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A Gloating Putin: U.S. Monopoly 'Almost Done'

On October 18, in his annual foreign policy speech, Russian President Vladimir Putin trolled the United States, calling it an "empire," and declared that America's world dominance "is almost done." He also gloated about his new weapons and claimed that the U.S. bears some responsibility for the disappearance of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. During Thursday's speech, Putin also said that Russia is loaning Egypt billions of dollars to cover the cost of a Russian-built nuclear power plant there, and outlined a new military deal with Beijing.

U.S. Senate Seats up for Reelection in 2018

The U.S. Senate elections will be held on November 6, 2018. Thirty-three of the 100 Senate seats are up for reelection. The Republicans will be defending just 8 seats, while the Democrats will be fighting for 23, plus another 2 held by independents. The winners of those seats will serve a six-year term from January 3, 2019, until January 3, 2025. The time to start organizing is now.

Current Members of the U.S. House of Representatives

If we’ve learned anything from this last election, it’s that political complacency is no longer an option. And to effect change, there is no need to look any further than your own legislative backyards.

NRA Money to Congress — Follow the Cash and Make a Change in 2018

The survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting are the most formidable foes the NRA will face. If they want to make a difference, they need to convince other young people to vote against Members of Congress who accept money from the NRA. Young people often fail to take part in elections. Will the Parkland, Florida deaths finally change that?

The Justice Kennedy & President Trump Connection

The claim that Justice Anthony Kennedy resigned from the Supreme Court as part of a deal to shield his son Justin from ongoing Russian investigations has so far gone unproven. Did Donald Trump make Justice Kennedy an offer he couldn’t refuse?

Iranians Chant “Death to Palestine” at a Protest in Tehran

Videos posted to social media showed Iranian protesters in Tehran on June 25, chanting “Death to Palestine, No to Gaza, No to Lebanon, Leave Syria and think of us.” The demonstrations indicate widespread anger at the regime for spending billions of dollars on regional proxy wars and funding terrorist groups, while their own people live in poverty.

The NRA and Russia

The NRA "guns everywhere" agenda will be on full display in Dallas, even as the FBI investigates whether Alexander Torshin, a top Russian banker, and ally to Vladimir Putin, illegally funneled money to the NRA to help sway the 2016 election in Trump’s favor.

A Personal Account of Hawaii's False Missile Alert

The warning read, "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL." The Hawaii false missile alert was issued via the Emergency Alert System and Commercial Mobile Alert System over television, radio, and cellphones and sparked panic across the islands for more than half an hour.

The Day Hell Came to School

Five Years ago today, a 20-year-old stormed into the Sandy Hook Elementary School and massacred 20 first graders and six adults in a frenzy of gunfire. The killer used a Bushmaster AR-15 rifle to slaughter the students and educators. It took him less than five minutes. All but two of his victims were shot multiple times.

Countries North Korea Can Currently Hit With Their Missiles

Should North Korea ever have the capacity to launch a nuclear missile that could reach the U.S. mainland, Trump would have approximately ten minutes to react and make a decision to counterattack.

Middle East

ISIS Brutality Becomes a TV Series

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ISIS, Turkey and Oil: Interview with Pelicourt

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Khalid al-Asaad Slaughtered by ISIS

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Europe

Isolated in Greek Camps, Migrants Find Work

Alice Maiden

The Jedwabne Massacre of 1941: An Interview with Marcin Malek

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Is Russia Plotting to Bring Down OPEC?

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Asia-Pacific

Could Iran Emerge as the Middle East Superpower?

Doreen Horschig

Taiwan Seeks to Join Fight Against Global Warming

Ying-Yuan Lee, Minister of Environmental Protection Administration, Republic of China (Taiwan)

Myanmar: Transition Within Transition

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Americas

States With Confederate Monuments on Public Property

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Americans Who Gained Health Insurance Coverage Under the ACA by State

Teri Schure

How a Democracy Can Implode

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Africa

Child Brides in Zimbabwe

Stephen Tsoroti

Food Insecurity and Climate Change in Egypt

Joshua Goldfond

Tunisia: Escaping the Great Mosque of Uqba

Angela Smith Kirkman

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