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During the intense fall U.S. presidential contest 56 years ago, Sen. John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard M. Nixon made history by debating face to face on nationwide TV -- and also radio.
 
It's time to worry when an utterly illogical proposition begins to sound halfway logical because it has been repeated over and over again, and because glaring gaps in reason have been plugged with dollops of nationalism. The ongoing cultural war between India and Pakistan, flagged off by a controversy surrounding the screening of a Bollywood film and culminating in a ban by Pakistan of all Indian content, is a case in point.
 
In early October, Hurricane Matthew slammed into Haiti. Torrential rains and high winds devastated parts of the already impoverished island, creating a humanitarian nightmare not seen since the 2010 earthquake.
 
Jerusalem is one of the world's most sacred -- and contested -- cities. Yet what is beyond doubt is that ever since 1967, Israel has been occupying Arab East Jerusalem...
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The news has been swiftly and emphatically denied, but in the past too there have been denials after the news was broken.
 
It is disconcerting that seven in 10 people with mental illness believe that they are stigmatized by society, while slightly more than half have problems joining community events.
 
Last Tuesday, the British Government issued its long-awaited six-monthly report on Hong Kong -- something it has done regularly since the handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997, and which the UK government promised parliament that it would do for 50 years.
 
If there is one area in which Pakistan's government has utterly failed to bring about any improvement, it is in the state of public-sector enterprises.
 
Conspiracy theories: We've heard them at the dinner table, we've forwarded them on WhatsApp, and we've debated them online and on talk shows.
 
On Dec. 5, 2004, King Bhumibhol spoke for the first time about the role of the media. He said the media monitors and reflects what is going on in society, acting as a mirror for the government in power and society as a whole.
 
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