What animal could a democracy be? Ape, fox, lion … how about jellyfish?

“If a democratic state were an organism, which one would it be?” asks the publican. Silence. Some among the pub’s patrons – wanting a better view of the evening’s action – turn in their heavy chairs. “Well,” speaks a man with a moustache so large it could provoke envy among walruses, “although völkerpsychologie, the idea that a state could… Source: What animal could a democracy be? Ape, fox, lion … how about jellyfish? Read More »

Australia once banned Catholics from mass and vilified the Irish. Haven’t we learned anything?

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As an Irish Australian, Nick Earls says that when it comes to distinguishing cultural difference from threat, ‘we should be better at this by now’ Nick Earls The Guardian I was passing through airport security somewhere in North America in October 2001 when I realised it: I was no longer the face of terrorism, and… Australia once banned… Read More »

Leslie Jones Brags on TV About Getting Twitter Users Like Milo Yiannopoulos Banned

TV and movie star Leslie Jones went on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” last night and bragged about getting Twitter users — including alt-right firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos — banned from social network after a private meeting with CEO Jack Dorsey. Jones, a “Saturday Night Live” cast member who stars in the new all-femaleGhostbusters, was the target of Twitter trolls earlier this week. Milo Yiannopoulos found that he was suspended from Twitter on Monday night — permanently… Source: Leslie Jones Brags ... Read More »

Just how offensive did Milo Yiannopoulos have to be to get banned from Twitter?

On Tuesday night, Twitter permanently banned the conservative writer Milo Yiannopoulos as it cracked down on a wave of racist abuse targeting the “Ghostbusters” actor Leslie Jones. Twitter also told the Breitbart Tech writer, who is also one of the best-known figures among the Internet’s “alt-right,” that his account would not be restored. The permanent suspension is the social network’s strongest response against those who break its abuse and harassment policies, but we know very little about how Twitter decides ... Read More »

The man hired to have sex with children

In some remote southern regions of Malawi, it’s traditional for girls to be made to have sex with a paid sex worker known as a “hyena” once they reach puberty. The act is not seen by village elders as rape, but as a form of ritual “cleansing”. However, as Ed Butler reports, it has the potential to be the opposite of cleansing – a way of spreading disease… Source: The man hired to have sex with children – BBC News Read More »

Tough Russian Anti-Capitalist Literature

Imagine Moscow being taken over by some international corporate cartel. By a monster which has its own factories and office buildings, security services, private prisons, re-education (‘training’) centers, and its obedient mass media outlets. Imagine that it also has detailed databases on almost everyone who really matters in the capital… Source: Tough Russian Anti-Capitalist Literature Read More »

I’m not an emigrant who pines for Ireland; I’ve made another home abroad

I’m lucky to have two homes now, in Leitrim and South Africa Cian Mac Eochaidh in Johannesburg “You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart will always be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place.” – Miriam Adeney I consider myself lucky… Source: I’m not an emigrant who pines for Ireland; I’ve made another home abroad Read More »

Saudi Arabian clerics declare Pokémon ‘un-Islamic’

The fatwa says franchise promotes ‘global Zionism’ but does not mention Pokémon Go.. Saudi Arabia’s top clerical body has renewed a 15-year-old edict that the Pokémon game franchise is un-Islamic, Saudi media said on Wednesday, although the fatwa made no mention of the successful new Pokémon Go mobile game… Source: Saudi Arabian clerics declare Pokémon ‘un-Islamic’ Read More »

The Case for Kurdish Statehood

Why has the West been so supportive of Palestinian nationalism, yet so reluctant to support the Kurds, the largest nation in the world without a state? BY NOAH BECK , OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR The Kurds have been… Source: The Case for Kurdish Statehood Read More »

Sonia Kruger responds to media storm, defends her right to comment on Muslim immigration

Television host Sonia Kruger has responded to the media storm caused by her comment thatshe would like to see Muslim immigration in Australia stopped in the interests of safety. The World Today By Sarah Sedghi She made the comment on Channel Nine yesterday in response to a column written by Andrew Bolt in News Corp papers about immigration policies and terrorism… Source: Sonia Kruger responds to media storm, defends her right to comment on Muslim immigration – ABC News (Australian ... Read More »

How the Clintons and the Rest of Washington Are Getting Rich From the Turkey Coup

Here’s one outcome of the Turkish coup attempt that you can bet on: Washington will be getting rich off it… The Podesta Group, a firm with close ties to Bill and Hillary Clinton, registered in May to lobby for the “Alliance for Shared Values.” That comically named organization supports Fethullah Gulen, the Pennsylvania-based imam that the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, blames, rightly or wrongly, for the coup… Source: How the Clintons and the Rest of Washington Are Getting Rich ... Read More »

5 things about the man Turkey says was behind the coup

Fetullah Gülen is an influential Islamic cleric and a former close ally of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.. By BARBARA SURK Tanks were still trawling the streets of Istanbul and the parliament in Ankara was under bombardment when Turkish government officials pointed at self-exiled Islamic cleric Fetullah Gülen as the man behind the attempted coup, carried out by a faction of the military… Source: 5 things about the man Turkey says was behind the coup – POLITICO Read More »

A Muslim get-out-the-vote group plans a flag initiative

The Canadian-Muslim Vote, a group established to encourage Muslims to cast ballots in elections, now hope to put a Canadian flag in front of every mosque.. John Geddes Jawad Rathore wants to see a big Canadian flag flying from a prominently positioned flagpole in front of every mosque in the country to send the simple message that Muslims are proud Canadians… Source: A Muslim get-out-the-vote group plans a flag initiative Read More »

Nice attack brings a difficult question into sharp focus: why France?

If you live in France, you enjoy Bastille Day. There is a buzz in the air as you celebrate a day off in the middle of summer with your family and friends. You go to the fireworks. It is good to be in France and to remember the founding principles of the state – liberty, equality and fraternity. There is little mention of a bloody history of revolution and wars, colonialism and empire… Source: Nice attack brings a difficult question ... Read More »

Clean energy won’t save us – only a new economic system can

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It’s time to pour our creative energies into imagining a new global economy. Infinite growth is a dangerous illusion. Jason Hickel The Guardian Earlier this year media outlets around the world announced that February had broken global temperature records by a shocking… March broke all the… Clean energy won’t… Read More »

What does this image tell us about Britain?

As the new Prime Minister Theresa May is photographed kneeling before the Queen, Kelly Grovier looks at a 16th-Century artwork that reveals as much as it hides.. After days of political tumult in Westminster, a single image of calm suddenly emerged on Wednesday evening from the inner sanctum of royal authority: The Queen granting private audience to a genuflecting Theresa May, who has succeeded David Cameron as prime minister of the United Kingdom. Easily dismissed as nothing more than a ... Read More »