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The Statue Of Liberty Poem Is Now A Weapon In America’s Culture War

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door! Scott Greer The Daily Caller We’re all familiar with those words written by Emma Lazarus over a 100 years ago and emblazoned on the Statue of Liberty. It’s embedded into our culture… The Statue Of Liberty Poem Is… Read More »

How the Women of the Mormon Church Came to Embrace Polygamy

A HOUSE FULL OF FEMALES Plural Marriage and Women’s Rights in Early Mormonism, 1835-1870 By Laurel Thatcher Ulrich By BEVERLY GAGE The New York Times Laurel Thatcher Ulrich is a historian’s historian. For more than three decades, she has dazzled her profession with archival discoveries, creative spark and an ability to see “history” where it… Her most… How the Women… Read More »

Theresa May’s visit to Turkey betrays our liberal values

The prime minister is so desperate for trade deals that she is embracing a regime of full-frontal authoritarianism. This tawdry tour shames Britain Sarah Olney The Guardian And so the Brexit cavalcade gathers pace. After paying court to Donald Trump in Washington on Friday, Theresa May will fly to… Theresa May’s visit… Read More »

Trump is the U.S.’s first Latin American president

In his first week in power, President Trump has ruled by fiat and tweet, following through on many campaign promises most people had assumed were too absurd or extreme to ever… By Ishaan Tharoor The Washington Post A temporary Muslim ban of some sort is set to come into effect, and the White House is seeking funding to… Trump is the… Read More »

Why Islamists are no longer Erdogan’s favorites

There is a new theme these days in Turkey’s hard-core pro-Erdogan media: The unreliability of opinion leaders or activists who have led Turkey’s Islamist movement for decades, and who have also been strong supporters of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Mustafa Akyol Al Monitor Lately, some prominent Islamists have raised criticism about “corruption by power” in the ruling circles. The Islamists also have criticized the… Why Islamists are no… Read More »

Why some Australians want to move their controversial national day

(CNN) – Australia’s national day, held on January 26 every year, isn’t all beer and barbeques. Ben Westcott CNN While many see it as a day to celebrate the Australian lifestyle, for others it’s a painful reminder of death, disease, and cultures now lost forever. Australia Day marks the arrival of Why some Australians want to… Read More »

Assisted dying: The complications of legalising killing humans

As an intensive care specialist in the emergency department of one of Canada’s leading teaching hospitals, Dr Scott Anderson has seen a lot of people die. Larry Cornies ABC He has delivered bad news to grieving families at hospital bedsides. He has had to tell them that… Assisted dying: The complications of… Read More »

If It’s Not True, Kind, Or Necessary, Don’t Share It On Facebook

I’ve been considering how much time I spend on Facebook, and how often I share posts that point out the weakness, sinfulness, or foolishness of another without even knowing whether it is true. Dana R. Casey The Federalist On my way to work this morning, I listened to “Morning Air,” a show on the Catholic station Relevant Radio. Msgr. Stuart Swetland was talking about… If It’s Not True, Kind, Or… Read More »

Astana: What talks?

With each round of peace talks, it is further clarified that Syrians under siege are not the key factor in negotiations. Malak Chabkoun Al Jazeera News Perhaps one of the biggest examples of the disconnect between Syrians inside Syria and Syrians sitting at the negotiating table in Astana this week is seen in a video produced by Shaam News Network, in which several… Astana: What… Read More »

Turkish anger as Greece rejects extradition of eight soldiers

Turkey has reacted with anger after a Greek court ruled against extraditing eight Turkish soldiers accused of involvement in an attempted… BBC Turkey accused Greece of failing in the “fight against terrorism” and said the decision was “politically… The eight men fled in a helicopter to… Turkish anger as… Read More »

Depression could increase risk of cancer death, research says

People who are frequently depressed or anxious may run a higher risk of dying from certain types of cancer, researchers said on Thursday. French Press Agency npr Medical records of more than 160,000 adults in England and Wales showed that those describing themselves as psychologically distressed were more likely to succumb to cancer, especially of the colon, prostate and pancreas. Leukaemia and cancer of… Depression could increase risk of… Read More »

China as the leader of the global liberal order?

Just under a year ago, the prospect that the United States would turn into the fierce critic of the current economic and political order while China could become its ardent advocate was almost inconceivable. Xuan Loc Doan Asia Times But, in a new era of world politics, wherein what is normal becomes abnormal and vice versa, such an unreal reversal of roles is now in the offing. For over the last seven… China as the leader of… Read More »

Martin Schulz, the outsider insider

The Brussels veteran’s decision to run against Angela Merkel is good news for Germany — and Europe. Timo Lochocki Politico BERLIN — Social Democrat leader Sigmar Gabriel’s decision to bow out of the race for the chancellorship in favor of Martin Schulz is the perfect antidote to German voters’ frustrations. It will benefit his party… Martin Schulz, the outsider… Read More »