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Saudi Arabia’s New Crown Prince Is a Bumbling Hothead. Trump Needs to Treat Him Like One.

President Donald Trump, like a star-struck teenager, has been swooning over King Salman of Saudi Arabia and his 31-year-old son and new crown prince, Mohammad Bin Salman, known to U.S. diplomats as MBS. Since FDR, American presidents have been enamored by Saudi royals, but in this case the …

Angela Merkel is on a collision course with Trump ahead of the most fractious G-20 summit in years

Merkel said that discussions at the July 7-8 gathering of world leaders in Hamburg would be difficult given Trump's climate skepticism and "America First" stance but that she was determined to seek a clear commitment for the Paris accord against global warming and a pledge against …

After Brexit, should the UK just join the EEA?

As Brexit negotiations get underway, it is becoming increasingly difficult to see how the UK can pursue its former “have your cake and eat it” …

Great Britain

Trump could use alternate routes to roll back bank reforms

Though Congress is nowhere close to repealing reforms, others think Trump can inflict major and damaging change by overhauling bank rules without legislation<p>On the campaign trail and in office, Donald Trump has promised to replace the Dodd-Frank Wall Street regulations, triggering fears that he …

Nothing says misogyny like defining feminism as equality for all

The women’s movement has an “equality” problem.<p>Last semester, I asked my college students to define “feminism.” Everyone bandied about the word “equality”—“equality for women,” “equality for all genders,” “equality in the workplace.” But the class grew quiet when I asked what equality meant, and …

Feminism

Where Countries Stand With Donald Trump: A Crib Sheet

The American president tells the man behind a brutal anti-drug campaign that he is doing a “great job.”<p>In April, while recruiting allies against North Korea, Donald Trump reportedly applauded a vicious war against drugs that has resulted in thousands of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines. “I …

Donald Trump

backed Iraqi fighters say Trump's refugee ban feels like 'betrayal'

President Trump signed an executive order Friday designed to “protect the American people from terrorist attacks by foreign nationals” by temporarily suspending the entry of immigrants from several Muslim majority countries –Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Syria, Iran and Iraq.<p>While the proposal is …

Why Iraq Needs the Oil

Taking it, as Donald Trump has mused about doing, is not only illegal—it would tear the country apart.<p>On his first full day in office, Donald Trump stood before the CIA’s Memorial Wall, which commemorates the agency’s fallen officers, and railed against the media, boasted about the size of his …

Trump’s unconstitutional plan to turn cities into federal police states

Remember when the Tenth Amendment was a thing?<p>President Trump took to his favorite social media platform Tuesday night, threatening to send federal …

Donald Trump: Torture 'absolutely works', says US President in interview with ABC News: Thursday morning briefing

Donald Trump said he believed waterboarding "absolutely" works as he said the US should fight "fire with fire" in its efforts to tackle Islamic terrorists.<p>In a wide-ranging interview that covered how he felt receiving the nuclear codes to his controversial immigration policies, the US president …

Iranians no strangers to a US ban, but Trump era is different

<b>(CNN) —</b> Nuke Iran, Maim Iranians!" I can still hear the chants of undergraduate students marching down Locust Walk as they passed by McNeal Building on the University of Pennsylvania campus -- where the Department of Sociology was located in 1980 -- precisely at the moment when I was taking my …

The Science Of Gender: No, Men Aren't From Mars And Women From Venus

Testosterone Rex is extinct.<p>That's the central conclusion of a fascinating new book by University of Melbourne psychologist Cordelia Fine. Testosterone Rex: Myths of Sex, Science, and Society hit the bookstores Tuesday.<p>"Testosterone Rex" is a nickname for the view that women and men are essentially …

While Trump grabs headlines, Texas Republicans launch new wave of assaults on LGBT rights

<b>Dan Patrick (AP/Eric Gay)</b><p>Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick sparks new “bathroom bill” and effort to curtail same-sex couples’ rights in Houston<p>Amanda Marcotte<p>January 26, 2017 10:00am (UTC)<p>For understandable reasons, Donald Trump and his cadre of Beltway Republicans are dominating the news cycle. But it's also …

This country is raising $600 million to counter Trump's anti-abortion policy

The Dutch government is setting up an international safe abortion fund just days after President Donald Trump signed an executive order to cut U.S. …

China's central bank has a tough job heading into 2017

<b>Background</b><p>One of the key steps towards capital account liberalization and Special Drawing Right (SDR) inclusion was loosening control of the currency. This was also a key trigger for other important on-shore reforms including interest rate liberalization and bond market reforms - which are now …

Income inequality today may be higher today than in any other era

A few years ago, economists Peter Lindert and Jeffrey Williamson uncovered a startling fact about the origins of inequality in America.<p>We know, of course, that incomes are highly unequal today. We can trace the rise and fall of the 1 percent back to the early 1900s, when robber barons ruled and Jay …

The Wealth Inequality Problem In One Chart

<b>The Wealth Inequality Problem In One Chart by Jeff Desjardins, Visual Capitalist</b><p><i>The Chart of the Week is a weekly Visual Capitalist feature on</i> …

Artist living in Tokyo captures the beauty of ordinary buildings in his Tokyo Storefront series

“Matto,” as he’s called in Japan, seriously impresses with his delicately colored illustrations of Tokyo shops.<p>Polish illustrator and digital …

Japan

The Impact Of Climate Change On Public Health, In Four Infographics

<b>Published on</b> April 11th, 2016 | <i>by Guest Contributor</i><p>5<p>April 11th, 2016 by <b>Guest Contributor</b><p>Originally published on <i>Climate Reality Project</i>.<p>The White …

Elizabeth Warren Just Unleashed a Tweetstorm Against the Banks

There’s been no shortage of criticism aimed at Wall Street during the 2016 election cycle, but it’s been laid on especially thick this …

If Oil Prices Have Hit Bottom, the Top May Not Be Too Far Away

The top of the oil market may be closer than you think.<p>With Brent futures having bounced back as high as $41 a barrel, the International Energy …

Syria conflict: First Russian planes leave after Putin surprise move

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1232000/1232459_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524661901_db6cc9c75573e030f7de48b5992ed4c0<p><b>Russian forces have started leaving Syria after Monday's surprise withdrawal announcement by President Vladimir Putin.</b><p>Russian defence ministry video …

Low oil prices put strains on Gulf currency pegs

Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates all keep the values of their currencies fixed against the greenback, while Kuwait has a link to a basket of currencies including the dollar.<p>But doubts are growing about whether the policy still makes sense.<p>The slide in oil prices has …

Study shows US could convert its economy to renewable energy without battery breakthrough

A new study from NOAA shows that, by building new high-tech transmission lines, the US could slash energy sector global warming emissions by 80 percent within 15 years, while keeping consumer costs low and meeting increased demand.<p>Alexander MacDonald, a co-author of the study and the recently …

Renewable Energy

Another mortgage crisis might be just around the corner

Bove pointed out that the U.S. government now insures one-fourth of all new residential mortgage loans and purchases one-sixth of all residential mortgage loans issued. Further, government-sponsored enterprises Fannie May, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae own or ensure three-fifths of all current …