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Shiraz Maher July 20, 2017
The Islamic State held Mosul for only a short period, entering in July 2014. Waging battle since October 2016, a coalition of troops has resumed control of what was once Iraq’s second largest city. “Yet the battleground defeats by the Iraqi army and the US-led Western coalition (which includes the UK, Germany and France), as well as Kurdish forces, have done little to dent the triumphalism of the...
July 20, 2017
Judicial reforms initiated by Poland’s governing party Law and Justice, of which the President Andrzej Duda is a close ally, are coming closer to fruition, but with substantial criticism in both Poland and abroad. Proposed legislation would “trigger the immediate dismissal of current judges in the Supreme Court” and then allow the justice minister to appoint both Supreme Court replacements and...
Adam Taylor July 19, 2017
One group of separatists announced that eastern Ukraine is a new country, one that will be close with Russia. A map displayed during the announcement described all of Ukraine, except Crimea, as Malorossiya, or Little Russia. “The move seems to undermine the faltering Minsk peace agreement, a 2015 deal reached between Russian-backed rebels and the government in Kiev that sought to end the violence...
Robert J. Shiller July 18, 2017
Cities, as vibrant economic hub, can become unaffordable. Inequality rises, eventually driving some residents away. “If too many lifelong inhabitants are driven out by rising housing prices, the city itself suffers from a loss of identity and even culture,” explains Robert Shiller, professor of economics at Yale University. “As such people depart, an expensive city gradually becomes an enclave of...
AJ Dellinger July 18, 2017
Spam communications waste time and money and contribute to users’ disdain for new devices. A new study ranks countries by spam and finds that India, the United States and Brazil receive the highest amount of spam telephone calls. Users in India average more than 22 spam calls per month and those in Brazil and the United States average more than 20. The study was done by Truecaller which markets...
Guy Plopsky July 17, 2017
Russia, in developing precision-strike capabilities, replaces old missile systems with road-mobile Iskander-M missile systems. These have a range up to 500 kilometers and can be armed with nuclear warheads. Writing for the Diplomat, Guy Plopsky details the locations: The purpose of systems in western Russia is to deter US and allied forces in the Baltics and Poland while, in the east, missile...
Berkeley Lovelace Jr. July 14, 2017
Advances in technology continue to reduce the need for many low-skilled positions in the United States, reported Federal Chair Janet Yellen to the House Financial Services Committee. She also targeted a limited form of globalization – outsourcing workplaces and jobs to other countries – for reinforcing the effects of automation along with retailers reducing jobs in response to greater demands by...

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