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One Year Ago, I Was in Baghdad When ISIS Took Iraq

One Year Ago, I Was in Baghdad When ISIS Took Iraq

by    Landon Shroder

Over a year has passed since the Islamic State stormed Mosul, and there is little to be optimistic about in Iraq. One year ago, I was in Baghdad as the Islamic State (IS) overran Iraq. By that time, I had already spent seven long years of bombings, rocketing, shootings and mass killings inside the war-torn Read More

In Many Countries, Being a Journalist Means Risking Your Life

In Many Countries, Being a Journalist Means Risking Your Life

by    Fair Observer

Iraq, Syria and the Philippines are the most dangerous countries for journalists. In June 2015, a journalist was burned to death in India for reporting on police corruption. But just how bad is the situation in other countries, if India isn’t the worst place to be a journalist? According to a study by the Committee Read More

Is Heroin Really “Yesterday’s Problem” in Russia?

Is Heroin Really “Yesterday’s Problem” in Russia?

by    Anna Pivovarchuk

To combat its multifaceted drug epidemic, Russia needs to drastically overhaul its attitude to rehabilitation. According to a recent poll by the Levada Center, 88% of Russians over the age of 18 have never taken drugs outside medical prescription. Only 17% know someone who has used non-prescribed drugs, with an overwhelming 80% answering in the Read More

China is a Rising Dragon, But With No Blazing Fire

China is a Rising Dragon, But With No Blazing Fire

by    Jarno Lang

While careful concern about China’s rise is in place, outright panic as often witnessed is exaggerated. The fast rise of China from a developing country in the 1980s to a resourceful global player with still huge untapped future potential has triggered many critical reactions. While some already fear for the survival of the Western liberal Read More

Destroy the World… and Feel Good About It

Destroy the World… and Feel Good About It

by    Derrick Jensen

There are “environmental extremists” on this planet, and Derrick Jensen believes they are called capitalists. I have been sometimes labeled an environmental extremist, primarily because I believe the real world is more important than the economy, and because I believe we should do whatever is necessary to stop this extractive culture from killing the planet Read More

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