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The tax I pay should be for peace, not war

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I have the right not to kill during military conflict. Mark Rylance The Guardian So why am I forced to pay for others to do so on my behalf? A young man… The tax I… Read More »

UN development goals should be put at heart of the European project

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The 17 Sustainable Development Goals address all the issues that are all-important to EU citizens. But the clock is rapidly ticking down to the 2030 deadline. Céline Charveriat Euractiv That is why Céline Charveriat is calling for a European SDG roadmap. This Saturday (25 March) marks… UN development goals… Read More »

Urgent Messages to the Muslim World

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A dangerous message is being sent to the Muslim world by the West: There is nothing that moderate Muslims or anyone else should fear from radical Islamic terrorism! Nonie Darwish Gatestone Institute Look at us Western governments! We are bringing… Urgent Messages to… Read More »

2016 didn’t just give us “fake news.” It likely gave us false memories.

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A psychologist explains how easy it is to form false memories — and what that means for the future of our shared reality. Brian Resnick VOX Here’s a reasonable fear: 20 years from now, very few people are going to agree on the details of our shared history. Recently, I spoke… 2016 didn’t just… Read More »

350 Wrongs And One Right

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Young progressives have an Israel problem. David Brog The Daily Caller They believe that Israel is occupying the land on which the Palestinians want to build their state, thereby rendering them stateless. And they’re convinced… 350 Wrongs And… Read More »

America Seeks to Destroy Syrian Civilization, Replace it With Terrorism and Ignorance

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NATO/GCC/Israeli proxy terrorists in Syria have committed all manner of atrocities with a view to destroying Syria’s culture, history, economy, pluralism, its very essence. Mark Taliano Global Research They want to create a blank slate. They want to… America Seeks to… Read More »

Germany Calls Facebook’s Bluff

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Nearly everyone has criticism for German Justice Minister Heiko Maas’ proposal to impose fines on social networks and their workers for failure to delete hateful… Leonid Bershidsky Bloomberg View Internet freedom advocates hate it for imposing… The European Union is concerned for the same reason and the German union of judges and prosecutors criticize it for not… Germany Calls Facebook… Read More »

The sweep of perpetual famine?

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The media is presenting us with images of the mother of all famines, stretching from Yemen to Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, the Central African Republic (CAR) and northern Nigeria. Jonathan Power Arab News There have been bad famines in the not-so-distant past, such as the Ethiopian one in 1985 that triggered rock star Bob Geldof to organize a global popular response. In 1974 at… The sweep of… Read More »

EU reaches for the rising sun

EU President Donald Tusk (R) and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker (C) welcome Japanese Prime minister Shinzo Abe prior to their talks at the EU headquarters in Brussels on May 3, 2016. / AFP / JOHN THYS        (Photo credit should read JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Japan’s PM visits Brussels as pressure rises on the EU to clinch trade and political agreements. David M. Herszenhorn, Hans Von Der Burchard and Christian Oliver Politico As Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe visits Brussels Tuesday, the European Union faces intensifying pressure to deliver on a promised pivot to Asia by sealing a new trade accord and strategic political partnership with… EU reaches for… Read More »

Race is the biggest indicator in the US of whether you live near toxic waste

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Go looking for the local landfill or toxic waste treatment facility in any US county with a mostly white population, and you’ll likely find it in the black or Latino neighborhoods. Zoë Schlanger Quartz Media That’s because in the US, your race is the single biggest factor that determines whether you live near a hazardous waste facility. In 2016, a study… Race is the… Read More »

A different way of thinking

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What if the world stopped seeing autism as abnormal? Many people with Asperger’s syndrome or autism embrace their condition. They seek respect for ‘neurodiversity’, not a… Words by Mark White Pictures by Nick Cubbin and Damien Pleming SBS Even after Dawn-joy Leong was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome in her early 40s, she felt there was something missing. The description was too pathological, too… A different way… Read More »

It’s harder for governments to tax their way out of rising inequality

Inequality - The Conversation

Higher inequality makes it harder to raise taxes and therefore redistribute income to fight its spread, our analysis shows. Chris Doucouliagos The Conversation This is because in the past, on average, inequality has reduced the amount of income tax governments can collect as a share of GDP. We also found… It’s harder for… Read More »

The Real Danger To Speech Is Corporate

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You have the right to free speech as an American – you have no right to use YouTube to do it. Ben Domenech The Federalist Fear of crackdown on free speech is a bipartisan thing these days. In the run-up… The Real Danger… Read More »

The Real Lesson from the London Attack: Perfect Counterterrorism Is Impossible

London - The National Interest

No amount of resources can stop a single human being from doing something destructive to other human beings. Daniel R. DePetris The National Interest The grounds surrounding the Palace of Westminster are some of the most iconic in all of London. Tourists from around… The Real Lesson… Read More »

A tale of two economic crises foretold

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Nowadays, American and European policymakers seem to have very different views on many economic policy issues. Desmond Lachman AEI However, it would seem that they do share one thing in common. They both have… A tale of… Read More »

Will Turkey abandon the refugee deal and risk losing a bonanza of money?

Refugee - European sting

Last week Turkey threatened Europe to reinstate capital punishment and to drop the EU-Turkey pact which was signed one year ago. Chris Anyfantis European Sting The desperate need of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to gain more power has forced Turkish officials to release accusations to Europe and especially to the Netherlands, Germany and Brussels in view of the upcoming… Will Turkey abandon… Read More »