Monthly Archives: November 2015

Obama, at Conference, Says U.S. Is Partly to Blame for Climate Change – The New York Times

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“Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India said on the opening day of the summit meeting that poor nations have the right to burn carbon to grow their economies.“Justice demands that, with what little…

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Europe the Unready – The New York Times

“Thanksgiving as we know it dates not to colonial days but to the middle of the Civil War, when Abraham Lincoln made it a federal holiday. It is, in other words, a celebration of national unity. And our national unity … Continue reading

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Hillary Clinton Takes On ISIS She just became the first of the presidential candidates to put forward a comprehensive, mature plan to fight ISIS and Assad. nytimes.com|By David Brooks

David Brooks comes to his senses. “This week we had a chance to watch Hillary Clinton respond in real time to a complex foreign policy challenge. On Thursday, six days after the Paris attacks, she gave a comprehensive antiterrorism speech … Continue reading

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Pacific Trade and Worker Rights – The New York Times

“Obama administration officials say the T.P.P. goes further on labor standards than those earlier pacts. For example, the T.P.P.’s labor chapter requires all 12 countries to adopt minimum wage, working hour and occupational safety regulations. That is an improvement, but … Continue reading

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They Are Us – Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times

“The Islamic State is trying to create a religious divide and an anti-refugee backlash, so that Muslims will feel alienated and turn to extremism. If so, American and European politicians are following the Islamic State’s script.” Source: They Are Us … Continue reading

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Obama Calls on Beijing to Stop Construction in South China Sea – The New York Times

“MANILA — President Obama called on China on Wednesday to halt its construction on reclaimed islands in the South China Sea, raising the contentious issue at the start of a two-day economic summit meeting at which he and other Pacific … Continue reading

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Finding Peace Within the Holy Texts – David Brooks, The New York Times

“It’s easy to think that ISIS is some sort of evil, medieval cancer that somehow has resurfaced in the modern world. The rest of us are pursuing happiness, and here comes this fundamentalist anachronism, spreading death. But in his book … Continue reading

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After Paris Attacks, Vilifying Refugees – The New York Times

“Battening down the hatches is often an impulsive and politically expedient response to terrorism attacks. Predictably, the harrowing scenes of carnage in Paris on Friday are fueling calls to shut down borders and halt the resettlement of Syrian refugees in … Continue reading

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Republicans’ Lust for Gold – Paul Krugman, in The New York Times

“As I said, this hard-money orthodoxy is relatively new. Republicans used to base their monetary recommendations on the ideas of Milton Friedman, who opposed Keynesian policies to fight depressions, but only because he thought easy money could do the job … Continue reading

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On the Road in Syria, Struggle All Around – The New York Times

We keep asking, who are the moderate rebels? Here are some, survivors mostly. “RMEILAN, Syria — After boiling crude oil from the ground near here all day in a metal tank to refine it into diesel, Ali Mohammed braved the … Continue reading

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