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Μετά τις Βουλευτικές της 22ης Μαΐου, θα ξέρουμε

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Ο κύβος ερρίφθη. Δεν θα υπάρξει συνεργασία ανάμεσα στις δυνάμεις  του κέντρου στις βουλευτικές εκλογές  της 22ης  Μαΐου.  Του Μάριου Ευρυβιάδη Προσπάθειες έγιναν, η ανάγκη για μια έστω και περιστασιακή “Ένωση Κέντρου” αναγνωρίστηκε από όλες τις ηγεσίες σε εκκλήσεις που έγιναν δημόσια, αλλά και σε παρασκηνιακές πρωτοβουλίες που αναλήφθηκαν, αλλά φεύ.  Το κάθε κόμμα του κέντρου κατεβαίνει μόνο του και η θεά Τύχη- η “fortuna” του Μακιαβέλι, με  όλους.  Αυτό σημαίνει πως αν στις εκλογες της 22ης Μαΐου τα δύο ... Read More »

Ως Ακέφαλο Σώμα στο Βάραθρο

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Ως ακέφαλο σώμα (διεκδικούμενο από άδειες κεφαλές -και βουλιμικές γαστέρες) η Ελλάδα, δεν «έφθασε στο χείλος του γκρεμού»: βρίσκεται στον πυθμένα! Μόνο τυφλοί δεν το βλέπουν ή υποκρίνονται. Του Μιχαήλ Στυλιανού Το κράτος κατέρρευσε, ως θεσμός προστασίας της επικράτειας και της ζωής, της ασφάλειας και της περιουσίας των πολιτών. Ξένοι «εταίροι»-ληστές τού αποσπούν με τη βία ακίνητα περιουσιακά στοιχεία, απαραίτητα για την επιβίωσή του, (αεροδρόμια, λιμάνια, ενέργεια, θάλασσα, πλουτοπαραγωγικές πηγές, επιχειρήσεις), με επιπλέον την δέσμευση να πληρώνει τις υποχρεώσεις τους υπό ... Read More »

Britain’s Independent will stop printing newspapers as it goes online-only

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London: Britain’s Independent is to disappear from news stands next month after its owner took the left-leaning title online only, one of the first national newspapers in the world to buckle under pressure from the internet. The Canberra Times – Reuters Launched by a group of journalists in 1986 with the slogan “Independent, it is – are you?”, the Indy built a high-minded reputation by pursuing often radically different stories from rivals, with a heavy focus on international news. While other ... Read More »

Are the rich smarter or just craftier than the rest of us?

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Everyone knows the gap between rich and poor has been widening in most developed countries, but why is it happening? Have the rich been smarter and harder working, or have they just been craftier than the rest of us? The Sydney Morning Herald – Ross Gittins, The Sydney Morning Herald’s Economics Editor Between the end of World War II and sometime in the 1970s or ’80s, the gap got progressively narrower, reducing inequality. Since then, however, the trend has reversed and the ... Read More »

Legal profession waged four-year battle against reform Bill

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Department of Justice files reveal Law Society and Bar Council communications The Irish Times – Arthur Beesley The power of the legal professions is made clear in Government records detailing the force and extent of their four-year lobbying offensive against measures to overhaul the sector. Files from the Department of Justice show how the Bar Council, the professional body for barristers, received and rejected draft amendments to legislation before they had been presented to Cabinet. The files also show the Law ... Read More »

Brisbane Grammar School won’t refund child sex abuse victims’ school fees

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Victims of sexual abuse at the hands of a notorious paedophile allowed to abuse students at one of Queensland’s most prestigious schools throughout the 1980s will not have their school fees repaid. Brisbane Times – Jorge Branco, Journalist Brisbane Grammar School announced on Friday afternoon it would not follow the lead of the Anglican Church in refunding fees. The Anglican Diocese of Brisbane announced its proactive fee refund policy in the wake of child sex abuse hearing royal commission hearings in ... Read More »

Mrs. Clinton’s Mixed Immigration Message

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In Thursday night’s Democratic debate, Hillary Clinton defended her past statements that Central American migrant children needed to be sent home from the border to “send a message” to other families: Don’t come. The New York Times – By THE EDITORIAL BOARD  Wrong answer — which Bernie Sanders immediately pointed out. “Who are you sending a message to?” he said, reminding her that mothers and children were fleeing Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala to avoid being murdered. “I don’t think we ... Read More »

PNG’s food bowl is all but empty as drought affects 2 million people

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Goroka, Papua New Guinea: Old Kaupa Bani walks with a tall cane fashioned from a black palm outside his hut in Kanma village. Blind, burdened by joint pains, too weak to work his garden, and with no children to look after him, he has been helped by extended family. WAtoday But as a devastating drought hits Papua New Guinea with a force few rural villages were prepared for, the flow of kindness has turned into scraps in the last nine ... Read More »

