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City council must fully implement anti-poverty plan: Editorial

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A new study from the United Way shows it costs $4.4 billion to $5.5 billion to ignore poverty in Toronto. The Star City council has a plan, TO Prosperity, in place to combat it. It should fully fund the plan this year if for no other reason than to… City council must… Read More »

Canada can help Cuba along a new path: Editorial

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau can continue to play a role in influencing Cuba to be more open to the world. The Star For the past few days, Conservative leadership candidates, Trudeau haters and U.S. Republicans have been lashing out at Justin… Canada can help… Read More »

A Yale history professor’s powerful, 20-point guide to defending democracy under a Trump presidency

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Americans are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Quartz Timothy Snyder Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience. Now is a good time to… A Yale history… Read More »

Consideration of Romney for State Dept. draws scorn from some Trump loyalists

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President-elect Donald Trump is for now unswayed by the extraordinarily public revolt by some of his top advisers and allies over the possible choice of Mitt Romney as secretary of state and continues to see his foe as a serious contender for the diplomatic post, several people briefed on the deliberations said Monday. The Washington Post By Philip Rucker and John Wagner Romney plans to have a private dinner Tuesday with… Consideration of Romney… Read More »

Trump claims ‘serious’ fraud, says millions voted illegally

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President-elect Donald Trump made unsubstantiated claims Nov. 27 of serious U.S. voter fraud and said “millions of people” had cast their ballots illegally, offering no evidence for the assertions he put forth on Twitter. Hurriyet Trump’s shock path to the White House saw him fall short of his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the… Trump claims ‘serious… Read More »

US, Turkey Military Operations in Syria Are Intervention

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Washington and Ankara do not coordinate their military operations on Syria’s territory with Damascus, their presence in the country can be regarded as intervention, a senior Syrian Army official told Sputnik. Sputnik On August 24, Turkish forces, backed by US-led coalition aircraft, began a… US, Turkey Military… Read More »

Why Yemen Will Be Donald Trump’s Litmus Test

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Will the president-elect buy into Saudi Arabia’s and the neoconservatives’ Iran-centric view of the conflict? Michael Horton The civil war in Yemen—in which the United States is deeply involved—will be a litmus test for the… Why Yemen Will… Read More »

The ‘latte libel’ is a brilliant strategy. The left cannot counter it with facts alone

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Rational argument and good policy cannot win against the emotional appeal of railing against elites. Just ask Hillary Clinton and Julia Gillard The Guardian Alex Frankel Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign was superior to Donald Trump’s in almost every way. But Trump won because he had a stronger, more emotive and relevant narrative. Trump’s campaign borrowed its narrative strategy from the… The ‘latte libel’ is a… Read More »

The tarnished city on the hill

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The end of American exceptionalism is bad news for Europe. Politico By DIMITAR BECHEV Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential election has left a trail of political debris in its wake. At the top of the long list of casualties is the… The tarnished city… Read More »

Edward Snowden’s Ossietsky award lawsuit rejected by Norway

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Edward Snowden’s bid to guarantee that he would not be extradited to the US if he visited Norway has been rejected by the Norwegian supreme court. The former spy contractor filed the lawsuit in April, attempting to secure safe passage to Norway to pick up a… Edward Snowden’s Ossietsky… Read More »

Paul Keating: Australia’s ‘dullards’ have missed Trump’s foreign policy switch

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Former prime minister says alliance with America is not sacred and that incoming US president wants to concentrate on his own country Melissa Davey The Guardian Countries such as Australia would be “silly” not to pick up on the self-interested ideology of Donald Trump, the former Labor prime minister Paul… Paul Keating: Australia’s… Read More »

For indigenous reconciliation, words are not enough: Editorial

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When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with the chiefs of Canada’s First Nations next month, will he be able to defend his record in good conscience? The Star Last December, within a month of taking office, Justin Trudeau became the… For indigenous reconciliation… Read More »

Clinton’s loss is one more nail in the coffin of center-left politics in the West

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PARIS — When Donald Trump shocked the world with an upset victory in the U.S. presidential election this month, much of Europe was aghast. The Washington Post By James McAuley and Griff Witte But in at least one critical sense, the result couldn’t have been more European: Across the… Clinton’s loss is… Read More »

Under Donald Trump, the US will no longer be the beacon of the free world

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Other nations look to America as an example. The Guardian Richard Wolff The president-elect’s attitude to his business interests won’t help efforts to spread good governance. Somehow Donald Trump manages to dumb down… Under Donald Trump, the US will no longer be… Read More »

Lawren Harris painting goes for record $11.2 million

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Auction house estimated Harris 1926 oil canvas painting “Mountain Forms” would go for $3-$5 million. By LAUREN LA ROSE The Canadian Press The Lawren Harris painting Mountain Forms smashed a Canadian art record in Toronto on Wednesday night by selling for just over $11.2 million, more than double the… Lawren Harris painting… Read More »

President Trump and the Art of the Iran Nuclear Deal

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President-Elect Donald J. Trump’s foreign policy direction remains uncertain, but his campaign rhetoric has cast doubt on the future of the successful multilateral nuclear accord with Iran. ICG The co-signatories with the U.S. – China, France, Germany, Russia and the UK – can take action now to… President Trump and… Read More »