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어린 시절부터 아름다운 사람들은 사랑을 받아왔다고 믿어왔습니다. 잠들기 전에 할머니가 읽어준 아름다운 동화들을 모두 기억하십니까? 그 이야기들은 믿을 수 없을 만큼 아름다운 왕자들과 공주들의 이야기로 가득차 있었습니다. 실제 왕족들이 항상 배우들처럼 아름답지는 않았지만, 동화 속 주인공들 사이에서는 못생긴 상류층들이 존재하지 않았습니다. 만약 못생겼지만 따뜻한 마음씨를 가진 남자 주인공이 있다면, 이야기에 끝에서 그 또는 그녀는 마법적으로 세상에서 가장 아름다운 사람으로 변했습니다. 마치 아름다움이 선행을 위한 유일한 상처럼 말입니다. 그리고 그 혹은 그녀가 충분히 아름다워졌을 때 그들이 사랑하는 사람과 해피엔딩을 맞을 수 있었습니다. 우리가 자라오면서 할리우드 패션 산업, 잡지 등과 같은 것이…

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Leader of bin Laden raid tells Trump: revoke my clearance, too

The man who led the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in 2011 has a message for President Donald Trump: Revoke my security clearance, too. Retired Navy Admiral William H. McRaven, who led US Joint Special Operations Command from 2011 to 2014, wrote a short, but blistering op-ed for the Washington Post on Thursday afternoon, challenging the president on his decision to revoke the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan. In the statement, he praised Brennan’s service to America, and his “unparalleled integrity.” McRaven continued, writing, “I would…

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An expert on Trump’s threat to revoke clearances: it’ll “set back the entire security establishment”

President Donald Trump revoked former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance on Wednesday — an extraordinary move that came less than a day after the former CIA director publicly criticized the president on television and Twitter. Brennan might not be the last, either. In a statement announcing his decision, Trump said he was considering rescinding the clearances of other top intelligence and law enforcement officials or preventing those who’ve already lost clearances from obtaining them in the future. The list includes former FBI Director James Comey, former Director of National…

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The US-Turkey trade spat, explained

Turkey slapped hefty tariffs on US cars, alcohol, tobacco, and other products on Wednesday — the latest blow in an escalating economic and diplomatic fight with the United States. Ankara’s retaliatory trade measures come after US President Donald Trump said Friday he would impose additional tariffs on Turkish aluminum and steel. And this trade spat with the US is exacerbating a brewing financial crisis in Turkey. Turkey’s currency, the lira, plunged to a record low against the dollar on Tuesday, though it recovered a bit on Wednesday after Turkish president…

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Hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, explained for non-Muslims

At this moment, 1.5 million people from dozens of countries around the world are in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to perform the hajj, the Islamic religious pilgrimage. It’s a huge event — in terms of both its significance in Islam and the massive logistical challenge of having that many people from all walks of life and every corner of the globe descend on one relatively small place all at once. But what actually goes on at the hajj? What is its religious and political significance? How do they handle all those…

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China’s brutal crackdown on the Uighur Muslim minority, explained

A United Nations human rights panel has accused the Chinese government of ruthlessly cracking down on Uighurs, an ethnic Muslim minority in China’s western Xinjiang autonomous region, and detaining as many as 1 million in internment camps and “reeducation” programs. These programs range from attempts at psychological indoctrination — studying communist propaganda and giving thanks to Chinese President Xi Jinping — to reports of waterboarding and other forms of torture. The Chinese government’s repression of ethnic Uighurs, most of whom are Sunni Muslim, has intensified in recent years amid what…

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Kofi Annan, former UN secretary-general, has died at 80

Kofi Annan, former United Nations secretary-general and Nobel Peace Prize-winner, has died at the age of 80. His foundation announced in a tweet on Saturday that Annan “passed away peacefully” after a short illness on Saturday in the Swiss city of Bern. It did not provide details but remembered him as a figure who radiated “genuine kindness, warmth, and brilliance in all he did.” Annan, who was born in Ghana in 1938 and was one of the world’s most celebrated diplomats, was the seventh United Nations secretary-general and the first…

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European museums may “loan” stolen artifacts back to countries in Africa

The legacy of colonialism and empire looms large in Europe. In recent months, museums in France, the United Kingdom, and Germany have begun to address the fact that large portions of their collections are, well, not theirs — and were stolen from other countries during the colonial era. But there’s no consensus on how to deal with the issue. And as the Washington Post reports, some museums are proposing “loaning” the artifacts back to their countries of origin for limited periods of time — rather than actually returning them. Countries…

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Unprecedented floods kill hundreds in India

Unprecedented flooding in the southern Indian state of Kerala has killed at least 180 people in just the past few days, according to local officials. On Friday, the region’s chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said it’s the worst flooding he’s seen in a century. “80 dams opened, 324 lives lost and 223,139 people are in about 1,500+ relief camps,” he tweeted, referring to the overall death toll in Kerala so far this monsoon season. India’s monsoon season typically lasts from June to September. According to the BBC, it’s normal for Kerala…

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US sanctions Myanmar’s security forces over Rohingya ethnic cleansing

The Trump administration has placed sanctions on several commanders and units of Myanmar’s security forces for their roles in the “ethnic cleansing” of Rohingya Muslims and other minority groups in the country. On Friday, the Treasury Department announced it had put sanctions on four commanders of Myanmar’s military and Border Guard Police (BGP) and two military units “for their involvement in ethnic cleansing in Burma’s Rakhine State and other widespread human rights abuses.” “Burmese security forces have engaged in violent campaigns against ethnic minority communities across Burma, including ethnic cleansing,…

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