Dan Andrews: It wasn’t a political stunt, it was a moment of clarity

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Remove politics from kids being returned to Nauru and the answer becomes clear. The Age – Dan Andrews * A week ago, my wife Cath and I were at home celebrating our son Joseph’s ninth birthday. Another year of comfort and safety had passed him by, and another such year awaited him. Joe was no doubt focused on his birthday cake, but my mind was elsewhere. Sitting on the kitchen bench was a newspaper filled with stories of a hundred ... Read More »

US import prices fall on oil slide, strong dollar

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U.S. import prices fell in January for a seventh straight month as the cost of petroleum products continued to decline and a strong dollar undercut prices for a range of goods, pointing to weak inflation in the near term. CNBC – Reuters The Labor Department said on Friday import prices dropped 1.1 percent last month after a revised 1.1 percent decrease in December. Import prices have decreased in 17 of the last 19 months, reflecting a robust dollar and plunging ... Read More »

Why women should support Sanders not Clinton

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OPINION The idea that having a woman in office will automatically make the lives of most US women better is wrong-headed. Source: Al Jazeera ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Catherine Rottenberg is currently a visiting scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton and has most recently edited Black Harlem and the Jewish Lower East: Narratives out of Time. Gloria Steinem’s now infamous comment about young women flocking to presidential candidate Bernie Sanders because “the boys are there” is only one aspect of the current ... Read More »

Families of Americans killed by Mexican cartels sue HSBC for laundering billions

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Four families are suing the British banking giant for allegedly allowing the gangs to launder billions, providing ‘systematic material support to the cartels’ The Guardian – Tom Dart in Houston @Tom_Dart Four families of Americans killed by Mexican drug cartels are suing British banking giant HSBC for allegedly contributing to their deaths by allowing the gangs to launder billions of dollars. It is a fresh setback for the bank, whose operations in Mexico have been under scrutiny by US authorities for years. ... Read More »

Doing right by East Timor should be bipartisan policy

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Opinion Negotiating a clear boundary between Australia and East Timor would help heal this damaged relationship and give us a stronger moral voice on global disputes, writes Damien Kingsbury. ABC – By Damien Kingsbury * The Timor Sea issue is back on the national agenda following the announcement on Wednesday by shadow foreign minister Tanya Plibersek that Labor will, in government, scrap the existing Timor Sea Treaty. She said that Labor would enter into new negotiations on a permanent boundary between Australia ... Read More »

World powers agree ‘cessation of hostilities’ in Syria

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World powers on Feb. 12 agreed an ambitious plan to cease hostilities in war-racked Syria within a week and dramatically ramp up humanitarian access at talks in Munich aimed at reviving the struggling peace process. Hurriyet – MUNICH, Germany – Agence France-Presse The 17 countries agreed “to implement a nationwide cessation of hostilities to begin in a target of one week’s time,” said US Secretary of State John Kerry after extended talks co-hosted by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. The International ... Read More »

Καταγγέλλουν την ΠΓΔΜ ότι κατάσχει αυθαίρετα έγγραφα από πρόσφυγες

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ΤΟ ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΟ ΣΥΜΒΟΥΛΙΟ ΓΙΑ ΤΟΥΣ ΠΡΟΣΦΥΓΕΣ Αυθαίρετες και περιπτωσιολογικές κατασχέσεις εγγράφων των προσφύγων με την πρόφαση ότι τα έγγραφα αυτά είναι πλαστά, καταγγέλλει για την ΠΓΔΜ το Ελληνικό Συμβούλιο για τους Πρόσφυγες. iefimerida Τα περιστατικά αυτά διαπιστώνονται ήδη από τον Δεκέμβριο του 2015. Όπως περιγράφεται σε σχετική αναφορά του Ελληνικού Συμβουλίου για τους Πρόσφυγες, μέχρι τώρα έχουν κατασχεθεί από τις αρχές της ΠΓΔΜ πλήθος υπηρεσιακών σημειωμάτων, τα οποία είχαν εκδοθεί από τις ελληνικές αρχές κατά την είσοδο των προσφύγων στην ... Read More »

Χειρότερη από τις προβλέψεις η ύφεση το 2015

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Ύφεση της τάξης του 0,7% καταγράφηκε στην ελληνική οικονομία σε μέσα επίπεδα το 2015, σύμφωνα με τις πρώτες εκτιμήσεις της ΕΛΣΤΑΤ. Nooz. Στον προϋπολογισμό υπήρχε η πρόβλεψη για μηδενική ύφεση πέρυσι και πτώση του ΑΕΠ κατά 0,7% εφέτος, ενώ η Τράπεζα της Ελλάδος προέβλεπε μείωση του ΑΕΠ κατά 0,5% για το 2015. Σύμφωνα με τις (δυσμενέστερες) εκτιμήσεις της ΕΛΣΤΑΤ για τους τριμηνιαίους εθνικούς λογαριασμούς, το ΑΕΠ παρουσίασε το τέταρτο τρίμηνο πέρυσι μείωση 1,9% σε σύγκριση με το αντίστοιχο τρίμηνο του 2014, ενώ ... Read More »