Opinion

Michael Flynn Is The Wrong Man For Trump’s National Security Advisor

Michael Flynn - The Federalist

For a job that requires laser-sharp judgment, Michael Flynn seriously misjudges major world leaders like Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Federalist Robert Carle Gen. Michael Flynn has a noble record of service to the country in Afghanistan and Iraq, but events of the last month have called into question his fitness to serve as President Trump’s national security advisor, a position once held by Henry Kissinger, Zbigniew Brzezinski, and Condoleeza Rice. First, on election ... Read More »

Peter Dutton did not appear out of thin air. He represents consistent Australian policy

Dutton - The Guardian

Peter Dutton’s comments remind Muslim migrants, in case they innocently forget, that they are not – and never were – welcome in this country The Guardian Oman Bensaidi I have grown quite tired of constantly needing to play the performance of the offended Other. Yes, Peter Dutton made racist… Peter Dutton did not appear out of… Read More »

What Has Strained U.S. – Turkey Relations And What Needs To Be Done

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The relationship between the U.S. and Turkey has long held strategic importance for both countries, but lately it has come under strain. The Daily Caller Gen. Ilker Basbug Two major issues are exacerbating tensions: The U.S.’s support of the PYD in Syria, and concerns regarding how the… What Has Strained… Read More »

How tribal thinking has left us in a post-truth world

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In light of Brexit, and the United States election campaign that gave us President-elect Donald J Trump, Oxford Dictionaries has declared “post-truth” its 2016 word of the year. The Conversation In keeping with the disdain for veracity that it embodies, the word of the year is not even one word, but rather two. British conservative politician and Brexit supporter Michael Gove got… How tribal thinking has left us in… Read More »

Four questions George Brandis’s statement to parliament did not answer

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Lost on the story of the attorney general, George Brandis, former solicitor general, Justin Gleeson, and the Western Australian government? The Guardian Richard Ackland Here it is, explained At the heart of the latest allegations swirling around… Four questions George Brandis’s statement to… Read More »

Standing Rock is the civil rights issue of our time – let’s act accordingly

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The US government sent helpers to protect integration efforts in the 1960s. The Guardian Bill McKibben Why not do more to protect the Dakota Pipeline protesters today? Then John Doar died in… Standing Rock is the civil rights issue of… Read More »

Domestic violence also has an economic penalty – we need to tackle it

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While Australia has a national conversation on domestic violence, some of the harms of this violence remain in the shadows. The Conversation The ways violence degrades women’s financial status and access to economic resources are particularly poorly recognised. Our research provides evidence for what many… Domestic violence also has an economic… Read More »

City council must fully implement anti-poverty plan: Editorial

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A new study from the United Way shows it costs $4.4 billion to $5.5 billion to ignore poverty in Toronto. The Star City council has a plan, TO Prosperity, in place to combat it. It should fully fund the plan this year if for no other reason than to… City council must… Read More »

It’s time we Queensland MPs did away with the ‘gay panic’ defence

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It’s high time, as Queenslanders, that we stood up for our gay brothers and sisters in the state. Brisbane Times Rob Pyne No matter what your opinion is on marriage equality, I think we can all agree that no gay person deserves to be bullied until they take their own life, and no gay person deserves to be murdered. The Queensland Parliament this week has… It’s time we Queensland MPs did away with… Read More »

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

Homophobic - The Guardian

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 »