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Tapper: Trump inaugural speech was ‘purely populist’

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(CNN)CNN’s Jake Tapper reacted to President Trump’s inaugural speech Friday, saying it was “very consistent to the Trump brand… CNN “It was purely populist,” continued Tapper, speaking moments after Trump finished his first address as… “It talked about the forgotten… It attacked… Tapper: Trump inaugural… Read More »

Turkey Turns Church into Museum; Greece Builds New Mosque

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When one walks about Christians in Turkey, one tends to think of them as migrants who moved to the area after Muslims took over, or as if Muslims have always been the majority… Uzay Bulut The Gatestone Institute The truth is, Bilecik and the rest of AsiaMinor, which today has a tiny, dwindling… Turkey Turns Church… Read More »

The world’s best wildlife photography reveals a fragile, beautiful realm

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From a leopard slipping through a Mumbai alleyway to giant cuttlefish courting under the sea, the striking images featured in the current Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition are at once beautiful, technically astounding and, often… Mathew Berg Jessica Williams The Conversation Before the widening rupture… The world’s best… Read More »

Kosovan artists’ ‘Migrant Colors’ on show

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A collective exhibition titled ‘Migrant Colors’ is now on display in Istanbul, bringing together the works of six artists from Kosovo, displaying unique examples of their art Anadolu Agency Daily Sabah The “Migrant Colors” exhibition is now on in Beşiktaş, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Kosovo Prizren Culture and Solidarity Association (Kosova Prizrenliler Kültür ve Yardımlaşma Derneği). Hosted by the municipality of… Kosovan artists’ ‘Migrant Colors’ on… Read More »

‘He Is Going to Test Our Democracy as It Has Never Been Tested’

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Why Nixon’s former lawyer John Dean worries Trump could be one of the most corrupt presidents ever—and get away with… McKay Coppins The Atlantic Sometime early last fall, John Dean says he began having nightmares about a Trump presidency. He would wake in the middle of the… * ‘He Is Going… Read More »

Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence commuted by Barack Obama

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The whistleblower, who has been imprisoned for six years for leaking state secrets, is now set to go free on 17 May Ed Pilkington in New York and David Smith and Lauren Gambino in Washington The Guardian Chelsea Manning, the US army soldier who became one of the most prominent whistleblowers of modern times when she exposed the… Chelsea Manning’s prison… Read More »

Letter to BBC

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Mr A Chitty London BBC Complaints PO Box 1922 Darlington DL3 0UR 17 January 2017 Dear Sir or Madam, It is with regret that I find myself writing to the BBC once again on the topic of Cyprus. Despite a plethora of complaints from myself and others in the British Cypriot community during 2016, it would appear that the BBC has taken no notice and continues to misrepresent the facts of the Cyprus situation. I implore the BBC to properly ... Read More »

What’s HOT at the 2017 Midsumma Festival

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Now in it’s 30th year, the Midsumma Festival is Melbourne’s largest celebration of queer culture. With over 130 events held over a 3 week period – 2017 is ramping up to be one of the biggest… Arts Review Australian Arts Review takes a look at some events worth checking… A Night at the Musicals Fairfax Studio… What’s HOT at… Read More »

In light of dangerous inequality, it’s time for “dangerous unselfishness”

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Nearly 50 years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, his words ring more clearly than… Minor Sinclair is the director of Oxfam’s US program Oxfam The year my (white) family moved to Auburn, Alabama was the year that the school system was desegregated. It was 1971. I entered the… In light of... Read More »

Obama’s Secret to Surviving the White House Years: Books

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Not since Lincoln has there been a president as fundamentally shaped — in his life, convictions and outlook on the world — by reading and writing as Barack… MICHIKO KAKUTANI The New York Times Last Friday, seven days before his departure from the White House, Mr. Obama sat down in the Oval Office and talked about the… Obama’s Secret to… Read More »

The Geopolitics of 2017 in 4 Maps

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International relations and geopolitics are not synonymous… at least, not the way we understand them at Geopolitical… By George Friedman and Jacob L. Shapiro Mauldin Economics “International relations” is a descriptive phrase that encompasses all the ways countries behave toward one… “Geopolitics” is the supposition that all… The Geopolitics of… Read More »

Which Martin Luther King Are We Celebrating Today?

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Newburyport, Mass. — Every year on the third Monday of January, Americans of all races, backgrounds and ideologies celebrate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jason Sokol The New York Times He is rightly lionized and sanctified by whites as well as blacks, by Republicans as well as Democrats. It is easy to forget that, until…. Which Martin Luther King… Read More »

How fake nature in child care centres could be damaging

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The grass is always greener when it’s real and outdoors. Henrietta Cook The Age That’s the view of academics and teachers who have criticised the Education Department for letting inner-city child care centres operate without any outdoor space… How fake nature… Read More »

Aid in reverse: how poor countries develop rich countries

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New research shows that developing countries send trillions of dollars more to the west than the other way around. Why? Jason Hickel The Guardian We have long been told a compelling story about the relationship between rich countries and poor… The story holds that the rich nations of the OECD give generously of their wealth to the poorer nations of the global south, to help them eradicate poverty and push them up the development… Aid in reverse… Read More »

Amazon is seeking permission to run mystery experiments involving wireless communication

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Amazon is preparing to test experimental wireless communications technology, including mobile devices and fixed base stations, in rural Washington and in Seattle, the company disclosed in government filings this… Eugene Kim Business Insider The filings do not specify what the tests are for, but hint at a… Amazon is seeking… Read More »

When Denmark Criminalised Kindness

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I didn’t grow up in an orderly middle class family with cosy Sunday lunches, people laughing and… Lisbeth Zornig Andersen GRANTA I was brought up in a shabby cottage outside a remote Danish village, with cold water and a lavatory in the back.. Hot dogs were a special treat on… When Denmark Criminalised… Read More »