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Let the buyer beware the bitcoin: It bites

Today, the trade in cyberspace of “bitcoin,” (a digital “virtual” or “crypto” currency, purporting to duplicate or replace actual dollar currency, while offering great investment opportunity) is said to have reached $5.9 billion! What’s the explanation?

Are free-trade agreements undemocratic?

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Are free-trade agreements undemocratic?

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Are free-trade agreements undemocratic?

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In recent years, so-called free-trade agreements have become flashy new instruments of  U.S. foreign policy. They aren’t “free,” however, and they may not even be constitutional. 

Are free-trade agreements undemocratic?

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In recent years, so-called free-trade agreements have become flashy new instruments of  U.S. foreign policy. They aren’t “free,” however, and they may not even be constitutional. 

Answer to ISIS Lies in the Holy Quran

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The answer to ISIS lies in the Holy Quran

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Having worked for several years in health development in WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean region,  I would venture to explain the inexplicable success of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) in gaining territory and winning over Muslim adherents in one Islamic state after another throughout the Middle East and beyond.

American values rule out torture

To win the War on Terror, was it really necessary to resort to torture, to inflict extreme pain, even to the point of death, on detained suspects, in order to obtain useful information? I think not, and here’s why, based on a personal experience. 

The Senate Intelligence Report on torture

Citizens across our nation and around the entire world are inflamed over the revelation of, and questions concerning, the U.S. CIA sponsorship of torture and practice of same on so-called “detainees,” or “suspects,” early in the War on Terror. Did torture really take place? Was it effective? Who did it, or authorized it? Should those who engaged in torture be prosecuted? Will they be? What courts might have jurisdiction?

Regulate corporate raiders

In this neo-Darwinian, “free” (i.e. deregulated) capitalist economy of ours, one of the easiest ways for an already-wealthy individual to get still wealthier on the backs of everyone else is by becoming an “investor” and “turnaround” specialist of the “corporate raider” variety. How is this done, and with what effect? What can be done about it?