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“Men learned to fight like they learned to breathe, without even thinking. They fought dogs, they fought cocks. They fought tiny delicate birds that fit in a human hand and lived in a human coat pocket, and they bet on the results. They fought wars for decades until no one seemed to remember quite what they were fighting for. The national sport was essentially a fight, on horseback, over a headless calf or goat. Over the years, whenever Afghan men would tell me that they were tired of fighting, looking weary and creased, I would have only one response: Sure…


US CDC, FDA Authorize Pfizer Vaccine Booster Shots For Elderly, At-Risk Populations

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week amended its emergency use authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to allow for a single booster dose, to be administered at least six months after completion of the primary series in:

  • individuals 65 years of age and older;
  • individuals 18 through 64 years of age at high risk of severe COVID-19; and
  • individuals 18 through 64 years of age whose frequent institutional or occupational exposure to the coronavirus puts them at high risk of serious complications of COVID-19 including severe COVID-19.

This authorization applies only to the Pfizer vaccine.

The Centers for…


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Joe, in the end, has always been there. He’s always been with me, I think we can work something out. - President Biden

Franklin Roosevelt is remembered for the New Deal and Lyndon B. Johnson the Great Society. What will Joe Biden be remembered for? It likely depends on the fate of two pieces of legislation that encompass nearly the entirety of his once-in-a-generation agenda, including infrastructure, climate, voter rights, higher taxes for the wealthy, equal justice for people of color and low incomes, healthcare, and greater assistance for low-income families and children.

Should Biden’s agenda emerge from Congress relatively…


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Prior to the global pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19, many looked to the United States as a beacon of freedom and liberty. When viewed in comparison to the harsh realities of the world, this may seem rather true. After all, one’s perception of freedom and liberty is skewed by perspective. In recent weeks, the Biden administration has escalated its increasingly authoritarian approach to “managing” the threat of the virus. Even President Biden himself stated that safety takes precedence over freedom. …


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In The Trial of the Chicago 7, a legal thriller about one of the most famous trials of the 60s, protestors of the Vietnam War are charged with conspiracy and crossing state lines with the intention of inciting a riot. As the film attempts to condense six months worth of trial and history into two hours, it uncovers the corruption of Judge Julius Hoffman and the US government at the time.

Intention of the Storytellers

Aaron Sorkin, the screenwriter and director, revealed in an interview with Vanity Fair that when “Donald Trump was elected, Steven [Spielberg] thought the time to make this movie was…


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In an interview for the New Yorker Radio Hour, Anand Gopal, a prominent American journalist and a finalist for Pulitzer Prize 2015, discusses how the new-aged Taliban don’t have the slightest idea about 9/11 or, for that matter, why the U.S was even there in Afghanistan in the first place. All they have ever seen and experienced are wars, and that’s all they know. Fight, win, and take revenge when their people die. Their mentality is (almost) tribal. Anand has spent considerable time with the Taliban, and he warns about the empty claims they are making. He says a small…


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In a recent opinion piece published in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, former White House press secretary for Donald Trump and now aspiring gubernatorial candidate in Arkansas, weighed in on the COVID-19 vaccination debate, recycling the typical Republican ideological keynotes.

Reversing course like many Republicans recently to encourage Americans to get vaccinated, she relied on a revisionist historical rhetoric to elevate Donald Trump as the great vaccinator protecting America’s health, blaming Democrats and public health experts for undermining vaccination efforts. Still, she stopped short, in the name of “freedom,” of calling for mandatory vaccinations, writing:

I believe in…


For all the doubt that Donald Trump and his administration cast on the reality of COVID and the efficacy of the vaccines, they made one thing absolutely clear. Whether the vaccine worked or not, America would get their shots first. As Biden took over the vaccine rollout, his administration made tireless strides towards crushing the virus. Even in the face of the Delta Variant, vaccines have doubtlessly saved thousands of lives. However, as the virus poses an increasing threat around the world, Biden’s administration revealed something that he and the most hard-line Trump officials would agree on. …


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Now that McConnell and McCarthy have torpedoed the independent January 6 insurrection commission, let’s see what might become of Joe Biden’s promise of a Republican “epiphany” once the “former guy” was marooned in Mar-a-Lago. Would it lead to at least some substantive negotiation and policy with civility, if not kumbaya comity? So far, the Republican approach to negotiation is Kevin McCarthy tweeting a story time video reading Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham in a symbolic revolt against cancel culture. …


By Divyansh Kumar

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Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the developed world was undergoing an extraordinary period of economic growth. In 2019, despite significant population ageing, a bigger proportion of adults over the age of 15 were in the labour force — that is, employed or searching for work — than at any point since at least 1990. The working-age employment rate (the percentage of 16- to 64-year-olds employed) was at an all-time high in more than half of developed countries.

Now, labour markets have undergone an unexpected reversal. Although harmonised figures will not be available for some time, estimates, based…

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