Is it illegal to call someone a Nazi?

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An American dropped the word “Nazi” during a spat at Frankfurt Airport. Police say it was directed at them and are suing her for slander. But in a country with freedom of speech, how can this be legal? Kathleen Schuster DW An angry American traveler found herself plunged into German legal waters this month after allegedly calling federal police officers “Nazis” during a dispute at Frankfurt International Airport. Police say the woman, a 49-year-old professor, became “unreasonable and irritated” when they told ... Read More »

Trump’s Offshore Drilling Plan

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It was offshore oil drilling deja vu for me—having broken the story about the oil industry seeking to drill in the offshore Atlantic nearly 50 years ago. Karl Grossman CounterPunch But this time offshore drilling would be completely unnecessary with the U.S, awash in petroleum (thus $2.50-a-gallon gas) and oil drilling in the sea ten times more costly than drilling on land. Plus, renewable energy, led by solar and wind, is now well-developed and cheaper than fossil fuels. And although ... Read More »

No Winners in Turkey’s New Offensive into Syria

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No victor is likely in costly new battles between Turkey and Syrian Kurdish forces in north-western Syria Noah Bonsey ICG Difficulties faced by Turkish troops include a hostile population and hilly territory that favours its battle-hardened insurgent foes, and the offensive puts new stress on Turkey’s already strained relationship with its main strategic ally, the U.S. A Turkish attack on the Kurdish “People’s Protection Units” (YPG), the Syrian affiliate of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), was long expected. For most observers, the ... Read More »

Finland’s Marine Le Pen

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She hates the EU, cheered Brexit, supports Trump — and believes Finland needs her brand of populism. By REID STANDISH Politico HELSINKI — Of the eight contenders to be Finland’s next president, none stand out quite like Laura Huhtasaari. The candidate of the far-right Finns Party is an outlier in both style and substance. She won’t win Sunday’s presidential election but she’s using her time in the spotlight to push her party’s anti-immigrant, anti-establishment message. She hates the European Union, cheered ... Read More »

Turkey asks Twitter, Facebook, YouTube to remove posts on Afrin op

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The Turkish government requested that Twitter, Facebook and YouTube remove “damaging, objectionable, untrue and manipulative” content regarding its military operation in Syria. Ahval The companies are acting slowly, but responding positively to the government’s requests, an unnamed official told Turkish newspaper Habertürk. “If the damaging, objectionable, untrue and manipulative content are not removed immediately, it can be too late to stop it spreading to the masses,” the… “Therefore, we act quickly and… Turkey asks Twitter… Read More »

Invasion Day Post

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A line comes to mind in contemplating those who have come to our shores over the past two centuries ‘They came from the old world to the new, only to discover it was far more ancient than the old.’ Arnold Zable Twenty-two years ago, 1995. I am standing in front of a map of the State of Victoria as seen through Aboriginal eyes. Dated 1836 till 1853, titled The Massacre Map, it marks over sixty sites of known killings of ... Read More »

We are trading away our lives for the shallow rewards of capitalism – and it’s harming our chil

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The man’s voice rang out, loud and angry, breaking the quiet of the suburban street. “Get in the car you little shit!” Steve Biddulph The Age I went to the window to see a three-year-old child still not complying, a young baby already strapped in and an older child watching, open-mouthed. You could feel a whole rush of emotions, sympathy for the father’s plight – for who has not wrangled with kids and cars in their time – and dismay ... Read More »

The Balkans – The Land Of Endless Disputes

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Is Another Armed Conflict Possible? Why Do Both Superpowers And West Continue To Arm The Region? Kozeta Çika Tsarizm Throughout history the Balkans have seen frequent political clashes, especially the western region. Many have considered the area a barrel of gunpowder, as there have been wars between expansionist countries and those who fought for independence and survival. To some extent, the beginning of the 20th century put an end to the disputes, as it defined the countries’ borders, most of ... Read More »

6 quotes from Davos on the future of education

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The future of work is going to look very different, as automation and Artificial Intelligence make many manual, repetitive jobs obsolete. World Ecomomic Forum According to the McKinsey Global Institute, robots could replace 800 million jobs by 2030, while the World Economic Forum suggests a “skills revolution” could open up a raft of new opportunities. “If we do not change the way we teach, 30 years from now, we’re going to be in trouble,” said Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba Group, China’s ... Read More »

30 migrants drown after boat sinks off Yemen: UN

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At least 30 African migrants drowned when their boat capsized off war-torn Yemen this week with reports of gunfire being used against those on board, the United Nations said Jan. 26. ADEN – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet At least 152 Somalis and Ethiopians were aboard the overcrowded vessel which left Aden in southern Yemen on Jan. 23, the U.N. refugee and migration agencies said in a joint statement. The vessel is believed to have been operated by unscrupulous smugglers who were ... Read More »

Cyber threats: 2018 and beyond


Hackers using technology with behavioural insights pose a greater threat than ever to cyber security. What do consumer credit reporting agency Equifax and ride-hailing company Uber have in common? Foo Siang-tse and Shashi Jayakumar The Straits Times One would imagine that as large enterprises, they would check the boxes for good cyber-security practices: a healthy security budget, deployment of leading-edge cyber security technologies, and round-the-clock monitoring by well-trained cyber professionals. Yet they were revealed last year to have been successfully ... Read More »

Salvaging the legacy of the FBI

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The FBI is experiencing its greatest crisis in our history. J. Edgar Hoover may have kept “intel” files on enemies but never attempted a government coup. John Ligato The Washington Times Recent leadership at headquarters allowed politics to seep into our DNA, and field agents were smeared with the same brush. What happened and, what can we do to regain our reputation? The Bureau is about to take some major hits to its legacy and Director Christopher Wray is the only individual who can ... Read More »

Thanks, L’Oréal, but I’m growing weary of this hijab fetish

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Amena Khan’s role in a new ad campaign, though short-lived, shows how the industry struggles to represent Muslim women Nesrine Malik The Guardian This month Amena Khan became the first hijabi model to star in a global mainstream hair campaign. L’Oréal, which featured her in its advert, apparently wanted to promote an important message: hair care is for everyone, whether or not they choose to show their hair in public. I’m not sure who exactly thinks that women in hijab don’t care ... Read More »

Rohingya crisis: US diplomat quits advisory panel

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Veteran US diplomat Bill Richardson has resigned from an international panel set up by Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi to advise on the Rohingya crisis He claimed the panel was a “whitewash” and accused Ms Suu Kyi, his long-time friend, of lacking “moral leadership”. BBC Myanmar said he should “review himself” over the “personal attack”. More than 650,000 Rohingya people, from a mostly-Muslim minority in Buddhist Myanmar, fled to Bangladesh last year in the face of a military crackdown. ... Read More »

The problem with Puerto Rico

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Even before being wrecked by hurricane damage, Puerto Rico was a mess. Peter Roff The Washington Times Things were so out of control Congress and President Barack Obama took the extraordinary step of appointing an oversight board to take charge, hoping it would act decisively and prevent the Puerto Rican government from going broke. They’ve failed. What else is one to conclude now that a secret stash of money totaling almost $7 billion has been found, hidden away in private ... Read More »

Nikki Haley says Palestine’s Abbas lacks ‘Courage,’ ‘Insulted’ Trump in a fiery U.N. Speech

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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Thursday issued a scathing attack on Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, charging that he lacks “courage and the will to seek peace” in the Middle East. Tracy Lee Newsweek “We will not chase after a Palestinian leadership that lacks what is needed to achieve peace,” Haley said in a fiery speech at a U.N. Security Council meeting. This comes as U.S. President Donald Trump, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, ... Read More »