a waiter went missing. Over the past week, men ranging in age from 16 to 50 have disappeared from the streets of Chechnya. On Saturday [1 Apr], a leading Russian opposition newspaper confirmed a story already circulating among human rights activists: The Chechen authorities were arresting and killing gay men. An analyst of the region with her own sources confirmed that more than 100 gay men had been detained.

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Meanwhile at the Peace Conference…
Chappatte – The New York Times, 10 Apr 2017

Intruders Not Welcome

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Net Neutrality Is Trump’s Next Target, Administration Says
Steve Lohr – The New York Times, 3 Apr 2017

The net neutrality rules, approved by the Federal Communications Commission in 2015, aimed to preserve the open internet and ensure that it could not be divided into pay-to-play fast lanes for web and media companies that can afford it and slow lanes for everyone else. Supporters of net neutrality have insisted the rules are necessary to protect equal access to content on the internet.

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Israel’s Next War Is Always ‘Inevitable’
Larry Derfner – The New York Times, 3 Apr 2017

What hardly any Israelis will consider and virtually no influential voices in the West will publicly suggest is that Israel — not Hezbollah in Lebanon, nor Hamas in Gaza, nor the government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria — is provoking the next war. Counterintuitive though it may be, Israel, not its militant Islamist or Syrian enemies, is the aggressor in these border wars.

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The F.B.I. Is Investigating Trump’s Ties to Russia
Patrick Chappatte – The New York Times, 27 Mar 2017

James B. Comey, the head of the F.B.I., confirmed.

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Making Solar Big Enough to Matter
Jeffrey Ball and Dan Reichermarch – The New York Times, 27 Mar 2017

China’s solar industry is expanding in ways that make it imperative for the United States to up its game.

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North Korea Tensions Pose Early, and Perilous, Test for Trump
David E. Sanger, Choe Sang-Hun, Chris Buckley and Michael R. Gordon – The New York Times, 20 Mar 2017

7 Mar 2017 – The United States began deploying a missile defense system in South Korea this week. China condemned the new antimissile system as a dangerous opening move in what it called America’s grand strategy to set up similar defenses across Asia, threatening to tilt the balance of power there against Beijing.

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Amazon Deforestation, Once Tamed, Comes Roaring Back
Hiroko Tabuchi, Claire Rigby and Jeremy Whitefeb – The New York Times, 6 Mar 2017

A decade after the “Save the Rainforest” movement captured the world’s imagination, Cargill and other food giants are pushing deeper into the wilderness.

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Harry Belafonte and Sidney Poitier: Soul Brothers
Charles M. Blow – The New York Times, 27 Feb 2017

Please allow me to divert my gaze for one day away from our national political darkness and toward two national rays of light. Monday [20 Feb] is Sidney Poitier’s 90th birthday. His best friend of 70 years, Harry Belafonte, turns 90 on March 1. This is an ode to and appreciation of the friendship — one of the most remarkable and resilient of our time — between two Hollywood royals. Happy birthday, gentlemen!

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Congress Says, Let the Mentally Ill Buy Guns
The New York Times | Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Feb 2017

16 Feb 2017 – For all their dysfunction, the Republican Senate and House have managed to act with lightning speed in striking down a sensible Obama administration rule designed to stop people with severe mental problems from buying guns. They did the gun lobby’s bidding in passing a regressive measure that President Trump is expected to sign.

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China, the Party-Corporate Complex
Yi-Zheng Lian – The New York Times, 20 Feb 2017

In Dec 2016, 15 years after China’s accession to the World Trade Organization, the European Union, the United States and Japan formally refused to grant Beijing the coveted label, denying it important concessions on tariffs and other trade restrictions. This is partly a response to economic distortions caused by government intervention.

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The Man Who Let India Out of the Closet
Aatish Taseer – The New York Times, 20 Feb 2017

16 Feb 2017 — The most ubiquitous man in Bollywood is under tremendous pressure to utter three simple words: “I am gay.” If these three words have acquired the force of absolution, it is because Karan Johar is by miles the most famous Indian ever to almost be openly gay.

