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India outrage after minister blames ‘Western dress’ for groping

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An Indian minister who said groping at New Year celebrations in Bangalore was caused by women dressing “like Westerners” has caused outrage. BBC News Reports have emerged on local and social media of women being molested during festivities on Saturday night. A Bangalore newspaper… India outrage after… Read More »

Europe, stand up to Poland

People protest against the right-wing government in Warsaw, Poland, on May 07, 2016
Around a quarter of a million Poles flooded central Warsaw Saturday, marching to defend their country's place in the European Union and protest against moves by the right-wing government, which they say undermine democracy. Warsaw city hall said the protest drew some 240,000 people, making it one of the largest demonstrations since the 1989 collapse of communism in Poland.
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The problem of Warsaw’s illiberalism is not just legal but deeply political. Piotr Buras Politico WARSAW — A sigh of relief was heard across Europe shortly before Christmas when the European Commission published its new rule-of-law recommendations for the Polish government, urging Warsaw to respect the… Europe, stand up… Read More »

Tolkien’s grandson on how WW1 inspired The Lord of the Rings

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For the 125th anniversary of his birth, Simon Tolkien describes how the Great War lives on in JRR Tolkien’s stories. Simon Tolkien BBC News My grandfather, JRR Tolkien, died when I was 14. He remains vivid to… Tolkien’s grandson on… Read More »

Political Islamists brace for Trump era

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump talks to members of the media as retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn stands next to him at Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., December 21, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria - RTX2W2D8

Donald Trump’s election has sent shock waves throughout the loosely knit community of religious-minded Muslims working to gain political power through democratic means. Julian Pecquet Al Monitor From Washington to London to Istanbul, the broad spectrum of so-called political Islamists are bracing for what many fear is a becoming witch hunt that threatens to undo the few gains they were able to secure post-Arab Spring. For the past… Political Islamists brace… Read More »

Everybody’s in a bubble. Anyway, it’s just urban vs rural

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I’ve gotten a lot of Twitter feedback on the list of the 100 zip codes with the thickest bubbles posted last week. Charles Murray AEI Before turning to the unbubbliest zip codes in the next post, let me respond to the most common objections using three actual tweets as takeoff points. “Why are large… Everybody’s in a… Read More »

Parties can’t use religion, caste to win votes: Indian court

India - Asia Times

Landmark ruling comes ahead of polls in five states, including UP, where BJP has pledged to build a Ram temple at the disputed Ayodhya site Asia Times In a landmark judgement on Monday, India’s Supreme Court said political parties cannot seek votes in the name of religion, race, caste, community or language. The ruling came Parties can’t use… Read More »

John Berger, art critic and author, dies aged 90

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Booker-prize-winning author of titles including Ways of Seeing, G and A Painter of our Time had been living in Paris Mark Brown, Arts correspondent The Guardian John Berger, the Booker-prize-winning novelist and visionary writer who helped transform the way a generation looked at and perceived art, has died aged 90. Berger had a… John Berger, art… Read More »

Envoy says PHL studying joint exploration with China in disputed waters

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The Philippine government is “seriously studying” the possibility of conducting joint exploration of natural resources with China in the West Philippine Sea, Ambassador to China Jose Santiago “Chito” Sta. Romana has said. GMA News Online In a report by GMA News’ Jam Sisante, Romana said the… Envoy says PHL… Read More »

Publication bans too often ‘a bit of a guessing game’

Publication - The Star

When it comes to publication bans imposed by judges or justices of the peace, media and members of the public are frequently left relying on confusing or incorrect information. Alyshah Hasham The Star What exactly does a publication ban cover? It’s a question journalists… Publication bans too… Read More »

End these ethnic clashes

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The deadly traditional rivalry between neighbouring communities in the northwest of the country, which is often manifested in cattle rustling, has wreaked havoc for too long. Daily Nation There have been heavy casualties in terms of lives lost and homes razed as the raiders drive away cattle. People have been… End these ethnic… Read More »

After ISIS, What’s Next for Iraqi Christians?

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The bells in churches across northern Iraq may have been rung again during Christmas, but the future is unclear. Seth J. Frantzman The National Interest Christmas has been a dangerous time for Christians in Iraq. In 2013, three bombings targeted Christians in Baghdad, killing 38. Two days before… After ISIS, What’s… Read More »

House Republicans vote to eviscerate independent ethics office

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The rules package also includes a means for Republican leaders to punish lawmakers if there is a repeat of the Democratic sit-in last summer over gun control. Donna Cassata The Star WASHINGTON—House Republicans on Monday voted to eviscerate the Office of Congressional Ethics, the independent body created in 2008 to investigate allegations of misconduct by lawmakers after several bribery and… House Republicans vote… Read More »

In Lebanon’s Tripoli, culture defeats youth radicalization

A general view shows the neighbourhoods of Bab al-Tabbaneh, a Sunni Muslim district, in the foreground and Jabal Mohsen, a mainly Alawite neighbourhood, in the background of the Lebanese northern port city of Tripoli on August 23, 2012. Fresh fighting erupted in Bab al-Tabbaneh leaving one dead and two wounded, a security source said, despite a truce to halt days of violence between pro- and anti-Damascus gunmen. AFP PHOTO / ANWAR AMRO        (Photo credit should read ANWAR AMRO/AFP/GettyImages)

In October 2016, the online initiative Ta3a Sob El Fan (Come to Art) began to highlight the creativity of Tripoli’s youth by sharing poems, drawings, songs and video clips created by children and teenagers from the northern Lebanese city. Florence Massena Al Monitor It was an occasion to encourage the youth to spread their ideas, as well as to show the rest of Lebanon that Tripoli is not only about war. Tripoli is often In Lebanon’s Tripoli… Read More »

Indigenous people are not the ‘ghosts of history’

Indegenous - The Star

It is time to recognize the achievements of indigenous people as one of the three pillars of Canada’s foundation and to bring about the changes that will allow them to finally flourish Len Flett and Nicole Letourneau The Star Canadian indigenous people have been described as “ghosts of history,” spectres lingering in the background, haunting our legacy. This refers to… Indigenous people are… Read More »

Now and then, who to blame?

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While history does not repeat itself in full details, it always shows us some patterns that we should always consider. Ahmed Al Sheikh Al Jazeera News It was another “first” for the US president-elect, Donald Trump, before he moves into the White House. Using just 140… Now and then… Read More »

Purging Criminal Code of defunct ‘zombie laws’ no simple task

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Outdated offences that are still included in Canada’s Criminal Code include duelling, abortion and pretending to practise witchcraft By ALYSHAH HASHAM Staff Reporter The Star Given the epidemic of fake news and the influence it may have had on the U.S. election, Section 181 of Canada’s Criminal Code would seem… Purging Criminal Code… Read More »