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Work places change with the times. Why won’t Parliament?

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Whenever a politician in this country announces their retirement for family reasons, one of two things happens. Annabel Crabb Brisbane Times If the politician is a man, a pleasant buzz of conjecture arises as to the actual likely reason for the decision. Is he terminally… Work places change… Read More »

Marina Abramovic and the art of female sacrifice

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The “grandmother of performance art” talks nudity, feeling one’s power and why she refuses to identify as a… ALLI MALONEY The New York Times Before we even sat down together, Marina Abramovic turned and said, “I’m not a feminist, by the… Her notions of feminism are well recorded: Abramovic told the Guardian in 2012 that she rejects the… Marina Abramovic and… Read More »

Turkey referendum: Dutch are Nazi remnants – Erdogan

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has described the Dutch as “Nazi remnants and fascists”, as a diplomatic row grows over a… BBC The Turkish foreign minister was due to speak in the Dutch city of Rotterdam on Saturday in support of a referendum to give Mr… But the rally was banned for security reasons, and the… Turkey referendum: Dutch… Read More »

‘These are dangerous times’: the man who sued George W Bush and the Iraq war

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Inder Comar is a San Francisco lawyer whose usual clients are tech startups: could he bring the only case against the planners of the 2002… Dave Eggers The Guardian In the lobby of the James R Browning courthouse in San Francisco, there was a digital sign listing that day’s cases. At 9.30am on Monday 12… ‘These are dangerous… Read More »

World faces worst humanitarian crisis since 1945, says UN official

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Twenty million people face starvation without an immediate injection of funds in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria, warns… Associated Press The Guardian The world faces the largest humanitarian crisis since the end of the second world war with more than 20 million people in four countries facing starvation and… World faces worst… Read More »

Muting prayers is muting the Palestinian struggle

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While Israel pursues to silence the sound of prayer, the global community suppressed the Palestinian call for justice. Mariam Barghouti Al Jazeera News Driving the streets of the West Bank, you see Israeli-issued street signs reading, in Arabic, “Urshalaym”, the Hebrew word for Jerusalem instead of the Arabic namesake “Al-Quds”. Like most Palestinians… Muting prayers is… Read More »

Here’s The Real Reason Donald Trump Can Never Be A Great President

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Our greatest presidents drank—some responsibly, others to hooch-happy excess. Richard Torregrossa The Federalist The effects of alcohol seem to have enhanced their statesmanship. It’s simple, very… Here’s The Real… Read More »

Vladmir Putin’s battle of Berlin

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No country in Western Europe is more vulnerable to Russian propaganda than Germany. James Kirchick Politico Europeans are waking up to the fact that Russia is trying to do by peaceful means what the Soviet Union once threatened by violent ones: overthrow democratic governments. Utilizing methods both… Vladmir Putin’s battle… Read More »

The Power Of Economic Inefficiency

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I’m a business guy. Robert Dickie III The Daily Caller I love free markets. I believe capitalism… The Power Of… Read More »

Nationalism can be a force for the good

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In many quarters of our society today it is taken for granted that nationalism is a malign force, just a step or two removed from Nazism. Michael Barone AEI I take a different view: nationalism rightly understood can be a powerful positive force. Churchill, Roosevelt and… Nationalism can be… Read More »

What is the absolute worst aspect of the Trump presidency? The institutionalization of dishonesty.

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Every minute President Trump is in office, more damage is done to the United States. Tom Toles The Washington Post We are supposed to be comforted by the institutional checks and balances. We are supposed to derive solace from the fact that there will be future elections. We are supposed… What is the… Read More »

Rex Tillerson Might Be the Weakest Secretary of State Ever

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There are five avenues to power at Foggy Bottom, and they’re all blocked to the current man in charge. Robert Jervis Foreign Policy While much of America’s political class is transfixed by the debate about connections between Russia and the White House, a quieter but perhaps more consequential drama is playing out at… Argument  Rex Tillerson… Read More »

Multispeed Europe: the EU’s ‘Loch Ness monster’

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Much talked about but often described differently, the old idea is back in vogue. Maia De la Baume Politico Just about every leader in the EU seems to have a different name for it. But it’s the… Multispeed Europe: the… Read More »

New Libyan Militia’s Oil Strike Risks Wider Conflagration

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Libyan factions are once again fighting for control of key oil installations in the Gulf of Sirte’s “oil crescent”. Claudia Gazzini ICG The latest offensive risks reducing Libya’s oil production and is undermining efforts to broker a peace deal. In this Q&A Claudia Gazzini, Senior Analyst for Libya, assesses the fallout. New Libyan Militia’s… Read More »

U.N. Accuses Turkey of Killing Hundreds of Kurds

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GENEVA — Turkey’s military and police forces have killed hundreds of people during operations against Kurdish rebels in southeastern Turkey, the United Nations said on Friday in a report that listed summary killings, torture, rape and… NICK CUMMING-BRUCE The New York Times The report, by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, details how… U.N. Accuses Turkey… Read More »

The Limits of Choice

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Last week Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced—to the astonishment of many commentators—that historically black colleges and universities “are real pioneers when it comes to school choice.” Sophia Rosenfeld Dissent HBCUs, she continued, “are living proof that when more options are provided to students, they are afforded greater access and greater quality. Their success has… The Limits of… Read More »