Monthly Archives: December 2015

Test Your Savvy About 2016 With a Quiz Will Trump, Cruz, Clinton or Sanders win the presidency? Will the refugee crisis improve? Here’s a multiple-choice exam on what’s to come. nytimes.com|By NICHOLAS KRISTOF

Nice Quiz, Mr. Kristof, and some good laughs, which gets extra credit. I took the quiz, and got 9 out of 11, but since I disagree with you on Obama’s Syrian Policy, I give myself a 10 out of 11. … Continue reading

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Climate Chaos, Across the Map – Justin Gillis, The New York Times

“What is going on with the weather?From Our AdvertisersWith tornado outbreaks in the South, Christmas temperatures that sent trees into bloom in Central Park, drought in parts of Africa and historic floods drowning the old industrial cities of England, 2015 … Continue reading

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Flawed Justice After a Mob Killed an Afghan Woman – by Alissa Rubin, The New York Times

“KABUL, Afghanistan — Farkhunda had one chance to escape the mob that wanted to kill her. Two Afghan police officers pulled her onto the roof of a low shed, above the angry crowd.From Our AdvertisersBut then the enraged men below … Continue reading

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ISIS Enshrines a Theology of Rape – The New York Times

“QADIYA, Iraq — In the moments before he raped the 12-year-old girl, the Islamic State fighter took the time to explain that what he was about to do was not a sin. Because the preteen girl practiced a religion other … Continue reading

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That Oxymoron, the Asian Comic Superhero -By UMAPAGAN AMPIKAIPAKAN, The New York Times

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — THE final page of the first issue of the new Ms. Marvel comic is pitch perfect. A strange mutagenic mist pervades the streets of Jersey City, activating a secret alien gene that triggers a transformation within … Continue reading

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In Search of Their Fathers: Seeking Redemption in Vietnam – The New York Times

HO CHI “MINH CITY, Vietnam — For nearly half a century, Margot Carlson Delogne had grieved over her father’s death. She battled alcoholism, wore a missing-in-action bracelet and deeply resented the Vietnamese who shot down his plane in 1966.From Our … Continue reading

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Japan and South Korea agree to settle wartime sex slaves row | World news | The Guardian

“Shinzo Abe offers sincere apology for use of ‘comfort women’ by Japanese soldiers, removing major barrier to better relationsSouth Koreans protest about Japan’s use of comfort women in SeoulSouth Koreans who lost family members during the second world war demand … Continue reading

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South Korea and Japan Reach Deal on Wartime ‘Comfort Women’ – The New York Times

“SEOUL, South Korea — More than 70 years after the end of World War II, South Korea and Japan reached a landmark agreement on Monday to resolve their dispute over Korean women who were forced to serve as sex slaves … Continue reading

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Congress Gets Out of the I.M.F.’s Way – Editorial, The New York Times

“After five years of Republican foot-dragging, members of Congress last week ratified an agreement that will increase the capital of the International Monetary Fund and give developing countries like China and India a greater say in the organization. This should … Continue reading

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Germany, Refugee Nation – The New York Times

“There’s a new can-do nation. It’s called Germany. The United States, fear-ridden, has passed the torch.From Our AdvertisersThroughout the extraordinary process that has seen roughly one million refugees arrive in Germany this year, Chancellor Angela Merkel has had a consistent … Continue reading

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