Politics

What is “originalism?” Why Trump wants an originalist on the Supreme Court

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On Monday (July 9), US president Donald Trump will announce his pick to replace Anthony Kennedy on the nation’s highest court. Ephrat Livni Quartz The candidate for junior justice will no doubt be someone who claims to be an “originalist” or a “textualist,” which are just two ways of saying a judge guided by the US Constitution. The rhetoric about originalism can be a little confusing. Isn’t every judge in the country supposed to use the text of the constitution ... Read More »

The secret story of how America lost the drug war with the Taliban

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN:  An Afghan man pours petrol onto a pile of seized drugs, including more than 2,5 tons of opium, more than 4 tons of hasish, and some 169 kilos of heroin, before incinerating it outside Kabul, 23 September 2004.  Since the fall of the hardline Islamic Taliban regime in late 2001, Afghanistan has become one of the world's biggest drug producers.    AFP PHOTO/ Shah Marai  (Photo credit should read SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images)

A high-stakes plan to indict Afghan drug lords and insurgency leaders on criminal conspiracy charges ran afoul of the Obama team. Five years later, it remains buried under Trump. Josh Meyer Politico As Afghanistan edged ever closer to becoming a narco-state five years ago, a team of veteran U.S. officials in Kabul presented the Obama administration with a detailed plan to use U.S. courts to prosecute the… The plan, according to its authors, was both a way of halting the ... Read More »

Eritrea and Ethiopia to re-establish diplomatic ties

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Eritrea and Ethiopia are to re-establish diplomatic and trade ties after long years of hostility. BBC Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaia Afwerki made the announcement during a landmark meeting in the latter’s capital Asmara. It is the first time the leaders from the two East African neighbours have met in almost 20 years. Relations were severed following a border dispute which killed tens of thousands of people in the late 1990s. A peace deal was signed ... Read More »

Dani Garavelli: We can mock Trump’s visit, but remember serious issues at stake

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Knockabout stunts to humiliate Donald Trump during his UK visit are great as long as we remember the serious issues at stake, writes Dani Garavelli Last week, on US Independence Day, Therese Okoumo staged the perfect protest against Donald Trump’s policy on separating immigrant children from their… The Scotsman The Congolese woman, who has lived in New York for at least a decade, scaled the base of the Statue of Liberty and proceeded to nestle in its green copper robes. ... Read More »

‘Are they going to shoot me?’: Statue of Liberty ​climber on her anti-Trump protest

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Interview Exclusive: Patricia Okoumou says her four-hour standoff with police was fired by outrage at caging of migrant children Joanna Walters in New York The Guardian The grainy aerial images of a woman clinging to the skirts of the Statue of Liberty were beaming live around the world for hours on Independence Day, as police tried to talk her down from her protest against Trump immigration policies. But what was going through the woman’s mind as she huddled against the green metal ... Read More »

Foreign trade turnover of Penza region in four months equals 151 mln dollars

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The foreign trade turnover of the Penza region from January to April 2018 amounted to 150.6 million dollars, which is 11% higher than the result of the same period last year. PenzaNews This was reported by the press service of the regional Ministry of Economy with the reference to data from the Federal Customs Service of… The share of export equalled 45.2%, that of import – 54.8%. The export volume in four months amounted to 68.1 million dollars including that ... Read More »

Swedish activist granted Palestinian citizenship

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Palestinian resistance group Hamas condemns Israel for not allowing Benjamin Ladraa to enter Palestine World Bulletin Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas granted Palestinian citizenship Friday to Swedish activist Benjamin Ladraa, who has been walking from Sweden to Palestine to raise awareness on human rights violations. “This step is taken to appreciate Ladraa’s efforts and his position to support the Palestinian people,” Abbas said according to a report by the official Wafa news agency. Ladraa was barred by Israeli police from entering ... Read More »

Trump Should Just Give People Money

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Ms. Lowrey is the author of a new book on universal basic income. The Trump administration, Republicans in Congress and conservative governors across the country want the government to be simpler, smaller and more effective — unless, that is, the government is dealing with the… Annie Lowrey The New York Times In a matter of months, hundreds of thousands of low-income residents of Arkansas, New Hampshire and Indiana will have to convince local bureaucrats that they have a job or are ... Read More »

