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For Most Syrians, the Problem Isn’t ISIS—It’s Assad
This photo, taken on August 23, 2015, depicts the emergency room staff in my hometown, Douma, just a few miles east of Damascus. They were appealing to the world to stop the airstrikes by the Assad government, stop the killing of civilians, stop the bloodshed. I have worked side by side with every person in this photo.

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November 3, 1986: The Iran-Contra Weapons-for-Hostages Deal Is Exposed
President Ronald Reagan, Caspar Weinberger, George Shultz, Ed Meese, and Don Regan discuss the President's remarks on the Iran-Contra affair in 1986. (White House) It only gradually became clear to The Nation and others how the Iran-Contra scandal, which burst into the open on this day in 1986, represented an even more egregious violation of the law than other aspects…

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Never Mind the Civilian Casualties
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Fed-Up Refugees Are Actually Breaking Through Border Controls in the Balkans
Refugees in Macedonia heading towards Serbia. (All photos by Lazar Simeonov) Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary, and Austria—As nightfall descends just outside Gevgelija, Macedonia, more than a thousand people begin lining up in rows for the evening train headed north for the border with Serbia.

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These Irish Antiwar Protesters Are Sick of Having the US Military in Their Country
Shannonwatch demonstration banner advocating for the US Military to leave Shannon Airport. (Photo by Shannonwatch) On the second Sunday of every month, a group of Irish antiwar and human-rights activists hold monthly protest vigils at a small airport on Ireland’s West coast.

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How to Win a Nobel Peace Prize
Tunisian protesters rally against the Ben Ali government. (Reuters / Finbarr O'Reilly) This year’s Nobel Peace Prize went to Tunisia’s National Dialogue Quartet “for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy… in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011.

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Justin Trudeau Just Showed American Democrats How to Win the Next Election
Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau gives his victory speech after Canada's federal election in Montreal, Quebec. (Reuters / Chris Wattie) It may be true that American Democrats have nothing better to do than wait for Joe Biden to decide whether he will mount a third bid for the presidency.

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How to Produce Viral Content
Today's publishers have three primary channels to gain new site visitors. They can optimize articles for search engines by stuffing articles with trending keywords. They can simply buy audience through content ad networks like Outbrain and Taboola. Or they can write content for social networks and hope for a viral hit, which will be the focus of this post.

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How Promotion Impacts Pageviews
For better or worse, total pageviews are the most important metric for publishers and it's often perplexing why some articles go viral and others don't. A journalist's idea of quality just doesn't seem to correlate with pageviews. Brian Abelson, a data scientist at the New York Times, has published a must-read on the relationship between content promotion and pageviews.

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