A Peek Inside the Strange World of Fake Academia

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The caller ID on my office telephone said the number was from Las Vegas, but when I picked up the receiver I heard what sounded like a… Kevin Carey The New York Times The operator, “John,” asked if I would be interested in attending the 15th World Cardiology and Angiology Conference in Philadelphia next month. “Do I have to be a doctor?” I said, because I’m not one. I got the call because 20 minutes earlier I had entered my ... Read More »

Trump’s Extreme Oligarchy

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  WASHINGTON, DC – US President-elect Donald Trump is filling his cabinet with rich people. Simon Johnson Project Syndicate According to the latest count, his nominees include five billionaires and six multimillionaires. This is what is known as oligarchy: direct control of the… Trump’s Extreme Oligarchy… Read More »

Does Empathy Guide or Hinder Moral Action?

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After a year of surprising election results and referendums, and violence in protests, terrorism and war, the term “empathy” has been cited by many as a key component to helping groups of people that have little in common, or disagree, come together. The New York Times Jamil Zaki and Paul Bloom But does empathy actually increase the ability of opposing parties to understand each other better, or otherwise inform correct moral action? Empathy Can Lead to… Does Empathy Guide or… Read More »

The Christianophobia in the UK and in Syria are connected

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Here in the UK and across the pond the anti-Russian and anti-Christian hysteria continues to fever-pitch, signalling as it does the last mad flings of the mad regime of Obama and his neocon-liberal cabal. Robert Eastern KATEHON I have previously written that we have an almost total media blackout on the… The Christianophobia in… Read More »

Greater transparency can restore trust in charities

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Australians donate almost $7 billion a year to charities. Editorial The Age But that is not the important figure. What’s far more significant – and far more difficult to find out – is how… Greater transparency can… Read More »

Refugees Welcome

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Ordinary Canadians, trying to intervene in one of the worst problems on earth. Desperate Syrians, shocked that strangers were adopting them for a year. We spent a year asking: How will this work out? A series by Jodi Kantor and Catrin Einhorn The New York Times Refugees Welcome… Read More »

Next US envoy to UN: Quiet on resolution tumult and letting Trump take the lead

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While Nikki Haley has sparred with Trump on a host of issues, the two seem to be in line on how Israel should be treated at the United Nations. By MICHAEL WILNER JPost  New York – When Us president Barack Obama first tapped Samantha Power as ambassador to the UN in… Next US envoy to… Read More »

The end of an era: Economist Thomas Sowell says ‘farewell’ and retires from writing his weekly syndicated column

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After writing a weekly (sometimes semi-weekly) column for the last 25 years (here’s an archive of his columns back to 1998), economist, scholar, author and national treasure Thomas Sowell made this announcement in his column today (“Farewell“): AEI Mark J. Perry Even the best things come to an end. After enjoying a quarter of… The end of an era: Economist… Read More »

Daily Bread Food Bank behind on food donations by large margin

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It may be because more people are choosing to donate money over food, according to executive director. By FAKIHA BAIG Staff Reporter The Star The Daily Bread Food Bank is behind on its food collection goal for the holidays by about 900,000 pounds as… Daily Bread Food… Read More »

Cheetahs Are Far Closer To Extinction Than We Realized

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“We need to come back to the potential of cheetahs to coexist with people.” Nick Visser The Huffington Post A major conservation group is urging environmental leaders to list cheetahs as an endangered species, warning that populations of the… Cheetahs Are Far… Read More »

‘Duck Dynasty’ vs. ‘Modern Family’: 50 Maps of the U.S. Cultural Divide

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Americans have been clustering themselves into cultural bubbles just as they have clustered in political bubbles. Their TV preferences confirm that. By JOSH KATZ The New York Times If you had to guess how strongly a place supported Donald J. Trump in the election, would you rather know how popular ‘Duck Dynasty’ is there, or… ‘Duck Dynasty’ vs… Read More »

Why the West’s Betrayal of Democratic Russia Brought Us Putin

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The West’s inability to accept Russia on equal terms after 1991 made the emergence of a nationalistic strongman… By Angus Roxburgh The Moscow Times This year was the 25th anniversary of the August coup against Gorbachev, and the demise of the Soviet… In Moscow in August 1991 I joined the crowds outside the… Why the West… Read More »

Hip pain may be ‘hangover from evolution’

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Scientists at the University of Oxford say a hangover from evolution could help explain why humans get so much shoulder, hip and knee pain. BBC Smitha Mundasad And if current trends continue they predict the humans of the future could be at even greater risk. They studied 300 specimens from… Hip pain may be ‘hangover from… Read More »

World’s first emojis on display at New York’s MoMA

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New York art museum displays 176 original emojis seen as way of “bridging communication gaps” between different communities. Al Jazeera News Pavni Mittal New York City – You don’t need to be an art connoisseur to appreciate New York’s Museum of Modern Art. A must-do on every… World’s first emojis on… Read More »

Saudi jailed for call to end male control over women

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A Saudi man has been jailed for one year for calling for an end to the Muslim kingdom’s guardianship system that gives men wide controls over women, local media said Tuesday. RIYADH – Agence France–Presse Hurriyet The man, who was also fined 30,000 riyals ($8,000) by a court in the… Saudi jailed for… Read More »

Muslim choir girls sing Arabic Christmas carols in touching video from Beirut

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Footage captured at a December concert in the Lebanese capital warms hearts all over the world Bethan McKernan Independent Footage of a Muslim girls’ choir singing Christmas carols at a church concert has emerged from the Lebanese capital of Beirut. The ensemble of around 40 girls can be seen in a video singing ‘Silent Night’ in Arabic at St Elie Greek Catholic Church, located in a majority Muslim neighbourhood of the… The Imam Sadr Foundation choir was taking part in a… Muslim choir girls… Read More »