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Angelina Jolie: Refugee Policy Should Be Based on Facts, Not Fear
Angelina Jolie – The New York Times, 6 Feb 2017

2 Feb 2017 – Refugees are men, women and children caught in the fury of war, or the cross hairs of persecution. Far from being terrorists, they are often the victims of terrorism themselves. I’m proud of our country’s history of giving shelter to the most vulnerable people. Americans have shed blood to defend the idea that human rights transcend culture, geography, ethnicity and religion.

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Myanmar’s Shameful Denial
The New York Times | Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Jan 2017

10 Jan 2017 – Last month, President Obama lifted sanctions against Myanmar, citing “substantial progress in improving human rights” following the historic election victory of the Nobel laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in November 2015. Tragically, that praise is proving premature.

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China Joins the Fight to Save Elephants
The New York Times | Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Jan 2017

3 Jan 2017 – It is great news for elephants that China has declared a halt to commercial ivory trade by the end of 2017. The many governmental and nongovernmental organizations that have worked to protect the magnificent animals must now ensure that neither China nor the United States backslides on the bans, and that other nations will not try surreptitiously to move in.

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Intelligence Report on Russian Hacking
The New York Times – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Jan 2017

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence released on Friday [6 Jan 2017] a report that detailed what it called a Russian campaign to influence the election. The report is the unclassified summary of a highly sensitive assessment from American intelligence and law enforcement agencies.

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Broken Men in Paradise
Roger Cohen – The New York Times, 12 Dec 2016

The world’s refugee crisis knows no more sinister exercise in cruelty than Australia’s island prisons.

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14 Countries Press Myanmar to Allow Aid in Rohingya Areas
Mike Ives – The New York Times, 12 Dec 2016

Fourteen governments urged Myanmar on Friday [9 Dec] to allow a full resumption of aid to a predominantly Muslim part of Rakhine State, as the UN described an escalation of a humanitarian crisis there. The main ethnic group in the northern part of Rakhine is the Rohingya, a persecuted Muslim minority whose members are barred from citizenship in Myanmar, which is mostly Buddhist.

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Poaching’s Bloody Human Toll
Joe Walston – The New York Times, 12 Dec 2016

5 Dec 2016 – Being a wildlife ranger can be extremely hazardous to your health. At least 25 were killed by poachers or timber smugglers. One was shot and pushed off a cliff. Two were axed to death. One died when his helicopter was shot down by poachers. Most of the rest were simply shot. Just last month, for instance, a ranger in the Uganda Wildlife Authority was killed in a gun battle.

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Pentagon: Looking for a Few Good Hackers
The New York Times | Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Dec 2016

The last thing the Pentagon would seem to need is more hackers. But Defense Department officials are inviting them in.

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The Art of the Protest
Tina Rosenberg – The New York Times, 28 Nov 2016

Protests can change policies and often have. In other countries and throughout American history, ordinary citizens banding together have triumphed over governments, even when a single party holds sweeping control.

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My Life with Tourette’s Syndrome
Shane Fistell – The New York Times, 28 Nov 2016

I was born with a neurological disorder that causes involuntary movements, vocalizations and tics — sometimes mild, sometimes wildly disruptive: Tourette’s syndrome. Since my youth, I’ve often been stopped in public by the police and questioned because of my symptoms. I made the choice to sacrifice social acceptability for the freedom to be myself.

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Power Imbalance at the Pipeline Protest
The New York Times | Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Nov 2016

When injustice aligns with cruelty, and heavy weaponry is involved, the results can be shameful and bloody. Witness what happened on Sunday [20 Nov] in North Dakota, when law enforcement officers escalated their tactics against unarmed American Indians and allies who have waged months of protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

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Myanmar’s War on the Rohingya
The New York Times | Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Nov 2016

To preserve her reputation as a human rights champion, [Nobel Peace Laureate] Daw Aung San Suu Kyi needs to allow an impartial investigation into the violence.

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Myanmar Urged by U.N. Expert to Let Aid Flow to Mainly Muslim State
Nick Cumming-Bruce – The New York Times, 21 Nov 2016

18 Nov 2016 — Amid mounting reports of violent unrest and brutal reprisals by Myanmar’s army in the mainly Muslim state of Rakhine, a United Nations expert said on Friday that the country’s government should let aid agencies into the area and investigate allegations of abuse instead of brushing them aside with blanket denials.

