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World Agrees To Just Take Down Internet For A While Until They Can Find A Good Use For It

Internet - The ONION

NEW YORK—Saying the global computer network will cease to be available to users as of midnight tonight, the people of the world announced plans Wednesday to shut down the entire internet… Godaddy The Onion According to the earth’s 7.5 billion inhabitants, the internet—a technology that allows every human on the face of the planet to communicate and share data with every other human—seemed like an… World Agrees To… Read More »

Protests with many participants and unified message most likely to influence politicians

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WASHINGTON, DC, March 29, 2017 — Protests that bring many people to the streets who agree among themselves and have a single message are most likely to influence elected officials… American Sociological Association Eurek Alert “We found that features of a protest can alter the calculations of politicians and how they view an issue,” said Ruud Wouters, an assistant professor of political communication and journalism at… Protests with many… Read More »

Brexit could be detrimental for all, not just UK and EU

Asia Times

In a letter signed by British Prime Minister Theresa May and delivered to European Council President Donald Tusk on Wednesday, the United Kingdom officially triggered Article 50 – the… Xuan Loc Doan Asia Times The historic démarche launched a two-year divorce process whose outcomes will reshape the future of both the European Union and the United Kingdom in fundamental and potentially dangerous… Brexit could be… Read More »

Erdoğan’s power grab

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - MARCH 13:  A couple walk past a large banner showing the portrait of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Taksim Square on March 13, 2017 in Istanbul, Turkey. Turkey will hold its constitutional referendum on April 16, 2017. Turks will vote on 18 proposed amendments to the Constitution of Turkey. The controversial changes seek to replace the parliamentary system and move to a presidential system which would give President Recep Tayyip Erdogan executive authority. Campaigning will officially begin on February 25 with a pro referendum rally to be held in Ankara and attended by Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

What the upcoming referendum means for Turkey. Zia Weise Politico ISTANBUL — The cure-all for Turkey’s ills is close at hand — if you believe Recep Tayyip Erdoğan: a ‘yes’ result in next month’s referendum would restore security and stability, the president… Erdoğan’s power… Read More »

Sincerity is not enough: the problem with the problem of sincere disbelief

Religion - ABC

Michael Collett’s thoughtful article “God and the problem of sincere disbelief” must have touched a nerve. Michael Jensen ABC Within an hour of it being published on Wednesday, I received a flurry of emails from believing Christians asking me what I thought. Collett and I… Sincerity is not… Read More »

No, wealth isn’t created at the top. It is merely devoured there

Money - The Guardian

Bankers, pharmaceutical giants, Google, Facebook … a new breed of rentiers are at the very top of the pyramid and they’re sucking the rest of us dry Rutger Bregman The Guardian This piece is about one of the biggest taboos of our times. About a truth… No, wealth isn’t… Read More »

Australians are not racist: Hanson

One Nation leader Senator Pauline Hanson during Question Time in the Senate chamber at Parliament House in Canberra, Tuesday, March 21, 2017. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) NO ARCHIVING

Australians aren’t racist because criticism is not racism, Pauline Hanson said as she spoke in parliament in favour of changes to race-hate speech laws. SBS Pauline Hanson has declared Australians are not racist, insisting criticism is not racism as she backs proposed changes to race-hate speech laws. The Senate is… Australians are not… Read More »

Land Day 2017: Israel’s relentless land grab continues

Palestine - Al Jazeera

As Israel resumes its settlement expansion with impunity, Palestinians have plenty to protest at this year’s Land Day. Rachel Borrell Al Jazeera News Today’s commemoration of Land Day is an emblematic reminder of the countless human rights violations that have characterised half a century of Palestinian land confiscation and dispossession. During the first… Land Day 2017… Read More »

The uncertain future of democracy

MANCHESTER, NH - FEBRUARY 09:  Voters head to the polling booths inside the Webster School gymnasium February 9, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Tuesday is the 100th anniversary of the New Hampshire primariy, the 'First in the Nation' test for presidential candidates from both parties.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Joshua Wong was 17 when he was first arrested for his political views. Douglas Heaven BBC News But by then he had been taking part in pro-democracy protests for more than three years. In 2011, aged… The uncertain future… Read More »

Stop the political point-scoring and take human rights seriously

Human rights - Euractiv

Are Turkey, Germany and the Netherlands crying wolf on human rights? Başak Çalı Euractiv There’s a legal route for countries that take human rights seriously, writes Başak Çalı. March saw unusually… Stop the political… Read More »

The Trump Administration’s Potentially Constructive Objectives for NAFTA

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After a campaign in which presidential candidate Donald Trump(link is external) vilified the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as one of the worst trade deals in history, the… Jeffrey J. Schott (PIIE) Photo Credit: REUTERS/Eric Thayer In a few areas, as expected, new US goals sharply deviate from past US practice and the provisions of the… These need clarification and… But in a draft letter… The Trump Administration’s… Read More »

Van Jones: Trump may have signed Earth’s death warrant

New law - CNN

(CNN) – As usual, Donald Trump is completely upside down on the facts. Van Jones CNN In 2015, President Barack Obama created the Clean Power Plan to slow climate disruption. It was the… Van Jones: Trump may… Read More »

Once upon a time: a brief history of children’s literature

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­ April 2 is International Children’s Book Day and the anniversary of the birth of one of the most famous contributors to this genre, Hans Christian Andersen. Susan Broomhall ­Joanne McEwan ­Stephanie Tarbin The Conversation But when Andersen wrote his works, the genre of children’s literature was not an established field as we recognise… Adults have been writing for children (a broad definition of what we… Once upon a… Read More »

Brexit: Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May wanted to let Europe down gently, now she has other worries

May - ABC

Breakups can be brutal — a phone call, or maybe in person, with the old standby excuse of ‘it’s not you, it’s me’. Lisa Millar ABC This one came in a hand-delivered letter. And the words… Brexit: Britain’s Prime… Read More »

Populism, defined in 170 words

Populism in USA

The term “populism” is often used but rarely understood. Sean Illing VOX In the 2016 presidential election, populism became a catchall to describe both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. Populism was a… Populism, defined in… Read More »

The UK to split if May’s hard or no-deal Brexit is pursued

Split - European Sting

The English Bexiteer bigots when lying and cajoling their compatriots in order to convince them to vote ‘leave’, forgot altogether that their country, the UK contains other nations too, who do not… Dennis Kefalakos European Sting The Scotch and the Irish voted ‘remain’ in the 23 June 2016 referendum and it seems now they are determined to make it real, even if it means to divorce their English partners after 300 years of… The UK to… Read More »