Kedar Deshpande

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Here Are All of Our No. 1 Story Picks from This Year

<i>All through December, we’ll be featuring Longreads’ Best of 2015. To get you ready, here’s a list of every story that was chosen as No. 1 in our</i> …

literaryjournalism

The Re-Taking of Sinjar, Iraq

Late last week, Iraqi Kurdish militias, backed by a U.S.-led air campaign, launched an assault to retake the town of Sinjar in northern Iraq. The Islamic State's capture of Sinjar in August of 2014 left many people dead, and caused tens of thousands of Yazidis to flee into the neighboring …

Peshmerga

Bernie Sanders And The Horrors Of Eisenhower's 91% Top Income Tax Rate

Bernie Sanders got one of his big laughs of the night at the debate when he pointed out that he wasn’t as much of a socialist as Dwight D Eisenhower. While he thought the top income tax rate should be higher than it is he wasn’t suggesting anything as high as the 91% that pertained in the 1950s. …

Income Inequality

Watching the Content Marketing Trend Fade to Black

Content isn’t going anywhere, but the content marketing trend may be disappearing much quicker than we think. This trend movement more to do with …

After Paris Attacks, the West Needs to Join with Russia, Iran and Syria to Fight This Evil

PARIS -- One wonders why it has taken so long for France to understand that the unification of a world without the rule of law could only lead to the spread of chaos. Yet, every year the chaos is more and more visible. It has settled gradually, inexorably, planetarily and now spectacularly and …

Jeb Bush Doesn't Know Why People Won't Say 'Radical Islam.' He Should Ask His Brother.

"The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam," George W. Bush said.<p>Since the attacks in Paris last week, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) -- and other GOP presidential candidates -- have made a point to use the term "radical Islam" to describe the terrorists' ideology, and have chastised …

Appeals court keeps block on Obama immigration actions

The timing would seem to allow the Supreme Court an opportunity to rule on the issue this term.<p>A federal appeals court has rejected President Barack Obama's effort to move forward with a series of executive actions he announced last year seeking to give quasi-legal status and work permits to …

Immigration

There's one thing that everyone is getting wrong about the war between Walmart and Amazon

The retailer's stock price recently suffered its biggest one-day drop in 25 years after executives warned that annual growth over the next three years would range between 3% and 4% and profit would decline by up to 12% in 2017.<p>Shares have dropped by more than 32% this year.<p>Investors appear to be …

U.S. Brings Dogfighters to Counter Russians Over Syria

The Pentagon is sending F-15Cs—supposedly to fight the ISIS war. But the jets only have air-to-air weapons, and ISIS has no planes. Which means the …

Corker weighs war authorization measure for ISIL fight

Lawmakers on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee want a closed briefing on the Obama administration’s Syria policy before deciding whether to pursue a vote to approve the ongoing U.S. campaign against the Islamic State.<p>In an interview, Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said that while he remains …

Larry Ellison had a hilarious answer when a Wall Street analyst asked him to increase Oracle's dividends

Oracle executives and analysts were gathered during the company's big annual tech conference that took place this week in San Francisco.<p>One of his best moments was when an analyst asked him why Oracle didn't try boosting investor confidence in the shares with the tried-and-true strategy of …

Saudi Arabia's 'game of thrones' could derail global oil markets

When the country you're looking at is Saudi Arabia, that's a different sort of challenge. There aren't any elections to keep track of, but there's constant turmoil in the country's monarchical system, which often looks more like medieval Europe than anything else.<p>Right now, there's a surge of …

Oil