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The moment of the fool

By Robert C. Koehler Obama . . . Trump. Could there be a bigger contrast — in attitude, style, comportment, philosophy? What irony that the two names are now linked in history: Donald Trump forever the successor to Barack Obama, forever the orange-haired blot on his legacy, forever the surrealistic next chapter of the American […]

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President Donald Trump Should Make a Deal with North Korea

By Kevin Martin President Donald Trump likes to be known for his deal-making, and now he has the opportunity to make deals that can impact world peace and security, not just real estate or other business deals for his profit. North Korea would be a great place to start. Former President Barack Obama described North […]

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Nine-tenths of coal miners are gone

By James A. Haught America’s coal industry is sinking sadly.  Tonnage, usually above 1 billion, dropped to 749 million tons in 2016.  Employment, which exceeded 800,000 in the 1920s, has fallen below 66,000. Four large mining corporations went bankrupt in the past couple of years. The decline is glaringly visible in my West Virginia. Our […]

‘The Red Pill’ Delves Into the Men’s Rights Movement

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‘The Red Pill’ Delves Into the Men’s Rights Movement

by Josh Morris “If men have all the power, why can’t they talk about their problems?” Have you ever thought the Men’s Rights Movement might actually have some validity? Have you been warned of its “toxic appeal?” That it’s a hate group? Have you ever even heard of it? I imagine most people haven’t. Truthfully, […]

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Military Support for Diplomacy and Development

By David Cortright Amidst the darkness of Washington politics, a recent bright spot was the letter to Congress signed by more than 120 former senior military officers urging support for diplomacy and development. The letter is an encouraging sign of the growing recognition within the military of the need for greater civilian efforts to achieve international security. […]

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Trumpcare: An International Embarrassment

by Mel Gurtov, Paul Ryan justifies the current Trumpcare bill as promoting freedom—the right not to have to buy health insurance and thus be “free” to be unhealthy.  It’s a revolting position to take, not to mention inhumane and short-sighted, reminiscent of Marie Antoinette’s infamous advice to the starving French masses: “let them eat cake.”  […]

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While Our Attention is Elsewhere, Climate Change Worsens

by Mel Gurtov, Donald Trump’s presidency has gotten so much attention that the latest threats to climate stability have received only passing notice. To be sure, Trump’s belief that climate change is a Chinese “hoax”, and his appointment of climate change deniers to head major agencies, have been widely publicized. Even so, the news of […]

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Switching Sides: America and Russia in US Public Opinion

by Mel Gurtov, Once upon a time in the US you could fairly predict what Americans believe about Russia. Their beliefs would parallel their views of the USSR during the Cold War, with Democrats being relatively more optimistic and uncritical of Russia than their Republican counterparts.  As one example, take the spring 2015 poll by […]

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2 ½ Minutes to Midnight – Our World in Peril

by Robert F. Dodge, M.D., The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists announced Thursday its latest nuclear Doomsday Clock. In doing so they moved the symbolic minute hand ahead 30 seconds to two and one-half minutes till midnight.  Midnight represents the nuclear apocalypse. The decision to move the minute hand is made by the Bulletin’s Board of Directors […]

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How to Make Enemies

By Mel Gurtov, About two weeks ago I wrote a commentary, “Unfit to Command,” which argues that Donald Trump lacks the temperament, intelligence, and leadership qualities to be in charge of US foreign policy. He makes a habit of shooting from the lip (i.e., tweeting), lying, and making policy proclamations without consultation. He also seems […]

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