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Asa Palagi: The Challenges and Opportunities of being a young entrepreneur
For some people, knowing what they want to do in life and the direction they want to take is evident from a young age. As for Asa Palagi, a veteran, and successful entrepreneur, that knowledge came in the form of a creative spirit and individualist thinking. As co-founder of Cascadia Global Security, Palagi fed the need he’d had since childhood…

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‘We Won’t Quit Until We Stop It’
Naha, Okinawa—Every day except weekends, holidays, and typhoon days, even in the pandemic, charter buses leave from Naha and other cities on this island to transport protesters to three locations in the north, where the Japanese government is trying to build a super airbase for the US Marines.

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The Children of Fallujah: The Medical Mystery at the Heart of the Iraq War
Three years after American soldiers besieged her city, Iraqi pediatrician Samira Alani began to see a problem in the maternity ward. Women were bearing infants with organs spilling out of their abdomens or with their legs fused together like mermaids’ tails. Some looked as if they were covered in snakeskin. Others emerged gasping, unsuccessfully, for air.

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A Walk in the Woods During a Season of Uncertainty
London. Halloween—Secretive, indifferent, they erupt from the shadow world beneath our feet. They whisper risk; promise delight, delirium, or death. Their names are magical: crowded parchment, club-like tuning fork, hairy curtain crust. Candlesnuff, fragrant funnel, collared parachute, coral spot. Destroying angel. Dead man’s fingers. There’s respect in the stretch for connection in those names, that effort to domesticate without denying…

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Homeland Security Thinks Everything Looks Like Terrorism
A concerned law enforcement source provided The Nation with this Department of Homeland Security intelligence report about alleged violent threats asso­ciated with this summer’s protests against police brutality and mass incarceration. Its use of counter­terrorism terminology shows the DHS’s tendency to see terrorism threats where they may not exist.

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A New Constitution: What the United States Can Learn From Chile
It is not often that a country gets to decide its destiny in one momentous election. I am thinking, of course, of the United States. But I am also thinking of the referendum in Chile, where, this past Sunday, the people of that country decided by a landslide—78.27 percent of those who voted—to give themselves a new Constitution and thereby…

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A Woman’s Life
Buffalo, N.Y.—In memory, my Aunt Dolor is a big woman. Big hair, big sunglasses, big jewelry, big bold colors, with geometric shapes in the 1960s and ’70s especially, when our families saw each other most. Her husband, my mother’s brother, called her Doll. We buried her this week.

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In the UK, Climate Isn’t a Political Issue. That’s a Problem.
On the final day of the Oxford Citizens Assembly on Climate Change—a cold, gray British October Sunday almost a year ago—I witnessed a strangely moving exercise in direct democracy. Strange because it seemed, at first, mundane and almost childish: Assembly members were instructed to write letters from their future selves, imagining what it would be like to live in Oxford…

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Decoding a Homeland Security Leak
As the presidential election draws near, so does the fear of political violence—and not just among progressives. A concerned law enforcement source provided The Nation with the following Department of Homeland Security intelligence assessment, which deems white supremacists the principal threat to safe elections in 2020.