World

Media’s role in terrorism, military coups

As today’s world turns into a battleground for global powers to establish their hegemony, terrorism, in all of its forms, is being used as a serious tool by those same global powers. Saadet Oruc Daily Sabah With changing tactics from terrorists, terrorism needs the media to exist and spread its message more than ever in an age of communication, and vice versa, the media needs terrorism to provide images of violence to increase the… Media’s role in… Read More »

Donald Trump and the end of American exceptionalism?

When a German Chancellor feels the need to explain the refugee convention to an American president, the speaker of British House of Commons says the leader of its closest ally is not welcome to address parliament, China positions… Nick Bryant BBC News That is, the credo pushed by successive presidents that the United States is a beacon of democracy, an exemplar of human rights, an indispensable country imbued with special values and beliefs that grants it the moral authority… Donald ... Read More »

Suffer The Children: The Creeping Sexualization Of Minors

The landscape of minor sex and sexual relations hosts all the perils of pre-Disney fairy tales. Joseph McBirnie The Daily Caller While failed candidates must mutilate themselves as they struggle to fit in positions citing “legitimate rape,” the mention of a certain word in conjunction with anything other than condemnation possesses the magical property… Suffer The Children… Read More »

Turkey’s Hurriyet appoints new editor-in-chief

He replaced Sedat Ergin, the paper said in a brief statement, without giving a… GulfNews Reuters Istanbul: Turkey’s Hurriyet newspaper has named a new editor-in-chief, it said late on Wednesday, a day after strong criticism of the prominent daily by President Tayyip Erdogan for a story suggesting discord between the government and the… Turkey’s Hurriyet appoints… Read More »

Torn Ballet Shoes, and a Life Upended

ISTANBUL — For the first time in half a year, the Turkish novelist Asli Erdogan returned the other day to her Istanbul apartment, a home left ransacked when she was arrested and… Tim Arango The New York Times She discovered that many things were missing: flash drives containing her work and reviews from European… Left behind… Torn Ballet Shoes… Read More »

Rape definition in Tasmania to be broadened if new bill passed

Reforms to widen the type of sexual behaviour considered to be rape in Tasmania look set to be introduced to Parliament in April. Edith Bevin ABC Under existing laws, an offence can only be rape if the act involves a penis and it is the accused who is the penetrator. Most other states… Rape definition in… Read More »

Let’s Settle the Russia Question Once and for All

A nonpartisan commission can finally shed light on Trump’s problem that just won’t go away. Gary Hart The National Interest Presidents in the past, most notably Bill Clinton with Boris Yeltsin and George W. Bush with Vladimir Putin, have committed what might be called the “buddy fallacy” where U.S.-Russian relations were concerned. That is, they… Let’s Settle the… Read More »

To improve our political climate, change the questions we ask

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Our fractured political climate in the United States might be made worse by how we approach difficult problems, researchers say in the journal Science. Ohio State University Eurek Alert A team of political scientists suggests rather than asking citizens “What do you want,” questions should be asked in a deliberative frame: “What should we do?” “Even this small… To improve our… Read More »

May and Merkel: splitting differences

For all their similarities, the two leaders are unlikely to become close. Tom McTague and Janosch Delcker Politico LONDON/BERLIN — The penny dropped during a phone call. In a telephone… May and Merkel… Read More »

Breakdown of China’s plan to tackle pollution

Steel and aluminum producers in 28 cities are told to slash output in winter and government begins moves to ban truck transport for coal Reuters Asia Times China has ordered steel and aluminum producers in 28 cities to slash output during winter and required coal transport by rail instead of truck in Tianjin and Hebei province, in Beijing’s latest effort to crack down on pollution. A 26-page document… Breakdown of China’s… Read More »

IS supporters free to return to Australia despite tough law changes

AUSTRALIA faces the return of some of the world’s most radical terrorists after tough laws to keep them out of the country… SHARRI MARKSON, The Daily Telegraph The Herald Sun Intelligence experts have warned the federal government nothing is stopping more than 100 homegrown terrorists — including those who have been fighting with Islamic… IS supporters free… Read More »

Europe eyes to replace US as China’s prime foreign partner

Last Tuesday, Rex Tillerson, the US Secretary of State, received in Washington the top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi, in an effort to establish a “regular high-level engagement” with China, after President Donald Trump has practically destroyed the until recently multiple channels of problem solving and interaction between the two super powers. Dennis Kefalakos European Sting Obviously, Tillerson felt he had to urgently invite State Councilor Yang to the US to sort out the mess between the two countries. Reportedly, the ... Read More »

The five most urgent steps to stop women being killed

In 2015, 140 recommendations were laid out in the Not Now, Not Ever report to tackle domestic and family violence from three fronts: culture and attitude, police response and the justice system. Amy Mitchell-Whittington Brisbane Times The report was prepared by the Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland, chaired by The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce who this week finalised her second annual progress report on the… The five most… Read More »

Life may actually be getting better at evolving

The networks of genes in each animal is a bit like the network of neurons in our brains, which suggests they might be “learning” as they go Chris Baraniuk BBC News In 1996, a young graduate student called Richard Watson sat down to read a paper on evolution. The article was… Life may actually… Read More »