Opinion

Albania’s Shotgun Wedding Proposal To The EU – OpEd

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To avoid seeing the Western Balkans “wooed” or even seduced by China, Russia, or radical Islam, it’s critical for the EU to move forward with accession talks with the Western Balkan states as soon as possible. Theodoros Papadopoulos Eurasia Review That’s according to Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, who made the remarks at a conference organized by Friends of Europe earlier this month in Brussels. The accession process for the Western Balkans had been largely shunted aside for roughly a ... Read More »

Stop the slaughter of whales

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Japan must heed the voice of global concern and put an end to its whaling expedition in the Antarctic waters Hiranmay Karlekar  The Pioneer India’s name is sadly missing from the list of countries — members of the European Union and 12 others — that have condemned Japan’s whaling expedition in the Antarctic waters launched recently. The plan is to kill 333 Minke whales in four months. Ever since the International Whaling Commission’s (IWC) imposition of a moratorium on hunting ... Read More »

Time to challenge the culture of young doctors emigrating

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The loss of so many doctors from the Irish health system each year is not sustainable Niamh Humphries The high number of doctors emigrating to work abroad is a significant contributor to the crisis in our health services. The Irish Times The extent to which the Irish health system relies on internationally trained doctors, on agency and locum staff, and struggles to recruit consultants, shows it is time to reassess medical emigration and to challenge the presumption that it benefits ... Read More »

Neutron star merger left behind a black hole, study says

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A collapse of two neutron stars, which made headlines this year as the first-ever observation of gravitational waves confirmed by other signals, left behind a black hole, further study has revealed. RT The GW170817 event reported by scientists of LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) earlier this year is considered one of this year’s most significant events in astronomy. The gravitational waves detected by LIGO stations coincided with electromagnetic radiation of a wide spectrum, which confirmed that the event causing the ... Read More »

David McWilliams: There’s an economic star in the east

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Today, wise men know that the world’s economic future isn’t in the west. It’s in China. David McWilliams Some 2,000 years ago, Joseph and Mary headed from Nazareth to Bethlehem to sign a census. The Irish Times Census night was a big deal in Roman Judea because the Romans were meticulous about economic and demographic affairs. The Romans were fastidious measurers because they were exacting tax-collectors. These taxes, collected in the Judea of Christ, were designed to finance Roman expansion ... Read More »

New Genome Scores Predict Breast Cancer Odds for Any Woman

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Drawing on giant population studies, the diagnostics company Myriad Genetics introduces a novel type of DNA test to predict cancer. Antonio Regalado MIT Technology Review The actress Angelina Jolie prompted droves of women to seek genetic testing after she revealed, in 2013, that a “faulty gene” called BRCA1 had given her an 87 percent chance of developing breast cancer. In the face of those odds, Jolie had decided to have her breasts removed. “I chose not to keep my story private because ... Read More »

A new year’s resolution for the PM

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We recently took our girls to the movies to see The Man Who Invented Christmas, the focus of which is the transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge, from what is described in the story as a “squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner” to a benevolent, sociable man, to one who “possess(es) an emotional depth [and] a regret for lost opportunities”. John Hewson Brisbane Times At this Christmas time, a time of Christian celebration, it is an important time to reflect, ... Read More »

Socialism is still popular in U.S. despite the Venezuelan

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It’s a puzzle. Over the last decade, Venezuela has supplanted Cuba as the Shangri-La of the American left. Not long ago, self-declared socialist Sen. Jonah Goldberg Tribune Content Agency Chicago Tribune Bernie Sanders insisted that the American dream was more achievable in the Bolivarian Republic than in America. A string of Hollywood luminaries made the pilgrimage to visit the socialist mecca to say ponderous and stupid things. Today, the praise is more muted because events have illuminated that stupidity. The ... Read More »

Talking Point: PM silent on Nobel prize when world needs him to speak up

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Malcolm Turnbull is rarely stuck for words, but the award of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize to an organisation founded in Australia has left him speechless Peter Boyer The Mercury The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, or ICAN, was set up a decade ago in Melbourne. ICAN’s current director, Swedish lawyer Beatrice Fihn, received the award at a gala ceremony in Oslo, Norway last week. Geneva-based Fihn is one of just three salaried staff — the other two are ... Read More »

Don’t Just Thank Black Women. Follow Us.

