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Pop Culture Has Made the Paranormal Normal

Close This article was originally published on The Conversation as “Crop circles blur science, paranormal in X-Files culture.” Read the original article. Crop circles are some of the most beautiful, mysterious and controversial landscape phenomena in the contemporary world. They are found around the globe, appearing in countries with large …

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Hungary’s Orban Reaches Out to Diaspora Next Door

Close This article first appeared on The Daily Signal. Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary is at his best when defending his nation’s sovereignty against encroachment, be it from the liberal progressivism of George Soros or the crushing intrusions of the European Union. He’s at his worst, however, when interfering …

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Tel Aviv Diary: Trump and Netanyahu Rewrite History

Close The most well known quote about history is no doubt the aphorism attributed to George Santayana, who wrote: “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” The one qualifier that might have been missing from that quote is the word “accurately.” If I formulated that …

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What Country Has the Most Shark Attacks?

Close This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. The first thing to say about shark attack deaths is that they are very rare, with only about two per year in Australia. But still, every year without fail, people die from shark bites, both here and …

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Balfour Intended For Arabs and Jews To Live Together

Close At the time Lord Balfour made his famous declaration on behalf of His Majesty’s King George V’s Government, my family—the Rivlin family—had already been living in Land of Israel for over 100 years. As he drafted the historic correspondence to Lord Rothschild, officially affirming British support for the establishment …

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Kevin Spacey’s Alleged Abuse Shouldn’t Impact ‘Cards’

Close Will the curtains close on Kevin Spacey’s career after the actor Anthony Rapp’s claims of sexual harassment? At the very least, they should close on Spacey’s role as President Frank Underwood on the Netflix hit House of Cards. Rapp’s allegations—that when he was 14, Spacey made unwanted advances—were published …

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Robert Reich: Tax Cuts Will Cripple Medicare, Medicaid

Close This article first appeared on RobertReich.org. The goal of Trump and the Republican leaders is to pull off a giant redistribution of over $1 trillion from the middle class, working class, and poor to the rich, who are already richer than ever. They’re selling this to the public with …

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Balfour Was a National Tragedy for Palestinian People

Close When Zionist militias forced my grandmother, Rasmiyyah, and her family out of their home in Safad at gunpoint during the 1948 Nakba, the process of settler-colonialism that was propelled by the Balfour Declaration and that culminated in ethnic cleansing became more than just a national tragedy for the indigenous …

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Should the New York Truck Killer Be Sent to Gitmo?

Close This article first appeared on Just Security. President Trump said yesterday that he would “certainly consider” transferring Sayfullo Saipov–the person who murdered eight people in Manhattan on Tuesday–to military custody at the Guantánamo Bay Naval Base. Senator Lindsey Graham likewise announced that the government should detain Saipov as an …

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Adding Uzbekistan to Travel Ban Would Show It’s a Sham

Close This article first appeared on the Cato Institute site. Sayfullo Saipov, an Uzbek national, killed at least eight people with a truck in New York on Tuesday. Uzbekistan is a central Asian country north of Afghanistan of almost 30 million people — 88 percent of whom are Muslim. Keep …

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