Global Issues

Citizens’ juries could help build a democratic utopia

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Pessimism reigns, but if we could only reconnect then we might fall back in love with politics Zoe Williams The Guardian While in so many obvious and petrifying ways politics has never been bleaker, there is a level on which I have never felt more optimistic. And for better reasons than… Citizens’ juries could help… Read More »

Who’s Really Placing Limits on Free Speech?

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MADISON, Wis. — At least three times in the past six months, state legislators have threatened to cut the budget of the University of Wisconsin at Madison for teaching about homosexuality, gender and race. Donald P. Moynihan The New York Times As a faculty member who focuses on how public organizations are managed, I hear a great deal about the dangers of political correctness in higher education. Several of Wisconsin’s elected officials… Who’s Really Placing… Read More »

Slavery thrives in the gaps between our knowledge

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The power to end exploitation is already in our hands, Liberty Asia’s Duncan Jepson says. Duncan Jepson Asia Times What holds us back is the lack of basic data needed to make the right decisions. The much quoted line by… Slavery thrives in the… Read More »

Damian Green ‘unconvinced’ by prospect of universal basic income in UK

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Work and pensions secretary Damian Green has dismissed the idea of a universal basic income, saying he is “unconvinced” by such a plan. Jon Vale The Scotsman Mr Green said it would be “fantastically expensive” to guarantee a set level of income, as well as hitting low earners. Universal basic… Damian Green ‘un… Read More »

Small hands big missiles: Trump’s dangerous adolescence


What happens when two teenage leaders get access to nuclear weapons? Marwan Bishara The Guardian When people, notably women, say “men are boys with more expensive toys”, they mean cars, boats or golf clubs. Not a university, a foundation or… Small hands big missiles… Read More »

Turkey caught in a vicious Syrian circle bringing terror and war at home

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The Turkish government, under the iron hand of the country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, felt obliged to further challenge the Americans in the troubled region of the Middle East this past week. Dennis Kefalakos European Sting Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak and Erdogan’s spokesman Ibrahim Kalin questioned the… Turkey caught in… Read More »

5 Ways 2017 Could Be As Historic as 2016

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Be on the lookout for something big, bold and unprecedented from the dealmaker-in-chief. Daniel R. DePetris The National Interest When the crystal ball dropped in Times Square this past Saturday, millions of people in New York threw the confetti, kissed their loved ones and sang Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York,” with an eye towards a more hopeful future. Tens of millions of… 5 Ways 2017 Could… Read More »

Germany’s terror divide

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The splits within the ruling coalition in Berlin over how best to protect the public from terror attacks. By MATTHEW KARNITSCHNIG Politico BERLIN — Last month’s truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin has exposed a deep divide within the ruling coalition in Germany over how to protect the… Germany’s terror… Read More »

Is Iran following Russia’s lead in Syria?

Foreign ministers, Sergei Lavrov (C) of Russia, Mevlut Cavusoglu (R) of Turkey and Mohammad Javad Zarif of Iran, attend a news conference in Moscow, Russia, December 20, 2016. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov - RTX2VUYG

Hamidreza Azizi wrote this week that Moscow’s Syria strategy includes helping “Iran and Turkey find common ground on the Syrian crisis and then [it can] concentrate its efforts on further proceeding with a political solution together with Turkey. Week in Review Al Monitor As such, it could be argued that Iran’s current approach toward the Syrian issue is effectively pursued through the gates of Russia.” Azizi added that because… Is Iran following Russia’s… Read More »

America was a ‘stan’ long before Trump

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Paul Krugman et al conveniently forget that corruption, cronyism and contempt for the rule of law long predated Trump. Andrew Mitrovica Al Jazeera News Apparently, for a host of “progressive” writers, American history began on November 8, 2016. People and events before… America was a ‘stan’ long… Read More »

Another Popular Media Narrative Died Over The Holidays, And Hardly Anyone Noticed

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Another false news narrative was put to rest over the holidays after President-elect Donald Trump was easily elected by the electoral college. Rachel Stoltzfood The Daily Caller For weeks after Trump won the election Nov. 8, the media churned out dozens and dozens of stories regarding the completely unrealistic possibility the electoral college would stage a revolt and put Democratic nominee Hillary… Another Popular Media… Read More »

The Observer view on Turkey and Putin’s malign patronage

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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan blames the US for many of his country’s troubles but we must be wary of his closer ties with Russia Observer editorial The Guardian Little noticed amid the uproar over last week’s terrorist attacks in Izmir and Istanbul has been Turkey’s linked escalation of a The Observer view… Read More »

Pope reaffirms zero tolerance to child abuse

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Pope Francis has reaffirmed the Catholic Church’s adherence to a ‘zero tolerance’ of child abuse by members of the clergy in a letter to his bishops on the Feast of the Holy Innocents. Caleb Cluff The Courier The feast day, held on December 28, is usually reserved by… Pope reaffirms zero… Read More »

Beijing pollution: Police force to combat toxic smog

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A new team of environmental police will try to reduce hazardous levels of toxic smog engulfing Beijing, the city’s acting mayor has said. BBC The police will look for local sources of air pollution, including open-air barbeques and dusty roads, Cai Qi says, according… Beijing pollution: Police… Read More »

The Sea Where The Sun Rises

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How Japan plans to keep its seas open and free­, with more than just American help Sheila A. Smith Outlook As an island nation, the sea defines Japanese identity. For centuries, the sea separated those who lived on the main four islands from those who lived in the thousands of smaller islands that make up the… The Sea Where… Read More »

Red Cross warns of humanitarian crisis in UK hospitals

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Charity calls on government to make more funds available as it helps NHS cope with increased demand for health services. Al Jazeera The Red Cross has warned of a “humanitarian crisis” in the British National Health Service (NHS) as it struggles to cope with overcrowding and… Red Cross warns… Read More »