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There was a recent terror attack in Sweden — by neo-Nazis, against refugees

President Trump is catching a lot of flak for allegedly making up a terror attack in Sweden. But he’..

Pentagon considering sending ground troops to Syria

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Putin just trolled the hell out of Trump in the scariest way possible

President Donald Trump is in a very awkward position, as Vladimir Putin just violated a 30-year-old ..

Trump will not be allowed to address UK Parliament on state visit

Donald Trump just got a stern rebuke from America’s closest ally, as the United Kingdom’s parliament..

Foreign policy insider: No transcript of Trump-Putin call ‘because White House turned off recording’

Normally, when presidents call world leaders, a recording is made publicly available. But Donald Tru..

Syrian children hold Pokémon photos hoping ‘world will find them’

In the wake of a deadly US-led airstrike that killed scores of civilians in Syria, children in the war-torn nation are appealing to players of the widely popular Pokémon Go smartphone game, hoping to attract international attention to their plight. Syrian children holding Pokemon photos in hopes the world will find them and save them pic.twitter.com/pjnSMwSdTn — Teymour (@Teymour_Ashkan) July 21, 2016 #PrayForSyria I am from #Syria come to save me!!! pic.twitter.com/lRbSlGsWrB — إعلام قوى الثورة (@RFS_mediaoffice) July 20, 2016 In the photos, posted by the Revolutionary Forces of Syria Media Office, children are posing with images of popular Pokémon mascots, such as Squirtle and Pikachu, bearing captions with phrases like “Come save me.” Taim Shami, of the refugee advocacy organization FacesOfChange, originally pioneered the concept of using Pokémon Go to raise awareness about the desperation of the Syrian refugee community. Shortly after the app was released and downloaded by mi..

Here’s What Happened After Portugal Decriminalized All Drugs, from Pot to Cocaine

As America grapples with a heroin epidemic, Portugal serves as an example of how to curb addiction to illicit drugs without relying on mass incarceration. By systematically moving to decriminalize all drugs, from marijuana to heroin, Portugal has successfully reduced their addiction rate by roughly 50 percent. In Portugal, addiction is seen not as a crime to punish, but as a public health crisis that should be addressed holistically. In 2001, addiction was so rampant in Portugal that roughly 0.7 percent of 10.36 million Portuguese citizens, or 72,530 people, had used heroin at least once. Other than England and Wales, Portugal was the most addicted nation in Europe. The government commissioned a panel of doctors, psychologists, lawyers, and activists to determine the best solution for tackling the addiction crisis. The panel recommended full decriminalization of every drug. 15 years later, the results are obvious — decriminalization works. Now, Portugal doesn’t even arrest anyone ca..

CEOs Panic: Europe Rules Apple Must Pay $14 Billion for Dodging Taxes

Apple, which has long been accused of dodging its corporate tax responsibilities, has been ordered by the European Union to pay billions in back taxes. A three-year investigation by the European Commission concluded that the Silicon Valley-based tech giant had paid just $55 in tax for every $1.12 million it made in European profits, meaning its effective tax rate was just 0.0005 percent in 2014, dropping from an effective 1 percent tax rate in 2003. Now, Apple has to pay €13 billion ($14.5 billion USD), plus interest, to the European Union. According to NBC News, Apple engaged in a complex agreement with Ireland to shift its profits there on products sold in other countries, where the tax rate is 12.5 percent. From Ireland, profits were shifted to a “head office” not incorporated in any country, with essentially no economic activity, allowing Apple to pay an even lower rate than Ireland’s nominal corporate tax rate. The European Commission’s investigation found that a vast majority o..

US gives record $38 billion in military aid to Israel after cutting humanitarian aid...

The United States will be giving Israel $38 billion in military aid after a new agreement was reached between the two governments on Tuesday. Under the new agreement, Israel will be receiving $38 billion in military equipment from the United States, amounting to $3.8 billion per year over a ten-yer period from 2019 to 2029, according to Haaretz. The current US/Israel military aid package, which is due to expire in 2018, originally allotted roughly $3.1 billion per year in subsidies to Israel’s military. Congress recently voted to increase that aid by $500 million annually. $5 billion of the new $38 billion deal is expected to be spent on missile defense systems. The original figure requested by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu was $45 billion, to be doled out in $4.5 billion increments over a decade. Negotiations over the new military aid package took place over the course of a year. Israel’s new $38 billion military subsidy form the United States government is a stark cont..

Trump’s pick for Defense Secretary means we’re likely heading to war with Iran

Donald Trump just appointed James Mattis as Secretary of Defense — another sign that his administration will be much more aggressive in its foreign policy. Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis, like Trump, has a long list of troubling statements. In 2005, at a panel discussion talking about his time in Afghanistan he bragged about how fun it was to kill enemy combatants: “It’s a hell of a lot of fun to shoot [Afghans]. Actually it’s quite fun to fight them, you know. It’s a hell of a hoot. It’s fun to shoot some people,” Mattis said. In 2003, while in Iraq he said, “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.” Mattis is a fierce critic of President Obama’s deal with Iran, which was aimed at stopping the Islamic Republic from developing nuclear weapons. The deal has been lauded by world leaders, including Israel Defense Forces chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot, who said the Iran deal stopped Iran’s nuclear program. The deal resulted in Iran’s nuclear reactors being fill..

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