Society

Melting into chaos: Liquid modernity and other ideas of the late thinker Zygmunt Bauman

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Bauman left us with many ideas, continuing to write and speak until the very last days of his life. Didem Kaya Daily Sabah Much of his thoughts seem strong enough to survive the test of time and will continue to be relevant for many decades to come Giving some thought… Melting into chaos… Read More »

Media Sauce: Global report shows we don’t trust elites or institutions

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A global trust survey released this week revealed the unsurprising result that our trust in politicians, business leaders, NGOs and the media is still falling. Martin Hirst Independent Australia As Doc Martin reports, the one bright spot is that online journals like Independent Australia are gaining readers’ trust whilst the MSM continues to fail. THE EDELMAN TRUST BAROMETER… Media Sauce: Global… Read More »

Reporters barred from U.S. press secretary briefing

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New York, February 24, 2017–The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the decision today to bar nine news outlets from an informal briefing known as “a gaggle” by President Donald Trump’s White House Press Secretary Sean… CPJ Separately, at the Conservative Party Action Conference in Maryland today, Trump said that journalists should not be allowed to use anonymous sources, and… Reporters barred from… Read More »

It’s Time To Stop Talking About A Border Wall And Start Stabilizing Mexico

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Wracked by drug wars and corruption, Mexico is in a state of crisis. John Daniel Davidson The Federalist If Trump wants a secure border, he should help stabilize, not isolate, Mexico. On Tuesday, the… It’s Time To… Read More »

My country had its own Trump. Here’s how we beat him.

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To any fair-minded observer, President Trump’s authoritarian instincts, Twitter outbursts and divisive rhetoric should be greatly concerning. Dalibor Rohac AEI Americans might take comfort in the fact that the United States is not the first country to elect and live under such a leader. I would know… My country had… Read More »

Locking teens in prison won’t break cycle of youth offending, Victorian judge says

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There must be renewed efforts to break the cycle of youth offending, instead of locking an increasing number of children up, a Victorian Supreme Court judge has said. Emma Younger ABC Justice Lex Lasry made the comments during a bail hearing for a teenager who suffered a fractured neck when he was bashed by fellow inmates at Barwon Prison. The 16-year-old, who… Locking teens in… Read More »

Elections in Europe: No risks for the EU, leaders readying to face Trump-Brexit

Elections - European Sting

Some political analysts in mainland Europe but many more in Britain and on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean in the US, have rushed to call 2017 the year that can make or break the European Union. Dennis Kefalakos European Sting They basically argue that the three crucial legislative elections due in Holland next month, in France in April – May and in Germany this September can produce high-risk Eurosceptic governments. The argument continues… Elections in Europe… Read More »

Stop writing China off as an enemy. Millennials don’t.

China - WP

Julian Gewirtz is the author of “Unlikely Partners: Chinese Reformers, Western Economists, and the Making of Global China.” Julian Gewirtz The Washington Post President Trump’s “America First” philosophy has increased tensions around the world, but the biggest shoe has yet to drop: He hasn’t laid out his policies toward China, a country he has repeatedly denounced . As a 27-year-old… Stop writing China… Read More »

Russia’s assault on America’s elections is just one example of a global threat

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One of the most startling allegations in a January report by U.S. intelligence agencies about Russian hacking was this sentence: “Russia has sought to influence elections across Europe.” David Ignatius The Washington Post This warning of a campaign far broader than the United States got little attention in America. We may be… Russia’s assault on… Read More »

How Dictators And Dummies Get Started

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During the bull market of 1929, when almost no one imagined that stock prices might fall, some investors were alarmed when they heard their newspaper boys telling them to buy. David Landau The Daily Caller The investors who listened closely to those exclamations understood that the market was far too overbought. They decided to… How Dictators And… Read More »

When the freedom to offend is a freedom to harm

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A backlash against politically correct language ignores the deeper oppression that unchecked microaggressions inflict on groups such as women and black people Abi Wilkinson The Guardian We’re currently in the midst of something of a backlash against “political correctness”. And by “we”… When the freedom… Read More »

Bigotry and fear is the new norm, says Muslim Greens candidate in WA

Muslims - SBS

A Muslim vice principal is throwing her hat in the political ring to counter what she says is a rise in the ‘politics of division’ in Australia. Ryan Emery SBS An Australian Muslim convert is contesting a Liberal-held lower house seat in the Western Australian election to “stick up for the underdog”. Toni Pikos-Sallie said… Bigotry and fear… Read More »

Will this woman become Iran’s first female president?

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Nominee for Health Minister Marzieh Vahid-Dastjerdi speaks to lawmakers in parliament in Tehran September 1, 2009. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (IRAN POLITICS) - RTR27BK4

Iran may see its first female presidential candidate in the May 19 elections. Saeid Jafari Al Monitor After a period of silence, Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi, the Islamic Republic’s first and only female minister, has in recent days and weeks made headlines once again. Dastjerdi headed the… Will this woman… Read More »

‘Only capital markets can save the European economy’

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Brexit has dominated European economic and political discourse for months and will continue to do so. Xavier Rolet Politico Indeed, today’s POLITICO summit is about the future of capital markets, in the wake of Brexit. Much focus has… ‘Only capital markets… Read More »

Tired teens 4.5 times more likely to commit crimes as adults

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Teenagers who self-report feeling drowsy mid-afternoon also tend to exhibit more anti-social behavior such as lying, cheating, stealing and fighting. University of Pennsylvania Eurek Alert Now, research from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of York, in the United Kingdom, shows that those same teens are 4.5 times more likely to commit violent crimes a decade and a half later. “It’s the first… Tired teens 4.5 times… Read More »

How smartphones and social media are changing Christianity

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Many Christians are turning to apps and memes to express their faith instead of churches – and it’s raising intriguing questions about the future of the world’s largest religion. Chris Stokel-Walker BBC News When the Reverend Pete Phillips first arrived in Durham nine years ago, he was ejected from the city’s cathedral. He had been… How smartphones and… Read More »