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Leonard Cohen, Epic and Enigmatic Songwriter, Is Dead at 82
Larry Rohter – The New York Times, 14 Nov 2016

10 Nov 2016 – Over a musical career that spanned nearly five decades, Mr. Cohen wrote songs that addressed — in spare language that could be both oblique and telling — themes of love and faith, despair and exaltation, solitude and connection, war and politics. More than 2,000 recordings of his songs have been made by Judy Collins, Tim Hardin, U2, Aretha Franklin, R.E.M., Jeff Buckley, Trisha Yearwood, Justin Timberlake, Elton John, among others.

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The Pentagon’s ‘Terminator Conundrum’: Robots That Could Kill on Their Own
Matthew Rosenberg and John Markoff – The New York Times, 31 Oct 2016

The United States has put artificial intelligence at the center of its defense strategy, with weapons that can identify targets and make decisions.

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The Terrifying Impunity of Brazil’s Riot Police
Vanessa Barbara – The New York Times, 24 Oct 2016

Protests are back with a vengeance since Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment, and the cops are cracking down. Protesters will have to take matters into their own hands. I’ve seen it before: Activists once formed their own volunteer security group to protect people from police abuse. That could get ugly.

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The Lost Cultures of Whales
Shane Gero – The New York Times, 17 Oct 2016

I could point to many reasons to protect whales, like the way they mitigate the effects of climate change by cycling nutrients that enable the ocean to reduce carbon in the atmosphere, or how top predators regulate marine food chains. But if we are to preserve life, ours and theirs, we must find ways to succeed together, and value diversity in our societies and in our ecosystems.

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America’s Moral Duty in Yemen
Editorial Board – The New York Times, 17 Oct 2016

11 Oct 2016 – President Obama must cut off military aid to Saudi Arabia unless it ends the carnage and returns to peace talks. Yemen is near collapse, with 80 percent of the country in need of humanitarian aid. Al Qaeda’s affiliate there is becoming stronger and the population more radicalized. The longer the war goes on, the harder it will be to end.

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Generation Adderall
Casey Schwartz - The New York Times Magazine, 17 Oct 2016

The Adderall made my life unpredictable, blowing black storm systems over my horizon with no warning at all. Still, I couldn’t give it up. The psychiatrist observed my distress calmly and prescribed Wellbutrin, an antidepressant with a slightly speedy quality that could cushion the blow of withdrawal and make it less painful to get off the Adderall. Soon enough, I was simply taking both medications.

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Chappatte on Hillary Clinton’s Health
Patrick Chappatte – The New York Times, 19 Sep 2016

Mrs. Clinton’s preference for privacy backfired.

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Turkey’s Military Operation in Syria
Patrick Chappatte – The New York Times, 5 Sep 2016

31 Aug 2016 – Turkey sent tanks, warplanes and special operations forces into northern Syria last week.

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Phone Spying Made Easy for All: Check Price List, Choose a Plan
Nicole Perlroth – The New York Times, 5 Sep 2016

Want to invisibly spy on 10 iPhone owners without their knowledge? Gather their every keystroke, sound, message and location? That will cost you $650,000, plus a $500,000 setup fee with an Israeli outfit called the NSO Group. You can spy on more people if you would like — just check out the company’s price list.

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Europe: When a Swimsuit Is a Security Threat
Asma T. Uddin – The New York Times, 29 Aug 2016

To an American spectator, such bans probably appear a blatant restriction on religious liberty, or liberty generally, but what is striking is that the European jurisprudence upholding them speaks in the language of human rights. By couching prejudice and fear in the language of Article 9 exceptions, the court in effect uses human rights laws to limit human rights.

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As Homeless Find Refuge in Forests, ‘Anger Is Palpable’ in Nearby Towns
Jack Healy – The New York Times, 29 Aug 2016

“Yes, we’re homeless,” he said, sitting in the shade of his camper here in the Arapaho National Forest. “No, we’re not vagrants. No, we’re not beggars. We just barely are making it. What you see is by the grace of God.”

