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February 24, 2018 | Comments Off on Readers write: Reporter’s experiences over the decades in China

Readers write: Reporter’s experiences over the decades in ChinaRegarding the Jan. 22 cover story, “My return to China”: Rarely have I read such a remarkable essay as this one. The stories of Ann Scott Tyson’s two visits are filled with keen observation, emotion, and compassionate comparisons of social norms past and present, leaving one with an early warning signal that demonstrates how quickly invasive governmental surveillance can cast a chill on a nation’s populace, silencing natural desires to communicate in even the simplest conversations with others. Recommended: How much do you know about China?

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February 24, 2018 | Comments Off on Rex Tillerson’s Monroe Doctrine invocation was bizarre, Meeting between North and South Korea sparks hope, War between Israel, Syria, and Iran looks imminent, Social media normalizes stalking, Elon Musk proves the benefits of privatized space programs

The South China MORNING Post / Hong Kong

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February 23, 2018 | Comments Off on As Estonia turns 100, a new embrace of its Russian speakers

On Wednesday, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid awarded the school choir director a prestigious medal, to honor her contribution to Estonian society. Ever since Estonia regained its independence in 1991, many Russian speakers have felt like second-c…

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February 23, 2018 | Comments Off on Helping the world’s largest group of homeless

Helping the world’s largest group of homelessDespite the media attention on them, neither the Syrian civilians who have fled war in the Middle East nor the Rohingya Muslims who have fled repression in Myanmar are the world’s largest group of displaced people. The little-noticed crisis in the heart of Africa has worsened over the past year to the point that the European Union and the United Nations announced this week that they are seeking to double foreign aid to the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is four times as large as France. An estimated 7 million Congolese are considered to be “food insecure.” Only 1 in 7 earns more than $1.25 a day.

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February 23, 2018 | Comments Off on After Parkland shooting, Kentucky and other states weigh adding guns to schools

The urgent drumbeat has swelled since Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Florida became the latest school to be invaded by a shooter armed with an AR-15: We have to do something. Everyone from the students themselves to their parents, the Broward County…

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