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Amid Marine Base Hazards, Okinawa Struggles With New Wave of US & Japanese Militarization

    Amid Marine Base Hazards, Okinawa Struggles With New Wave of US & Japanese Militarization

GINOWAN CITY, OKINAWA — A spate of recent incidents surrounding U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma has shaken the residents of the densely populated city of Ginowan, Okinawa, thrusting the tense history of relations between Japan, the U.S. military, and the locals in Okinawa Prefecture back into the global spotlight. Nearly half of the 50,000…

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Trump Infrastructure Plan and Inequality: A Culture’s Road Ahead

    Trump Infrastructure Plan and Inequality: A Culture’s Road Ahead

INDIANAPOLIS – The morning commute in this landlocked Midwestern city is an obstacle course of potholes, buckled pavement, and shards of fugitive cement. Like infantrymen navigating a minefield, motorists swerve and stop, and zig and zag in rush hour traffic to avoid the peril from below. Drive east on Kessler Boulevard, however, and just past…

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Israel Ramps Up Support For Over 7 Syrian Rebel Factions In Desperate Bid to Expand Reach

    Israel Ramps Up Support For Over 7 Syrian Rebel Factions In Desperate Bid to Expand Reach

GOLAN, SYRIA — As the acute phase of civil warfare in Syria winds down while the government of President Bashar al-Assad increasingly gains the upper hand over foreign-funded insurgents, regional powers are desperately boosting aid for local proxies in a last-ditch attempt to rekindle the nearly seven-year-long conflict and gain a strategic foothold in the…

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Something For Everyone: Mueller Indictment a Boon for Partisan Status Quo

  Something For Everyone: Mueller Indictment a Boon for Partisan Status Quo

WASHINGTON – Last Friday, depending on which side of the partisan divide one was watching from, President Trump was either vindicated or his treachery was confirmed. The impetus for these seemingly disparate reactions was Robert Mueller’s indictment against 13 Russian nationals, the latest and largest indictment to result from his investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump…

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A Latter-Day Al Capone? Corruption Charges Against Netanyahu Continue to Stack

  A Latter-Day Al Capone? Corruption Charges Against Netanyahu Continue to Stack

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL (Analysis) — On February 13, Israeli police recommended that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted in two corruption cases on suspicion of accepting bribes, fraud, and breach of trust. Under Israeli law, prime ministers do not need to resign unless they have been convicted of a serious crime. However, as noted by the New Yorker,…

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Cindy Sheehan and the Women’s March on the Pentagon: A Movement, Not Just a Protest

  Cindy Sheehan and the Women’s March on the Pentagon: A Movement, Not Just a Protest

WASHINGTON – In the last few years, arguably the most visible and well-publicized march on the U.S. capital has been the “Women’s March,” a movement aimed at advocating for legislation and policies promoting women’s rights as well as a protest against the misogynistic actions and statements of high-profile U.S. politicians. The second Women’s March, which…

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US Applies Useful Double Standard to Alleged Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

  US Applies Useful Double Standard to Alleged Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

AFRIN, SYRIA — On Saturday, Syrian news agency SANA reported that six men had been hospitalized after an alleged Turkish chemical weapons attack on a small town near the city of Afrin in Northern Syria. Jiwan Mohammad, the director of the Afrin Hospital, told SANA that the men’s symptoms were indicative of those experienced after contact…

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In Baltimore Guilty Cops May Soon Have to Pony Up

  In Baltimore Guilty Cops May Soon Have to Pony Up

BALTIMORE – As the Baltimore Police Department currently sits front and center in a massive corruption trial, talk of having individual police officers be fiscally responsible for the lawsuits against them is making the rounds. Two officers in Baltimore’s Gun Trace Task Force were found guilty earlier this week of racketeering and robbery in the…

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As American as Apple Pie: Rape in a Culture that Looks the Other Way

  As American as Apple Pie: Rape in a Culture that Looks the Other Way

FORT MYERS, FLORIDA — Shortly before midnight on September 3, 1944, an African-American sharecropper named Recy Taylor was walking home from church with two companions in Abbeville, Alabama when the women noticed a green Chevy sedan drive past four times before finally rattling to a stop just a few feet ahead. Seven white men, armed…

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