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Donald Trump will violate the US constitution on inauguration day

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Because of the emoluments clause, the electoral college would be fully justified in concluding that he is unsuited to the presidency The Guardian Laurence H Tribe When Donald Trump swears at the inauguration that he will “faithfully execute the office of president of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the United States”, he will… Donald Trump will violate the… Read More »

Hopeless Afghan struggle to save boy sex slaves

Afghanistan - Asia Times

Power and impunity ensure tradition of culturally sanctioned enslavement and rape of children by Western-backed security forces Asia Times Anuj Chopra Quivering with quiet rage, Shirin holds a photo of his teenage brother-in-law, who now lives as the plaything of policemen, just one victim of a hidden epidemic of kidnappings of young boys for institutionalised sexual slavery in… Hopeless Afghan struggle to… Read More »

Our overcrowded prisons and recidivist governments

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The stark, unpalatable reality is that the numbers of prisoners in Australia grew 8 per cent from 36,134 in 2015 to 38,845 in 2016. The Canberra Times Ross Fitzgerald This is nothing short of scandalous. The US has the highest… Our overcrowded prisons… Read More »

Indian police torturing suspects, says HRW deaths in custody report

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Human Rights Watch said nearly 600 people have died between 2010 and 2015, but not one officer has been convicted The Guardian Michael Safi Indian police are torturing suspects – including using sexual abuse, forms of waterboarding and beatings with a “truth-seeking belt” – a new Human Rights Watch investigation has claimed. A report released by the rights group on… Indian police torturing suspects, says… Read More »

Mobile ‘clothesline gallery’ a hit with Gaza’s young generation

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — An exhibition of works by photographer Mahmoud “Ezz” al-Zaanoun has been traveling around the Gaza Strip since Sept. 25, starting at the Beach camp. Al Monitor Ali Dolah However, his images depicting a Gaza most people never imagine aren’t hanging on the walls of a gallery or museum, but on clotheslines strung in the alleys of the poorest and most populated refugee camps in Gaza and… Mobile ‘clothesline gallery’ a hit with… Read More »

The country full of contradictions

Cuba - BBC

“Cuba is without question the most complex, contradictory, confounding place I’ve ever visited, a riddle that only grows deeper the more I look at it.” BBC News Alexander Bisley Pico Iyer, one of the world’s most nuanced travel writers, has been covering Cuba since the 1980s, in all its vividness and variety. Both in his essays and his… The country full of… Read More »

Understanding Russia today: Russia’s many revisions

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Russia is on a collision course with the West. AEI Frederick W. Kagan War is not inevitable. Confrontation and conflict… Understanding Russia today… Read More »

Lech Wałęsa: Throw Poland out of the EU

TOPSHOT - Lech Walesa, former president of Poland, wearing a pin of the Black Madonna of Czestochowa on his lapel,  reacts on January 04, 2016, during an interview in his office in Gdañsk, Poland.  Lech Wa??sa, born 29 September 1943,  is a Polish politician, trade union organizer, philanthropist and human rights activist. A charismatic leader, he co-founded Solidarity (Solidarno??), the Soviet bloc's first independent trade union, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983, and served as President of Poland from 1990 to 1995. Behind Walesa, a mirror image of Gdansk'shipyards.  / AFP / PIOTR WITTMAN        (Photo credit should read PIOTR WITTMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Poland’s independence hero has one fight left: upending the country’s right-wing government. Politico Jan Cienski GDAŃSK, Poland — Lech Wałęsa sits at his desk, peering at his computer screen and poking at the keyboard, before getting up heavily to settle in a worn armchair, his stomach straining at his shirt. The signature walrus mustache that… Lech Wałęsa: Throw Poland… Read More »

101-year-old paedophile jailed for 13 years

Pedophile - The Guardian

Ralph Clarke, who committed offences in 1970s and 80s, is believed to be oldest person ever convicted by jury in UK The Guardian A 101-year-old paedophile has been jailed for 13 years for committing a string of sex offences against young children in the 1970s and 1980s. Retired haulier Ralph Clarke had… 101-year-old paedophile jailed… Read More »

“There is no truth to the accusation that Israel is an apartheid state.”

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Irish senators attacked Israel with accusations of apartheid during a parliamentary debate in late November about the closure of the bank account of a BDS group, prompting criticism on Friday from the Jewish state and the Simon Wiesenthal Center. JPost “What has happened with… “There is no… Read More »

Russia bath lotion kills 33 drinkers in Irkutsk

Russia - BBC

At least 33 people have died in Russia after drinking bath essence, authorities said on Monday. BBC News The hawthorn-scented liquid was consumed as if it were alcohol, according to Russia’s Investigative Committee. More than 50 people sought… Russia bath lotion kills… Read More »

Why Japan celebrates Christmas with KFC

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How a fast-food marketing campaign turned into a widespread Yuletide tradition for millions. BBC News Mark Peters Every Christmas, Ryohei Ando gathers his family together for a holiday tradition. Just like their father did as… Why Japan celebrates Christmas… Read More »

Tis the season for animal rights

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(USA Today) At this time of year, we often see animals subjected to cruel holiday stunts or treated as living props in our confusing pageantry. By Ben Williamson RNS Domino’s Japan recently announced it was canceling its ill-conceived plan to train reindeer to deliver pizza, following a… Tis the season… Read More »

German School In Turkey Bans Teachers From Even Mentioning Christmas

Xmas - The Daily Caller

A school in Istanbul financed by the German government has informed teachers that traditional Christmas celebrations have been canceled. The Daily Caller Jacob Bojesson Management at the elite high school has informed teachers that they can’t even mention the topic of Christmas, according to a leaked email from school management seen by news agency DPA. The move was immediately criticized… German School In Turkey Bans… Read More »

One of the biggest VC’s in Silicon Valley explains how basic income could fail in America

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Sam Altman is putting a lot of faith in the idea that giving people free money will make them happier and healthier, but that doesn’t mean he’s betting it all. Business Insider Chris Weller Altman is the president of Y Combinator, Silicon Valley’s largest startup accelerator. Beginning in 2017, he and… One of the… Read More »

Greece-Israel-Cyprus Relations: Ripe for Expansion?

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Relations with Greece and Cyprus provide Israel with allied neighbors and bring Israel closer to Europe in terms of security, trade, and energy. Institute for Contemporary Affairs Dr. George Voskopoulos Israel, Greece, and Cyprus are the only working democracies in a region of undemocratic, semi-democratic, and… Greece-Israel-Cyprus… Read More »