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Madoff’s Victims Are Close to Getting Their $19 Billion Back

A decade after Bernard Madoff was arrested for running the world’s biggest Ponzi scheme, the bitter fight to recoup investors’ lost billions has astounded experts and victims alike. While no one will ever collect the phantom profits Madoff pretended he…

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Tracking Climate Finance, Part 1: Who’s Funding Who?

The impacts of climate change are unequally distributed, hitting the world’s poorest the hardest. How are the world’s wealthiest pooling their resources to help? UNFCCC What happens when you get representatives from nearly 200 counties in a building together to discuss…

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Why the Third Force Will Not Win, and What We Should Do After They Lose

KoyeBlockedUnblockFollowFollowing Dec 14 Idea in Brief: The chances of a third-force candidate emerging President in 2019 are slim. Winning the presidency in Nigeria is expensive and the field is crowded. In the unlikely event of a third-force victory, governance would…

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The Life And Politics Of Bell Bottoms

by Brittany K. King When you wear bell bottoms you can’t help but take up space, and people can’t help but notice you. Fashion has always been used to send messages, or to exhibit social status or wealth. In many cultures,…

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COP24 or COP-Out-24? When Nations Don’t Play Well with Others

It appears from all reports that the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) in Katowice, Poland is not going well for the environment. The UN climate conference, in the heart of Poland’s coal country, is being attended by delegates from…

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How does America decide what to vote? Including the 52% who decide not to

To add some color to the data, I interviewed some friends, family and strangers. In summary here’s what they said: Q: Do you always vote?“Yes, but I only vote for candidates. I don’t know enough about propositions.”“Yes, but it takes forever!”“Yes,…

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The future of progressive politics is bright and its name is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

A new wave representatives have come to Washington, and things are looking different. Perhaps it is best demonstrated in emoji form: Among those fresh faces of newly elected members in the bottom half, is a woman by the name of…

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Has The Trump-Russia Scandal Actually Been The GOP-Russia Scandal All Along?

Soon after President Donald Trump appeared as “Individual 1” in his former lawyer Michael Cohen’s sentencing documents, the Republican Party popped up as “Political Party #1” in Russian national Maria Butina’s Thursday guilty plea to a conspiracy charge. People have…

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White Guilt, Racism, And Intersectionality

“Innocence is ignorance.” ~ Kierkegaard While watching Alan Parker’s classic film “Mississippi Burning”, a cast led by acting legends Willem Dafoe and Gene Hackman, I was struck with a weird feeling that I’ve been grappling with for the past few…

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What Trump is consumed with while ignoring national security

The CIA and other agencies continue to devote enormous “time, energy and resources” to ensuring that accurate intelligence is delivered to Mr Trump, the official said, but his seeming imperviousness to such material often renders “all of that a waste”.…

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