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Pagan News Beagle: Fiery Tuesday, December 1

The debate over refugees in Europe and America continues. Analysts wonder why it is America's youth are more comfortable with the word "socialism" than their elders are. And Bollywood star Aamir Khan sparks controversy in India after saying he and his wife are concerned with rising "intolerance" in the country. It's Fiery Tuesday, our weekly segment on political and societal news from around the world. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

The Syrian Civil War and the resulting outflux of refugees from the country has undoubtedly been one of the most significant challenges faced by the West since the start of the millennium. But is it the "crisis of our time?" That's what The Guardian's Katharine Viner argues.

For most of the 20th century, "socialist" was a dirty word in American politics, as toxic as "fascist" or "anarchist." But that's begun to change, based on surveys of America's youth as well as the relative success of politicians like Bernie Sanders, who openly boast their socialist credentials. Why is that? NPR investigates.

Last week, the world held its breath as Turkey and Russia experienced a violent clash after a Russian jet flew into Turkish airspace. Thankfully, the clash has resulted so far in little more than harsh words and threats of sanctions, but the question remains: what happened? Saad Khan offers his take at The Huffington Post.

Bollywood actor Aamir Khan is undoubtedly one of the popular celebrities in modern India. That hasn't stopped him, however, from dividing Indians nationally over a series of comments he made this November when he said his family had considered moving from India due to rising hostility towards Muslims such as himself.

How should the U.S. government respond to the influx of refugees from Syria and other parts of West Asia? As it turns out, America's top political institutions can't agree on the subject. NHK covers the news in more detail here.

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