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North Korea is Like a Misbehaving Child—Ignore it

kim-jong-unby Ivan Eland

No doubt exists that North Korea’s recent belligerent and irresponsible rhetoric is kinda scary. The question, of course, is how to respond to it. The usual response of a superpower, which conducts an overly militarized foreign policy, is counter-threats and intimidation. The United States pulled out its most fearsome weapons—the B-2 stealth bomber, the B-52 bomber, and the F-22 stealth fighter and had them essentially buzz the North. Even worse, the United States, in an agreement with South Korea, further enmeshed itself in the intra-Korean histrionics.

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America: Running Out of Time

nuclear-chessI am going to ask you to read this with an open mind. The hardest thing to do is to take our preconceived notions and ignore them. The fact is that every one of us is steeped in preconceived notions and faulty belief systems. Writing for a progressive audience doesn’t mean that the average reader is “open-minded”. In fact, there are just as many progressives and liberals that tend to have as many rigidly held beliefs as our more conservative cousins.

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Anti-Zionism Not Anti-Semitism

Carlos Latuff/ MWC NEWSRonnie Fraser heads The Academic Friends of Israel (AFI). According to its mission statement, it was established to "fight the academic boycott of Israel and all other forms of anti-Semitism in the UK and the International academic and scientific arenas."

In 2011, Fraser sued Britain's University and College Union (UCU). He did so on anti-Semitism grounds. As a member, he claimed its "degrading, humiliating and offensive environment" harms Jewish members.

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Marathon Terror: Homegrown or State-Sponsored?

Marathon TerrorBoston's marathon is the modern world's oldest. It's the best known. It's an annual tradition. It's been held since 1897. It's one of six World Marathon Majors.

Thousands of runners participate. Professionals and amateurs compete. Hundreds of thousands of spectators watch it. They do so throughout its 26.2 mile route.

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Immigration Chaos

US ImmigrationAll my life I have watched immigration controllers go through their periodic paroxysms of anxiety over the latest immigration “crisis” and then fight over what reforms to adopt to address the crisis. Of course, no reform has ever worked to resolve the latest immigration crisis. After reforms have been enacted, I have become accustomed to simply waiting for the next anxiety attack to hit and the new round of arguments to break out over which new reforms to adopt.

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