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  • As no-deal Brexit risk rises, so do odds of monster traffic jams

    From the concrete overpass, Mike Taylor watches the traffic that trundles through the bucolic countryside, bypassing villages like his own. Nearly all the trucks on this four-lane highway, the M26, are headed to and from the southeastern ports that are Britain’s gateways to Europe and beyond. Just out of sight are the “gates” recently installed in the road’s central barrier so that thousands of trucks can be diverted and held back.

    Mon, 17 Dec 2018 16:33:19 -0500
  • Tanzania granted the largest-ever mass citizenship to refugees. Then what?

    Thirty-six years ago, when Mr. Nzila was a young refugee from Burundi, he’d planted two tiny green saplings here as a kind of prayer that he would be in one place long enough to see them grow. At school, they wore sweaters in the colors of the Tanzanian flag, memorized Tanzanian history, belted the Tanzanian national anthem. For Nzila, becoming Tanzanian had been a slow accumulation of experiences.

    Mon, 17 Dec 2018 16:07:57 -0500
  • We know Michael Flynn lied to the FBI. But why?

    When former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn stands before a federal judge on Tuesday to receive his sentence after pleading guilty to lying to federal agents about his telephone contacts with the Russian ambassador, one unanswered question will loom over the courtroom. As a retired lieutenant general in the US Army, a decorated military intelligence officer with 33 years of service to his country, and a former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, General Flynn well knew that any telephone contacts with Russia’s ambassador in Washington would likely be recorded – and perhaps monitored – by US intelligence officials. Nearly two weeks earlier, a Washington Post columnist had quoted “a senior government official” as saying that Flynn had had repeated telephone contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak on the same day that then-President Barack Obama announced an escalation of US sanctions against Russia in retaliation for Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.

    Mon, 17 Dec 2018 15:51:41 -0500
  • How one woman’s citizen diplomacy has strengthened US-Russia ties for decades

    There they were in Moscow in early September, having sessions with notables like broadcasting legend Vladimir Pozner and even former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. Just as important, and probably more so, they traveled around Russia for almost a week and talked with university students, businesspeople, and many other ordinary citizens. Sharon Tennison, an American, who believes that peace is too important a matter to be left to the politicians.

    Mon, 17 Dec 2018 13:51:39 -0500
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