Author Archives: Alice Green

COVID-19: How to Social Distance (now a verb)

“Social distancing” is a public health strategy that helps populations slow the transmission of contagious diseases. As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the United States, authorities have urged communities to suspend school and cancel large events. Individuals are urged to stay at least six feet from others when moving through public spaces. Authorities recommend stocking up on food, water, ...

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US, Taliban Reach Historic Deal to End the War in Afghanistan

The United States on Saturday signed a long-awaited peace deal that seeks to end the violence in Afghanistan and bring US soldiers home from America’s longest war. The deal, which follows a weeklong ceasefire by the Taliban, outlines the gradual withdrawal of all US and allied forces over the next 14 months. In exchange, the Taliban has agreed “not to ...

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Trump’s Economic War Is Working. How Much More Will Iranians Take?

Iran’s mullahs and generals may still be threatening all-out war with the U.S. But their economic advisors must be panicking. The Iranian economy — strangled by U.S. sanctions that have killed a staggering 85 percent of the country’s oil exports since May 2018 — is plunging deeper into recession. This is the part of the Trump Administration’s conflict with Iran ...

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House Speaker ‘Reluctantly’ Requests Impeachment Articles

On December 5th, 2019, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi officially asked the chamber to move forward with articles of impeachment. The announcement comes one day after a group of Democrat-invited law professors explained to the Judiciary Committee why Trump should be impeached. “The facts are uncontested,” said Pelosi. “The President abused his power for his own personal political benefit at the ...

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Kamala Harris: Let’s Just Buy the Black Vote

Speaking Saturday at the Essence Festival (an event celebrating black culture), presidential hopeful Kamala Harris promised to invest $100 billion in housing assistance for black families as part of an effort to increase minority homeownership and close the racial wealth gap. “A typical black family has just $10 of wealth for every $100 held by a white family,” said Harris. ...

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Brunei Implements Sharia Law; Gay Sex Punished by Stoning

Starting April 3rd, residents of Brunei who commit the “crimes” of adultery or gay sex can be legally punished with death by stoning. Thieves can be punished with the amputation of a hand or foot. The draconian punishments – which can only be implemented if crimes are “witnessed by a group of Muslims” – are part of a strict Islamic ...

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UK says Facebook “Intentionally” Violated Privacy Laws

In a report released Monday, British lawmakers claim Facebook “intentionally and knowingly” violated the country’s data privacy laws. The report is yet another step backwards for the social media giant, which has faced increasing criticism since the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke in March 2018. Facebook’s “handling of personal data, and its use for political campaigns, are prime and legitimate areas ...

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Trump Expected to Ban Chinese Telecom Equipment

President Trump is expected to sign an executive order banning Chinese equipment from US wireless networks. The decision, which comes ahead of a key industry conference later this month, sends a clear signal that US officials are prioritizing cybersecurity amid the global rollout of 5G infrastructure. The directive “could further roil the Trump Administration’s already tense relationship with Beijing, especially ...

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