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Forgetting About Girls in Afghanistan – Again

(HRW) – We want to make a difference and most breakthroughs in science, technology, and other industries normally start with the dream of a child to do something great. – Team Afghanistan’s statement on the competition website They seized the chance to study…

The Case for Cash

(FEE) – A dozen countries out of the 28 European Union (EU) members had legal limits on cash transactions in place at the end of 2015. Portugal, the country leading with these limits, had an EUR 1,000 legal limit on all…

Philippine Officials Propose ‘Muslims Only’ ID

(HRW) – Philippine authorities are threatening to further single out Muslims as part of official counterterrorism efforts. This week, authorities in Central Luzon in the northern Philippines proposed imposing a mandatory identification card system for the region’s estimated 26,000 Muslims. Central Luzon Police…

Abusive Philippine Cops Get Kid Glove Treatment

(HRW) – How does the Philippine National Police deal with personnel implicated in torture of criminal suspects? Reassignment and anger management training. That’s the lesson of an incident last month exposed in a cellphone video that has since gone viral that shows a…

A Bipartisan Vote to Put the Brakes on War

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(OW) – One of the few things I recall fondly about the Trump campaign — a short list, I’ll admit — was the candidate’s apparent glee in ridiculing the war-mongering of his rivals and predecessors. In early 2016, Trump (correctly) summed…

The Fight for Freedom Begins in Culture

(FEE) – To a first approximation, American political history before the 18th century is British political history. As most American schoolchildren know, in the 17th century, John Locke crystallized the idea that human law should reflect Natural Law, but the idea…

What the Deep State is

(Garrison) – Buzzwords come and buzzwords go. Lately, a trending buzzword — or, I guess, buzz phrase — among the politically inclined is “Deep State.” Google News returns 127,000 recent media uses of the phrase. Every time US president Donald Trump finds…