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White-Collar Supremacy

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Tallahassee, Fla. — Richard B. Spencer is one of the main figures of the alt-right movement, a former doctoral student from Duke whose movement supports the creation of “an ethno-state” for white Europeans and “peaceful ethnic cleansing.” The New York Times By KELLY J. BAKER  The Southern Poverty Law Center describes him as “a suit-and-tie version of the… White-Collar… Read More »

Boris Johnson is a clown who has united the EU against Britain

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The foreign secretary’s combination of clumsiness and ignorance has undermined his own country’s exit strategy Jean Quatremer The Guardian Britain can be proud of itself. Once again, it had already shown the world the… Boris Johnson is… Read More »

Edward Snowden’s Ossietsky award lawsuit rejected by Norway

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Edward Snowden’s bid to guarantee that he would not be extradited to the US if he visited Norway has been rejected by the Norwegian supreme court. The former spy contractor filed the lawsuit in April, attempting to secure safe passage to Norway to pick up a… Edward Snowden’s Ossietsky… Read More »

Humanity is cosmically special. Here’s how we know.

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As we give thanks for our many obvious blessings, let’s reflect on a blessing that is less well known, a gift from modern astronomy: how we view ourselves. The Washington Post By Howard A. Smith There was a time, back when astronomy put Earth at the center of the… Humanity is cosmically… Read More »

For indigenous reconciliation, words are not enough: Editorial

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When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with the chiefs of Canada’s First Nations next month, will he be able to defend his record in good conscience? The Star Last December, within a month of taking office, Justin Trudeau became the… For indigenous reconciliation… Read More »

Clinton’s loss is one more nail in the coffin of center-left politics in the West

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PARIS — When Donald Trump shocked the world with an upset victory in the U.S. presidential election this month, much of Europe was aghast. The Washington Post By James McAuley and Griff Witte But in at least one critical sense, the result couldn’t have been more European: Across the… Clinton’s loss is… Read More »

Egypt’s anti protest law: Legalising authoritarianism

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How the Egyptian regime used the law to crack down on opposition and isolate voices of dissent. By Amr Hamzawy Since the summer of 2013, following the military coup led by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the ruling regime in Egypt has managed to… Egypt’s anti protest… Read More »

Melbourne Is Not The World’s Most Liveable City For Women

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One in three Australian teenage girls report feeling unsafe in public. The Huffington Post Zoe Condliffe I met Carly at my parent’s house, in suburban Melbourne. She’s 16 years old, and goes to my old school. I interviewed her about her experiences of… Melbourne Is Not The World’s Most… Read More »

Stephen Pallaras: Attorney-General John Rau’s appointment as a Senior Counsel is an embarrassing episode for the legal profession in South Australia

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The appointment of John Rau to the position of Senior Counsel is a mystery to those who are ignorant of the significant contribution he might have made to the bar, to the law and to the legal profession. The Advertiser Stephen Pallaras There is a rich history to the appointment of SCs, formerly known as Queen’s Counsels. The first was appointed in 1597 when Sir Francis Bacon was… Stephen Pallaras: Attorney-General John Rau’s appointment as… Read More »

The world’s most generous countries

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It seems that lending a helping hand to a stranger can be more than just a good deed. By Lindsey Galloway In fact, according to research consulting company Gallup, a culture’s willingness to help others is a strong indicator of… The world’s most… Read More »

Lawren Harris painting goes for record $11.2 million

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Auction house estimated Harris 1926 oil canvas painting “Mountain Forms” would go for $3-$5 million. By LAUREN LA ROSE The Canadian Press The Lawren Harris painting Mountain Forms smashed a Canadian art record in Toronto on Wednesday night by selling for just over $11.2 million, more than double the… Lawren Harris painting… Read More »

Trump’s UN pick has a national reputation as healer-in-chief

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Gov. Nikki Haley has developed a national reputation as a racial conciliator who led the charge to bring down the Confederate flag at the Statehouse and guided South Carolina through one of its darkest moments, the massacre at a black church. Associated Press Now the 44-year-old American-born daughter of Indian immigrants is about to take her role as the state’s healer-in… Trump’s UN pick… Read More »

The War On The Law: Who’s Afraid Of Green Lawfare?

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Government and media are trying to have their environmental vandal cake, and eat it too. By Nicola Silbert  Nicola Silbert explains. As the canon of court cases regarding the Adani Coalmine continue to expand, the… The War On The… Read More »

Umberto Eco Makes a List of the 14 Common Features of Fascism

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One of the key questions facing both journalists and loyal oppositions these days is how do we stay honest as euphemisms and trivializations take over the discourse? Can we use words like “fascism,” for example, with fidelity to the meaning of that word in world history? The term, after all, devolved decades after World War II into the… Umberto Eco Makes a… Read More »

Why female genital mutilation still exists in modern Singapore

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Female genital mutilation is carried out by communities around the world. But though it is not commonly associated with modern, cosmopolitan Singapore, it is quietly happening all the time, as the BBC’s Yvette Tan writes. By Yvette Tan BBC News Zarifah Anuar didn’t find out she had been circumcised as a child until she was 23. She was just two weeks old when her… Why female genital… Read More »

Jordan — An Oasis In A Turbulent World

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Last week I visited Jordan as guest of Prince Ali Bin Hussein and his wife, Princess Rym Brahimi Ali. José Ramos-Horta  Prince Ali is the third son of King Hussein, and half-brother of King Abdullah II. He is a member of the… Jordan — An Oasis In A… Read More »