Elise Cheonf

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Israel and Saudi Arabia: America's Favorite Middle East Countries

I published a piece last year with a deliberately provocative title, "Why I No Longer Support Israel," which elicited hundreds of negative, online comments. I wrote that article partly because of America's unwavering support for Israel. Republicans and Democrats rarely agree on anything, but they …

U.S. condemns U.N. call for list of firms operating in West Bank | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday condemned a United Nations Human Rights Council resolution that calls for setting up a database of businesses operating in the occupied West Bank, a move that Israel has called a “blacklist.”<p>A Palestinian protester holds up an unspent tear gas …

Turkey is no 'safe haven' for refugees – it shoots them at the border

It was beyond sad to read in the Times this week that Turkish border guards have allegedly shot dead Syrians trying to reach safety in Turkey. Sixteen refugees, including three children, have been killed trying to escape the battlegrounds of northern Syria in the past four months, according to the …

Middle East

Tareena Shakil: Why British woman is guilty of joining Islamic State group

<b>Tareena Shakil has become the first woman in the UK to be convicted of "membership" of the self-styled Islamic State organisation - but she never had a membership card, says she deeply regrets going to Syria, and - in a courtroom twist - told the jury she'd even helped MI5 on her return.</b><p>So why did …

The Simple Truth About Gun Control

We live, let’s imagine, in a city where children are dying of a ravaging infection. The good news is that its cause is well understood and its cure, an antibiotic, easily at hand. The bad news is that our city council has been taken over by a faith-healing cult that will go to any lengths to keep …

「歷史文盲」的攻擊:說別人「恐怖主義」以前,請先翻閱自己偉大文明的血腥歷史

作者:趙恩潔(中山大學社會學系)<p>沒有一份關於文明的記載,不同時也是關於野蠻主義的記載。正如那樣的一份記載並無法免於野蠻主義,野蠻主義也玷染了這份記載從一位主子手中到下一位主子的傳遞方式。一位歷史物質論者因而必須要遠離(對文明的歌功頌德),離得越遠越好…被壓迫者的傳統教導了我們,我們所身在其中的「緊急狀況」並非例外,而是規則。我們必須獲致一種符合此洞見的歷史概念。—Walter Benjamin<p>我常問我自己,不管機率多麼微乎其微,如果有一天,台灣的原住民社群中出現了極端份子炸掉了總統府,或者中國境內的維吾爾族的「恐怖組織」炸掉了中南海,身為一位研究宗教與族群多元主義的人類學者,我,該怎麼回應?我 …

8 practical ways to help refugees

Melissa Fleming of the UN’s Refugee Agency shares some ways to help refugees right now.<p>When a million refugees showed up in Europe this past year, …

Refugees

Top 10 Instances of Open and Unapologetic Celebrity Cultural Appropriation in 2013!

Thanks to Halloween, outdoor music festivals and the college Greek system having access to social media, people of color are constantly bombarded …

The Top 10 countries to start a business in Africa

The World Bank's annual Doing Business rankings are now out. What are the best places to do business in Africa? Browse through the gallery to find out.

Four scenarios for Myanmar's crucial vote

<b>Myanmar has held its first openly contested general election for 25 years. Many expect the party of former political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi to win the most seats but, as the BBC's Jonah Fisher in Myanmar explains, that doesn't mean it will come out on top.</b><p>Sunday's vote was the first time since …

Myanmar's 2015 landmark elections explained

<b>Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) has won a landslide victory in Myanmar after general elections on 8 November. It was the country's first national vote since a nominally civilian government was introduced in 2011, ending nearly 50 years of military rule. The NLD will control</b> …

What's behind the China-Taiwan divide?

<b>China sees Taiwan as a breakaway province that will eventually be part of the country again, but many Taiwanese want a separate nation.</b><p>The dispute with China has left relations frayed and a constant threat of a violent flare up that could drag the US into the fray.<p>What is the history and source of …

Will Myanmar's landmark election be free and fair?

