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Nations have separated children from parents before. It never ends well.

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The Trump administration’s new family separation plan would be cruel — and likely ineffective. Nara Milanich The Washington Post The Trump administration has already proposed a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, a ban on travel from six countries, a shutdown of the refugee program and extensive detentions and deportations of undocumented… Nations have separated… Read More »

US calls on Turkey to respect, ensure fundamental freedoms

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The United States has called on Turkey to respect and ensure essential freedoms over concerns on human rights issues and freedoms in the… Hurriyet “We urge Turkey to respect and ensure freedom of expression, fair trial guarantees, judicial independence, and other essential… We also firmly believe… US calls on… Read More »

G-20 Finance Chiefs Said to Drop Climate Reference in Document

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Finance ministers from the world’s biggest economies dropped a reference to climate change in a draft of their statement at a Group of 20 meeting, frustrating plans by Germany to devote a section to the topic, according to people familiar with the talks. Alessandro Speciale and Rainer Buergin Bloomberg Deputies concluded crafting the communique on Thursday evening, and ministers and central-bank governors will debate the document in the German town of Baden-Baden on Friday. The language may… G-20 Finance Chiefs… Read More »

2 big banks raise alarm over Toronto housing ‘bubble’

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Housing price surge of 23% in a year can’t continue, BMO and TD… Pete Evans CBC News Two big banks are waving red flags about Toronto housing prices, calling them “simply unsustainable” and a “bubble” in separate… The Canadian Real Estate Association said this week that average house prices across the Greater Toronto Area hit $727,300 in February, a… 2 big banks… Read More »

An ‘essential medicines’ list could ensure all Canadians have access to the drugs they need

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We could actually save upwards of $3 billion per year Nav Persaud for CBC News Surveys and polls regularly show how proud Canadians are of our universal health care system, particularly in light of what’s going on nowadays in the U.S. Indeed, unlike many of our southern neighbours… An ‘essential medicines… Read More »

While Michael Flynn Lobbied for Turkey, His Firm Told Congress to Extradite Turkish Dissident

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Months before he registered as a foreign agent, his company brought in House staffers to preview encrypted technology—then pushed them to send Turkey a wanted man living in the… Kimberly Dozier Lachlan Markay The Daily Beast The congressional staffers thought they were going to see a whiz-bang encrypted communications technology when they traveled to… While Michael Flynn… Read More »

The Egalitarian Is The Disease

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The concept of equality is the kind of beast that is almost impossible to eliminate: like syphilis, acne and politicians. Paul H. Yarbrough The Daily Caller It cannot seem to be eradicated. You can read… The Egalitarian Is… Read More »

The Right to Choose Includes the Right to Choose Life

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The issue is not whether there should be choice, but rather who should make the choice. Alan M. Dershowitz Gatestone Institute Why should pregnant females who have compelling reasons — medical, emotional, familial, religious, financial — not have the right to choose? Why should the… The Right to… Read More »

Condemned To Repeat History

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In June 2016, the Presbyterian Church USA held its 222nd General Assembly in Portland, Oregon. Michael Youssef The Daily Caller A Muslim community leader gave the invocation, praying, “Lead us on the straight path — the path of all the prophets: Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad.” This prayer was… Condemned To Repeat… Read More »

A political scientist explains how big data is transforming politics

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“Big data makes it easy for candidates to dismiss their opponents.” Sean Illing Vox “Big data revolutionized the way American politicians win elections. In the process, it broke American… This was the central claim in a recent column by NBC’s Chuck Todd and Carrie Dann. The argument is simple enough: Politics “broke” because the… A political scientist… Read More »

How To Be A ‘Woke’ White Person: Join The Alt-Right

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Why is it that the rules for being a good anti-racist white person are so eerily similar to the behavior of the racist ‘alt-right’? Robert Tracinski The Federalist An image has been circulating around the Internet listing “10 Ways You Can Actively Reject Your White Privilege.” Take a read… How To Be… Read More »

Donald Trump sends ‘hate group’ to a UN conference on women’s rights

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The US delegation includes groups that believe the UN’s advocacy on gender equality and LGBTQI rights is a threat to… Mythili Sampathkumar Independent Two groups who have advocated against expanding rights and funding for women and the LGBTIQ community are attending a… Both groups were named by the State Department as part of the… Donald Trump sends… Read More »

Syria May Be a No-Win Situation for U.S. Troops

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The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that the Pentagon is recommending up to one thousand additional U.S. troops be sent to join the fight in Raqqa to help defeat the Islamic… Daniel L. Davis The National Interest Before one more American boot is sent to fight on the ground in… If the administration can’t do that, then the proposed deployment must… Syria May Be… Read More »

George Soros: When Hate Surges

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President Trump has wasted no time in cracking down on… George Soros The New York Times He pledged to build a wall, hire 15,000 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Border Patrol agents and speedily deport millions of undocumented… He justified these actions by claiming that immigrants regularly flout the… George Soros: When… Read More »

Could Great Wall of Iron become New Silk Roadblock?

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When the hype surrounding the Trump-Xi summit turns into a Mar-a-Lago fact on the ground next month, both presidents are bound to agree fully on at least one issue: “radical Islamic terror” – as per Trump terminology. Pepe Escobar Asia Times Donald Trump has relied on a controversial Muslim “no-ban” ban that – in theory – would restrict the inflow of potential radical Islamists to US territory; his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, meeting Xinjiang lawmakers on the… Could Great Wall… Read More »

Parliament House, Canberra. How Australia’s Most Under-Appreciated Asset Protects Us All Against A ‘Trump In The Lodge’

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Sure, Tony Abbott was pretty bad, but Australia is unlikely to end up with a ‘Trump in the Lodge’ for one very simple reason, write Tony Shields and Rod Campbell. Tony Shields and Rod Campbell New Matilda With each day the new Trump administration courts controversy on a new topic. Racist travel bans… Parliament House, Canberra… Read More »