Opinion

Canada can help Cuba along a new path: Editorial

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau can continue to play a role in influencing Cuba to be more open to the world. The Star For the past few days, Conservative leadership candidates, Trudeau haters and U.S. Republicans have been lashing out at Justin… Canada can help… Read More »

My country, my shame

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Australia has received an unprecedented amount of negative publicity in recent weeks. Amnesty International has accused us of torturing refugees on Nauru, Their report, titled the ‘Island of Despair’, has provided factual stories of the sufferings that are inflicted on refugees there. On Line Opinion Peter Bowden The ABC Four Corners program highlighted a similar story: The Forgotten Children. That story told us of the abuse this country is inflicting on… My country, my… Read More »

Bahcelism in Turkey

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When the history of Turkey’s descent into Islamist dictatorship, financial ruin, and insecurity is written, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be the central focus of most accounts. AEI Michael Rubin But, when historians ask who enabled Erdogan’s rise, perhaps no Turkish politician deserves that title more than Devlet Bahçeli, the chairman of the Nationalist Movement Party (Milliyetçi Hareket Partisi, MHP), Turkey’s right-wing and nationalist party. When American or European politicians lead their… Bahcelism in Turkey Read More »

News, news everywhere, but not a word of it is real

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Publishing fake news has proven a lucrative business model — with very real consequences. Crikey Myriam Robin Did you see the heartwarming story that the founder of Corona beer left millions of dollars to everyone in his small town in his will? It was widely reported — the perfect story for sharing on Facebook. The problem is that, like the story of… News, news everywhere, but not a… Read More »

As a gay officer I saw how homophobic the police are

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The bungled investigation into Stephen Port’s murders has shone a light on how LGBT victims are often brushed away, with prejudice in the force still remaining The Guardian Kevin Maxwell In 2001, when I joined the police, homophobia was rife. In the Greater Manchester force I heard the word “queer”… As a gay officer I saw how homophobic… Read More »

Greece has taken a principled stand over guarantees

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In your editorial “Greece must stop blocking a deal” (Cyprus Mail, November 24), Greece is blamed for not adopting “a supportive role, instead of undermining the process as it had done in the last week”. Cyprus Mail Myron M Nicolatos, president of the Cyprus supreme court President Anastasiades is also blamed, for standing next to Prime Minister Tsipras and “nodding approvingly” while the… Greece has taken a… Read More »

The ‘latte libel’ is a brilliant strategy. The left cannot counter it with facts alone

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Rational argument and good policy cannot win against the emotional appeal of railing against elites. Just ask Hillary Clinton and Julia Gillard The Guardian Alex Frankel Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign was superior to Donald Trump’s in almost every way. But Trump won because he had a stronger, more emotive and relevant narrative. Trump’s campaign borrowed its narrative strategy from the… The ‘latte libel’ is a… Read More »

Corporate culture’s dark side demands attention

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Systemic underpayment of workers, unprecedented evidence of wage fraud, and allegations that foreign workers in the farming industry are so grossly exploited it is tantamount to “modern day slavery”. The Age Welcome to Australia in 2016. For the past two years, The Age‘s journalists have exposed… Corporate culture’s dark side demands… Read More »

Should public opinion determine policy?

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Political philosophy, like other realms of moral philosophy, deals with issues which cannot be settled by a formal test or procedure – such as a rule of law or the judgment of a political official; either because there is no rule or the rules are unclear, so that someone must first decide what the rule should be. On Line Opinion Max Atkinson A classic issue of political philosophy arises from the decision by the British Government, in response to a ... Read More »

White-Collar Supremacy

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Tallahassee, Fla. — Richard B. Spencer is one of the main figures of the alt-right movement, a former doctoral student from Duke whose movement supports the creation of “an ethno-state” for white Europeans and “peaceful ethnic cleansing.” The New York Times By KELLY J. BAKER  The Southern Poverty Law Center describes him as “a suit-and-tie version of the… White-Collar… Read More »

Humanity is cosmically special. Here’s how we know.

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As we give thanks for our many obvious blessings, let’s reflect on a blessing that is less well known, a gift from modern astronomy: how we view ourselves. The Washington Post By Howard A. Smith There was a time, back when astronomy put Earth at the center of the… Humanity is cosmically… Read More »

Peter Dutton the voice of moderation? You have got to be kidding

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Peter Dutton found himself in unfamiliar territory this week, cast as the victim of the “tricky language” and “double talk” of Bill Shorten, all of it designed to cause division and stymie efforts to prevent the radicalisation of alienated young Muslims. The Age Michael Gordon All of a sudden, the potential heir to Tony Abbott as unofficial commander-in-chief of the hard right, and conservative aspirant to the Liberal leadership, was projecting himself as the… Peter Dutton the voice of… Read More »

I’ve been told to ‘go back to my country’ my whole life. First in playgrounds, now by Peter Dutton

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The immigration minister’s remarks about Lebanese Muslims shows he is unaware of both the history of successful integration, and the direct consequences of his words The Guardian Antoun Issa The outrage directed at Peter Dutton over his misguided comments about Muslims of Lebanese background is a necessary pushback against the growing racist populism sweeping the Western world. Perhaps it was the victory of Donald Trump that emboldened Dutton to… I’ve been told to ‘go back to my country’ my… Read More »

For indigenous reconciliation, words are not enough: Editorial

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When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with the chiefs of Canada’s First Nations next month, will he be able to defend his record in good conscience? The Star Last December, within a month of taking office, Justin Trudeau became the… For indigenous reconciliation… Read More »

Joyce McMillan: The great right-wing economic project has failed

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Markets show hypocrisy over borrowing levels that would have seen a Labour government lambasted writes Joyce McMillan Outside, the weather is cold and strange, far more chill than in most recent autumns; and there’s a cold climate indoors… The Scotsman By JOYCE MCMILLAN Joyce McMillan: The… Read More »

Boris Johnson is a clown who has united the EU against Britain

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The foreign secretary’s combination of clumsiness and ignorance has undermined his own country’s exit strategy Jean Quatremer Βritain can be proud of itself. Once again, it had already shown the world the… Boris Johnson is… Read More »