13 Νοεμβρίου 2018

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NEWS FEED, THE algorithm that powers the core of Facebook, resembles a giant irrigation system for the world’s information. Working properly, it nourishes all the crops that different people like to eat. Sometimes, though, it gets diverted entirely to sugar plantations while the wheat fields and almond trees die. Or it gets polluted because Russian trolls and Macedonian teens toss in LSD tablets and dead raccoons.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo completed his second trip in as many months to North Korea, returning with the remaining three American hostages and setting the agenda for the historic summit—which President Donald Trump just announced will be held on June 12 in Singapore. Reading news reports out of last month’s meeting between the leaders of the two Koreas could lead one to conclude that Kim Jong Un is ready to abandon North Korea’s nuclear program in exchange for security guarantees from the United States. If accurate, this may be the basis for a peaceful, diplomatic outcome to one of the most urgent security threats facing the United States.

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ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Russia to keep out of Turkish affairs in Afrin and vowed a "heavy price" for those behind the deaths in Douma. "This is a wrong approach. We know very well to whom we will return Afrin," Erdogan told said in parliament on Tuesday, according to the state-run Anadolu Agency. 

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Francis Fukuyama is a senior fellow at Stanford University and director of its Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law. His book “Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment” will be published in September. Since 1978, China’s authoritarian political system has been different from virtually all other dictatorships in part because the ruling Communist Party has been subject to rules regarding succession. Term limits for senior leadership have kicked in at regular 10-year intervals three times so far, and the party’s system of cultivating and training new leaders to replace the outgoing ones had allowed it to avoid the stagnation of countries like Egypt, Zimbabwe, Libya or Angola, where presidents ruled for decades. 

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There’s already a trade war, and it’s being waged by Beijing. China’s ascension to the World Trade Organization nearly 20 years ago has failed in its large-scale strategic objectives. It hasn’t created a liberalizing regime or a free-market economy in China; in fact, it hasn’t even created a China ready and willing to abide by the norms of free trade.  The regime of Xi Jinping, who increasingly looks like president for life, hasn’t been pushed toward democratic reforms by a rising middle class. He has centralized power and written “Xi Jinping thought,” challenging Western liberalism, into the constitution. 

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Can you spot a psychopath on Facebook? Perhaps, although not just by looking. A psychopath will not be using a profile photo of Charles Manson; no one would accept the friend request. Yet postings of dark personalities often contain distinctive features. In fact, according to research, you might be able to spot other dark personalities as well. Sure, individual studies do not speak for all of us, and Facebook habits are part of a complex personality profile, only properly diagnosed by a psychologist. But it is interesting to note potential red flags that have been identified. 

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President Donald Trump unveiled his first major action as trade enforcer-in-chief on Monday, opening the door to a host of other trade restrictions that buck the global order and give him a hammer to push his “America First” vision at the gathering of global elites in Davos, Switzerland. The decision to slap tariffs and other trade restrictions on imports of both solar panels and washing machines is being seen as a prelude to coming actions on steel and aluminum imports, as well as a wide-ranging case that aims to punish China for intellectual property abuses. 

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Alabama is set to cast a ballot in a special election that pits accused pedophile Roy Moore against Democrat Doug Jones. Polls suggest the race will be tighter than expected in a state that is heavily Republican. The US state of Alabama was set to vote in a special Senate race on Tuesday that has underscored how deeply divided American politics have become.

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