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Category Archives: World Commmunity

Book Review: It’s worth “Demystifying Shariah” instead of continuing with our ignorant prejudices

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of Demystifying Shariah: What It Is, How It Works, and Why It's Not Taking Over Our Country by Sumbul Ali-Karamali.
Written by:David A Johnson
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The Taliban’s reascendance is regrettable, but there were no good options for concluding the U.S. military intervention in Afghanistan

Excerpt: We can all wish that our withdrawal had been smoother, better executed, and not so inconsiderate of the Afghans who risked so much to help us. But again, there's no such thing as a war that ends well, and all wars are messy.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, National Defense
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Select committee on January 6th attack gets to work, hears testimony from police officers

Excerpt: Over the course of three and a half hours, four officers told their horrifying stories, describing the violence abuse they suffered at the hands of Trump's terrorist mob.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, National Defense
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Right wing media figures and Republican elected officials could save lives and prevent illness by championing COVID vaccines

Excerpt: There's an opportunity right now to save a lot of lives from being unjustly taken by a deadly virus. A really big opportunity.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Healthcare
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Canada gets its first Indigenous Governor General, weeks ahead of expected snap election call by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Excerpt: Mary Simon, an Inuit leader, will be the first in the job to come from Canada’s Aboriginal First Nations peoples.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections
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From chaos to coherence: President Joe Biden’s worldview comes into focus

Excerpt: When he says that he is fighting to save our democracy against all threats, foreign and domestic, natural or manmade, believe him. This is a politician who means what he says and says what he means. That’s what coherence sounds like.
Written by:Gael Tarleton
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Netanyahu dislodged: Israel finally gets a new government and a new prime minister

Excerpt: Netanyahu's ouster is an important moment for Israel. It demonstrates that, even though it may be in danger, just like U.S. democracy is, Israeli democracy remains alive.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections
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Biden-Harris administration says yes to suspending patents on coronavirus vaccines

Excerpt: The United States has decided to join most of the world community in endorsing a policy of suspending patents on coronavirus vaccines, in a win for global health.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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PCC Community Markets members just voted to elect two PCC workers to the co-op’s board

Excerpt: Donna Rasmussen and Laurae McIntyre are longtime PCC members and employees who are concerned about PCC's future, just as our team at NPI is.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security
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Diplomacy finally front and center again with extension of U.S.-Russia New START Treaty

Excerpt: Read founding NPI boardmember Gael Tarleton's analysis of the United States' extension of the New START Treaty with the Russian Federation.
Written by:Gael Tarleton
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Ailing Fry’s Electronics is no more: Chain goes out of business after thirty-six years

Excerpt: The eclectic brick and mortar retailer, which was able to remain a going concern for years after the demise of competitors like Circuit City and CompUSA, has itself reached the end of the line after thirty-six years in business.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Appreciations & Remembrances, Core Encyclopedia Topics
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Trump’s deplatforming accelerates as Twitter finally bans him and several of his associates

Excerpt: "In the context of horrific events this week, we made it clear on Wednesday that additional violations of the Twitter Rules would potentially result in this very course of action," the company said in a statement announcing its action.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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The bonding of Washington State and British Columbia: Even with our border closed, we share a gorgeous corner of the world

Excerpt: While the U.S.-Canada border remains closed to non-essential traffic, neither the pandemic shutdown nor the 49th Parallel and Strait of Juan de Fuca have obstructed the bonding between Washington and British Columbia.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Our Environment
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Britain and the European Union have finally reached a “Brexit” implementation deal

Excerpt: Ursula von der Leyen and Boris Johnson say they've agreed on terms that will govern how the United Kingdom leaves the European Union on December 31st, 2020.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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