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The Myth that Americans Were Poorly Educated before Mass Government Schooling

Early America had widespread literacy and a vibrant culture of learning. Wednesday, April 29, 2020Detail of Girl Reading by Edmund Charles Tarbell (Public Domain) Lawrence W. Reed Education Parents the world over are dealing with massive adjustments in their children’s education that they could not have anticipated just three months ago. To one degree or another, pandemic-induced school closures are creating the “mass homeschooling” that FEE’s senior education fellow Kerry McDonald predicted two months ago. Who knows, with millions of youngsters absent from government school classrooms, maybe education will become as good as it was before the government ever got involved.“What?” you exclaim! “Wasn’t education lousy or non-existent before government mandated it, provided it, and subsidized it? That’s what my government schoolteachers assured me so it must be true,” you say!The fact is, at least in early America, education was better and more widespread…

What Matters 2020: Coronavirus edition

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Photo Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photos: Noam Galai, Jamie McCarthy, Josep Lago/AFP, Alfredo Estrella/AFP, and Narayan Maharjan/NurPhoto, all via Getty Images Axios launched our "What Matters 2020" series this year to focus on seven issues that will define the nation's future no matter who wins in November. The big picture: The impact of the coronavirus pandemic will spread far beyond the most pressing issues we face now — lives lost and economic disruption — to drive debates on all of these longer term topics. Go deeper with the Axios subject matter experts to explore each one.AutomationThe COVID-19 pandemic and the social distancing policies it demands have made human workers both potential victims and vectors of disease, Axios' Bryan Walsh reports.As a result, we're likely to see an acceleration of the trend towards greater automation in the workplace — with industrial robots and AI agents online.Experts' views range on…

Beijing's bullying has ruined its relationship with Sweden

AXIOS ChinaA series of diplomatic incidents has undone decades of work building Sweden-China relations.Why it matters: Beijing's bullying behavior is a test case in how China treats less powerful countries that refuse to submit to its demands.What's happening: Rising distrust has led Sweden to shut down cultural exchanges and other long-standing agreements.Gothenburg, the second-largest city in Sweden, canceled its friendship city agreement with Shanghai, which was first signed 34 years ago. Several other cities, including Västerås, Luleå and Linköping, have also ended their relationships with Chinese cities.Sweden closed all of its Confucius Institutes, a Chinese government-funded program that sets up Chinese language and culture centers in foreign universities but which has come under scrutiny for censoring discussion of topics that Beijing considers sensitive.Background: The breakdown in relations began in 2015, when Chinese authorities kidnapped Gui Minhai, a Swedish citiz…

Talk By Prof. Naela Quadri Baloch: Balochistan, History, Politics and Destiny

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ISI suspected to be behind killing of Baloch journalist in Sweden.

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Date: 1 May 2020Author: Admin0 Numerous poltical activists and human rights activists including journalist have expressed serious concerns over the killing of Sajid Hussain Baloch.According to details, Dead body of Baloch journalist Sajid Hussain, who went missing from Sweden, had been found death on Friday. Mr. Hussain’s body has been recovered from a river in Upsalla.Sajid Hussain Baloch was missing since 2nd March 2020 from Upsalla Sweden, where he had moved to a student accommodation.Sajid Hussain Baloch, who had worked with various Pakistani mainstream media outlets, moved to Sweden in 2017 as a refugee.Baloch National Movement Chairman Khalil Baloch has said that the death of missing exiled Baloch journalist Sajid Hussain has shocked us deeply. This is an irreparable national loss for us. We are deeply disappointed by the Swedish police and authorities. Sajid Hussain’s death has sounded alarm bells for thousands of exiled Baloch. Even in a so-called civilized c…

Arms control on life support

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Illustration: Rebecca Zisser / AxiosThere are three truly existential threats to humanity: pandemics, climate change and nuclear weapons.Why it matters: COVID-19 has rightfully absorbed the world's attention and will for months to come.But the last treaty constraining the world’s largest nuclear arsenals is set to expire in nine months.Where things stand: The Trump administration has expressed little urgency over the looming expiration of New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty), which comes two weeks after the next presidential inauguration on Feb. 5.The treaty limits the long-range nuclear weapons programs of the U.S. and Russia, and it's verified through regular inspections.It was signed in 2010 to replace the 1991 START and could be extended for up to five years by mutual assent (congressional approval is not necessary).Rus…

Sajid Hussain: Swedish police find body of missing Pakistani journalist

01 May 2020AsiaShare this with EmailShare this with FacebookShare this with TwitterShare this with Whatsapp Image copyrightRSF Image captionSajid Hussain (family photo)Police in Sweden say they have found the body of Pakistani journalist, two months after he went missing.Sajid Hussain, the editor of an ethnic Baloch news website, fled Pakistan in 2012 after getting death threats and was granted political asylum in Sweden.A press freedom charity had suggested Pakistani intelligence was behind Hussain's disappearance in early March.But a Swedish police spokesman told the BBC their initial investigation did not suggest any foul play in the death.Hussain, who was 39, was last seen boarding a train in Stockholm on his way to the city of Uppsala on 2 March, according to the press freedom charity Reporters Without Borders (RSF).He was to collect the keys to a new flat but he did not get off the train in Uppsala, RSF said, quoting police. The charity said it was possible he had been abdu…