Myanmar's much-anticipated election is due to take place on Sunday but problems with missing ballot papers and inaccurate voter lists are adding to long-held concerns from political opponents and advocacy groups that the poll will not be free and fair.<p>The election will be the first since a …

Donald Trump calls on GOP opponents to drop out

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump on Tuesday called on some of his fellow contenders for the Republican presidential nomination who are polling poorly to drop out.<p>"There are too many people ... If a person's been campaigning for four or five months and they're at zero or one or two percent, they should get …

Ahmed Chalabi death highlights Iraq war legacy

<b>The unexpected death of Ahmed Chalabi has highlighted the burning issues still haunting the UK and the West, long after the key role he played in manipulating the US-led invasion and overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003.</b><p>The UK is still examining events around the war in the form of the Chilcot …

No, The Existence of Trans People Doesn't Validate Gender Essentialism

Furthermore, <b>the argument that transitioning is inherently essentialist undermines the diversity that exists even within people who are …

Don't be fooled by China ending its one-child policy

<b>(CNN) —</b> China's decision to prevent most couples from having more than one baby, imposed more than 35 years ago, has always stood as a symbol of just how far the state was prepared to intrude into the lives of its citizens. It was a classic ends-justifies-the-means policy. Not surprisingly, the …

China's one-child policy: Five things to know

<b>Hong Kong (CNN) —</b> Faced with a surging population, 35 years ago China attempted to put the brakes on procreation by implementing a controversial policy limiting most couples to just one child.<p>On Thursday, China abandoned the one-child policy, saying it will allowing all married couples to have two …

Rape and cannibalism in South Sudan, African Union says

<b>The African Union (AU) has accused government and rebel forces in South Sudan of extreme violence since the conflict erupted at the end of 2013.</b><p>A commission of inquiry found evidence of killings, torture, mutilations and rape, mostly against civilians, as well as episodes of forced …

Kosovo protesters clash with police over MP's arrest

<b>Demonstrators in Kosovo's capital Pristina have thrown petrol bombs and stones at police in a protest over the arrest of an opposition MP.</b><p>Albin Kurti was held by police after setting off tear gas in parliament last week over a deal between Kosovo and Serbia. He was later released.<p>About 200 …

Ukraine crisis: Kiev bans Russian airlines' flights

<b>Ukraine has said it will ban Russian airlines from flying into the country as part of sanctions over Moscow's support for rebels in the east.</b><p>Kiev said the measures would take effect on 25 October and would include major Russian airlines Aeroflot and Transaero.<p>Russian transit flights will also be …

Syria crisis: US-trained rebels give equipment to al-Qaeda affiliate

<b>A group of US-trained Syrian rebels has handed over their vehicles and ammunition to fighters linked to al-Qaeda, the US military has admitted.</b><p>It said one rebel unit had surrendered six pick-up trucks and ammunition to the al-Nusra Front this week - apparently to gain safe passage.<p>Congress has …

Migrant crisis: Fleeing life under Islamic State in Syria

<b>"If they knew I was talking to you, I'd be killed," says Mohamed.</b><p>Young and a fluent English speaker, he comes from the Syrian city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of so-called Islamic State.<p>The threat posed by the group is one of the main factors pushing the mass migration of people to Europe.<p>And as …

Migrant crisis: Why EU deal on refugees is difficult

<b>EU ministers have voted by a majority to relocate 120,000 refugees EU-wide, as this year's extraordinary influx via the Mediterranean and Balkans continues.</b><p>But for now the plan will only apply to 66,000. The other 54,000 will only be moved when governments decide where they should go.<p>In emergency …

Japan to allow military role overseas in historic move

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1194000/1194514_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524770120_7f891f928d3795a253ed15e31dbdea2e<p><b>Japan's parliament has voted to allow the military to fight overseas for the first time since the end of World War Two 70 years ago.</b><p>A vote on the new …

Why Germany needs migrants more than UK

<b>There is an economic and demographic backdrop to the differential policies towards asylum-seekers of Germany and the UK - to Germany's relatively open door, that compares with the UK's heavily fortified portal (which will be opened just a bit by David Cameron later today).</b><p>The two relevant points …