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Saudi Arabia Kills Civilians, the U.S. Looks the Other Way
Samuel Oakfordaug – The New York Times, 29 Aug 2016

19 Aug 2016 – In the span of four days earlier this month, the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in Yemen bombed a Doctors Without Borders-supported hospital, killing 19 people; a school, where 10 children, some as young as 8, died; and a vital bridge over which United Nations food supplies traveled, punishing millions.

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Taking a Stand at Standing Rock
David Archambault II – The New York Times, 29 Aug 2016

24 Aug 2016 — Perhaps only in North Dakota, where oil tycoons wine and dine elected officials, and where the governor, Jack Dalrymple, serves as an adviser to the Trump campaign, would state and county governments act as the armed enforcement for corporate interests. In recent weeks, the state has militarized my reservation, with road blocks and license-plate checks, low-flying aircraft and racial profiling of Indians. The local sheriff and the pipeline company have both called our protest “unlawful,” and Gov. Dalrymple has declared a state of emergency.

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The U.N.’s Cholera Admission and What Comes Next
Jonathan M. Katz – The New York Times Magazine, 29 Aug 2016

Scientists and researchers have repeatedly found, with overwhelming consensus, that U.N. peacekeepers introduced the disease to Haiti for the first time ever recorded by knowingly allowing their infected feces to slough into the Meille River, which locals used for drinking, bathing and washing — in violation of the U.N’s own protocols and the most basic tenets of public health.

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End the First-Use Policy for Nuclear Weapons
James E. Cartwright and Bruce G. Blairaug – The New York Times, 22 Aug 2016

The United States has a policy allowing the first use of nuclear weapons. Abolishing it will save money and make the world safer. President Obama would be wise to follow China’s example. As commander in chief, he can adopt no-first-use overnight and lead the way in establishing it as a global norm among all of the nine countries with nuclear weapons.

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Brazil’s Uplifting Olympics
Roger Cohen – The New York Times, 22 Aug 2016

Why is it the developed world has to find fault in a developing country that organizes a major sporting event?

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Health Secrets of the Amish
Moises Velasquez-Manoff – The New York Times, 8 Aug 2016

Disease emerges from the dance between genes and environment. The asthma epidemic may stem, at least in part, from the decline of our “old friends” — the organisms our immune systems expect to be present in the environment. The newly sneezing upper classes in the 19th century may have been the first to find themselves without these old friends. Now most of the developed world has lost them.

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The Blog That Disappeared
Roxane Gay – The New York Times, 1 Aug 2016

On June 27, Mr. Cooper’s Google account was deactivated, he has said. He lost 14 years of his blog archives, creative work, email and contacts. He has hired a lawyer and made complaints, and many of his readers and fans have tried to support his efforts. There is a petition circulating, urging Google to restore his work. Pen America, an organization that promotes free expression, has weighed in, saying that Mr. Cooper deserves a substantive response from Google.

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When Law Is Not Justice
Brad Evans and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak – The New York Times, 18 Jul 2016

“Reasonable” versus “unreasonable” violence: When dealing with violence deemed unreasonable, the dominating groups demonize violent responses, saying that “those other people are just like that,” not just that they are worth less, but also that they are essentially evil, essentially criminal or essentially have a religion that is prone to killing. And yet, on the other side, state-legitimized violence, considered “reasonable” by many, is altogether more frightening.

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Death in Black and White
Michael Eric Dyson – The New York Times, 11 Jul 2016

7 Jul 2016 – We, black America, are a nation of nearly 40 million souls inside a country of more than 320 million people. And I fear now that it is clearer than ever that you, white America, will always struggle to understand us. But there’s one thing most of us agree on: We don’t want cops to be executed at a peaceful protest. We also don’t want cops to kill us without fear that they will ever face a jury, much less go to jail, even as the world watches our death on a homemade video recording. This is a difficult point to make as a racial crisis flares around us.

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The Humiliating Practice of Sex-Testing Female Athletes
Ruth Padawer – The New York Times Magazine, 4 Jul 2016

For years, international sports organizations have been policing women for “masculine” qualities — and turning their Olympic dreams into nightmares. But when Dutee Chand appealed her ban, she may have changed the rules.

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