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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Outdated offences that are still included in Canada’s Criminal Code include duelling, abortion and pretending to practise witchcraft By ALYSHAH HASHAM Staff Reporter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 »

Could Turkey steal nuclear weapons installed in US bases?

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Does Turkey have the military capabilities to attack and take nuclear weapons stored within its own boundaries? * 12 Answers As a retired USAF member, please understand that my comments can NOT confirm nor deny if nuclear weapons are at Incirlik AB. Quora My answer relies on widely sourced material in the media and on the internet. So please understand that I’m couching my answers for this reason. So, could Turkey steal any weapons on the base? Yes, they could. ... 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 »

Pop culture dilemmas for soda makers, sugar producers

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 23:  Fizzy drinks are stocked on a shelf in a shop in Glasgows West End on July 23, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland. Health campaigners have stepped up calls for the amount of sugar in fizzy drinks to be reduced, following new research that has found sugar levels to be what the group Action on Sugar have called shockingly high and unnecessary.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

From next year, drink makers will be allowed to switch from crystal sugar to cheaper syrup. Politico Jakob Hanke Europe’s fizzy drink makers are plotting a quiet revolution over what goes into your cola and lemonade. New rules next year… Pop culture dilemmas… Read More »

Conservative And Liberal Readings Of President Trump

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Over the years, as a conservative and while working in the world of politics, I was able to make a number of friends on both the liberal and conservative ends of the ideological spectrum. The Daily Caller Douglas Mackinnon I am a better person for the diversity of opinion. As corny or… Conservative And Liberal… Read More »

Turkey’s Erdogan cripples US role in Syria

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In the improbable event of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization disintegrating during the coming decade, the blame will be put on the Donald Trump presidency. Asia Times M.K. Bhadrakumar But the endgame must be deemed to have begun under the lame duck US president Barack Obama – to be exact, on December 28 – three full weeks before Trump took over as president. That was when Turkey… Turkey’s Erdogan cripples… Read More »

Can 2017 be worse for female politicians than 2016?: Editorial

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When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau created the first gender parity cabinet in Canadian history, he gave female politicians hope that 2016 would be better. The Star Instead, it was worse. 2016 dawned promisingly… Can 2017 be worse for… Read More »

If The Russians And Fake News Swayed The Election, Then The New York Times Has No Influence

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The New York Times has written extensively on fake news and alleged Russian interference in the election, claiming both had a key role in Donald Trump’s victory. The Daily Caller Alex Pfeiffer If the writers for the Times are correct, then they are admitting their paper has little influence on the American voter. The fake news the… If The Russians And… Read More »

How the U.S. came to abstain on a U.N. resolution condemning Israeli settlements

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On Dec. 21, amid his morning workout, an afternoon round of golf and a family dinner with friends, President Obama interrupted his Hawaii vacation to consult by phone with his top national security team in Washington. By Karen DeYoung The Washington Post Egypt had introduced a resolution at the U.N. Security Council condemning Israeli settlements as illegal, and… How the U.S… Read More »

Refugees Welcome

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Ordinary Canadians, trying to intervene in one of the worst problems on earth. Desperate Syrians, shocked that strangers were adopting them for a year. We spent a year asking: How will this work out? A series by Jodi Kantor and Catrin Einhorn The New York Times Refugees Welcome… Read More »