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Trump Inherits Guantanamo’s Remaining Detainees

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Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Defense announced they had transferred 10 more Guantanamo detainees, this time to Oman. Now, 45 remain at the facility, leaving challenges on what to do with the prisoners for President-elect Donald Trump. Arun Rath npr Back in 2009, on his third day in office, President Barack Obama ordered the detention facilities at Guantanamo to be closed “as soon as practicable, and no later than one year from the date of this order.” 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 »

Dismayed by democracy? The alternative is far worse

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The twin prospects of Brexit and Trump may not appeal, but denying people the right to vote is much more dangerous Tom Clark The Guardian The vote always had to be fought for, and the battle was often noisy. From the 1866 Hyde Park riots through… Dismayed by democracy? The… Read More »

Print Email Facebook Twitter More Edward Snowden’s residency permit in Russia extended by three years, lawyer says

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Former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has been allowed to remain in Russia for another three years and will next year qualify to apply for Russian citizenship, his Russian lawyer has been quoted as saying. ABC Russian authorities said earlier on Wednesday they had extended a residency permit for Snowden, who was given asylum in Russia after leaking classified information about US spy operations. That permit is now valid until… Print  Email  Facebook  Twitter  More… Read More »

JPMorgan Chase hit with government lawsuit for pay discrimination

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(Reuters) – The U.S. government filed a lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase & Co claiming the bank engaged in pay discrimination against women. Daniel Wiessner Yahoo! Finance The Labor Department, in a complaint filed with an administrative judge, said New York-based JPMorgan has paid at least 93 women in four different job categories less than comparable male co-workers over the last five years. The company violated an executive… JPMorgan Chase hit with… Read More »

What I’ve witnessed in Turkey is an assault on democracy itself

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Erdoğan, emboldened by the rise of Trump, is crushing fragile freedoms – tens of thousands detained and the press muzzled. Owen Jones The Guardian The west must end its silence Democracy is a bundle of… What I’ve witnessed in… Read More »

Dalai Lama: 5 things to keep in mind for the next four years

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(CNN) – The Dalai Lama has some advice for anyone who is looking for happiness, no matter what their circumstances. Jen Christensen CNN The Nobel Peace Prize-winning spiritual and political leader of the Tibetan people in exile, spoke about the incoming administration in an interview with CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta. The “president, of course, (is a) very… Dalai Lama: 5 things to keep in… Read More »

Why Ankara’s honeymoon with Trump may be short-lived

A man walks past the Trump Towers building in Istanbul on July 30, 2015. US billionaire Donald Trump handily leads all fellow Republicans in the 2016 presidential race, Hillary Clinton and other Democrats trump him in head-to-head matchups, a poll said July 30. AFP PHOTO/ OZAN KOSE        (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkey has increased pressure on Washington in recent weeks, as President-elect Donald Trump has been preparing to be sworn in, by openly renouncing the outgoing Obama administration and signaling to the new administration what its conditions for improved ties with the United States will be. Semih Idiz Al Monitor Ankara clearly expects the Trump administration to place the rapidly deteriorating relationship between the two countries on a smoother trajectory. Remarks by Rex Tillerson… Why Ankara’s honeymoon with… Read More »

Barack Obama transfers $500m to Green Climate Fund in attempt to protect Paris deal

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New instalment leaves $2bn owing, with Donald Trump expected to cease any further payments Michael Slezak The Guardian Barack Obama has heeded calls to help secure the future of the historic Paris agreement by transferring a second $500m instalment to the Green Climate Fund, just three… Barack Obama transfers… Read More »

‘He Is Going to Test Our Democracy as It Has Never Been Tested’

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Why Nixon’s former lawyer John Dean worries Trump could be one of the most corrupt presidents ever—and get away with… McKay Coppins The Atlantic Sometime early last fall, John Dean says he began having nightmares about a Trump presidency. He would wake in the middle of the… * ‘He Is Going… Read More »

Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence commuted by Barack Obama

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The whistleblower, who has been imprisoned for six years for leaking state secrets, is now set to go free on 17 May Ed Pilkington in New York and David Smith and Lauren Gambino in Washington The Guardian Chelsea Manning, the US army soldier who became one of the most prominent whistleblowers of modern times when she exposed the… Chelsea Manning’s prison… Read More »

The Legitimate President

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The evidence is… Courts must use the broad discretionary powers with which they are vested to enjoin Donald Trump, an illegitimate president, from taking… The Huffington Post On Friday, a prominent Democrat on Capitol Hill finally said… “I don’t see this president-elect as a… The Legitimate… Read More »

Secret Service, Agents Settle Over Racial Discrimination Allegations

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A long-running lawsuit accusing the Secret Service of discriminating against black agents appears to be coming to an end without a trial. Camila Domonoske npr The Department of Homeland Security, the Secret Service and more than 100 agents have reached a settlement agreement, the department says. A court still needs to… Secret Service, Agents Settle Over… Read More »

The difference between right and left-wing populism

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Right-wing populism evokes fear, left-wing populism – hope. Santiago Zabala Al Jazeera News We will remember 2016 not only for the return of populism throughout the West, but also for the blindness of those who could not see the difference between right-wing and leftist populism. This distinction is vital… The difference between right… Read More »

How The Right Can Bridge The Journalism Gap Now That Clinton’s Loss Changed The Culture Wars

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Hillary Clinton’s loss changed the media and culture wars. Leslie Loftis The Federalist Conservatives need to realize this, stop being defensive and clickbaity, and get back into real journalism. The culture wars have fundamentally How The Right Can Bridge The… Read More »

Who is hungrier — Trump or China?

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(CNN)We all now recognize that 2016 was a highly unusual year. Kerry Brown CNN Political events that we are witnessing today seemed simply impossible 12 months ago. One of the less noted shifts in… Who is hungrier — Trump or… Read More »