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Worrying about Your Carbon Footprint Is Exactly What Big Oil Wants You to Do
Auden Schendler | The New York Times - TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Sep 2021

31 Aug 2021 – In 2004, BP hired the public relations firm Ogilvy & Mather to improve its image by conveying the message that consumers of oil and natural gas bear the responsibility for their greenhouse gas emissions, not the producers of the oil and gas they use. The result was BP’s ingenious carbon footprint calculator, which allows individuals to calculate the carbon emissions that result from their activities. It’s “about helping you to go carbon neutral — reducing and offsetting your carbon footprint,” BP says on its “target neutral” website.

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I Was a Marine in Afghanistan. We Sacrificed Lives for a Lie.
Timothy Kudo | The New York Times - TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Aug 2021

16 Aug 2021 – The Afghan cities fall in rapid succession, like men caught in enfilade fire. Decades of war are dissolved in weeks. The Taliban advance with a speed that reminds me of the American conquest of Baghdad. Taliban troops enter the gilded compounds of our corrupt Afghan allies and marvel at the evidence of years of American aid stolen by their former government leaders.

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The Black Reporter Who Exposed a Lie about the Atom Bomb
William J. Broad | The New York Times - TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Aug 2021

9 Aug 2021 – Charles H. Loeb defied the American military’s denials and propaganda to show how deadly radiation from the strike on Hiroshima sickened and killed.

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The Ganges Is Returning the Dead. It Does Not Lie.
Om Gaur | The New York Times - TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Jun 2021

17 Jun 2021 – The Ganges, or Ganga, is the holiest of India’s rivers, and most Hindus believe that dipping their body in it will purify their soul. But when the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic hit this spring, the river also became Exhibit A for the Modi administration’s failures and deceptions.

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Why Biden Is Right to Leave Afghanistan
Jeremy Scahill | The New York Times - TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 May 2021

20 May 2021 – When Joe Biden assumed the presidency in January, he embarked on a mission to reverse a slew of policies put in place by former President Donald Trump while leaving untouched the elite foreign policy consensus.

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Palestinian Refugees Deserve to Return Home. Jews Should Understand.
Peter Beinart | The New York Times - TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 May 2021

12 May 2021 – Why has the impending eviction of six Palestinian families in East Jerusalem drawn Israelis and Palestinians into a conflict that appears to be spiraling toward yet another war? Because of a word that in the American Jewish community remains largely taboo: the Nakba.

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Hans Küng, Catholic Theologian Critical of the Church, Dies at 93
Douglas Martin | The New York Times - TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Apr 2021

Hans Küng, a Swiss Roman Catholic theologian and priest whose brilliantly disputatious, lucidly expressed thoughts in more than 50 books and countless speeches advanced ecumenism and provoked the Vatican to censure him, died on 6 Apr 2021 in Germany. He was 93.

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Rich Countries Signed Away a Chance to Vaccinate the World
Selam Gebrekidan and Matt Apuzzo | The New York Times - TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Mar 2021

21 Mar 2021 – Despite warnings, American and European officials gave up leverage that could have guaranteed access for billions of people. That risks prolonging the pandemic.

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The Coup We Are Not Talking About
Shoshana Zuboff | The New York Times - TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Feb 2021

29 Jan 2021 – We can have democracy, or we can have a surveillance society, but we cannot have both.

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I Am Guilty of Violating the Espionage Act
Laura Poitras | The New York Times - TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Dec 2020

21 Dec 2020 – The Justice Department is setting a dangerous precedent that threatens reporters — and the truth. Journalism is not a crime!

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How a [Nobel Peace Laureate] Human Rights Angel Lost Her Halo
Hannah Beech | The New York Times - TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Nov 2020

14 Nov 2020 – Ten years after she left house arrest and vowed to fight for justice, Myanmar’s civilian leader has instead become a jailer of critics and an apologist for the slaughter of minorities.

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How the Wealthy World Has Failed Poor Countries during the Pandemic
Peter S. Goodman | The New York Times - TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Nov 2020

1 Nov 2020 – Despite pledges for debt relief and expanded programs, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund have delivered meager aid, say economists. Even where money is provided by the IMF, in many cases it is used not to finance health and other necessary measures, but to pay off private-sector lenders.

