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Time Magazine International Edition August 6, 2018

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DEFENDING THAILAND YOUR ARTICLE “DEMOCRAT. Dictator.” [July 2] was a great disappointment. It was imbalanced, with twisted facts, and misrepresented the underlying message and vision of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. The article was clearly written with a preconceived notion to fulfill a premeditated agenda. The author selectively chose pieces of information from the interview to support the opposing views against the Prime Minister. I wish to stress that the government fully respects freedom of expression and believes that it forms a basic foundation of a democratic society. The author’s analysis that Thailand is undergoing a “permanent authoritarian regression” is a gross exaggeration. Busadee Santipitaks, MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, THAILAND COMPASSION’S LIMITS RE “AMERICAN VALUES” [July 2]: All countries have immigration laws designed to safeguard the critical social, economical and political domestic balance. These laws…

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‘THAT DIDN’T GO AS PLANNED.’ROB SCHMITT, host of Fox & Friends First, which mistakenly booked an interview with the wrong person; Massachusetts state senator Barbara L’Italien spoke against President Trump’s immigration policies until the network cut her feed 174 million Age, in years, of a new dinosaur fossil found in the Lingwu region of China; the previously undiscovered species has been named Lingwulong shenqi, which means “Lingwu amazing dragon,” per a July 24 article in the journal Nature Communications ‘HOW CAN YOU HAVE A SERVANT AT HOME WHO KEEPS THEIR OWN PASSPORT WITH THEM?’SONDOS ALQATTAN, Kuwaiti social-media star, on new laws that improve conditions for the country’s Filipino domestic workers; she faced a storm of criticism after making the comments in a video ‘She’s the superhero we need right now.’NICOLE MAINES, actor and…

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losing reporters where it matters most

THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS WAS CUT IN HALF BY something called a Tronc. That sounds like the sort of thing you’d find in a tabloid, and there it was in the July 23 edition of “New York’s Hometown Newspaper” on page 2: “News cuts staff. Half laid off in retool . . .” Tronc turns out to be not a monster from the future, but a company from the past, Tribune Publishing, which renamed itself in a bid to remain relevant in a profoundly inhospitable present. That newspapers are a casualty of the Information Age may qualify as irony, but there are deep veins of tragedy involved, especially for communities that used to have a lot more people paid, by the local paper, to pay attention to what was happening…

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cuba moves away from its communist past and toward a modern future

CUBA IS SET TO TURN THE PAGE ON decades of communism, after lawmakers approved a rewrite of its 42-year-old constitution that would fundamentally reshape the island’s government, society and economy. But although the document removes a national goal to build a “communist society,” the party will still be in charge: CONSTITUTIONAL OVERHAUL For the first time since the Cold War, Cubans will be able to own private property, strengthening a fledgling private-sector economy that now employs 12% of the workforce. The country will bring in age and term limits for Presidents and create a Prime Minister role, ensuring that future leaders will not enjoy the level of personal power that the late Fidel Castro and his brother Raúl exercised for 59 years, until Raúl installed successor Miguel Díaz-Canel in April. Social…

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Destruction after Laos dam fails At least 26 people died in southeastern Laos after a billion-dollar hydropower dam collapsed while under construction on July 23, flooding seven villages. Environmental groups have warned about the rapid pace of dam building as Laos seeks to become a major energy producer. Classified Carter Page files revealed The FBI and the Justice Department released previously classified files on the bureau’s wiretapping of Carter Page, a foreign-policy adviser to President Trump’s campaign. Legal experts say the files undermined claims Trump’s allies made about the wiretapping; Trump argued that they “discredited” the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Kenya slum bulldozed to build highway Authorities demolished the homes of some 30,000 people living in Kibera, Nairobi’s largest slum, to make way for a new $20 million highway. Residents filed…

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what are the real costs of the endangered species act?

IN THE 45 YEARS SINCE PRESIDENT RICHard Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act (ESA) into law, conservationists have used the landmark legislation to protect millions of acres of land and bring animals—including the grizzly bear and the American alligator—back from the brink of extinction. But despite its successes, the law is controversial, particularly for a range of industries that have argued for decades that that compliance places too high a cost on companies. Because the ESA specifies how humans can use land in ways that harm threatened or endangered species’ habitats, some companies say its strict regulations are unnecessarily burdensome. On July 19, the Trump Administration delivered for those interests. In 118 pages of technical documents, the Department of the Interior proposed making it harder to protect new land, adding rules that…