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Trump presidency: Exxon’s Rex Tillerson for top diplomat?

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Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson has met President-elect Donald Trump amid growing speculation that he is being considered for US secretary of state. BBC NBC News quotes sources close to Mr Trump as saying that Mr Tillerson is likely to… Trump presidency: Exxon’s… Read More »

It’s time to debate sex-selective abortion, Tory leadership hopeful Pierre Lemieux says

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The former Ontario Conservative MP’s announcement has raised concerns that a debate could reopen old party divisions. The Star Andy Blatchford OTTAWA—A candidate for the Conservative leadership says it’s time for Canada to have a free and open debate about sex-selective abortion — an announcement that has raised concerns that it could reopen old party divisions. Pierre Lemieux, a former Ontario Tory MP, said in… It’s time to debate sex-selective abortion, Tory… Read More »

Honeymoon for Syrian refugees over as ‘Month 13’ looms

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Uncertainty is in store for many of the 35,000 Syrian newcomers to Canada who will see their financial support from Ottawa and private sponsors soon coming to an end. The Star By NICHOLAS KEUNG, Immigration reporter Bedrettin Al Muhamad and his wife, Mariam, have been taking English classes and… Honeymoon for Syrian… Read More »

Ku Klux Klan members say they aren’t white supremacists

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The Klan’s official rule book, the Kloran — published in 1915 and still followed by many groups — says the organization “shall ever be true in the faithful maintenance of White Supremacy.” The Star By JAY REEVES, The Associated Press PELHAM, N.C. — In today’s racially charged environment, there’s a… Ku Klux Klan members… Read More »

Why Trump makes this small country so nervous

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Russia is always a threat but now they’re worried the U.S. won’t back them up. Politico By BENJAMIN ORESKES TALLINN, Estonia — The scene outside Alexander Nevsky Cathedral one evening earlier this month had all the… Why Trump makes… Read More »

Canada has ‘achievable’ strategy to tackle climate change, Trudeau says

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Trudeau — joined by premiers, territorial leaders and indigenous leaders — to announce details of a strategy involving 11 of the 13 provinces and territories to set out how Canada will meet or beat its 2030 target pledged in Paris for curtailing greenhouse gas emissions. The Star By BRUCE CAMPION-SMITH Ottawa Bureau, TONDA MACCHARLES Ottawa Bureau reporter, ALEX BOUTILIER Ottawa Bureau Reporter OTTAWA—Canada has an “ambitious and achievable” strategy to… Canada has ‘achievable… Read More »

Don’t divest from Emerging Markets: dollar highs won’t last

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Long-term outlook for emerging markets with good economic freedom isn’t helped by a strong dollar – but a strong dollar isn’t what Donald Trump wants Asia Times Jerry Bowyer The question going forward for Emerging Market investors is this: “What will be the cost of being well diversified globally?” Is EM to be zeroed out, as… Don’t divest from Emerging… Read More »

Global Leadership Doesn’t Mean Another Vietnam or Iraq

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U.S. engagement to deter and repel aggression has been extraordinarily successful. The National Interest James F. Jeffrey In a recent National Interest essay, “Don’t Let the DC Blob Guide Trump’s Foreign Policy,” Gordon Adams and… Global Leadership Doesn’t… Read More »

What Kellyanne Conway gets right (and wrong) about moms and work

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As if she didn’t have enough on her hands with the president-elect, Donald Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway has plunged full-force into a topic at least as emotionally charged: the Mommy Wars. The Washington Post Ruth Marcus Speaking at a Politico “Women Rule” event Wednesday, Conway cited her four young children as the reason for declining a White House job. “My children are 12, 12, 8 and 7, which is bad idea, bad… What Kellyanne Conway gets right (and wrong) about… Read More »

Is the United States Really a Pacific Power?

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Washington has failed to demonstrate that it has the stomach to remain a resident power in Asia. The National Interest Hunter Marston Recognizing the geostrategic significance of Asia for the… Is the United… Read More »

No country with a McDonald’s can remain a democracy

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The best way to combat the likes of Trump, Le Pen and Farage and the politics they represent is to rescue power from the grip of transnational corporations The Guardian George Monbiot A wave of revulsion rolls around the world. Approval ratings for incumbent leaders are everywhere collapsing. Symbols, slogans and sensation trump facts and… No country with a McDonald’s can remain a… Read More »

Where to for migrants and minorities?

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The dust is yet to settle on Brexit and Donald Trump’s presidential victory but Australia’s own deplorables are already out in force beating their chests. On Line Opinion Saeed Khan Banking on political discontent, racism, and lack of unity among minorities, alarmists think we are ripe for pickings. They openly troll the web and organise around social media to Where to for migrants and… Read More »

End tax breaks for the rich: Editorial

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A new report shows the injustice of Canada’s system of tax breaks. The Star Every year, Ottawa spends about $110 billion to help poor and middle class people through programs like the… End tax breaks… Read More »

The Frankfurt school knew Trump was coming

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Shortly after the Presidential election, a small piece of good news came over the wire: the Thomas Mann villa in Los Angeles has been saved. The New Yorker By Alex Ross The house, which was built to Mann’s specifications, in the nineteen-forties, went on the market earlier this year, and it… The Frankfurt school… Read More »

It’s Trump’s America now. Time to get over our attachment to facts

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Even Donald Trump’s own team knows that what he says often isn’t true. The Guardian Richard Wolffe But the problem isn’t his lies – it’s our naiveté The late, great Daniel Patrick Moynihan used to say that… It’s Trump’s America now. Time to get over our… Read More »

Politicians must address economic anxiety or face backlash, Trudeau says

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Canadians rejected Trump-style politics in the last campaign, but the economic “anxiety” that helped elect the new president also exists in Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warns. The Star By Bruce Campion-Smith Ottawa Bureau, Robert BenzieQueen’s Park Bureau Chief Canadians rejected Trump-style politics in the last campaign, but the Politicians must address… Read More »