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101-year-old paedophile jailed for 13 years

Ralph Clarke, who committed offences in 1970s and 80s, is believed to be oldest person ever convicted by jury in UK The Guardian A 101-year-old paedophile has been jailed for 13 years for committing a string of sex offences against young children in the 1970s and 1980s. Retired haulier Ralph Clarke had… 101-year-old paedophile jailed… Read More »

Russia bath lotion kills 33 drinkers in Irkutsk

At least 33 people have died in Russia after drinking bath essence, authorities said on Monday. BBC News The hawthorn-scented liquid was consumed as if it were alcohol, according to Russia’s Investigative Committee. More than 50 people sought… Russia bath lotion kills… Read More »

Why Japan celebrates Christmas with KFC

How a fast-food marketing campaign turned into a widespread Yuletide tradition for millions. BBC News Mark Peters Every Christmas, Ryohei Ando gathers his family together for a holiday tradition. Just like their father did as… Why Japan celebrates Christmas… Read More »

Tis the season for animal rights

(USA Today) At this time of year, we often see animals subjected to cruel holiday stunts or treated as living props in our confusing pageantry. By Ben Williamson RNS Domino’s Japan recently announced it was canceling its ill-conceived plan to train reindeer to deliver pizza, following a… Tis the season… Read More »

Greece-Israel-Cyprus Relations: Ripe for Expansion?

Relations with Greece and Cyprus provide Israel with allied neighbors and bring Israel closer to Europe in terms of security, trade, and energy. Institute for Contemporary Affairs Dr. George Voskopoulos Israel, Greece, and Cyprus are the only working democracies in a region of undemocratic, semi-democratic, and… Greece-Israel-Cyprus… Read More »

Troubled times make it hard to be an optimist. But I don’t plan to stop

Optimists like me read the news and know all the dire things happening in the world. But we also get up each day determined not to accept a bad fate The Guardian Mary Elizabeth Williams Here’s what nobody ever tells you about being an optimist: it’s not as much fun as it looks. Especially lately. I do not come from a… Troubled times make it… Read More »

The ‘Palestinisation’ of the Syrian people

Or how Aleppo and Syria were abandoned by the world. Al Jazeera News Robin Yassin-Kassab In solidarity with Aleppo, the lights on the Eiffel Tower were extinguished. Elsewhere in Paris, and in London, Amsterdam, Oslo and Copenhagen, people demonstrated against the slaughter. Turks rallied outside Russian… The ‘Palestinisation’ of… Read More »

Australia’s annual budget deficits worsen by $7.5 billion U.S.

The budget would return to surplus in 2020-21, despite falling revenue and a slowing economy, Treasurer Scott Morrison said. The Star Rod McGuirk CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA—Australia’s projected budget deficits for the next four years have increased by 10.3 billion Australian dollars (US$7.5 billion) to AU$94.9 billion as the economy continues to slow following a China-driven… Australia’s annual budget deficits… Read More »

South Australia Has A Key Role To Play In The Global Warming Challenge

In our ongoing nuclear energy debate, Rob Parker, president of the Australian Nuclear Association responds to an article on November 29 by John Quiggin. New Matilda Rob Parker The public is desperate for our elected leaders to assert visionary plans and show clear direction. So along comes Premier Jay Weatherill of South Australia, a state at risk of becoming a real “rust belt” and, shock horror, he does… South Australia Has A Key… Read More »

Did America Really Lose the First Gulf War?

How Desert Storm taught us all the wrong lessons. The National Interest Daniel L. Davis In the heady days following the spectacular U.S. victory over Saddam Hussein’s Republican Guard armored divisions in Operation Desert Storm, military experts in Washington celebrated the fact that the U.S. military was vastly… Did America Really Lose… Read More »

World War III has already begun: Cyber-war underway as biggest military build-up continues

With nations across the globe stockpiling weapons on a scale not seen for decades, 2017 could see the cold war develop into a full scale conflict costing millions of lives. Express Rebecca Flood Already largely due to Vladimir Putin’s sabre-rattling, China’s increasing belligerence and a new USA with Donald Trump at the helm a country as peace-loving as Sweden has been placed on a war footing. And internet security experts say… World War III has already… Read More »

The new untruth of political campaigns

As a leading polling company is revealed to be behind an activist website ostensibly linked to Medicare, bipartisan support emerges for rules on disclosure. The Saturday Paper Karen Middleton Recently, an employee in the Department of Defence received a text message on what was a private, work-related mobile number. The message was political… The new untruth of… Read More »

Shock theory reveals Anne Frank might have been found by chance – and not BETRAYED

DIARIST Anne Frank could have been discovered in a raid on ration fraudsters instead of being snatched by Nazi’s hunting for Jews, a shocking new study has revealed. Express Vickiie Oliphant The wartime writer was thought to have been removed from her home at 263 Prinsengracht after an anonymous call tipped her and her family off to the Nazis. The Franks, van Pelses and… Shock theory reveals Anne Frank might… Read More »