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Belching Cows and Endless Feedlots: Fixing Cattle’s Climate Issues
Henry Fountain | The New York Times - TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Oct 2020

The United States is home to 95 million cattle, and changing what they eat could have a significant effect on emissions of greenhouse gases like methane that are warming the world. We traveled to the Texas Panhandle to understand the nation’s immense cattle feedlots.

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The Plot Against Gretchen Whitmer Shows the Danger of Private Militias
Mary B. McCord | The New York Times - TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Oct 2020

8 Oct 2020 – In the swirls of disinformation that now pollute our political discourse, one is particularly dangerous: that private militias are constitutionally protected. These groups have no constitutional right to exist.

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Amnesty International Shutters Offices in India, Citing Government Attacks
Sameer Yasir and Hari Kumar | The New York Times - TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Oct 2020

29 Sep 2020 – The human rights organization said today that it had ceased its operations in India and laid off its entire staff in response to a series of government reprisals including the freezing of its bank accounts. The actions, it says, are retaliations for criticizing the country’s human rights record.

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A Court Just Slammed the Guantánamo Gate Shut
Linda Greenhouse | The New York Times - TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Sep 2020

10 Sep 2020 – The federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., has just slammed the Guantánamo gate shut. Has anyone noticed? Guantánamo once stirred public passions. Now that the inmate population is down to 40, from the nearly 800 who passed through the prison in its 18-year existence so far, do people still care?

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Trump Forecasts His Own Fraud
Charles Blow | The New York Times - TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Aug 2020

2 Aug 2020 – This election is in danger of being stolen. By Donald Trump. He is a win-at-all-costs kind of operator. For him, the rules are like rubber, not fixed but bendable. All structures–laws, conventions, norms–exist for others, those not slick and sly enough to evade them, those not craven enough to break them.

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She Waved a Rainbow Flag at Our Cairo Show. Tragedy Followed.
Haig Papazian | The New York Times - TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jul 2020

16 Jul 2020 – Last month, Sarah Hegazi, a 30-year-old Egyptian L.G.B.T.Q. rights activist, took her own life in Canada. That she felt safe enough to honor our music with her bravery is thrilling; that such a simple act forever altered and then ended her life brings me great sorrow.

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[Nobel Literature laureate] Bob Dylan Has a Lot on His Mind
Douglas Brinkley | The New York Times - TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Jun 2020

12 Jun 2020 – In a rare interview, the Nobel Prize winner discusses mortality, drawing inspiration from the past, and his new album, “Rough and Rowdy Ways.”

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Why Bombs Made in America Have Been Killing Civilians in Yemen
Michael LaForgia and Walt Bogdanich | The New York Times - TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 May 2020

16 May 2020 – President Trump sees arms deals as jobs generators for firms like Raytheon, which has made billions in sales to the Saudi coalition. The Obama administration initially backed the Saudis too, but later regretted it as thousands died.

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Of Beards and Bubonic Plague: German Village Prays for a (2nd) Miracle
Katrin Bennhold | The New York Times - TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Apr 2020

5 Apr 2020 – In 1633 the Bavarian village of Oberammergau, ravaged by a pandemic, made a pledge to God. Now another pandemic has forced villagers to abandon their promise.

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U.N. Security Council ‘Missing In Action’ in Coronavirus Fight
Rick Gladstone | The New York Times - TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Apr 2020

2 Apr 2020 – The leader of the U.N. has called the pandemic the biggest international threat in the 75-year history of the organization, but its most powerful body has yet to take action.

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Seven Important Things to Know about Coronaviruses
Dan Werb - The New York Times, 30 Mar 2020

20 Mar 2020 – Six reasons they’re so harmful, and one reason they’re less infectious than other diseases.

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Gandhi’s Killer Evokes Admiration as Never Before
Sameer Yasir – The New York Times, 2 Mar 2020

4 Feb 2020 – As Hindu nationalism continues its march across India, a cult of personality is rising around Nathuram Godse, the Hindu extremist who killed Gandhi. “Our hero stopped Gandhi’s poison from spreading in this pure land,” Ms. Pandey, who runs the Meerut chapter of Hindu Mahasabha said. “If I was born before Godse, I would have shot Gandhi myself.”

