Monthly Archives: August 2016

Why I Go to Aleppo – The New York Times

“CHICAGO — The hospital where I work in Aleppo, Syria, is in a basement. The building above has been bombarded so many times that the top floors are too dangerous to use. Barrels and sandbags line the entrance to fortify … Continue reading

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Syria’s Paradox: Why the War Only Ever Seems to Get Worse, By MAX FISHER – The New York Times

  “WASHINGTON — There is a basic fact about Syria’s civil war that never seems to change: it frustrates any attempt at resolution.Despite many offensives, peace conferences and foreign interventions, including this week’s Turkish incursion into a border town, the … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Great Purge, by Mustafa Akyol – The New York Times

“ISTANBUL — More than a month has passed since the July 15 coup attempt in Turkey. Most people here are glad we averted a major attack on our democracy, which could have initiated not only a brutal military regime but … Continue reading

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[Forum] | Tearing Up the Map, by Andrew J Bacevich, Hamid Dabashi, Paula A. Dobriansky, Hassan Hassan, Kori Schake, Dominique de Villepin | Harper’s Magazine

“As Barack Obama prepares to vacate the Oval Office after two terms, he has earned an odd distinction: the United States has been at war every day of his tenure, a record unmatched in American history. The next president’s performance … Continue reading

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Is Our Country as Good as Our Athletes Are? by David Brooks – The New York Times

“….  In fact, America succeeds in global trade about as well as at the Olympics. We rank third, behind Switzerland and Singapore, in global competitive rankings put out by the World Economic Forum. When trade is leveled by international agreements, … Continue reading

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Father and Son Killed in Police Custody Cast Shadow on Philippine Drug War – The New York Times

“MANILA — Even amid the slaughter of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, the killings of Renato and Jaypee Bertes stand out. The Bertes men, father and son, shared a tiny, concrete room with six other people in a metropolitan … Continue reading

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Do You Care More About a Dog Than a Refugee? by Nicholas Kristof – The New York Times

” …. For five years the world has been largely paralyzed as President Bashar al-Assad has massacred his people, nurturing in turn the rise of ISIS and what the U.S. government calls genocide by ISIS. That’s why I argued in … Continue reading

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How Do Trump’s Conspiracy Theories Go Over in the Middle East? Dangerously. – The New York Times

“In November 2015, a cartoon in Al-Ahram, an Egyptian state-owned newspaper, depicted an Islamic State ogre with “Made in America” emblazoned on his back. It wasn’t unusual. A look at Middle Eastern news media shows that this idea is startlingly … Continue reading

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Is God Transgender? – The New York Times

  “In the 1970s a cousin of mine, Paula Grossman, became one of the first people in America to undergo sex-reassignment surgery. As Paul Monroe Grossman, Cousin Paula had been a beloved music teacher in New Jersey. She was fired … Continue reading

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Q. & A. With Michael Morell: Why I’m Endorsing Hillary Clinton – The New York Times

In an op-ed article last week, Michael J. Morell, a former deputy and acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency, endorsed Hillary Clinton for president — and lambasted her Republican opponent, Donald J. Trump, as a threat to national security. … Continue reading

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