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The Lioness in Winter

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Dianne Feinstein survived childhood abuse, assassination attempts, and a brutal fight with the CIA. Now it’s time to take on Trump. GAIL SHEEHY Mother Jones The senator from California looked like someone had punched the wind out of… On an unseasonably cold January 10, the tense first day of hearings about President Donald Trump’s nomination of Jeff Sessions as attorney general, Dianne… The Lioness in… Read More »

The Balkans are heating up again — and Washington is nowhere to be seen

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This month, as I traveled through seven countries in southeastern Europe, I stopped in… John McCain The Washington Post I stood at the foot of the Latin Bridge, on the street corner that changed the world, where an assassin’s bullet killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand and triggered a cycle of violence and war that consumed the… It was a stark reminder of the old adage that while history does not repeat itself, it… The Balkans are… Read More »

Trump, in new tax plan, promises to do what Reagan couldn’t

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At the center of President Trump’s plan to dramatically cut taxes on businesses and individuals is a promise to stimulate extraordinary economic growth, so much so, his advisers say, that the… Max Ehrenfreund The Washington Post If he succeeds in keeping that promise, Trump will have accomplished something his tax-cutting Republican predecessors failed to… In describing the proposal Wednesday, Trump’s top… Trump, in new… Read More »

Finland Seeks Continued U.S.-Russian Cooperation in the Arctic

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Could Russia’s defenisve measures and other geopolitical tensions negatively impact the Arctic Council’s cooperative efforts? Kenneth Yalowitz, Stacy Closson The National Interest Finland will assume the chairmanship next month of the eight-member Arctic Council at a time of heightened geopolitical… The council, which includes the United States, four… Finland Seeks Continued… Read More »

US assembles missile defense in South Korea amid street protests

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TV images showed local protesters hurling water bottles and police trying to block… By ASIA TIMES AND REUTERS The US military started moving parts of the controversial THAAD anti-missile defense system to a site in South Korea on Wednesday amid… Television footage showed military trailers carrying what appeared to be launch canisters being driven into the planned THAAD battery site, about 250… US assembles missile… Read More »

Court delivers another humiliating blow to Trump

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A federal judge in San Francisco dealt the Trump administration another legal blow Tuesday, temporarily halting President Trump’s threat to… Jennifer Rubin The Washington Post U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick imposed a nationwide injunction against Trump’s Jan. 25 executive order on what are called “sanctuary… It is hard to overstate what a sweeping defeat this was for the… Court delivers another… Read More »

Immigrants being vilified in same way as Irish in US after Famine – Obama

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The former President said the US immigration system had always been “a little bit… TheJournal.ie  IMMIGRANTS IN THE US are experiencing treatment similar to that endured by the Irish in America in the wake of the Famine, Barack Obama has… The former US President, making a return to the public spotlight, said that America’s immigration system had always been “a little bit… Immigrants being vilified… Read More »

Ivanka Trump booed for defending her father’s attitude towards women in Berlin

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Ivanka Trump has drawn boos and hisses from an audience in Berlin while defending her father’s attitude towards women, but brushed it aside as… ABC Appearing on a high-powered panel at a conference to push for more support for women in business, Ms Trump also said she was still trying to define her… “I am rather unfamiliar with this role as well, as it is quite new to… Ivanka Trump booed… Read More »

In Sheriff David Clarke’s jail, water kept from mentally ill inmate for 7 days before he died of dehydration

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Just a few hours into Terrill Thomas’ eighth day in solitary confinement at the Milwaukee County Jail last year, correction officers found the… Katie Mettler The Washington Post He was dead. Thomas had spent his final days begging for water, inmates later told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, because jail staff had shut off the flow to the… The cause of death was ultimately ruled “profound dehydration” and the… In Sheriff David… Read More »

Money Talked Loudest at Trump’s Inaugural

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Bob Murray, one of the coal industry’s loudest voices, spent $300,000 on President Trump’s inauguration and got a lot more than good… THE EDITORIAL BOARD  The New York Times Mr. Murray — whose Murray Energy is a serial violator of federal health and safety rules — demanded that Mr. Trump gut regulatory oversight and pull the… “I’m not a patient man,” warned Mr. Murray, who earned infamy when he… Money Talked Loudest… Read More »

North Korea accuses Australia of ‘blindly toeing US line’, warns of nuclear strike

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North Korea has issued a stern message to Australia, accusing the Government of “blindly toeing the US line” and warning of a… Exclusive by defence reporter Andrew Greene ABC The comments came after Foreign Minister Julie Bishop earlier this week said on the ABC’s AM program that North Korea’s nuclear weapons program posed a… A spokesman for the North Korean Foreign Ministry accused Australia of “spouting a… North Korea accuses… Read More »

G7 ministers call for implementation of Hague ruling on South China Sea

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MANILA, Philippines — The foreign ministers of the Group of Seven (G7) advanced economies reiterated its opposition to the… By Patricia Lourdes Viray The Philippine Star The ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States maintained their commitment to maintaining a… “We consider the July 12, 2016 award rendered by the G7 ministers call… Read More »

Washington pushes world to brink of nuclear war

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The repeated statements by US Vice President Mike Pence and other Trump administration officials Monday that the “era of strategic patience” with… Bill Van Auken WSWS “Just in the past two weeks, the world witnessed the strength and resolve of our new president in actions taken in Syria and Afghanistan,” Pence… “North Korea would do well not to test his resolve or the strength of the armed forces of the… Washington pushes world… Read More »

Nuclear war has become thinkable again – we need a reminder of what it means

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As Trump faces down North Korea, it’s alarming to think that most of the world’s nuclear warheads are now in the hands of men who are prepared to… Paul Mason The Guardian Last week, Donald Trump deployed his superweapon Moab, the “mother of all bombs” – 10 tonnes of high explosive detonated in mid-air in such a… The Russian media immediately reminded us that their own thermobaric… Nuclear war has… Read More »

Hollywood ‘Classic Love Story’ Does Double Duty as Armenian Genocide Whitewash

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‘WHAT REALLY HAPPENED’ A tale of two WWI love-triangle war films out within a month of each other—the first serving as Turkish propaganda, the second telling the… Michael Daly The Daily Beast Ben Kingsley and Josh Hartnett and Hera Hilmar surely would not have signed on to star in The Ottoman Lieutenant if they even imagined they… And screenwriter Jeff Stockwell—who is by every indication a very decent person—says that… Hollywood ‘Classic Love… Read More »

Nuclear weapons the ‘biggest threat facing humans today’

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THE threat looms large with North Korea celebrating the birthday of Kim Il-sung and Donald Trump poised for a preemptive attack. Here’s how it could look. Debra Killalea News.Com.Au IF a major conflict broke out between superpowers and nuclear warheads were used, the consequences would be catastrophic. In the space of minutes, entire cities would be destroyed and between one and three billion… Nuclear weapons the… Read More »