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Now, America, You Know How Chileans Felt

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DURHAM, N.C. — It is familiar, the outrage and alarm that many Americans are feeling at reports that Russia, according to a secret intelligence assessment, interfered in the United States election to help Donald J. Trump become president. The New York Times By ARIEL DORFMAN I have been through this before, overwhelmed by a… Now, America, You… Read More »

Are the United States and China Destined for War?

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Are Washington and Beijing fated to repeat the mistakes Britain and Germany made a century earlier? The National Interest Ali Wyne Concern about an armed confrontation between the United States and China is… Are the United… Read More »

Turkey takes another step toward despotism

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SINCE ASSUMING the nominally ceremonial position of president in 2014, Turkish ruler Recep Tayyip Erdogan has aspired to endow it with far-reaching powers, replacing the country’s parliamentary system with something more like what Vladi­mir Putin has established in Russia. The Washington Post By Editorial Board His… Turkey takes another… Read More »

Study finds one-third of people prone to ‘remembering’ false events

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A recent study has found about one-third of people can, if prompted, ‘remember’ or at least believe events that never actually happened. ABC Emma Wynne It is a confronting finding in an era when fake news is said to be proliferating online and has been blamed for influencing the recent US presidential election. The study from the University of… Study finds one-third of people prone… Read More »

Venezuela: Tough Talking

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With a collapsing health care system, sky-rocketing inflation and crippling state controls, Venezuela is beset by unprecedented social and economic crises. ICG To end the root problem of political paralysis, the Chavista government and opposition must use outside-mediated negotiation to restore democratic and… Venezuela: Tough… Read More »

Orkney is named second best place in UK for quality of life

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Orkney has been named the second best place to live in the UK, behind Winchester, in a quality of life survey. The Scotsman By Vicky Shaw Orkney, along with 18th placed Shetland, are the only places in Scotland to make the list which is published today. Wychavon in Worcestershire, the… Orkney is named… Read More »

If we made contact with alien, how would religion react?

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The discovery of life on another planet might seem incompatible with faith in a deity. BBC News Brandon Ambrosino Yet many theologians are already open to the existence of extraterrestrials, argues the writer Brandon Ambrosino. In 2014, Nasa awarded $1.1M to the… If we made contact with… Read More »

Putin, Abe signal no resolution on island dispute

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin wrapped up two days of talks on Dec. 15, with numerous economic deals but no big breakthrough on a territorial row that has over-shadowed ties since World War Two. Tokyo Hurriyet Putin was heading home with promises of economic cooperation after appearing to… Putin, Abe signal… Read More »

Three big secrets lurking in China’s banking system

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A close look at lending and money supply data reveals three notable kinks in the system Asia Times Steve Wang New yuan loans handed out by Chinese banks in November expanded about 10%, more than analysts had been expecting, while the broad M2 money supply figure came in at a respectable 11.4% year-on-year gain. At first glance these numbers portray an image of… Three big secrets lurking in… Read More »

Brazilians hail triumph of MasterChef ‘warrior’ over her sexist co-stars

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Dayse Paparoto has been celebrated as a feminist hero after shrugging off boorish behaviour from male competitors who even told her to sweep the floor The Guardian Dom Phillips The winner of Brazil’s MasterChef Professionals show has been hailed as a feminist hero after shrugging off sexist comments and boorish behaviour from her male competitors who ignored her suggestions, undermined her… Brazilians hail triumph of… Read More »

Noel Whelan: We must resist SF’s efforts to whitewash over its bloodstained past

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Adams got caught out while trying to manage the fallout of Austin Stack’s fight for answers The Irish Times Noel Whelan When writing last week about the controversy between Austin Stack and Gerry Adams, I reached to the bookshelf for my… Noel Whelan: We… Read More »

SHOCK DISCOVERY: Scientists find place on earth where GRAVITY hardly exists

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THE mystery surrounding a strange place on earth where gravity barely exists has finally been solved by a crack team of scientists. Express Patrick Christys For more than 40 years experts were baffled by an “anti-gravity zone” surrounding the Hudson Bay are in Canada, with some conspiracy theorists even claiming the spot might be a portal into another dimension. Scientists conducting a global gravity… SHOCK DISCOVERY: Scientists find… Read More »

You need to back to school and relearn English

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With non-native English speakers outnumbering native speakers, it’s up to Anglophones to learn how to speak their language within a global community. BBC News Lennox Morrison Until seven years ago, Chicago-born Ben Barron had worked only with fellow Americans. But when he took a job with Zurich Insurance… You need to back to… Read More »

Teachers PROTEST against plans to merge schools to create ‘socially diverse’ community

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TEACHERS and parents of pupils at a school in Paris went on strike to protest against government plans with would see their school combined with another to create a more “socially diverse” environment. Express Zoe Efstathiou Under a new scheme, government ministers want to create “multicolleges”, which involves combining schools to promote mixed social and cultural demographics in order to stop some communities becoming ghettos. Merging Paris’ Marie Curie college with… Teachers PROTEST against plans to… Read More »

Barack Obama vows retaliation against Russia for meddling in US elections

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President Barack Obama said Thursday the United States will retaliate against Russian hacking aimed at interfering in the US election. Daily Nation “I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections that we need to take action,” Obama told NPR radio. “And we will, at a time and place of… Barack Obama vows retaliation against… Read More »

Venezuela gate-crashes meeting with regional powers

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Venezuela’s top diplomat turned up uninvited to a meeting of the South America’s Mercosur on Dec. 14, despite Caracas’ suspension from the trade bloc for failing to meet democratic and trade standards. Hurriyet BUENOS AIRES – Agence France-Presse Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez pushed her way through a… Venezuela gate-crashes… Read More »