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Opinion | My Toxic Afghan Love Story

Abandoned by the U.S., an Afghan woman secretly recordsvideo diaries while on the run from the Taliban. Abandoned by the U.S., an Afghan woman secretly records video diaries while on the run from the Taliban. Supported by Video by Alexander Stockton, Kirk Semple and Zach Goldbaum Mr. Stockton and Mr. Semple are producers with Opinion Video. […]

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India's Zostel asks regulator to reject SoftBank-backed Oyo's IPO filing

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Indian hospitality startup Zostel has asked the market regulator to reject an application from SoftBank Group-backed rival Oyo Hotels and Rooms to go public due to a legal tussle between the firms over a deal that fell apart six years ago.FILE PHOTO: The logo of OYO, India’s largest and fastest-growing hotel chain, […]

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China may have gained Meng's freedom but at what price?

Power Play is a weekly column that looks at various facets of US-China rivalry and its implications for Asia. It was a moment orchestrated for TV cameras – Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou waving to the crowd below, her bright red dress matched by the red Chinese flag emblazoned prominently on the side of […]

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Opinion | Don’t Let Amazon Eat the Film Industry

In the 1930s and ’40s, five major Hollywood studios dominated the film industry and tried to lock up distribution and exhibition channels as well by taking over movie theaters across the country. Courts and regulators saw that allowing studios so much power up and down the film supply chain posed grave threats to the integrity […]

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Opinion | I Know All Too Well How a Lovely Relationship Can Descend Into Abuse

Like much of America, I spent the past two weeks closely monitoring the case of Gabrielle Petito, 22, who left home with a van and aspirations of seeing America but also a partner who was later seen slapping and hitting her, according to a 911 caller. On police body camera footage taken one month before […]

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Opinion | What’s Missing from the Conversation about Systemic Racism

“He thinks there’s no systemic racism.” No, it’s just that I think we overstate its role in American society today. “But what about redlining? What about the cops? Can he really …?” Yes, he can — because things like that just aren’t as simple as we are taught to suppose. One recent study of redlining […]

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Opinion | General Milley Should Stop Trying to Burnish His Legacy at America’s Expense

A new book reports that Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, improperly restricted the president of the United States’ ability to use military force and committed to warning China, an American adversary, of any impending U.S. military action against it. If the book, “Peril,” by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, […]

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Opinion | Bitcoin Cosplay Is Getting Real

It’s been a good month for Bitcoin believers. The currency of the future — or is it the future of currency? — became legal tender in El Salvador. Some might dismiss as a publicity stunt the embrace of a digital currency by a country where only a third of the population has internet access. Some […]

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Opinion | What Failure? For Some, the War in Afghanistan Was a Big Success

The war in Afghanistan wasn’t a failure. It was a massive success — for those who made a fortune off it. Consider the case of Hikmatullah Shadman, who was just a teenager when American Special Forces rolled into Kandahar on the heels of Sept. 11. They hired him as an interpreter, paying him up to […]

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Carlyle revives $1.2 billion sale of lingerie firm Hunkemoller – sources

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – U.S. private equity firm Carlyle is reviving plans to sell Netherlands-based lingerie chain Hunkemoller that were delayed by the pandemic, two people close to the matter told Reuters, in a deal that could top 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion).FILE PHOTO: The logo of the Carlyle Group is displayed at the company’s office […]