This Is Who He Is

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A morally empty man gave a morally empty speech to cap off a morally empty… William Saletan Slate Kellyanne Conway promised Donald Trump’s inaugural address would be self… “He actually will convey today, I predict, that this is not about him,” she said Friday morning on… This Is Who… Read More »

Congress moves to give away national lands, discounting billions in revenue

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Though recreation on public lands creates $646bn in economic stimulus and 6.1m jobs, Republicans are setting in motion a giveaway of Americans’… Heather Hansman The Guardian In the midst of highly publicized steps to dismantle insurance coverage for 32 million people and… Congress moves to… Read More »

Repeat After Me: The 35 Most Important Words Of Inauguration Day

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“The Oath.” It sounds like the name of a book, and indeed, there have been many volumes with that name. Nina Totenberg npr But none more relevant this week than The Oath specified in the Constitution for the president of the United States when he takes office. The 35 words in Article II… Repeat After Me: The 35 Most… Read More »

Amid Fistfights, Turkey’s Parliament Backs a New Constitution

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Turkey’s Parliament approved a proposed Constitution that would cede even greater powers to the country’s president if endorsed in a national referendum, but the bitterly contested voting process was marred by screaming matches and… ROD NORDLAND  The New York Times The low point came when supporters of the governing Justice and… Amid Fistfights, Turkey’s… Read More »

Tapper: Trump inaugural speech was ‘purely populist’

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(CNN)CNN’s Jake Tapper reacted to President Trump’s inaugural speech Friday, saying it was “very consistent to the Trump brand… CNN “It was purely populist,” continued Tapper, speaking moments after Trump finished his first address as… “It talked about the forgotten… It attacked… Tapper: Trump inaugural… Read More »

Turkey Turns Church into Museum; Greece Builds New Mosque

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When one walks about Christians in Turkey, one tends to think of them as migrants who moved to the area after Muslims took over, or as if Muslims have always been the majority… Uzay Bulut The Gatestone Institute The truth is, Bilecik and the rest of AsiaMinor, which today has a tiny, dwindling… Turkey Turns Church… Read More »

What it would take to really rethink capitalism

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DAVOS, Switzerland — Romina Savoldelli dropped a few Swiss francs into a small wood fire burning on the snow-covered street, near the center of this exclusive mountain resort. Max Ehrenfreund The Washington Post She and roughly two dozen other demonstrators had come to protest against economic inequality at the World Economic Forum, an annual conference where prominent figures in government and business discuss… What it would take to… Read More »

The Simple Reason Russia and America Keep Inching towards Crisis

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Tensions between the United States and Russia rose rapidly during the final months of the Obama administration. Ted Galen Carpenter The National Interest Symbolizing that trend is the new deployment of three thousand U.S. troops along with tanks and other military hardware in eastern Poland, directly on that country’s border with Russia. That decision drew an… The Simple Reason Russia… Read More »

Donald Trump’s presidency will be ‘hopelessly conflicted’, corporate governance expert says

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Donald Trump will be a “hopelessly conflicted president” with an unrivalled array of commercial conflicts of interest that threaten to undermine the presidency, according to a leading expert on corporate governance. Stephen Long ABC “I doubt he will survive two years. It could be months,” Professor… Donald Trump’s presidency will be… Read More »

The Most Powerful Republican in America (and How He Paved the Way for Donald Trump)

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Mitch McConnell’s politics of nihilism produced a president. They can unmake a president, too. Mark Joseph Stern Slate Hours after video emerged of Donald Trump boasting about committing sexual assault, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell criticized Trump’s comments as “repugnant” and “unacceptable.” But were they… The Most Powerful Republican in… Read More »

The Gambia’s president has created a political crisis. Now he must go

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Yahya Jammeh is a dictator, but he lost elections. Momodou Musa Touray The Guardian In today’s west Africa that means ceding power, and if he doesn’t go peacefully Ecowas troops will oust him Yahya Jammeh, the Gambia’s embattled… The Gambia’s president has… Read More »

Perfidious Albion and Israel-Palestine

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British policy towards Palestine reveals a persistent pro-Israeli bias, from Lord Balfour to Theresa May. Avi Shlaim Al Jazeera News The Palestinians are the victims of the cruel geopolitics of a region in which foreign powers have always played a decisive role. Britain, the pre-eminent Western… Perfidious Albion and… Read More »

Doing Business With Putin

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A Test For Leaders Who Tried Henry Meyer and Ilya Arkhipov Bloomberg “If Putin likes Donald Trump, I consider that an asset, not a liability,” the incoming U.S. president said at a January 11 press conference. But other U.S. and European… Doing Business With… Read More »

Clemency for Chelsea Manning – but will Assange or Snowden also find the US merciful?

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US President Barack Obama has commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning. Amy Maguire The Conversation A former army intelligence operative, Manning was sentenced by court martial in 2013 to 35 years’ imprisonment for espionage crimes relating to the mass leaking of military and diplomatic material. She will now be released in… Clemency for Chelsea Manning… Read More »

Why is the West selling out Cyprus?

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The Western powers are pressuring the Republic of Cyprus to agree to an unjust settlement of the Cypriot conflict in order to appease Turkey and draw it away from the Eurasian… ANDREW KORYBKO The Duran The latest round of Cypriot reunification talks have just kicked off, yet most of the locals are far from enthusiastic about… There’s a… Why is the… Read More »

Canada’s Donald Trump? ‘Shark Tank’ star Kevin O’Leary runs for Tory leadership

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(CNN)Canada’s got its own reality TV star vying for the nation’s top job. Joshua Berlinger CNN Kevin O’Leary, the business man-turned-reality TV star, announced Wednesday that he will stand in the now 14-person race to lead Canada’s Conservative party. The winner will likely Canada’s Donald Trump? ‘Shark Tank’ star… Read More »