Observations of an Expat: Hope of millions vs Fear of Millions

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Tom Arms

The figures are staggering. 65.3 million are currently forcibly displaced from their homes. Half of them are children. That figure from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is the highest since records began and has doubled over the past ten years.

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A Beacon of Justice, Security and Rule of Law: German Chancellor Angela Merkel

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Cynthia M. Lardner

German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel is widely viewed as the most powerful woman not only in the EU but in the world. Today, Ms. Merkel is confronted with widespread criticism primarily from fringe groups in Germany threatening Germany’s long-standing status as being a leader in justice, security and adherence to Rule of Law.

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The Real Danger

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Don Krieger

Six weeks after 9/11, the Patriot Act passed, granting police and federal authorities broad rights to search and hold American citizens without due process. As a nation, we willingly submitted to this sacrifice of our freedoms, and so handed our tormentors a far greater victory than they could have imagined.

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Fearing The Human Race

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Ananya S Guha

We had Orlando, Istanbul, Dhaka, Baghdad and Medina, all at a time when the holy month of fasting was on. The closest to home was Dhaka, where a hapless Indian student along with nineteen others were hacked to death.

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Charlie Hebdo and the enemies of free speech



Val B. Russell

Satire defined: The artistic form in which human or individual vices, folly, abuses, or shortcomings are held up to censure by means of ridicule, derision, burlesque, irony, or other methods, sometimes with an intent to bring about improvement.

Satire is but one expression of free speech and is particularly powerful when images and caricatures are used to deliver a specific message. The political cartoon in particular has always been used to lampoon those in power, giving the citizenry a voice and opportunity to question the motives and actions of those in government.

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