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Beauty and the Beast doesn’t hold a candle to the original

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The new live-action Beauty and the Beast can’t hold a candle to the 1991 animated original, writes Nicholas… Nicholas Barber BBC Disney has recently been remaking its hits with the industrial efficiency of a car manufacturing plant, but most of these updates have had their own… Maleficent turned the… Read More »

The Islam Catastrophe Continues

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Former FBI special agent John Guandolo has written a strong and sobering essay at his website, UnderstandingTheThreat, called “Unfit for Duty.” Diana West The Daily Caller It argues that two senior Trump administration officials, H. R. McMaster and Sebastian Gorka, are “catastrophically wrong” in their assessment of Islam as publicly stated and that this is “leading America down a disastrous road… The Islam Catastrophe… Read More »

Why discovering new Earth-like planets matters

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Seven years ago, no one – even an astronomer – could tell you whether any planets that might be like Earth existed. Lucianne Walkowicz Al Jazeera News From across the Galaxy, just shy of 40 light years away, seven long shadows sweep across our planet. These shadows belong… Why discovering new… Read More »

A warning from the Middle East

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AFTER LIVING in Turkey for years, I concluded that Turkish democracy was deeply enough rooted so that no demagogic leader could throw it off track. Stephen Kinzer Boston Globe I was wrong. Now I believe… A warning from… Read More »

The Next 9/11: What’s the Next Impossible Terror Threat?

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The 9/11 Commission Report warned of an “imagination gap.” Jacqueline R. Sutherland The National Interest We’re still two steps behind global terrorism. Over the past… The Next 9/11… Read More »

As Erdoğan turns the screw, we must stand up for human rights in Turkey

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Free speech is under fire. Timothy Garton Ash The Guardian Victims of the president’s clampdown need the same kinds of support we once offered dissidents in the Soviet Union If this newspaper… As Erdoğan turns… Read More »

Turkish fighter jets buzz southern coast of Cyprus

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Five Turkish fighter jets entered Cyprus airspace on Wednesday and patrolled 30 miles off the southern coast of the island in what is seen as yet another provocation by… in.cyprus At around 10am on Wednesday morning, five Turkish fighter jets on patrol entered Cyprus airspace and maneuvered around the area of Apostolos… According to date from the… Turkish fighter jets… Read More »

Donald Trump and the end of American exceptionalism?

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When a German Chancellor feels the need to explain the refugee convention to an American president, the speaker of British House of Commons says the leader of its closest ally is not welcome to address parliament, China positions… Nick Bryant BBC News That is, the credo pushed by successive presidents that the United States is a beacon of democracy, an exemplar of human rights, an indispensable country imbued with special values and beliefs that grants it the moral authority… Donald ... Read More »

Media’s role in terrorism, military coups

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As today’s world turns into a battleground for global powers to establish their hegemony, terrorism, in all of its forms, is being used as a serious tool by those same global powers. Saadet Oruc Daily Sabah With changing tactics from terrorists, terrorism needs the media to exist and spread its message more than ever in an age of communication, and vice versa, the media needs terrorism to provide images of violence to increase the… Media’s role in… Read More »

Suffer The Children: The Creeping Sexualization Of Minors

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The landscape of minor sex and sexual relations hosts all the perils of pre-Disney fairy tales. Joseph McBirnie The Daily Caller While failed candidates must mutilate themselves as they struggle to fit in positions citing “legitimate rape,” the mention of a certain word in conjunction with anything other than condemnation possesses the magical property… Suffer The Children… Read More »

Turkey’s Hurriyet appoints new editor-in-chief

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He replaced Sedat Ergin, the paper said in a brief statement, without giving a… GulfNews Reuters Istanbul: Turkey’s Hurriyet newspaper has named a new editor-in-chief, it said late on Wednesday, a day after strong criticism of the prominent daily by President Tayyip Erdogan for a story suggesting discord between the government and the… Turkey’s Hurriyet appoints… Read More »

Torn Ballet Shoes, and a Life Upended

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ISTANBUL — For the first time in half a year, the Turkish novelist Asli Erdogan returned the other day to her Istanbul apartment, a home left ransacked when she was arrested and… Tim Arango The New York Times She discovered that many things were missing: flash drives containing her work and reviews from European… Left behind… Torn Ballet Shoes… Read More »

Rape definition in Tasmania to be broadened if new bill passed

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Reforms to widen the type of sexual behaviour considered to be rape in Tasmania look set to be introduced to Parliament in April. Edith Bevin ABC Under existing laws, an offence can only be rape if the act involves a penis and it is the accused who is the penetrator. Most other states… Rape definition in… Read More »

Let’s Settle the Russia Question Once and for All

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A nonpartisan commission can finally shed light on Trump’s problem that just won’t go away. Gary Hart The National Interest Presidents in the past, most notably Bill Clinton with Boris Yeltsin and George W. Bush with Vladimir Putin, have committed what might be called the “buddy fallacy” where U.S.-Russian relations were concerned. That is, they… Let’s Settle the… Read More »

To improve our political climate, change the questions we ask

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Our fractured political climate in the United States might be made worse by how we approach difficult problems, researchers say in the journal Science. Ohio State University Eurek Alert A team of political scientists suggests rather than asking citizens “What do you want,” questions should be asked in a deliberative frame: “What should we do?” “Even this small… To improve our… Read More »

May and Merkel: splitting differences

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For all their similarities, the two leaders are unlikely to become close. Tom McTague and Janosch Delcker Politico LONDON/BERLIN — The penny dropped during a phone call. In a telephone… May and Merkel… Read More »