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Greece's Referendum: The Price of Five Years of Cowardice - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Greece's Referendum: The Price of Five Years of Cowardice - SPIEGEL ONLINE | elite-news | Scoop.it
Much of Europe is outraged by Alexis Tsipras' decision to hold a referendum on reforms in Greece. But how did the euro zone allow an economically irrelevant country of 11 million to bring the common currency to the brink? Through cowardice.
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Why do people believe myths about the Confederacy? Because our textbooks and monuments are wrong.

Why do people believe myths about the Confederacy? Because our textbooks and monuments are wrong. | elite-news | Scoop.it
False history marginalizes African Americans and makes us all dumber.
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Is It Time for the Jews to Leave Europe?

Is It Time for the Jews to Leave Europe? | elite-news | Scoop.it
For half a century, memories of the Holocaust limited anti-Semitism on the Continent. That period has ended—the recent fatal attacks in Paris and Copenhagen are merely the latest examples of rising violence against Jews. Renewed vitriol among right-wing fascists and new threats from radicalized Islamists have created a crisis, confronting Jews with an agonizing choice.
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What ISIS Really Wants

What ISIS Really Wants | elite-news | Scoop.it
The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.
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The Middle East That Might Have Been

The Middle East That Might Have Been | elite-news | Scoop.it
Nearly a century ago, two Americans led a quixotic mission to get the region’s borders right.
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The Last Days of Annie Bus: A Chronicle of Dutch Euthanasia - SPIEGEL ONLINE

The Last Days of Annie Bus: A Chronicle of Dutch Euthanasia - SPIEGEL ONLINE | elite-news | Scoop.it
Annie Bus of the Netherlands suffered from horrendous pain and paralysis, but not from a terminal illness. She wanted to die anyway. The story of how she got her wish demonstrates how difficult it is to set boundaries in a country that permits assisted suicide.
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The Belgium Question: Why Is a Small Country Producing So Many Jihadists? - SPIEGEL ONLINE

The Belgium Question: Why Is a Small Country Producing So Many Jihadists? - SPIEGEL ONLINE | elite-news | Scoop.it
Relative to the size of its population, no other country in Europe sends as many young jihadists to Syria as Belgium does. But why? Some say one problem lies with the fractured nature of the country itself.
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Meet the honor brigade, an organized campaign to silence debate on Islam

Meet the honor brigade, an organized campaign to silence debate on Islam | elite-news | Scoop.it
Self-styled blasphemy police count on a shame-based culture that values face-saving.
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How I Upset Donald Trump and a Few Other Powerful Billionaires

How I Upset Donald Trump and a Few Other Powerful Billionaires | elite-news | Scoop.it
Or, what happens when you write a book about the political sway of wealthy donors
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The Zeppelin: Aboard ‘the hotel in the sky’

The Zeppelin: Aboard ‘the hotel in the sky’ | elite-news | Scoop.it
These airships offered the most luxurious air travel ever. What was it like to travel in one? Jonathan Glancey examines a design classic many wish would return.
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Anarchy vs. Stability: Dictatorships and Chaos Go Hand in Hand - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Anarchy vs. Stability: Dictatorships and Chaos Go Hand in Hand - SPIEGEL ONLINE | elite-news | Scoop.it
The argument that a stable, autocratic state is better than a failed one has become increasingly fashionable. But it misses the fact that autocracies are ultimately the source of that chaos.
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After Surgery, Surprise $117,000 Medical Bill From Doctor He Didn’t Know

After Surgery, Surprise $117,000 Medical Bill From Doctor He Didn’t Know | elite-news | Scoop.it
In a growing practice, medical assistants, consultants and other hospital staffers, often called in without patients’ knowledge, are charging hefty fees.
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The right to die

The right to die | elite-news | Scoop.it
IT IS easy to forget that adultery was a crime in Spain until 1978; or that in America, where gay marriage is allowed by 37 states and may soon be extended to all...
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The House That Stalin Built

The House That Stalin Built | elite-news | Scoop.it
Stephen Kotkin’s meticulous biography of Joseph Stalin dispenses with the myth that he was an intellectual dullard, showing that he was quite shrewd as well as forceful. 
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Daughters of Jihad: The German Women of Islamic State - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Daughters of Jihad: The German Women of Islamic State - SPIEGEL ONLINE | elite-news | Scoop.it
Much is known about men leaving Germany to take up arms on behalf of Islamic State. Less has been reported about the flocks of women traveling to Syria to join the jihad. Experts view them as a growing terrorist threat.
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Why There's No Conservative Jon Stewart

Why There's No Conservative Jon Stewart | elite-news | Scoop.it
A unified theory of why political satire is biased toward, and talk radio is biased against, liberals in America.
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The Super Bowl is small fries compared to this

The Super Bowl is small fries compared to this | elite-news | Scoop.it
World Championships of bike racing coming to the U.S. — Richmond — for first time in three decades.
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An hereditary meritocracy

An hereditary meritocracy | elite-news | Scoop.it
“MY BIG fear,” says Paul Ryan, an influential Republican congressman from Wisconsin, is that America is losing sight of the notion that “the condition of your...
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The Tragedy of the American Military

The Tragedy of the American Military | elite-news | Scoop.it
The American public and its political leadership will do anything for the military except take it seriously. The result is a chickenhawk nation in which careless spending and strategic folly combine to lure America into endless wars it can’t win.
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Summit of Failure: How the EU Lost Russia over Ukraine - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Summit of Failure: How the EU Lost Russia over Ukraine - SPIEGEL ONLINE | elite-news | Scoop.it
One year ago, negotations over a Ukraine association agreement with the European Union collapsed. The result has been a standoff with Russia and war in the Donbass. It was an historical failure, and one that German Chancellor Angela Merkel contributed to.
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In Cold War, U.S. Spy Agencies Used 1,000 Nazis

In Cold War, U.S. Spy Agencies Used 1,000 Nazis | elite-news | Scoop.it
Law enforcement and intelligence leaders believed the ex-Nazis’ intelligence value against the Russians outweighed what one official called “moral lapses” in their service to the Third Reich, according to newly disclosed records.
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ISIS vs. the Kurds

ISIS vs. the Kurds | elite-news | Scoop.it
The U.S. wants the Kurds to do two potentially incompatible things: fight ISIS and resist seceding from Iraq. Dexter Filkins reports.
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