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Infographic: Literacy around the world

For Literacy Day, the United Nations made an infographic looking at literacy statistics around the world. Education is listed again and again as one of the top ways to reduce poverty. Although the literacy rate has been increasing globally, it looks rather grim in some developing nations. If you’re one of the lucky 84% of…

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The political grandmaster behind the big chess tournament in St. Louis: Rex Sinquefield

I have nothing against chess. But for those of you following the big chess tournament here in St. Louis, it might be interesting to know that Rex Sinquefield, the man who named the tournament after himself, plays a big game of political chess, too. Sinquefield is Missouri’s equivalent of the Koch Brothers. A self-made billionaire…

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An amazing tribute to Nelson Mandela

In 2012, artist Marco Cianfanelli created a sculpture as a reminder of the fiftieth anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s arrest in 1962, and subsequent 27-year imprisonment. I’m a little tardy in discovering this, but I’m glad I did—even though I’ve only seen it online. The sculpture stands just across the road from where Mandela was arrested,…

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Council on Foreign Relations: West is responsible for Ukraine crisis

Given the ongoing, ludicrous, and mostly fictional coverage of Ukraine in the American media that relentlessly depicts Vladimir Putin as an evil, crazed, aggressive, megalomaniac, it’s refreshing—and surprising—to have Foreign Affairs, published by The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the conservative foreign policy institution of the elite, set the record straight. Author John J. Mearshimer, debunks the media…

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Immigration foes say, “Immigrants steal our culture.” Why they are wrong.

I recently saw a Facebook post entitled, “Here’s All I Want.” It included four wishes: “Obama: Gone!” “Borders: Closed!” Language: English!” “Culture: U.S. Constitution & the Bill of Rights!” The last three points, presumably about immigration to the United States, reflect a dangerous thought process: that our culture is a sacred thing, to be protected…