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Turkey at Thanksgiving Is Enough

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President M. Nixon is not generally admired as a fountain of profundity. American Thinker By Michael Curtis But attention should be paid by sore political losers to this pithy remark: “You’ve got to learn to survive a… Turkey at Thanksgiving… Read More »

Meet the entrepreneur solving pollution and homelessness at the same time

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Waste not, want not might be an old-fashioned axiom confined to the lexicon of finger‑wagging grandparents, but a 34-year-old from Colombia has turned it into his life mission. The Telegraph By Lauren Davidson, property editor Bogota-based Oscar Méndez is, to borrow another saying, killing… Meet the entrepreneur… Read More »

How Iran Hopes the Nuclear Deal Will Revive Its Economy

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Rouhani’s first target is the country’s corrupt banking system. The National Interest Farhad Rezaei From the beginning of his presidency, Hassan Rouhani and his team considered the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) negotiated between Iran and… How Iran Hopes… Read More »

Yemen: Houthi rebels form new government

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Spokesperson for exiled president Hadi says move shows disregard for Yemeni people and international community. AlJazeera Yemen’s armed Houthi rebels and their political allies have formed a new government, the… Yemen: Houthi rebels… Read More »

City council must fully implement anti-poverty plan: Editorial

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A new study from the United Way shows it costs $4.4 billion to $5.5 billion to ignore poverty in Toronto. The Star City council has a plan, TO Prosperity, in place to combat it. It should fully fund the plan this year if for no other reason than to… City council must… Read More »

Judge criticises NT government department over ‘appalling parenting’ of 14-year-old troubled girl

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A Northern Territory judge has criticised the Department of Territory Families, saying its “parenting” of a 14-year-old girl accused of multiple property-related offences seemed appalling. ABC Sara Everingham Judge Greg Smith made the comments in the Darwin Children’s Court after the girl failed to appear in court earlier this month. He said the department had been awarded the care of… Judge criticises NT government department over… Read More »

Cooling-off periods for consumers don’t work: study

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When customers are offered a “cooling off” period, they don’t change their minds, even when the alternative is considered subjectively better, our research finds. The Conversation We also found that some consumers (around 30%) only responded when contacted by the seller and asked if they would still like to opt in. Under current Australian consumer law, Australians have a… Cooling-off periods for… Read More »

Religious extremists not the only terror threat, Victoria Police Commissioner Graham Ashton says

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Victoria’s top cop has warned terrorism threats are broader than religious extremism, as the likely return of foreign fighters increases the chance of an attack on Australian soil. ABC Sarah Farnswoth The warning came as experts from nine different countries, including the deputy head of French police group RAID, met in Melbourne to share knowledge of countering extremist behaviour. Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said it was not just… Religious extremists not the only terror… Read More »

The economy may collapse soon: Daron Acemoğlu

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The Turkish economy may collapse in a couple of years if politicians do not show the West that the economy is trust-worthy, Daron Acemoğlu, Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), told the daily Hürriyet. Çınar Oskay – ISTANBUL “Economic growth comes from consumption and consumption is encouraged by loans. This is not… The economy may… Read More »

Bahcelism in Turkey

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When the history of Turkey’s descent into Islamist dictatorship, financial ruin, and insecurity is written, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be the central focus of most accounts. AEI Michael Rubin But, when historians ask who enabled Erdogan’s rise, perhaps no Turkish politician deserves that title more than Devlet Bahçeli, the chairman of the Nationalist Movement Party (Milliyetçi Hareket Partisi, MHP), Turkey’s right-wing and nationalist party. When American or European politicians lead their… Bahcelism in Turkey Read More »

New laws are not necessarily the answer to counter the real threat pornography poses

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Australia has a problem with pornography. The Conversation The Senate reported recently on the harm online pornography inflicts on young people. Additionally, as part of its response to domestic violence, the Turnbull government announced a range of strategies to combat the… New laws are not necessarily the answer to… Read More »

Section 18C ‘debate’: Human rights as a political distraction

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Repealing Section 18C has the potential to legitimise and magnify the racist hate-speech that Australian people of colour already have to deal with, writes Brooke Murphy. Independent Australia Brooke Murphy RECENTLY, various politicians and media outlets have been contributing to the “debate” surrounding Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975. Arguments against Section 18C centre on… Section 18C ‘debate’: Human rights as… Read More »

A Yale history professor’s powerful, 20-point guide to defending democracy under a Trump presidency

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Americans are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Quartz Timothy Snyder Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience. Now is a good time to… A Yale history… Read More »

Attorney-General George Brandis denies secret $1 billion deal in WA Government’s High Court case

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Attorney-General George Brandis has hit back at claims he wanted the Commonwealth to run dead in a High Court case to let the West Australian Government claw back nearly $1 billion from a long-running corporate collapse ABC Henry Belot But letters tabled by Senator Brandis suggest a compromise might have been struck between the WA Government and former treasurer Joe Hockey. The Federal Opposition has called for Senator Brandis to… Attorney-General George Brandis denies… Read More »

EU in ‘Mexican standoff’ over independent checks on car emissions

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Leaked documents reveal EU pledge to carry out tests deleted from draft as governments come under pressure from carmakers The Guardian Arthur Neslen Plans for independent checks of how much pollution new cars emit are being killed off by EU member states, according to leaked documents seen by the… EU in ‘Mexican… Read More »

WA Police Commissioner at odds with union over push for more officers

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West Australian Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan believes his organisation may need another 500 personnel to effectively combat crime, but he has flatly rejected a union demand for 1,000 more uniformed officers. ABC Andrew O’Connor Mr O’Callaghan told the WA Police Union’s annual state conference the drivers of crime were complex and would not be solved by simply putting more officers on the street. He said his executive had been reviewing… WA Police Commissioner at odds with… Read More »