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Monday, 30 November 2015
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Labour faced a sexism row today after men and women were segregated at an Asian party rally. The meeting organised by the party's Friends of Bangladesh group was held ahead of Thursday's crucial by-election, which Labour is in danger of losing.  Photographs of the event in Oldham West and Royton, ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/30/2015 10:30 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Monday, 30 November 2015
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Oh yeah, there is that.. Fox News. German authorities are growing increasingly concerned that newly arrived refugees from Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East are being recruited by radical Islamists once they arrive in the country. The Wall Street Journal, citing interviews with security officials ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/30/2015 7:04 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Monday, 30 November 2015
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A few days ago I saw a little item in the Guardian newspaper whose size belied its significance. It said that Indian students were increasingly abandoning Britain as a place to study for America: and no one could blame them for doing so.   Indeed, in one case I was responsible for this. An Indian ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/30/2015 4:58 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Monday, 30 November 2015
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Protection money. NYTimes: The better known of the Islamic State’s revenue sources — smuggling oil, plundering bank vaults, looting antiquities, ransoming kidnapped foreigners and drumming up donations from wealthy supporters in the Persian Gulf — have all helped make the group arguably the world’s ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/30/2015 4:50 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Monday, 30 November 2015
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From The Telegraph It pains Betty Dan to contemplate leaving Brussels, not least because she owes her life to a Belgian Catholic family who heroically sheltered her parents during the Nazi occupation. But a fortnight after a Brussels-based jihadist cell committed the Paris atrocities, ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/30/2015 3:34 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Sunday, 29 November 2015
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Translated from the Hungarian & edited by Thomas Ország-Land (December 2015)   1. Hunger: The Facts   The skin turns bluish white. The nails bend into claws.  more>>> ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/29/2015 8:12 AM by NER
Sunday, 29 November 2015
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by Ankur Betageri (December 2015)   In Delhi’s liver there is no calm. Hum of AC, rattling of fan. Eyes shut up like inside a clam—  more>>> ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/29/2015 8:08 AM by NER
Sunday, 29 November 2015
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by Eric Rozenman (December 2015) At the end of the cul-de-sac At the end of the world as we know it On a sleepy Sunday morning  more>>> ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/29/2015 8:04 AM by NER
Sunday, 29 November 2015
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by Bibhu Padhi (December 2015) I become a mother, a father, a mistress, a master.   The calls get louder, then  more>>> ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/29/2015 7:58 AM by NER
Sunday, 29 November 2015
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by Evelyn Hooven (December 2015)                          I          (The restaurant) The woman in the restaurant Asks the words for thank you, please, yes. The waiter thinks he is patient  more>>> ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/29/2015 7:54 AM by NER
Sunday, 29 November 2015
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A Poem in Three Sections by Sutapa Chaudhuri (December 2015) I I’m the formless foetus you aborted, Mother, when yesterday, at the ultrasonography clinic, the doctor told you I’d be a girl…your third.  more>>> ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/29/2015 7:48 AM by NER
Sunday, 29 November 2015
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by Lorna Salzman (December 2015) Welcome to today’s hearing sponsored by the House Subcommittee on Safe Spaces and Offensive Speech. My name is Joseefa McCarthy, chair of this subcommittee of the House UnAmerican Committee on Identity Politics and Hurt Feelings. In order to prevent any misunderstanding ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/29/2015 7:41 AM by NER
Sunday, 29 November 2015
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by Joe David (December 2015) The Baghdad Desert, Summer of 1915 She awoke on a bed of sand in the hot desert – a fourteen-year-old dropped in the middle of nowhere, alone, shaded from the harsh sun by a small tree. There was a glazed look of emptiness in her eyes. It was the unnatural stare ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/29/2015 7:36 AM by NER
Sunday, 29 November 2015
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by A. Human Being (December 2015) January 1, 2014, New Years Day: Mogadishu, Somalia Umayr, named after the famous butcher of Asma bint Marwan, raised his arms without a twitch as his handler put the vest on him. It was real and going to happen. He thought of the enemy, those in the cowardly federal ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/29/2015 7:30 AM by NER
Sunday, 29 November 2015
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by Richard Kostelanetz (December 2015) We were all going slightly crazy trying to be honest and trying to see straight and trying to be safe. Sometimes there are conflicts in these three urges.                                —Arthur Miller on the 1950s Every time I hear his single most famous ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/29/2015 7:25 AM by NER
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