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Solar-powered desalination is the solution

The world is rapidly approaching a new kind of apocalypse: global water shortage. We are running out of fresh water. Yet we have to do more with less. According to the World Health Organization and UNICEF, more than a billion children worldwide lack access to safe drinking water.

On state and federal budget deficits, death and taxes

Our Connecticut state Legislature is currently engaged in an impressive, often acrimonious, but sometimes surprisingly bipartisan effort to find necessary reductions, economies, savings, sequesters, sweep-backs, program cuts — you name it — in state expenditures, all to the tune of some $1.3 billion.

Let the buyer beware the bitcoin: It bites

Today, the trade in cyberspace of “bitcoin,” (a digital “virtual” or “crypto” currency, purporting to duplicate or replace actual dollar currency, while offering great investment opportunity) is said to have reached $5.9 billion! What’s the explanation?

Are free-trade agreements undemocratic?

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Are free-trade agreements undemocratic?

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Are free-trade agreements undemocratic?

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In recent years, so-called free-trade agreements have become flashy new instruments of  U.S. foreign policy. They aren’t “free,” however, and they may not even be constitutional. 

Are free-trade agreements undemocratic?

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In recent years, so-called free-trade agreements have become flashy new instruments of  U.S. foreign policy. They aren’t “free,” however, and they may not even be constitutional. 

Answer to ISIS Lies in the Holy Quran

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The answer to ISIS lies in the Holy Quran

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Having worked for several years in health development in WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean region,  I would venture to explain the inexplicable success of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) in gaining territory and winning over Muslim adherents in one Islamic state after another throughout the Middle East and beyond.

American values rule out torture

To win the War on Terror, was it really necessary to resort to torture, to inflict extreme pain, even to the point of death, on detained suspects, in order to obtain useful information? I think not, and here’s why, based on a personal experience.