Dismay over democracy: alternative policies for 2017


In the wake of Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, the prospect of right wing successes in European elections and, in Australia, the rudderless Turnbull government, social analysts insist that citizens have lost faith in democracy. Stuart Rees On Line Opinion In response to public dismay about capitalism and democracy, plus major political parties’ fear of an angry populism, Professor John Hewson has argued that the status quo should be thrown out and replaced by a complete… Dismay over democracy… Read More »

The Art Of Living And Writing Freely Can Save Us From Ourselves

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James Poulos’s ‘The Art of Being Free’ is a wholly original, insightful, and crazy deconstructed self-help book that will reshape what you think about everything from sex to adverbs. Mark Hemingway The Federalist Let me save some lazy reviewer of James Poulos’ new book, The Art of Being Free: How Alexis de Tocqueville Can Save Us From Ourselves, the trouble. The temptation here would… The Art Of Living And Writing… Read More »

How to treat an opioid epidemic

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The grim faces of the nation’s opioid epidemic—an overdosing parent slumped in the front seat of a car, mouth agape, with a neglected child in the rear seat—have become too familiar in recent years. Sally Satel AEI More babies are now being born with narcotics in their systems, foster care is strained, and growing numbers of grandparents are raising the children of their own addicted children. With an estimated 2.6 million… How to treat an opioid… Read More »

Are global stock markets headed for a meltdown?

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Bank of America calls it the Icarus Trade. Global stock markets will surge by another 10 per cent in a parabolic “melt-up” this quarter, akin to the final stage of the… Ambrose Evans-Pritchard The Daily Telegraph, London The Sydney Morning Herald This will be followed by a mirror “melt-down” later in 2017 as the US Federal Reserves squeezes global liquidity, and rising bond yields puncture the… Are global stock… Read More »

South China Sea: China media warn US over ‘confrontation’

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Blocking China from islands it has built in contested waters would lead to “devastating confrontation”, Chinese state media have warned. BBC News The angry response came after secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson said the US should deny Beijing access to new islands in the South China Sea. Two state-run papers carry… South China Sea: China… Read More »

German court rules that firebombing a synagogue is not anti-Semitic

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A synagogue burning in Germany is perhaps among the most literal illustrations of anti-Semitism imaginable. Updated by Sarah Wildman Vox But apparently, not all synagogue burnings are equal. This week a German regional court ruled that the 2014 firebombing of a… German court rules… Read More »

China Says It Will Ban Abuse of Children at Internet Detox Camps

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HONG KONG — China’s internet detox boot camps have drawn wide condemnation for abusive treatment of children that includes beatings and electroshock therapy, prompting the government to draft a law that would crack down on the camps’ worst excesses. Mike Ives The New York Times Experts welcomed the law, announced this week in China’s state-controlled news media, as an initial step toward curbing scandals in the industry. “It’s a very important move for… China Says It Will Ban… Read More »

French far-right candidate Marine Le Pen spotted at Trump Tower during New York visit

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French far-right presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen was seen at Trump Tower on Thursday, but she declined to say whether she was there to meet with US President-elect Donald Trump, according to a Reuters witness and a… Helene Fouquet and Terrence Dopp Brisbane Times Bloomberg and Reuters An aide to Ms Le Pen, who leads in the latest opinion poll for the… French far-right… Read More »

‘China will be biggest loser under protectionist Trump’

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Customs agency official says export growth by world’s largest trading nation will be limited if US president-elect imposes greater trade measures Reuters Asia Times US president-elect Donald Trump may limit the growth of China’s exports by imposing greater trade protectionist measures, the mainland customs agency said on Friday. China is the biggest loser in… ‘China will be biggest loser… Read More »

The slave trade made Scotland rich. Now we must pay our blood-soaked debts

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The Caribbean countries that our forefathers so ruthlessly exploited are asking for financial reparations. Let’s not deepen our shame by refusing them The Guardian At the turn of the year, after the giving, receiving and splurging are over, eyes turn wearily to outstanding bills, upcoming liabilities and the settling of accounts. This year, thanks to… The slave trade made… Read More »

South China Sea: Paul Keating says Rex Tillerson threatening to involve Australia in war

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Former prime minister Paul Keating has accused United States secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson of threatening to involve Australia in… Henry Belot ABC Earlier this week, the former Exxon Mobil chief executive said the US would send a “clear signal” to China that its access to artificial islands in the… South China Sea: Paul… Read More »

Rodrigo Duterte approves free contraception in mostly Catholic Philippines for millions

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order directing government agencies to provide contraception to 6 million Filipino women who don’t have access to birth control and other… The Washington Post The Canberra Times The executive order implements a landmark legislation signed by Mr… Rodrigo Duterte approves… Read More »

Bangladeshi proposal on child marriage is step backwards

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If parliament approves changes to a law to allow girls below 18 to be wed in ‘special cases’, this is an alarming move says global alliance Reuters Asia Times Bangladesh will be taking a step backwards in efforts to end child marriage if parliament approves changes to a law which would permit girls below 18 to be married in “special cases,” a global alliance of charities said on Thursday. The poor South Asian nation has… Bangladeshi proposal on child… Read More »

China expert: Tillerson’s plan for the South China Sea would ‘certainly end up in a shooting war with China’

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President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of state nominee, Rex Tillerson, made waves internationally on Thursday by suggesting that the US should “send China a clear signal that, first, the island-building stops, and… Alex Lockie Business Insider (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) Suggesting China stop its building of artificial islands and… China expert: Tillerson’s… Read More »

In China, State Media Blast Tillerson’s Comments On South China Sea Islands

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After President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of state made strong statements about China’s actions in the South China Sea, Chinese officials have responded with muted, measured statements — while state-run media have warned of the… Camila Domonoske npr Rex Tillerson, the former Exxon Mobil CEO nominated to lead the… In China, State… Read More »

Report: Chicago police use excessive force and often treat people “as animals or subhuman”

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The Justice Department just completed an exhaustive 13-month investigation into the Chicago Police Department. Updated by German Lopez Vox The findings are horrifying. The Chicago Police Department routinely violates civil rights, uses unnecessary force, discriminates against minority residents, and Report: Chicago police… Read More »