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MICHAEL RUBIN: WILL ERDOGAN BRING ASSASSINATIONS HERE?

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Turkey already conducts operations in the U.S. against those with whom Erdogan disagrees. Newsweek Michael Rubin Turkey has never been known for its respect for human rights, but one of the most troubling aspects of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rule has been Turkey’s increasing aggressiveness toward dissidents and political opponents, not… MICHAEL RUBIN: WILL ERDOGAN BRING ASSASSINATIONS HERE? Read More »

Michael Flynn Is The Wrong Man For Trump’s National Security Advisor

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For a job that requires laser-sharp judgment, Michael Flynn seriously misjudges major world leaders like Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Federalist Robert Carle Gen. Michael Flynn has a noble record of service to the country in Afghanistan and Iraq, but events of the last month have called into question his fitness to serve as President Trump’s national security advisor, a position once held by Henry Kissinger, Zbigniew Brzezinski, and Condoleeza Rice. First, on election ... Read More »

US 300 refugee deal intake claims false: Dutton

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2001, file photo, men shave, brush their teeth and prepare for the day at a refugee camp on the Island of Nauru.  The United States and Australia are close to announcing a deal in which the U.S. would resettle hundreds of asylum seekers banished by Australia to Pacific island camps, a newspaper reported on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016.  The U.S. had agreed to accept up to 1,800 refugees held for up to three years at Australia's expense in camps on the impoverished island nations of Nauru and Papua New Guinea, The Australian newspaper reported.  (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)

The Turnbull government won’t reveal whether the United States will only accept a limited number of refugees from Nauru. SBS The Turnbull government won’t reveal whether the United States will limit its intake of refugees from Nauru under a resettlement deal. But Immigration Minister Peter Dutton is… US 300 refugee deal intake claims… Read More »

What Has Strained U.S. – Turkey Relations And What Needs To Be Done

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The relationship between the U.S. and Turkey has long held strategic importance for both countries, but lately it has come under strain. The Daily Caller Gen. Ilker Basbug Two major issues are exacerbating tensions: The U.S.’s support of the PYD in Syria, and concerns regarding how the… What Has Strained… Read More »

Haiti: violent protests erupt over presidential election result

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Early results give win to political newcomer Jovenel Moïse, a banana exporter The Guardian Reuters Losing candidates vow to fight outcome amid low turnout and irregularities Violent protests have erupted in Haiti as… Haiti: violent protests erupt over… Read More »

Trump’s election led to ‘barrage of hate’, report finds

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Southern Poverty Law Center counts 867 hate incidents across US in 10 days since election, with many targeting immigrants, African Americans and Muslims The Guardian Mazin Sidahmed The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has counted 867 hate incidents in the 10 days after the US election, a report released Tuesday found, a phenomenon it partly blamed on the rhetoric of Donald Trump. The advocacy group collected reports of… Trump’s election led to ‘barrage of… Read More »

‘CIA created ISIS’, says Julian Assange as Wikileaks releases 500k US cables

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WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange today said the CIA was responsible for paving the way for ISIS as the whistle blowing organisation released more than half a million formerly confidential US diplomatic cables dating… Jon Austin Express On the sixth anniversary of the first infamous “Cablegate” by WikiLeaks, when it… In a statement to coincide with the… ‘CIA created ISIS’… Read More »

Standing Rock is the civil rights issue of our time – let’s act accordingly

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The US government sent helpers to protect integration efforts in the 1960s. The Guardian Bill McKibben Why not do more to protect the Dakota Pipeline protesters today? Then John Doar died in… Standing Rock is the civil rights issue of… Read More »

Refugees could be given help reuniting with family in US resettlement deal, Government says

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Refugees who agree to resettle in the United States could be given help to reunite with their families, the Federal Government says. ABC Dan Conifer The Government earlier this month announced the deal to help resettle people from Nauru and Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island. US Homeland Security officials are set to arrive in… Refugees could be given help reuniting with… Read More »

Trump expected to name financier Steve Mnuchin to Treasury

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President-elect Donald Trump is planning to name investor and former Goldman Sachs executive Steven Mnuchin as treasury secretary, opting for an industry insider with no government experience to helm the agency in charge of the nation’s finances, according to people familiar with the matter. The Washington Post By Ylan Q. Mui and Philip Rucker Mnuchin (pronounced mah-NEW-chin) joined Trump’s whirlwind… Trump expected to… Read More »

STANDING ROCK DEMONSTRATORS FILE CLASS-ACTION LAWSUIT OVER POLICE VIOLENCE

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PIPELINE DEMONSTRATORS INJURED by rubber bullets, tear gas canisters, and water cannons during a wintry nighttime standoff with police last week filed a class-action lawsuit Monday against the sheriff of the North Dakota county involved. The Intercept Alleen Brown The suit describes in new detail the evening of November 20, when more than 200 people protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline were injured by “less-than-lethal” weapons. The lawsuit alleges that sheriff’s deputies… STANDING ROCK DEMONSTRATORS FILE CLASS-ACTION… Read More »

Donald Trump’s most obvious conflict of interest problem is right down the street from the White House

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The new Trump International Hotel in Washington DC is a ticking time bomb for Donald Trump, and not just because foreign countries seeking to win his favor are already planning events there to line the US president-elect’s pockets. Quartz By Tim Fernholz Steven Schooner and Daniel Gordon, lawyers specializing in federal… Donald Trump’s most… Read More »

City council must fully implement anti-poverty plan: Editorial

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A new study from the United Way shows it costs $4.4 billion to $5.5 billion to ignore poverty in Toronto. The Star City council has a plan, TO Prosperity, in place to combat it. It should fully fund the plan this year if for no other reason than to… City council must… Read More »

Canada can help Cuba along a new path: Editorial

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau can continue to play a role in influencing Cuba to be more open to the world. The Star For the past few days, Conservative leadership candidates, Trudeau haters and U.S. Republicans have been lashing out at Justin… Canada can help… Read More »

A Yale history professor’s powerful, 20-point guide to defending democracy under a Trump presidency

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Americans are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Quartz Timothy Snyder Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience. Now is a good time to… A Yale history… Read More »

Consideration of Romney for State Dept. draws scorn from some Trump loyalists

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President-elect Donald Trump is for now unswayed by the extraordinarily public revolt by some of his top advisers and allies over the possible choice of Mitt Romney as secretary of state and continues to see his foe as a serious contender for the diplomatic post, several people briefed on the deliberations said Monday. The Washington Post By Philip Rucker and John Wagner Romney plans to have a private dinner Tuesday with… Consideration of Romney… Read More »