Monthly Archives: September 2016

America’s Mr. Diplomacy – The New York Times

“Since becoming secretary of state more than three years ago, John Kerry has been a man on a mission — multiple missions, in fact — relentlessly traveling the globe in search of diplomatic solutions to the world’s toughest problems.His efforts … Continue reading

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Mohammad Javad Zarif: Let Us Rid the World of Wahhabism – The New York Times

  “Tehran — Public relations firms with no qualms about taking tainted petrodollars are experiencing a bonanza. Their latest project has been to persuade us that the Nusra Front, Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, is no more. As a Nusra … Continue reading

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Donald Trump’s Putin Crush, by Tom Friedman  – The New York Times

“When it comes to rebutting Donald Trump’s idiotic observation that Vladimir Putin is a strong leader — “far more than our president has been a leader” — it is hard to top the assessment of Russian-born Garry Kasparov, the former … Continue reading

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Thugs and Kisses, by Paul Krugman – The New York Times

  “First of all, let’s get this straight: The Russian Federation of 2016 is not the Soviet Union of 1986. True, it covers most of the same territory and is run by some of the same thugs. But the Marxist … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Warren: What Apple Teaches Us About Taxes – The New York Times

WASHINGTON — APPLE got a big surprise last week when the European Commission ordered Ireland to collect more than $14 billion in back taxes from the company. The global giant had been attributing billions of dollars in profits to a … Continue reading

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The Hidden Scars All Refugees Carry, by By VIET THANH NGUYEN – The New York Times

“Many people have characterized my novel, “The Sympathizer,” as an immigrant story, and me as an immigrant. No. My novel is a war story and I am not an immigrant. I am a refugee who, like many others, has never … Continue reading

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In Honduras, a Spiritual and Political Awakening for Tim Kaine – The New York Times

“In September 1980, as violence and civil war erupted throughout Central America, a quiet American left Harvard Law School to volunteer with Jesuit missionaries in northern Honduras.Around him, the United States-backed military dictatorship hunted Marxists and cracked down on the … Continue reading

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Obama and Xi Formally Commit U.S. and China to Paris Climate Accord – The New York Times

“HANGZHOU, China — President Obama and President Xi Jinping of China formally committed the world’s two largest economies to the Paris climate agreement here on Saturday, cementing their partnership on climate change and offering a rare display of harmony in … Continue reading

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How Russia Often Benefits When Julian Assange Reveals the West’s Secrets – The New York Times

“From the cramped confines of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where he was granted asylum four years ago amid a legal imbroglio, Mr. Assange proffered a vision of America as superbully: a nation that has achieved imperial power by proclaiming … Continue reading

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Apple, Congress and the Missing Taxes – The New York Times

This is one of the best NY Times editorials I have read in several years. “Apple and the United States are crying foul over the ruling in Europe that Apple received illegal tax breaks from Ireland and must hand over … Continue reading

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