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Japan Races to Build New Coal-Burning Power Plants, Despite the Climate Risks
Hiroko Tabuchi – The New York Times, 10 Feb 2020

3 Feb 2020 – It is one unintended consequence of the Fukushima nuclear disaster almost a decade ago, which forced Japan to all but close its nuclear power program. Japan now plans to build as many as 22 new coal-burning power plants — one of the dirtiest sources of electricity — at 17 different sites in the next five years, just at a time when the world needs to slash carbon dioxide emissions to fight global warming.

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The Gene Drive Dilemma: We Can Alter Entire Species, but Should We?
Jennifer Kahn – The New York Times, 13 Jan 2020

8 Jan 2020 – A new genetic engineering technology could help eliminate malaria and stave off extinctions — if humanity decides to unleash it. “It’s not just a question of whether or not we should use gene drives. It’s about coming to grips with our failures.”

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Anguish and Anger from the Navy SEALs Who Turned In War Criminal Edward Gallagher
Dave Philipps – The New York Times, 30 Dec 2019

27 Dec 2019 – Video Interviews and Group Texts Obtained by The Times Show Men Describing Navy Seal Pardoned of War Crimes by Trump as ‘Toxic, Freaking Evil’

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What the C.I.A.’s Torture Program Looked Like to the Tortured
Carol Rosenberg – The New York Times, 9 Dec 2019

4 Dec 2019 – Drawings done in captivity by the first prisoner known to undergo “enhanced interrogation” in Guantanamo portray his account of what happened to him in vivid and disturbing ways.

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The Schoolteacher and the Genocide
Sarah A. Topol – The New York Times Magazine, 12 Aug 2019

8 Aug 2019 – He dreamed of educating the children in his village. But soon he learned that it was dangerous for the Rohingya to dream.

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US Congress Overwhelmingly Condemns Movement to Boycott Israel
Sheryl Gay Stolberg – The New York Times, 29 Jul 2019

23 Jul 2019 — The House today overwhelmingly [398-to-17 vote] passed a bipartisan resolution condemning the boycott-Israel movement. Backers of the boycott movement say the resolution threatens free speech rights, and they argue that boycotts are a legitimate form of economic protest citing the Civil Rights boycotts, boycotts of Apartheid South Africa and American boycotts of Nazi Germany.

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Under Brazil’s Far Right Leader, Amazon Protections Slashed and Forests Fall
Letícia Casado and Ernesto Londoño – The New York Times, 29 Jul 2019

28 Jul 2019 — The destruction of the Amazon rain forest in Brazil has increased rapidly since the nation’s new far-right president took over and his government scaled back efforts to fight illegal logging, ranching and mining.

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Facial Recognition Tech Is Growing Stronger, Thanks to Your Face
Cade Metz – The New York Times, 15 Jul 2019

13 Jul 2019 — Dozens of databases of people’s faces are being compiled without their knowledge by companies and researchers, with many of the images then being shared around the world, in what has become a vast ecosystem fueling the spread of facial recognition technology.

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Notes on Excessive Wealth Disorder
Paul Krugman | Nobel Economics Laureate – The New York Times, 1 Jul 2019

22 Jun 2018 – In a couple of days I’m going to be participating in an Economic Policy Institute conference on the problems and dangers created by extreme concentration of income and wealth at the top. I’ve been asked to give a short talk at the beginning of the conference, focusing on the political and policy distortions high inequality creates.

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Will Trump Be the Sage One?
Maureen Dowd – The New York Times, 27 May 2019

18 May 2019 – “On one side, you have a president who doesn’t want war, who simply wants to do with Iran what he has done with North Korea, to twist the arm of the Iranians to bring them to a negotiation on his terms,” said French Ambassador Gérard Araud. “He thinks they will suffer and at the end, they will grovel in front of his power.” But in a way, the face-off with the Iranians is more “primitive and dangerous” because, besides Bolton, other factions in the Middle East are also “dreaming of going to war.”

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Humans Are Speeding Extinction and Altering the Natural World at an ‘Unprecedented’ Pace
Brad Plumer – The New York Times, 13 May 2019

6 May 2019 – Humans are transforming Earth’s natural landscapes so dramatically that as many as one million plant and animal species are now at risk of extinction, posing a dire threat to ecosystems that people all over the world depend on for their survival, a sweeping new United Nations assessment has concluded.

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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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