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Trump Administration Must Act To Address The Plight of Christians In The Middle East

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This week, Christians around the world mark the holiest week in their religious calendar, observing the Passion, crucifixion, and… Brian Katulis Elizabeth H. Prodromou The Huffington Post This sober time of reflection and prayer comes in the midst of continued threats to Christians in the Middle East – most recently in the Palm Sunday bombings at two churches in… Over the past decade, some of the oldest Christian communities have… Trump Administration Must… Read More »

How to fix the Supreme Court

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The way we choose Supreme Court nominees is broken. Here’s how to fix it. Ezra Klein Vox It’s worth taking a step back to realize just how broken the process for selecting Supreme Court justices… In 2016, Senate Republicans responded to Antonin Scalia’s death by inventing and establishing the absurd faux principle that open seats on the Supreme Court cannot be filled in an… How to fix… Read More »

Mother Of All Bombs: What is it and why is the US now using it to fight Islamic State?

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On Friday, the GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) became the largest non-nuclear bomb ever dropped on a battlefield after the US unexpectedly unleashed one on a network of Islamic State targets in Afghanistan. By Steven Viney, staff ABC Observers were almost instantly stunned as… US President Donald Trump was… Mother Of All… Read More »

Russia, Syria and Iran warn US against further strikes

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Allied foreign ministers meet in Moscow over Syrian war and warn Washington following cruise missile strike on… Al Jazeera & news agencies Russia has denounced last week’s US attack on Syria and warned further such action would derail global… The US has said its strike on a Syrian air force base was in response to the Syrian government, which it blamed for launching a… Russia, Syria and… Read More »

Politics podcast: Gareth Evans on Australian self-reliance

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In a speech to the National Press Club on Thursday, former Labor foreign minister Gareth Evans lambasted US President Donald… Michelle Grattan  The Conversation Evans described Trump as “manifestly the most ill-informed, under-prepared, ethically challenged and psychologically ill-equipped… Evans, who is chancellor of the Australian National University, was… Politics podcast: Gareth… Read More »

American energy use, in one diagram

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How much energy we use, what kind, and how much is wasted. David Roberts Vox Spring brings new growth, new possibilities, and, best of all, a new spaghetti diagram from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) at… Every year, LLNL produces a new energy flow chart showing the sources of US energy, what it’s used for, and… If you’ve never seen it… American energy use Read More »

US drops largest ever non-nuclear bomb on Isis affiliate in Afghanistan, military says

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GBU-43/B, known as the ‘mother of all bombs’, dropped for the first time, to target ‘tunnel complex’ used by Islamic State in… Spencer Ackerman in New York and Sune Engel Rasmussen in Kabul The Guardian The US has dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb ever used in combat on Afghanistan, the US military said on… To target what the military described as a “tunnel complex” used by the Islamic State’s Afghanistan affiliate, the US for the… US drops largest… Read More »

The White House forgets the Holocaust (again)

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Remember how the Trump administration deliberately ignored the Jewish victims of the Holocaust? Timothy Snyder The Guardian That is key to understanding Sean Spicer’s gaffe In a press conference,,, The White House… Read More »

Toward an enlightened environmentalism

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The relationship between business, politics and the environment is about to become more complicated. Mark Malloch Brown Arab News As US President Donald Trump’s administration threatens to dismantle vital environmental protections, some of which have existed for decades, business leaders are increasingly recognizing — and acting upon — the need for… Toward an enlightened… Read More »

Sticky tar of climate politics oozes over oil reserve valuations

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Environmentalist ideology and political ambition in combination make for a dangerous blend, and nowhere is that truth clearer than in the context of climate politics, the valuation of fossil-fuel reserves and accusations of “fraud.” Benjamin Zycher AEI With the deregulatory decisions of the Trump administration, in particular in the context of a severe prospective reduction in federal efforts to control emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG), various pressure groups and state… Sticky tar of… Read More »

The Americans volunteering to watch executions

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Teresa Clark has watched three strangers die. She held her husband’s hand the first time, but after that the experience began to… Gareth Evans BBC The couple, who run a chimney sweeping business in Waynesboro, Virginia, volunteer to watch… Teresa’s husband, Larry, 63, went to the first one… “He was very curious. I dropped him off and I asked him all kinds of questions,” she… The Americans volunteering… Read More »

We are stepping into a new world…

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The meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping was one of the most important summits of 2017. Celim Ertem Daily Sabah This meeting took place at the very beginning of the new path both the U.S. and China are about to walk down. China is striving… We are stepping… Read More »

Why can’t America just take out Assad?

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The Trump administration has done an abrupt about-face on Syria, contradicting its own nascent foreign… David Alpher The Conversation Within 24 hours, it went from calling out the Assad regime for using chemical weapons to launching missiles at military… As limited as the strikes were, there are also statements that plans are in the… Why can’t America… Read More »

Why Does the West Keep Colluding with Terrorists?

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Like other criticisms of Hirsi Ali, the effort was to portray her as the problem itself rather than as the response to a problem. Douglas Murray Gatestone Institute That this type of campaign can succeed — that speakers can be stopped from speaking in Western democracies because of the implicit or explicit threat of violence — is a problem our societies need to face. There is a… Why Does the… Read More »

The Balkans Will Be America and Russia’s Next (Virtual) Battlefield

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If Putin wants to stir up trouble anywhere else, it’s the obvious place to… James Jay Carafano The National Interest U.S. interest in the Balkans has waxed and… It is time for wax… The Balkans have been on America’s back burner since the end of the Clinton… Investing some attention and exerting some influence on the region should be more than a second-tier item on the administration’s foreign… The Balkans Will… Read More »

The US Provided Cover for the Saudi Starvation Strategy in Yemen

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As Yemen’s population has teetered on the brink of mass starvation in recent months, the United States has played a crucial role in enabling the… Gareth Porter Truthout Both the Obama and Trump administrations have prioritized the US’s alliance with the Saudis and their Gulf allies over the… Although the UN agencies have offered no public estimate of the… The US Provided… Read More »