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Homelessness, worldwide

About 2% of the world’s population, or approximately 150,000 million people, are straight-up homeless, and about 20%, or 1.6 billion, live in inadequate housing.

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Timeline leading up to killing of General Soleimani

In Iran, oil prices spiked this fall sending thousands of protestors to the streets. They were considered the biggest protests against the government in decades, and the authoritative government cracked down hard, killing hundreds of its own civilians and injuring thousands more.

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Obama and Trump, full transcripts of remarks following Bin Laden and al-Baghdadi raids

“The cause of securing our country is not complete. But tonight, we are once again reminded that America can do whatever we set our mind to. That is the story of our history, whether it’s the pursuit of prosperity for our people, or the struggle for equality for all our citizens; our commitment to stand up for our values abroad, and our sacrifices to make the world a safer place.
Let us remember that we can do these things not just because of wealth or power, but because of who we are: one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all…”

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Short and simple history of Hong Kong and its protests

Hong Kong was under British rule as a UK colony until 1997, when it was handed over to mainland China with the agreement that Hong Kong would retain its capitalist system with freedoms of speech and a separate legal system.

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Iran Nuclear Deal: a little background

Ayatollah Khomeini leads a revolution to overthrow the U.S.-backed Iranian government. This creates a huge mess, including students storming the U.S. embassy and taking 66 Americans hostage for over a year. We didn’t talk much with Iran after that.
And, Iran worked on its nuclear program ever since.

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John Bolton — gunning for a war with Iran

Bolton’s Iran position is consistent with his strategies in other areas: he has also advocated for military intervention in Syria, Venezuela, North Korea, Iraq, Cuba, Libya and Yemen.

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Venezeula: How did it get so bad in a country that has so much?

With the largest oil reserves in the world, immense wealth and a steady source of revenue; the headquarters for multinational corporations; a free press, and open elections: in the 1970’s, Venezuela was the place to be, with a per capita GDP higher than Spain, Greece, and Israel and only 13 percent lower than the UK.

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Forced organ harvesting in China

Canadian Secretary of State David Kilgour and human rights lawyer David Matas co-authored two reports into allegations of organ harvesting from Falun Gong prisoners in China.The report concluded that “there has been, and continues today to be, large-scale organ seizures from unwilling Falun Gong practitioners.”

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What is the European Union?

The European Union was formed to prevent war by strengthening economic ties. It started with eight countries, and has grown to twenty-eight, each of which has a representative.

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A simple history of the Golan Heights

The Golan Heights is sparsely populated, maybe 50,000 people, about half of whom are Israeli Jewish settlers, with the remainder mostly Syrian

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What motivates a mass shooter?

The American Psychological Association recommends that mass media deny shooters the fame they seek by not sharing details about them and instead focusing on victims and their stories.

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A glance at North Korean history

By 1950, with help from the Soviet Union and China, North Korea–in an attempt to reunify the North and South– invaded South Korea. The Korean War began.

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Venezuela: a simple explanation for how things got so bad

With the largest oil reserves in the world, immense wealth and a steady source of revenue; the headquarters for multinational corporations; a free press, and open elections: in the 1970’s, Venezuela was the place to be.

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China’s social credit system

The social credit system brings together data from government and non-government groups throughout China. It also identifies incentives and punishments for molding behavior.

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Who is Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai?

Mohammed bin Rashid has reformed the UAE (United Arab Emirates) government, and launched the UAE Vision 2021 in order to make the UAE “one of the best countries in the world” by 2021.