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12 people who will (likely) ruin 2017

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A dozen characters who will make you want to stay in bed — with the covers pulled firmly over your trembling head. Politico Tunku Varadarajan Europe has endured major angst these last 12 months, and many would say that the year 2016 was among the Continent’s most unlovely since the Balkan civil war. As we tiptoe into… 12 people who… Read More »

Trump’s America is not the only ‘real’ America

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Humility is a virtue, but fake humility is a sin, or ought to be. Eugene Robinson The Washington Post So let me begin the new year with full-throated praise of some people and institutions that supposedly got their comeuppance in November: the mainstream media, “coastal elites,” share-the-wealth liberals, pointy-headed… Trump’s America is… Read More »

Donald Trump makes top Republican fear environmental future

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A leading US Republican says she fears for the future of her seven grandchildren with Donald Trump in the White House. BBC News Roger Harrabin Christine Todd Whitman, head of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under George W Bush, accused Mr Trump of ignoring compelling science. And she warned that… Donald Trump makes… Read More »

House Republicans vote to eviscerate independent ethics office

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The rules package also includes a means for Republican leaders to punish lawmakers if there is a repeat of the Democratic sit-in last summer over gun control. Donna Cassata The Star WASHINGTON—House Republicans on Monday voted to eviscerate the Office of Congressional Ethics, the independent body created in 2008 to investigate allegations of misconduct by lawmakers after several bribery and… House Republicans vote… Read More »

It is now May’s task to tell Trump the truth about Putin

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The PM has talked tough on Russian aggression. Matthew d’Ancona The Guardian Convincing Washington will be a greater challenge The American eagle… It is now May’s… Read More »

Indigenous people are not the ‘ghosts of history’

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It is time to recognize the achievements of indigenous people as one of the three pillars of Canada’s foundation and to bring about the changes that will allow them to finally flourish Len Flett and Nicole Letourneau The Star Canadian indigenous people have been described as “ghosts of history,” spectres lingering in the background, haunting our legacy. This refers to… Indigenous people are… Read More »

Now and then, who to blame?

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While history does not repeat itself in full details, it always shows us some patterns that we should always consider. Ahmed Al Sheikh Al Jazeera News It was another “first” for the US president-elect, Donald Trump, before he moves into the White House. Using just 140… Now and then… Read More »

A year to protect democracy

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The most important political task of 2017 transcends the normal run of issues and controversies. E.J. Dionne Jr. The Washington Post Our greatest obligation will be to defend democracy itself, along with republican norms for governing and the openness that free societies require. To say this… A year to… Read More »

Purging Criminal Code of defunct ‘zombie laws’ no simple task

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Outdated offences that are still included in Canada’s Criminal Code include duelling, abortion and pretending to practise witchcraft By ALYSHAH HASHAM Staff Reporter The Star Given the epidemic of fake news and the influence it may have had on the U.S. election, Section 181 of Canada’s Criminal Code would seem… Purging Criminal Code… Read More »

Facts force Washington Post to backtrack on report that Russia hacked US power grid

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The Washington Post has corrected an article in which it said that Russian hackers had infiltrated the US power grid at a Vermont utility. RT  The newspaper now says authorities have no such “indications” as people on social media claim the outlet promotes “fake… Facts force Washington… Read More »

The new world order, 2017

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One insistent question that will shape 2017 is whether we’re witnessing the gradual decay of the post-World War II international order, dominated by the economic and military power of the United States. Robert J. Samuelson The Washington Post After the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991, it became fashionable to talk of the United States as the only true superpower. Pax Americana would… The new world… Read More »

Don’t Get Mired in Failed States

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There are many forces out there in the world, based in failed states, who want to destroy the United States. They can’t. David A. Bell The National Interest THE MOST predictable crises the new administration will face will involve failed states, mired in Don’t Get Mired… Read More »

The media we need in 2017

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Post-truth is a symptom not the disease, while we need a media that challenges rather than normalises the far-right. Rachel Shabi Al Jazeera News On December 20, in a piece both depressingly necessary and emblematic of the year, Britain’s Channel 4 news released a fact-check. It assessed claims… The media we… Read More »

Is Erdogan trying to wreck US-Turkey relations?

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s frustration over his failed and costly Syria policies ventured into the bizarre when he claimed he had “confirmed evidence, with pictures, photos and videos” of the US providing support for the Islamic State (IS), the… Al-Monitor Is Erdogan trying… Read More »

Britain scolds Kerry for comments on Israeli government

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The United Kingdom scolded U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for describing the Israeli government as the “most right-wing in Israeli history,” a move that aligns British Prime Minister Theresa May more closely with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. Hurriyet In a 70-minute speech just weeks before the… Britain scolds Kerry… Read More »

Trump’s Extreme Oligarchy

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  WASHINGTON, DC – US President-elect Donald Trump is filling his cabinet with rich people. Simon Johnson Project Syndicate According to the latest count, his nominees include five billionaires and six multimillionaires. This is what is known as oligarchy: direct control of the… Trump’s Extreme Oligarchy… Read More »