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[25 Sep 2017 | Comments Off on What does third Trump travel ban mean for Supreme Court case? | ]

What does third Trump travel ban mean for Supreme Court case?A few days ago, Oct. 10 had been circled on calendars around the country – the day the Trump administration would make its first appearance before the US Supreme Court, to argue for the full enforcement of President Trump’s controversial “travel ban” executive order. Monday afternoon, in a one-paragraph order, the justices kicked that can down the road. One of the longest, most contentious, and confusing subplots of Donald Trump’s presidency is now going to have to play a little – or perhaps a lot – longer.

[25 Sep 2017 | Comments Off on Why elections in Europe spring a surprise | ]

Why elections in Europe spring a surpriseLast spring, Europe watched with surprise as a new centrist party in France, En Marche!, defeated the two traditional parties. The election win was a signal that the French want more independence and individuality in their political identity. Now it may be Germany’s turn.

[25 Sep 2017 | Comments Off on In Alabama, an early test of anti-establishment mood | ]

In Alabama, an early test of anti-establishment mood“We cannot be bought,” declares B.B. Sellers, as he and his wife leave a sweltering outdoor rally for Roy Moore, the firebrand former judge who has been leading in a tight Republican run-off for US Senate. The GOP establishment has flooded the state with millions of dollars in advertising in advance of Tuesday’s primary election, trying to boost the chances of incumbent GOP Sen. Luther Strange, who was appointed earlier this year after former Sen. Jeff Sessions stepped down to become US attorney general.

[25 Sep 2017 | Comments Off on Defiant, Kurds vote in northern Iraq, seeking path to independence | ]

Defiant, Kurds vote in northern Iraq, seeking path to independenceIn Erbil, capital of northern Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region, the longstanding dream of statehood has been sold as a done deal. Streets have been lined with billboards in favor of Kurdish independence, and hawkers old and young have been making a killing selling the sun-emblazoned tricolor flag of Kurdistan. In the run-up to the vote, major powers, including the United States, issued dire warnings that the vote will undermine the war against the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) and further destabilize Iraq.

[25 Sep 2017 | Comments Off on As waters recede, Bangladesh takes stock – and plans for more flood-prone future | ]

In late August, while hurricane Harvey was battering Texas and Louisiana, heavy rain led to devastating floods and landslides across the region. The dangerously high flood waters forced Sufia and her husband to abandon their home, a bare-bones hut of …

[25 Sep 2017 | Comments Off on Could Merkel's losses and populism's gains be theraputic for German democracy? | ]

Could Merkel's losses and populism's gains be theraputic for German democracy?German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party fared far worse than expected in federal elections Sunday. The anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) did far better than expected. Recommended: How much do you know about Germany?

[24 Sep 2017 | Comments Off on Reluctant champion: How Nadia Murad has become the international face of Yazidi suffering – and resilience | ]

Weeks earlier, Nadia Murad had been ripped from her village by Islamic State (ISIS) fighters who murdered her family and took her captive. Along with other young Yazidi women, she was transported to Mosul, in northern Iraq. Ms. Murad, just 21 years o…

[23 Sep 2017 | Comments Off on Time for the world to step up on Rohingya issue, Aung San Suu Kyi’s astounding hypocrisy, Irma’s destruction in Britain’s Caribbean islands, The US should stop saber rattling, On the Nadal-Federer comeback | ]

Time for the world to step up on Rohingya issue, Aung San Suu Kyi’s astounding hypocrisy, Irma’s destruction in Britain’s Caribbean islands, The US should stop saber rattling, On the Nadal-Federer comeback“It is high time the world made an all-out effort to stop the ongoing pogrom against Myanmar’s minority Rohingya…,” writes Mohammad Amjad Hossain. “The pogrom resembles those crimes perpetrated against Jews…. The military junta of Myanmar torches Rohingya villages, stops aid to Rohingya camps, and restricts Rohingyas’ movement…. [The United Nations] secretary-general … must send peace-keeping forces to Rakhine State…. The Security Council should consider imposing economic sanctions on Myanmar’s government as well…. Further bloodshed must be stopped and this manmade crisis resolved. “The hypocrisy of Myanmar’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, is astounding,” states an editorial.

[23 Sep 2017 | Comments Off on Readers write: The work of downsizing, evidence of climate change, hopeful coverage on famine | ]

Readers write: The work of downsizing, evidence of climate change, hopeful coverage on famineRegarding the Aug. 21 Monitor Daily story “Home prices, and a thought shift, give ‘small living’ a boost”: Interesting concept. My friend has done it, downsizing and living in a tiny apartment. Decluttering would be a two-month, full-time job, which I haven’t been willing to devote myself to at this point.

[22 Sep 2017 | Comments Off on Trump's diplomatic dance on Iran: What's his next step? | ]

Trump's diplomatic dance on Iran: What's his next step?As he considers what to do about the 2015 international agreement with Iran that he disdains, President Trump may be about to lob the ball into the international community’s court. Rather than pulling the United States out of the deal as he has long threatened, Mr. Trump may instead agree to stick with it at least for the coming months – and challenge the US partners in the seven-nation agreement to address what he sees as its grave shortcomings. Recommended: How much do you know about Iran?

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