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The World’s largest ocean cleanup has officially begun

Trevor Nace Ambitious dreams have now become a reality as the Ocean Cleanup deploys its $20 million system designed to clean up the 1.8 trillion pieces of trash floating in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Check out another Forbes piece on how Ocean Cleanup aims to reuse and recycle the ocean plastic. The floating boom…

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US trade war with China and its implications

Fahrettin Sumer Western countries learned their lesson about the harms caused by trade wars during the Great Depression of 1929-1933. After World War II, the US and its allies wanted to create the International Trade Organization (ITO) for liberalizing trade, but the US Congress failed to ratify the founding treaty. Following that failure, the same…

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Self-destruct approaches to Afghan peace

Iqbal Khan Much hyped expectation for a breakthrough in a push to end Afghan conflict has suffered yet another major setback. Trumped up intra-Afghan conference between the Taliban and Afghan government officials has been deferred without specifying the next date. This Doha meeting was not a part of ongoing direct talks between the Taliban and…

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Mueller left a strong hint on obstruction

Cass R. Sunstein In coming to terms with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, we should adopt a principle of neutrality and put entirely to one side our enthusiasm, or our lack of it, for President Donald Trump. It is also essential to emphasize that the report, running to two volumes and some 448 pages, will…

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America Can’t Solve Afghanistan’s Corruption Problems

Jerrod A. Laber On Monday, April 8, three U.S. soldiers and one contractor were killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, bringing the total number of U.S. personnel killed there in 2019 to seven. For advocates of foreign policy restraint, every new American death represents the moral imperative for U.S. withdrawal from the region. To…

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The ‘strong man’ option is destabilizing Libya

Talha Kose Libya’s civil war has devastated the country for the last five years and is escalating again with Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar’s recent march to western Libya. The resource-rich country is the focus of both regional countries and European powers. The U.N.-recognized unity government of Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj and the militia loyal to…

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Arab Spring 2.0

Hilal Kaplan Libya, Algeria and Sudan. All three are located on the African continent, self-proclaimed Arab countries with Muslims being the majority in each population. Libya has yet to recover from the process that started with the notorious NATO bombardment. Crowds, away from their human feelings, who celebrated the lynching of Moammar Gadhafi are now…

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AIPAC’s weakening grip on US foreign policy

Abukar Arman Despite the 18,000 faithful who came the past weekend to pledge their unwavering support to Israel, the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) finds itself in a Dickensian moment of history that could be retrospectively described as: “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times” or it was the…

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