Politics

From ‘fascists’ to ‘feminazis’: how both sides of politics are biased in their political thinking

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Any frequent user of social media is probably aware of the tendency for both sides of politics to view the other as fundamentally immoral and ignorant. The Conversation Sam Moreton Interestingly, longitudinal data suggests that political polarisation is intensifying, at least in the United States, with the recent US election seeing partisanship reach an all-time high. One important contributor to this phenomenon is… From ‘fascists’ to ‘feminazis’: how both sides of… Read More »

It’s Trump’s America now. Time to get over our attachment to facts

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Even Donald Trump’s own team knows that what he says often isn’t true. The Guardian Richard Wolffe But the problem isn’t his lies – it’s our naiveté The late, great Daniel Patrick Moynihan used to say that… It’s Trump’s America now. Time to get over our… Read More »

Facts are dead, long live facts: there’s no simple solution for how to dissolve the fog of lies

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So now it is just being baldly stated: facts are dead. This week Trump henchman Scottie Nell Hughes said on NPR that “there are no such thing as facts”. SMH Julia Baird Just like that. On air. When people were listening. I think we can all agree that is as daft as it is dangerous. Facts are dead, long live facts: there’s no simple solution for… Read More »

Amid global anti-establishment anger, Italy may be next in line for upheaval

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ROME — Amid a global wave of anti-establishment anger, Italy may be the next in line for upheaval after a Sunday referendum that could topple Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and cast the nation into political crisis. The Washington Post By Michael Birnbaum With Britain quitting the European Union and Donald Trump headed to the… Amid global anti… Read More »

‘You’re making a TERRIBLE mistake’ Stephen Hawking slams Remain plot to keep Britain in EU

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STEPHEN HAWKING today blasted scheming Remoaner MPs who are trying to subvert the referendum result and keep Britain in the EU, telling them: “You’re making a terrible mistake.” Daily Express By Nick Gutteridge The renowned physicist, who supported staying in the ‘You’re making a… Read More »

NSW Stolen Generations receive compensation

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The NSW government will offer survivors of the Stolen Generation financial compensation as part of a reparation package worth more than $73 million. SBS Laura Morelli The reparations scheme offering one-off payments to survivors is in order to address the trauma and harm from forced removal of Aboriginal children by providing a reparations package Aboriginal Affairs Minister Leslie Williams says the package is a… NSW Stolen Generations receive… Read More »

ALP: Blocking democracy and a tolerable future

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At a time when fair-go Australia is desperate for enlightened leadership, Dr Geoff Davies asks: ‘Where is the ALP?’ Independent Australia Dr Geoff Davies PROGRESSIVE REFORMERS are attempting to take control of the major parties of the nominal left in the United States and the United Kingdom, in the wake of losses in national elections and the rise of reactionary forces. Even if the rebels do not take full control, there is some… ALP: Blocking democracy and a tolerable future Read More »

‘Misrepresented, recklessly’: PM rejects Dutton linking Lebanese migration with terrorism

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Speaking to SBS, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has denied Immigration Minister Peter Dutton recently linked Lebanese migration to terrorism. SBS Andrea Booth In an interview with SBS, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Immigration Minister Peter Dutton was “misrepresented, recklessly so” over his comments that appeared to link Lebanese migration in the 1970s with concerns around planned terrorist activity today. During question time on… ‘Misrepresented, recklessly’: PM rejects… Read More »

Why Matteo Renzi should vote no in the Italy referendum

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Italian PM Matteo Renzi has perhaps not contemplated that a yes vote on the referendum can be to his detriment. Al Jazeera By Silvia Mazzini A referendum should be nothing to be worried about. It is a… Why Matteo Renzi… Read More »

Thousands of protesters in Jakarta amid fury over Christian governor

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Tens of thousands of Muslims poured into central Jakarta on Dec. 2, to protest against the city’s governor, a Christian accused of insulting the Koran, fuelling tension that has alarmed Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Hurriyet JAKARTA – Reuters Widodo has blamed “political actors” for exploiting the… Thousands of protesters… Read More »

Erdoğan’s call to citizens: Sell dollars for lira, gold

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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called on Turkish citizens on Dec. 2 to convert their foreign exchange into gold or the Turkish Lira, adding that there was no option other than cutting interest rates to spur growth. Ηurriyet Following his remarks in Ankara, the lira saw fresh lows against the U.S. dollar. “Those who… Erdoğan’s call to… Read More »

Politicians must address economic anxiety or face backlash, Trudeau says

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Canadians rejected Trump-style politics in the last campaign, but the economic “anxiety” that helped elect the new president also exists in Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warns. The Star By Bruce Campion-Smith Ottawa Bureau, Robert BenzieQueen’s Park Bureau Chief Canadians rejected Trump-style politics in the last campaign, but the Politicians must address… Read More »

Iranian women demand inclusion in Rouhani’s cabinet

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The resignations of three cabinet ministers in October had raised hope among many women’s rights activists in Iran that President Hassan Rouhani would nominate at least one woman to one of the vacant positions. Al-Monitor Zahra Alipour While Rouhani pledged to incorporate more women into his government during his… Iranian women demand… Read More »

Worry not: the US-Japan alliance is safe in Trump’s hands

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‘National security and foreign policy experts in Washington are unanimous: one must distinguish between campaign rhetoric and political reality’ Asia Times By Harry J. Kazianis Normally December in Washington, D.C. is filled with one thing and one thing only: unending… Worry not: the… Read More »

Hebrides Range missile range secure until 2028

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The future of the UK’s largest missile range, based in the Western Isles, will be secure until 2028 following an announcement by the range’s operators that it has been awarded a £1bn contract amendment from the Ministry of Defence. (MoD) The Scotsman SHÂN ROSS QinetiQ, a leading science and engineering company, the… Hebrides Range missile… Read More »

Lebanon halts work as Palestinians reject wall around refugee camp

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US President-elect Donald Trump’s plan for a wall along the US-Mexico border isn’t the only one raising controversy these days. Al Monitor Haytham Mouzahem Construction began — and halted — last month on a wall at Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in… Lebanon halts work as… Read More »