Alan Fogelquist

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ISIS, in eleven shades of black

A multilingual manual for the worldwide jihad signals ISIS's ambition. Still image taken from a propaganda video released January 14 2018 showing …

The Psychological Quirk That Explains Why You Love Donald Trump

The popularity of the GOP front-runner can be explained by the Dunning-Kruger Effect.<p>Many commentators have argued that Donald Trump’s dominance in the GOP presidential race can be largely explained by ignorance; his candidacy, after all, is most popular among Republican voters without college …

U.S. general signals support for Iran nuclear deal | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top U.S. general on Tuesday signalled support for the Iran nuclear deal, saying the agreement, which President Donald Trump has threatened to withdraw from, has played an important role in addressing Iran’s nuclear programme.<p>U.S. Army General Joseph Votel, commander of the …

Middle East

Britain expels 23 Russian diplomats over nerve attack on ex-spy | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is to kick out 23 Russian diplomats, the biggest such expulsion since the Cold War, over a chemical attack on a former Russian double agent in England that Prime Minister Theresa May blamed on Moscow, an assessment backed by the United States.<p>May pointed the finger firmly …

Russia

Does a Stronger Xi Mean a Weaker Chinese Communist Party?

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — This week’s announcement that term limits for China’s president and vice president would be lifted may have been arresting, but it hardly was surprising: Since Xi Jinping acceded to the presidency in 2013, he has concentrated more power than any Chinese leader since Mao …

19 billionaires who grew up poor

<b>• Billionaires don't always come from moneyed backgrounds.</b><p><b>• In fact, many famous billionaires actually grew up poor.</b><p><b>• From George Soros to Larry Ellison to Oprah Winfrey, here's a look at how some of the wealthiest people on the planet came up from nothing.</b><p>Billionaires aren't all born with silver …

Why does Bluetooth still suck?

Bluetooth has been around for more than 20 years, but it's still plagued with issues. Devices may not connect, they may randomly disconnect, or you can run into interference from other devices. Here's why the technology has so many problems, and what you can do to fix it. Following is a transcript …

The second trench: forging a new frontline in the war against neoliberalism

Only a new left internationalism that accepts a limited reassertion of national economic sovereignty can defeat the rising tide of authoritarian …

Our corporation tax system is broken. Here's how to fix it

After eight years of austerity borne primarily by the most vulnerable in our society, it’s time that all businesses started paying their fair …

The Internet Is Mostly Bots

More than half of web traffic comes from automated programs—many of them malicious.<p>Look around you, people of the internet. The bots. They’re <i>everywhere</i>.<p>Most website visitors aren’t humans, but are instead bots—or, programs built to do automated tasks. They are the worker bees of the internet, and …

Chatbots

Politicians paid to lobby for pro-Russian Ukraine

US President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort paid a group of unnamed European politicians €2 million ($2.5 million) to lobby for …

The end of an era for market tranquility | Financial Times

For more than a decade, Mike Schmanske made a living trading “volatility” — betting on the size and speed of moves in the US stock market. After …

Stock Markets

Neoliberalism: How Seeing Markets as Perfect Turned into an Ideology Justifying Crony Capitalism

By Simon Wren-Lewis The collapse of Carillion had some important implications for public sector outsourcing, as I discussed here, but I tend to agree …

🇺🇸 Why has 'Fire and Fury' angered Trump so much? | Inside story

The Worst and the Dumbest

Like millions of people around the world, I was reassured to learn that Donald Trump is a “Very Stable Genius.” You see, if he weren’t — if he were instead an erratic, vindictive, uninformed, lazy, would-be tyrant — we might be in real trouble.<p>Let’s be honest: This great nation has often been led …

Donald Trump

A Chinese Empire Reborn

I am the son of two empires, the United States and China. I was born in and raised around Washington in the Nixon-to-Reagan era, but my parents grew up in villages in southern China. My father was a member of the People’s Liberation Army in the 1950s, the first decade of Communist rule, before he …

China

Samantha Power: ‘Being at the UN is like trying to get heard at an Irish dinner table’

The former US ambassador and Obama adviser on life after the Oval Office, Hillary’s ‘victory party’, and her role in new documentary The Final Year<p>Samantha Power, 47, was a special adviser to President Obama on foreign affairs and human rights before becoming US ambassador to the UN in 2013. Prior …

Foreign Policy

Ugly Stories of the Peruvian Agrarian Reform (Latin America Otherwise)

<i>Ugly Stories of the Peruvian Agrarian Reform</i> reveals the human drama behind the radical agrarian reform that unfolded in Peru during the final three …

Alice Donovan was a prolific freelance writer who didn’t actually exist

Time and again, 'alternative' media outlets published a Russian operative posing as a journalist.<p>In August 2016, a few months before the presidential …

Journalism

E.U. Hoped Balkan Border Deal Would Be Model for Peace. Then It Collapsed.

This was supposed to be the year in which Slovenia and Croatia, members of the European Union and NATO, triumphantly ended a 26-year border dispute after an international court ruling in June. But it was not to be.<p>Slovenia backed the deal, but Croatia had already dropped out of arbitration, …

The year of Trump has laid bare the US constitution’s serious flaws | Jonathan Freedland

I once wrote a hymn of praise to the achievements of the founding fathers. There’s still much to celebrate – but their inspirational vision needs an urgent update<p>There’s a million things to love about Hamilton, the musical that has opened in London to reviews as glowing as those that greeted its …

Donald Trump

Aina Gamzatova: The Muslim woman challenging Putin

<b>Moscow, Russia -</b> Aina Gamzatova, a 46-year-old woman from Dagestan, has made it official. She wants to run against Russian President Vladimir Putin in the March 2018 election.<p>Hundreds of her supporters gathered around her to celebrate in Makhachkala, Dagestan's capital, on Saturday, two days after …

Opinion: Putin is here to stay, as are tensions with the West

Russia will attract a lot of attention in 2018, due to the presidential election and the Soccer World Cup. But it's already clear that one event will …

Kremlin warns Alexei Navalny against Russian election protest | Financial Times

The Kremlin has warned leading Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny not to wage a protest campaign over his exclusion from March’s …

Russia

Pope Francis Appeals for Peace Amid Conflicts Supported and Inflamed by Trump

With a focus on the impact of war, conflict, and inequality on the world's children, Pope Francis delivered a Christmas Day sermon in Rome's St. …

Pope Francis

On the Front Lines of the GOP's Civil War

In 2016, a group of Republicans broke ranks with their party to try to stop Donald Trump from winning the presidency. Now they’re rallying once more to keep him from destroying the country. Sam Tanenhaus reports on the Never Trumpers.<p>Book parties in Manhattan tend to be overspillings of the …

Trump just told the truth. He may wish he hadn’t.

On Wednesday, the 335th day of his presidency, Donald J. Trump did something most extraordinary and uncharacteristic. He told the truth.<p>The president, celebrating his $1.5 trillion tax cut with fellow Republicans at the South Portico of the White House, was midway through his remarks when he veered …

Health Care

Catalan voters have spoken — again

BARCELONA — The story goes that if you put a frog into lukewarm water and then turn up the heat, it won’t notice the gradually increasing temperature …