Opinion

How far would you really go for the Syrians?

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The atrocities unfolding in Aleppo over the past few weeks have resulted in a reinvigorated outpouring of global grief. On Line Opinion Marieke Jacobs Images of bloodied and lifeless bodies flood our socials, while the hashtags #prayforaleppo, #saveallepo, and #savesyria coalesce into a collective narrative of horror, compassion and despair. We have taken to the streets to… How far would you really go for… Read More »

If Brexit means liberation, why does it feel so dull and joyless?

Brexit - The Guardian

The dismal project of leaving the European Union is without art or poetry. It is entirely lacking in the cultural depth on which nation-building depends The Guardian Rafael Behr The opening number in Tim Minchin’s brilliant adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Matilda features one of my favourite lines from the musical repertoire. It is sung by a teacher… If Brexit means liberation, why does… Read More »

Sticks And Stones May Break Israel’s Bones, But It’s Words That Really Frighten

Israel - New Matilda

The ‘Democratic State of Israel’ has decided to go ‘full North Korea’ and threaten to not renew an Australian Jewish journalist’s press visa for… wait for it… asking a question at a media event. New Matilda Chris Graham Chris Graham explains. Living in a free and democratic society is… Sticks And Stones May Break… Read More »

Rethinking Trump’s policy options for North Korea

N Korea - Asia Times

Strategic patience, as exercised by the outgoing Obama administration, is highly unsustainable as a long-term policy Asia Times Jana Hajzlerova and Michael Raska In 2016, North Korea has conducted two nuclear tests, multiple missiles tests, and staged a rare Workers’ Party of Korea congress signaling the “official start to Kim Jong-un’s era” with no changes in its political course. At the same time… Rethinking Trump’s policy… Read More »

Voter Interest Hits Record Low in 2016 – ANU Election Study

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A major review of the 2016 Australian election has found record low levels of voter interest and record low levels of satisfaction with democracy and trust in government. Pro Bono Australia Lina Caneva A major review of the 2016 Australian election has found record low levels of voter interest and record low levels of satisfaction with democracy and trust in government. The latest Australian Election Study, conducted by… Voter Interest Hits Record… Read More »

Ottawa and provinces should get back to the table on health: Editorial

Ottawa - The Star

Only from the mess of intergovernmental compromise will a better system emerge. The Star Adrian Wyld In opposition and on the campaign trail, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals often rightly denounced the Harper government’s complete abdication of federal leadership in intergovernmental affairs. But after this week’s failed… Ottawa and provinces should… Read More »

American democracy is being derailed. Can faith be restored?

Democracy - The Guardian

Not all votes or voters are treated equally – many are thwarted and undermined at every turn The Guardian Richard Wolffe Now that the electoral college has formally selected the next president of the United States, it’s worth taking a deep breath and asking: what kind of democracy do we live in? The will of the people ought to… American democracy is being… Read More »

Turkey, Russia and an Assassination: The Swirling Crises, Explained

Explain - NYT

Turkey and Russia, whose up-and-down relationship has helped shape the Syrian war and its related crises, shared a new trauma on Monday after an off-duty Turkish police officer assassinated Russia’s ambassador. The New York Times Max Fisher The killing of Andrey G. Karlov in Ankara caused global alarm and raised questions about the larger consequences. On social media, many drew… Turkey, Russia and an… Read More »

Apple’s rotten appeal

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03:  The Apple logo is displayed on the back of an iPhone on August 3, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

Rather than addressing the merits of the case, the tech giant is playing the pity card. Politico Richard A. Epstein On Monday, an angry Apple appealed against an August ruling by the European Commission ordering the company to pay Ireland some €13 billion in back taxes, plus interest. Disappointingly, the Silicon Valley tech giant failed to… Apple’s rotten… Read More »

Donald Trump will violate the US constitution on inauguration day

Trump - The Guardian

Because of the emoluments clause, the electoral college would be fully justified in concluding that he is unsuited to the presidency The Guardian Laurence H Tribe When Donald Trump swears at the inauguration that he will “faithfully execute the office of president of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the United States”, he will… Donald Trump will violate the… Read More »

Our overcrowded prisons and recidivist governments

Prisons - Canberra Times

The stark, unpalatable reality is that the numbers of prisoners in Australia grew 8 per cent from 36,134 in 2015 to 38,845 in 2016. The Canberra Times Ross Fitzgerald This is nothing short of scandalous. The US has the highest… Our overcrowded prisons… Read More »

One of the biggest VC’s in Silicon Valley explains how basic income could fail in America

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Sam Altman is putting a lot of faith in the idea that giving people free money will make them happier and healthier, but that doesn’t mean he’s betting it all. Business Insider Chris Weller Altman is the president of Y Combinator, Silicon Valley’s largest startup accelerator. Beginning in 2017, he and… One of the… Read More »

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

Optimism - The Guardian

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

Aleppo - Al Jazeera

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 »

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

Anne Frank - Express

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 »

Turkey takes another step toward despotism

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SINCE ASSUMING the nominally ceremonial position of president in 2014, Turkish ruler Recep Tayyip Erdogan has aspired to endow it with far-reaching powers, replacing the country’s parliamentary system with something more like what Vladi­mir Putin has established in Russia. The Washington Post By Editorial Board His… Turkey takes another… Read More »