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Breaking Up the Family as a Way to Break Up the Mob

REGGIO CALABRIA, Italy — Fighting the mafia at the very toe of Italy, Roberto Di Bella has seen a lot: children as young as 11 or 12 serving as lookouts during murders, attending drug deals and… Gaia Pianigiani The New York Times But it was the day he charged the younger brother of a minor he had jailed years before that he decided to take a… Breaking Up the… Read More »

No justification for IMF to be part of Greek rescue: ECB’s Nowotny

VIENNA (Reuters) – There is no economic or political justification for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to be part of the Greek rescue program, European Central Bank (ECB) Governing Council member Ewald Nowotny told an… Investing  The IMF and the European Union have been at odds over the terms of the… No justification for… Read More »

First we take Hässleholm … Swedish far-right rises

Sweden Democrats have risen in the polls on an anti-immigrant message to threaten the… Richard Orange Politico HÄSSLEHOLM, Sweden — When the leader of the Moderates, Anna Kinberg Batra, recently announced that her party would be open to negotiating with the Sweden Democrats, it sent shockwaves through the… First we take… Read More »

China’s transgender Oprah

The empress of reality television As an army colonel who became a woman, she exemplifies a society in… The Economist CHINA’S favourite chat-show host has had an extraordinary career. Jin Xing was the country’s most successful dancer before becoming a colonel in an army entertainment… He won… China’s transgender… Read More »

Spanish ‘psycho-drama’ plays out at top of Podemos

Leaders will battle for the soul of the leftist party at its conference this weekend. GUY HEDGECOE Politico MADRID — A battle at the top of Podemos, the leftist anti-austerity party that took Spanish politics by storm three years ago, has spilled out into the open ahead of a big membership conference this… Spanish ‘psycho-drama… Read More »

Amazon warns that trade protectionism could hurt business: filing

(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc (O:AMZN) warned on Friday that government actions to bolster domestic companies over foreign competition could hurt its business, in a potential reference to U.S. President Donald Trump’s “America First… Jeffrey Dastin Investing In a routine description of regulatory risks in its 2016 annual filing, the… Amazon warns that… Read More »

Juvenile justice to face scrutiny after Australia ratifies torture treaty

Attorney general George Brandis announces optional protocol to the convention against torture will finally be ratified Ben Doherty and Helen Davidson and Paul Karp The Guardian Australia has promised to ratify an international treaty that will bring all its detention sites – including juvenile justice centres such as Don Dale and… Juvenile justice to… Read More »

Out with Globalization, In with Tillerson

Rex Tillerson needs to realize that soft power is not necessarily smart power James Jay Carafano The National Interest Now that he has moved into Foggy Bottom, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has big decisions to make. Handling Putin, Kim Jong-un, the ayatollah and Xi Jinping will, of course, top the list. But the… Out with Globalization… Read More »

What the break-up of the British Empire can tell us about Brexit

The art of leaving A generous payment here and there can go a long way The Economist IF THE current crop of Whitehall mandarins think they have their hands full negotiating an exit from the European Union, they should spare a thought for their… Britain’s withdrawal from its empire in the What the break… Read More »

Unless It Changes, Capitalism Will Starve Humanity By 2050

Capitalism has generated massive wealth for some, but it’s devastated the planet and has failed to improve human well… Drew Hansen Forbes • Species are going extinct at a rate 1,000 times faster than that of the natural rate over the previous 65 million years (see Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School). Since 2000, 6 million hectares of… Unless It Changes… Read More »

Eva Cox’s wisdom: dare to be difficult

In a lifetime of pushing the boundaries, from her birth in 1930s Austria and through her postwar life in Australia, the feminist, academic and activist Eva Cox has never shied away from being difficult. David Fanner and Lucy Clark The Guardian Video In fact, she sees it as her duty. ‘Don’t worry about being called difficult. It shows you’re making a difference… We need the stirrers, we need the outsiders, we need the people who change things’ Eva Cox’s wisdom… Read More »

Bill Frist: The Case for Keeping America’s AIDS Relief Plan

Among global public health advocates, there is a growing concern that President Trump may cut back, or even eliminate, programs that have played a critical role in fighting diseases… Bill Frist The New York Times While every administration should strongly review our nation’s overseas commitments, and… Bill Frist: The… Read More »