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Sam Vaknin

Digital Journalist based in Skopje, Macedonia. Joined on Feb 16, 2011
Expertise in Ethnic cultures, Religion, Social media, Stocks & trading, Family & parenting,   see all» Politics, Divorce, General business news & info, Dating & relationships, Technology, Internet, Small business, Science & space, Books

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Op-Ed: Do we need another black death?

The Black Death – an epidemic of bubonic plague in the 14th century – decimated between one third and one half of Europe’s population, yet it was the best thing to have happened to Mankind in many centuries.

Op-Ed: Children of same-sex couples and gender identity

With same-sex marriage becoming a legal reality throughout the world, many more children are going to be raised by homosexual (gay and lesbian) parents, or even by transgendered ones. How is this going to affect the child’s masculinity or femininity?

Op-Ed: NGOs: The Parasitic Altruists

Some NGOs genuinely contribute to enhancing welfare, to the mitigation of hunger, the furtherance of human and civil rights, or the curbing of disease. Others are ideologically biased, religiously-committed and, often, at the service of special interests.

Op-Ed: The Hubris of East Europe's Peasants

Smug hubris is everywhere I look. Add to this access to the Internet, this great equalizer of the stupid, and everyone in these shabby countries - from Macedonia to Russia - holds himself or herself to be a genius and not in need of further edification.

Op-Ed: 'Thieves — One Dirty TV Pastor and the Man Who Robbed Him'

The book consists of a humongous flashback following the robbery of the TV pastor. This allows Smith to introduce us to the nexus and confluence of commercial, televised and irredeemably corrupt Christianity, crime, and hedonism.

Op-Ed: The Insanity of the Insanity Defense

New York - Aron Levy, who kidnapped, murdered and dismembered 8-year old Leiby Kletzky in Brooklyn now faces a battery of defense-appointed experts in an attempt to plead NGRI (“Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity”).

Op-Ed: Alexander the Great — Murdered in Babylon, Resurrected in Skopje

Alexander the Great was clearly insane, even by the cultural standards of his time. A month before he mercifully died (or, more likely, was assassinated) his own generals invited Babylonian priests to exorcise the demons that may have possessed him.

Op-Ed: Is the USA a Failed State?

Should the United States devolve into its constituent states, the world will breathe a sigh of relief. A European Union (EU)-like economic zone between the parts of the former USA is bound to be far more pacific and to contribute to world stability.

Op-Ed: Two Down (Europe, USA), One to Go (China)

In an effort to sanitize humungous export proceeds, China amassed trillions of dollars worth of foreign exchange reserves, mostly invested in American treasury bonds, creating a dangerous exposure to the US dollar.

Op-Ed: US Dollar, Bonds to Benefit from Debt Downgrade

In the short term, both the US dollar and US Treasury bonds may actually benefit from the downgrade of the US debt and react to panic buying.

The Business of Torture

The Czech Republic has issued licenses to export shackles, electric shock weapons and chemical sprays to 6 countries whose police and security forces are known offenders against human rights and have made use of precisely such items to torture detainees.

Op-Ed: Muslims are Europe's New Jews?

The incidence of higher education and skills is greater among Muslim immigrants than in the general population. Europe attracts the best and the brightest away from their destitute, politically dysfunctional and backward homelands.

Op-Ed: The Psychology of Spree Shooters

When the spree shooter seeks to explain to himself why he is so angry constantly, he blames it upon his ultimate victims and their behavior or idiosyncrasies, much like what the Norway shooter did.

The Plight of Maritime piracy

Many masters and shipowners do not report piracy for fear of delays due to protracted investigations, increased insurance premiums, bad publicity, and stifling red tape.

Op-Ed: From Madoff to Murdoch to Greece: Whatever Happened to Ethics?

People from all walks of life and at all levels of the corporate ladder skirt their responsibilities and neglect their duties.

Op-Ed: Can the Albanians in Macedonia be bought off?

The Albanians in Macedonia are economically better off than their kith and kin anywhere else in the Balkan. This, they claim, is no thanks to the state. Official unemployment amongst the young is intolerably high.

Op-Ed: Secession, National Sovereignty, and Territorial Integrity

When Kosovo attained its independence in February 2008, some pundits warned against this precedent-setting event and foresaw a disintegration of sovereign states from Belgium to Russia. This time, with South Sudan, they remained mum.

Op-Ed: Entertaining the Masses in Developing, Poor Countries Special

In a YouTube world, literacy will have vanished and with it knowledge. Visuals and graphics can convey information, but they rarely proffer organizing principles and theories.

Op-Ed: The Imminent Water Wars

It takes 1000 tons of water to produce 1 ton of grain and agriculture consumes almost 70 percent of the world's water - though only less than 30 percent in OECD countries.

Op-Ed: Money Laundering in A Changed World

Banks have been effectively transformed into law enforcement agencies, responsible to verify both the identities of their (foreign) clients and the source and origin of their funds.
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