Israeli intelligence firm targeted NGOs during Hungary’s election campaign

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - APRIL 08: Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban leaves from the polling station on April 8, 2018 in Budapest, Hungary. Hungarians are going to the polls in the Parliamentary election today. (Photo by Laszlo Balogh/Getty Images)

People working for Black Cube secretly taped meetings that were then cited by Prime Minister Victor Orbán. Lili Bayer Politico The Israeli private intelligence firm Black Cube was involved in a campaign to discredit NGOs ahead of Hungary’s April election, according to a former Black Cube employee and a person with knowledge of the company’s inner workings. Between December 2017 and March 2018, Hungarian NGOs and individuals connected to American-Hungarian businessman George Soros were contacted by agents using false identities who… Israeli intelligence ... Read More »

George W. Bush’s former press sec chides Trump for freewheeling speech

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President Donald Trump drew a rebuke on Thursday night from George W. Bush’s White House press secretary after he mocked the “thousand points of light” volunteer effort of Bush’s father during a… John Wagner Washington Post, New York Times The Sydney Morning Heral “This is so uncalled for,” Ari Fleischer wrote on Twitter. “Going after a 94-year-old, former President’s promotion of volunteerism. I don’t mind [Trump] being a fighter. I do mind him being rude.” Trump took aim at the ... Read More »

America on Thin ICE

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“The culture and ideology fostered in this globalization process relate largely to “lifestyle” themes and goods and their acquisition; and they tend to weaken any sense of community helpful to civic life.” Nick Pemberton CounterPunch — Noam Chomsky & Edward Herman, Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media These Dreamers are Americans in their hearts, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper.” — Barack Obama Last weekend hundreds of thousands marched to protest Donald Trump’s ... Read More »

Outspoken Aberdeen University academic arrested in Turkey for criticising the government

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An outspoken Aberdeen University academic has been arrested in Turkey for posting critical commentary online about the country’s leader. Kieran Beattie The Press and Journal Lawyer Hanifi Baris, who graduated from Aberdeen University’s Centre of Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law with a PhD last year, was yesterday arrested by police in Istanbul for “posting items with criminal content on Facebook and Twitter accounts”. Mr Baris, who moved to Turkey after leaving Aberdeen last year to be with his ... Read More »

NATO Is Obsolete

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“Europe is prosperous and treats America like a patsy. Let it stand on its own.” Before the United States President Donald Trump attempts real diplomacy with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a summit in Helsinki on July 16, he’ll first be subjected to another summit. Christian Whiton The National Interest That first summit is a gathering of leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). These leaders continually assure the United States they are America’s best allies, even as most ... Read More »

Ousted Pakistani PM Sharif sentenced to 10 years in prison

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Islamabad: A Pakistani court on Friday sentenced ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif to 10 years in prison for corrupt practices linked to his family’s purchase of upscale London flats, in a major blow to his party ahead of general elections on July 25. Saad Sayeed The Age Reuters The guilty verdict in absentia against Sharif, 68, threatens to end the career of one of Pakistan’s most high-profile politicians of the past four decades, a political survivor who was prime minister three ... Read More »

Europe’s copyright fight is just getting started

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EU lawmakers will have a month to re-craft complicated digital rules with a massive impact on the future of the internet. Joanna Plucinska Politico Europe’s war over internet copyright rules isn’t over. It’s just entering a new — and potentially more brutal — phase. The European Parliament voted Thursday to take the EU’s proposed overhaul of online copyright rules back to the drawing board, reopening talks on a controversial law that affects media, creative industries and internet giants. If Europe’s copyright rules ... Read More »

Memorial for scientist who took his own life

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A public memorial will be held in Perth for Australia’s oldest scientist David Goodall, who died in Switzerland from assisted suicide aged 104. WAtoday Professor Goodall took his own life on May 10 at a clinic near Basel after spending his last days patiently and openly explaining his decision to a huge media throng from around the world. He did not have a terminal illness but said his quality of life had deteriorated. “Even up to, say, the age of ... Read More »