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  • US

    Opinion: Lurching back to ‘normal’ is risky

    Now as we continue to lurch into this next stage of life in the US, whatever comes of the virus and its mutations, societal pressures are everywhere to try to re-assert a pre-pandemic sense of normal. What happens now to all that access? The bosses are calling us back to the office. Teachers are being told they must teach in…

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  • World

    What happened in Tunisia was a coup

    When Tunisia’s President Kais Saied announced on Sunday his decision to invoke Article 80 of the country’s constitution, he was doing what he had publicly threatened to do for a while. Using the article, which allows the president to take “necessary measures” when the country is “in a state of imminent danger”, Saeid dismissed Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi and suspended…

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    Tunisia’s Trumpian president

    Tunisia’s President Kais Saied has borrowed more than a few pages from Donald Trump’s playbook over the past couple of years. Since taking office, he has attacked the system that propelled him to power, insulted parliament and parliamentarians, and undermined the parliamentary system on which the country’s democratic system is based, all in the name of “the people”. Like the…

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    The CJEU’s ruling on hijab exposed Europe’s hypocrisy

    Earlier this month, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) issued a scandalous ruling which practically made it legal for employers to discriminate against their  Muslim employees in workplaces across Europe. In a July 15 decision, the court declared that companies in the European Union can legally ban their female Muslim employees from wearing a headscarf under certain conditions. The case…

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    Opinion: Vaccinate all health care workers now

    In my view, personal choice must surrender to professional responsibility if someone’s choice endangers patients. That is why I support a national mandate requiring the Covid vaccine for all health care workers who work with patients, including nurses, doctors, dietary workers, home health aides and others. On Monday, amid a disturbing rise in Covid-19 cases in the US, more than…

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    Opinion: A brain injury turned my life upside down, and I’m still finding my way forward

    It was snowing that day. Local news in Oregon said it was the first significant snowfall in months, and reported a handful of other car slippages and accidents. I still have no memory of the accident — the police report says my car slipped into the other lane and crashed headlong into another. The people from the other car walked…

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  • World

    Norway ten years after the Utøya massacre

    Last week, Norway marked 10 years since the darkest day in its recent history. On July 22, 2011, a white Norwegian right-wing extremist set off a bomb that killed eight people at Government Headquarters in Oslo. Then, he proceeded to the small island of Utøya, some 60km from the capital, where he massacred 69 people, most of them teenagers attending…

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  • US

    Opinion: Public health saved your life today — you just don’t know it

    Her passion led her to medical school at Washington University when she was just 18 before going on to study health policy at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Now, at 38, she has already amassed the titles of physician, medical analyst for CNN, contributing columnist for the Washington Post, professor of public health at the George Washington…

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  • World

    Afghanistan’s neighbours need to step in if they want stability

    The withdrawal of the United States and NATO forces from Afghanistan has put a crucial choice before the country’s neighbours. As foreign troops are leaving and Taliban fighters are advancing, they will have to decide whether they will cooperate to stabilise the country or turn it yet again into a battlefield of regional interests. This decision will determine the course…

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    Opinion: In America, you must be able to curse the president

    No, I don’t agree with Andrea Dick’s baseless view that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump. But I absolutely agree that she has the right to post signs on her front lawn that express how much she hates President Biden, even a sign (or in this case, three signs) that read: “F**K Biden.” (To be clear, there are no…

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