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The Epoch Times is an independent voice in print and on the web. We report news responsibly and truthfully so that readers can improve their own lives and increase their understanding and respect for their neighbors next door and around the globe.
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    Happy families are all alike: every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”—Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

    The opening to Tolstoy’s great novel of love and tragedy could be a metaphor for Europe today, where “unhappy families” of …


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    The use of sanctions as an international cudgel has long been complicated by some nasty unintended consequences.

    For the United States and the world economy, one consequence could be particularly significant: The recent round of sanctions aimed at Moscow over …


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    One hundred and sixty-eight years ago this past July, two British warships—HMS Erebus and HMS Terror—sailed north into Baffin Bay, bound on a mission to navigate the fabled Northwest Passage between the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans. It would be …


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  • 01/30/15--03:00: The Greek Earthquake
  • Almost before the votes were counted in the recent Greek elections, battle lines were being drawn all over Europe.

    While Alexis Tsipras, the newly elected prime minister from Greece’s victorious Syriza party, was telling voters that “Greece is leaving behind …


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    Myths are dangerous because they rely more on cultural memory and prejudice than facts.

    And behind the current crisis between Greece and the European Union (EU) lies a fable that bears little relationship to why Athens and a number of …


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    Yemen is the poorest country in the Arab world, bereft of resources, fractured by tribal divisions and religious sectarianism, and plagued by civil war.

    And yet this small country tucked into the bottom of the Arabian Peninsula is shattering old …


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    What looked like a smooth path to electoral victory for the Irish government has suddenly turned rocky, and the Fine Gael-Labour coalition is scrambling to keep its majority in the 166-seat Dáil. A series of missteps by Fine Gael’s Taoiseach …


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  • 03/08/16--13:56: Irish Shillelagh Austerity
  • Note: A shillelagh is a blackthorn walking stick that the Irish use for whacking things they don’t like.

    If there is one thing clear after Ireland’s recent election, it is that people no longer buy the myth that austerity is


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  • 03/08/16--15:12: Socialists Rain on Spain
  • The effort by Pedro Sanchez, leader of the Spanish Socialist Workers Party, to form a government on March 2 brings to mind the story of the hunter who goes into the forest with one bullet in his rifle. Seeing a …


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    Standing on the front steps of Dublin’s general post office a century ago, the poet Padraig Pearse announced the Poblacht na hEireann—the “Irish republic.”

    He was reading from a proclamation, the ink barely dry, of a provisional Irish government …