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When I joined the 470,000 other women who walked down Constitution Avenue toward the National Mall on Jan. 21, the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, I carried a sign saying, “Don’t Forget, White Women Voted for Trump.” Angela Peoples The New York Times My message stood in stark contrast to the theme of togetherness that dominated the Women’s March — the pink “pussy hats” and “girl power” placards, and chants about how women would lead the resistance. This was exactly ... Read More »

New study shows income redistribution from the poor to the rich

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Back in 1980, the bottom 50 percent of wage-earners in the United States earned about 21 percent of all income in the country – nearly twice as much as the share of income (11 percent) earned by the top 1 percent of Americans. Christopher Ingraham Washington Post Chicago Tribune But today, according to a massive new study on global inequality, those numbers have nearly reversed: the bottom 50 percent only take in 13 percent of the income pie, while the ... Read More »

EDITORIAL: Liberals unethical pick for new ethics commissioner

Public sector integrity commissioner Mario Dion is shown in Ottawa on December 13, 2011. The Liberals are tapping a long-time public servant to be the ethics watchdog for the House of Commons. Government House leader Bardish Chagger says Dion is being nominated to become the next ethics and conflict of interest commissioner.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld ORG XMIT: cpt121

Talk about a bogus appointment process The Liberals have known for ages that ethics commissioner Mary Dawson was due to leave her post in early January Toronto Sun Postmedia News They were, after all, the ones who extended her appointment more than once by six month increments. So why then did they use such rushed, last-minute tactics to appoint Dawson’s successor? The whole process that unfolded this past week on Parliament Hill has opposition MPs and expert observers crying… On ... Read More »

Pesco makes us choose defence spending over housing homeless

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EU army requires fivefold hike in Irish military spending on machines of death Kieran Allen The Irish Times A major decision about Ireland’s role in a common European defence has been rushed through the Dáil On Thursday, 7th December, the national parliament voted to enter a new military arrangement known as Permanent Structured Co-operation (Pesco). The Cabinet took a decision to propose this at their meeting on November 21st but deliberately withheld notification until the very last moment. One can ... Read More »

Pick up a book and share it with a child: it’s the key to success in an uncertain future

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Parents often ask me what they ought to do to prepare their children for a future they can scarcely imagine, in a world that’s changing before their eyes. Alan Finkel ABC I say that there’s a brilliant learning technology already on the shelf. It builds vocabulary, conveys knowledge, fosters creativity, improves concentration, develops skills of reasoning and pattern recognition, calms anxiety and opens discussions … all this, while nurturing love and… Pick up a… Read More »

After Dastyari’s downfall we must question the hold of big money on any political party

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Irrespective of a donor’s nationality, what are the effects of politicians hobnobbing with billionaires on the democratic process? Jeff Sparrow The Guardian We need to be very careful about the political narrative emerging to explain Sam Dastyari’s downfall. In Fairfax, Mark Kenny argues that, by resigning over his connections with billionaire Huang Xiangmo, Dastyari “reinforced to Beijing, and to its wealthy business and political surrogates here, that Australia will safeguard its sovereignty as jealously as does… That’s all very well. But surely ... Read More »

The name ‘Macedonia’ cannot work

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Although my grandfather, Josip Broz Tito, “gave” the name “Macedonia” to one of the six constituent republics of Yugoslavia, it is obvious that this act did not aim to create irredentist claims with its neighbors, with which Yugoslavia developed friendly relations and fruitful cooperation. Svetlana Broz * e-kathimerini For many years Skopje’s authorities had been presenting maps of “Greater Macedonia,” extending “the geographical and ethnic border of Macedonia” into Bulgaria, Albania, Serbia and Greece. Is that the model of regional ... Read More »