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Slavery thrives in the gaps between our knowledge

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The power to end exploitation is already in our hands, Liberty Asia’s Duncan Jepson says. Duncan Jepson Asia Times What holds us back is the lack of basic data needed to make the right decisions. The much quoted… Slavery thrives in… Read More »

Reaction To Trump’s Team Proves Climate Alarmists Are The Real Deniers

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After the election, there were reports of EPA employees breaking down in tears and Energy Department staffers needing counseling. It’s not because they care about the environment. Julie Kelly The Federalist Today is the Day Against Denial, where climate change activists around the country are protesting President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet picks. Activists will supposedly… Reaction To Trump’s Team… Read More »

How Exxon, under Rex Tillerson, won Iraqi oil fields and nearly lost Iraq

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When Ashti Hawrami, the oil minister from Iraq’s largely autonomous Kurdistan region, unfurled a map of untapped oil fields for a team of ExxonMobil officials in the spring of 2011, they saw possibility and profit. By Missy Ryan and Steven Mufson The Washington Post The minister pointed to the blocks that had already been taken by other foreign firms as… How Exxon, under… Read More »

Deceased Iranian President Rafsanjani was no moderate

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Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Iran’s former president and arguably the Islamic Republic’s second-most influential political figure, died of a heart attack Sunday. Michael Rubin AEI He was 82. Almost immediately, journalists and some diplomats described his death as a blow to moderation in Iran. Thomas Erdbrink, the Tehran… Deceased Iranian President… Read More »

Jeremy Cresswell: A matter of reputation and disgust in Big Oil

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Make no mistake, the public do not like Big Oil. It is in the eyes of most, a rapacious machine that will trample over anyone and anything to get what it… Jeremy Cresswell Energy Voice And with good reason given what happened in the US in the early 20th… Jeremy Cresswell: A… Read More »

Europe’s slow rot

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Threats to the EU and liberal democracy are developing in mundane, not dramatic, fashion. Dalibor Rohac AEI After everything that Europeans saw last year – the Brexit vote, the attack in Nice, the coup in Turkey and the Italian referendum – the default expectation is that Europe will again be in a firefighting mode in 2017. However, the expectation of… Europe’s slow… Read More »

Cut To The (Russian) Chase

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“Russian hacking” is the Left/Never-Trumpers’ explanation for Donald Trump’s election. Diana West The Daily Caller In their furrowed-brow telling, they have just discovered something called “Russian interference” and “Russian influence.” Don’t ask where so many… Cut To The (Russian) Chase Read More »

SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Medieval explanation on women’s rights over their own bodies

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Driving along the N25 towards the Rosslare ferry in Co Wexford, we pass a slightly homemade looking billboard. 250,000 lives saved by the 8th, it says. Suzanne Harrington Irish Examiner Daughter asks what this means. The 8th of what, she… SUZANNE HARRINGTON: Medieval… Read More »

Cyprus, the endgame

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A deal to reunify Cyprus would give the EU a win it desperately needs. Sara Stefanini Politico It’s make-or-break week for Greek and Turkish Cypriots, as their leaders enter the toughest stretch yet of negotiations to reunify the long-divided island. It’s a make-or-break… Cyprus, the… Read More »

Phil Hogan urges Ireland to keep distance from UK on Brexit

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‘Real risk’ Ireland’s relationship with Europe could be defined by relationship with Britain Stephen Collins The Irish Times This country’s strategic interests in the Brexit negotiations could be seriously damaged by an excessive focus on the relationship with the… Phil Hogan urges… Read More »

Citizens’ juries could help build a democratic utopia

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Pessimism reigns, but if we could only reconnect then we might fall back in love with politics Zoe Williams The Guardian While in so many obvious and petrifying ways politics has never been bleaker, there is a level on which I have never felt more optimistic. And for better reasons than… Citizens’ juries could help… Read More »

Is Humanism Really Humane?

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This is the tenth in a series of dialogues with philosophers and critical theorists on the question of violence. Natasha Lennard and Cary Wolfe The New York Times This conversation is with Cary Wolfe, who is the director of the Center for Critical and Cultural Theory at Rice University and the founding editor of the Posthumanities book series at the University of Minnesota Press. Natasha Lennard: “Posthumanism”… Is Humanism Really… Read More »

Slavery thrives in the gaps between our knowledge

Slavery - Asia Times

The power to end exploitation is already in our hands, Liberty Asia’s Duncan Jepson says. Duncan Jepson Asia Times What holds us back is the lack of basic data needed to make the right decisions. The much quoted line by… Slavery thrives in the… Read More »

When the mind doesn’t fit the body and your daughter becomes a son

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Kirsty Donohue’s eldest child told her he was a boy trapped in a girl’s body. She tells Claire O’Sullivan about the journey her family has been on since that day. By Claire O’Sullivan Ιrish Examiner Reporter For some time, Kirsty Donohue’s eldest had a sketch hanging up on the wall. Kirsty didn’t take… Kirsty Donohue’s eldest… Read More »

Who’s Really Placing Limits on Free Speech?

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MADISON, Wis. — At least three times in the past six months, state legislators have threatened to cut the budget of the University of Wisconsin at Madison for teaching about homosexuality, gender and race. Donald P. Moynihan The New York Times As a faculty member who focuses on how public organizations are managed, I hear a great deal about the dangers of political correctness in higher education. Several of Wisconsin’s elected officials… Who’s Really Placing… Read More »

In Meluku, East Of Eden

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The story of spices is the story of temptation—and human civilisation’s rise and fall. A string of fabled, fragrant islands forms its kernel. Amitav Ghosh Outlook At my writing desk, as in my kitchen, I find it impossible to escape the lure of spices. Their flavours enliven many of… In Meluku, East… Read More »