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The Environmental Left and Keystone XL

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Why, on every measure, Keystone XL opponents’ arguments don’t hold up… Benjamin Zycher The National Interest Everything old is new again, the latest manifestation of which is the reaction of the environmental Left to the news that President Donald Trump has issued presidential memoranda and an… The Environmental Left… Read More »

When She’s The Boss

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Netflix’s new series, The Crown, is a fascinating portrait of the unusual marriage between Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip and highlights a cutting-edge marital dynamic: one in which the wife, not the husband, is head of the household. Suzanne Venker The Daily Caller When Elizabeth II was named Queen in 1952, Prince Philip forfeited his naval career to support his wife—which was, as Julie Miller writes in Vanity Fair, “an uncomfortably advanced spousal dynamic, especially for a… When She’s The… Read More »

‘Australia first’ is opportunism – and politicians should be careful where it leads

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Scott Morrison’s echoing of Trump may have been an attempt to keep populism at bay but there is a clear danger in this type of rhetoric Jason Wilson The Guardian Donald Trump’s “America first” inaugural speech found strange echoes in Australia this week. After the newly sworn-in… ‘Australia first’ is opportunism… Read More »

On Holocaust Memorial Day, let us remember our duty to child refugees

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As attitudes towards those fleeing persecution hardens, today is a good day to remember the Kindertransport – and Britain’s humanitarian tradition Alf Dubs The Guardian Holocaust Memorial Day is a time of great reflection for many of us across the country. Today I will think about the… On Holocaust Memorial Day, let… Read More »

Lunar New Year: Meet the men who have learned to think like lions

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Hong Kong (CNN)Over a billion people will celebrate the start of Lunar New Year this Saturday. Stephy Chung, Herbert Chow and Sai Ho CNN Customs practiced leading up to and during the 15-day period known as Spring Festival, include setting off fireworks to ward off evil spirits and eating dumplings. The most recognized celebration though… Lunar New Year: Meet the men who… Read More »

France decriminalizes Armenian genocide denial as constitutional council emphasizes freedom of expression

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The French Constitutional Council has ruled late Thursday that the criminalization of denying the Armenian genocide is an “unnecessary and disproportionate attack against freedom of speech” and rescinded the ruling which formerly labeled the denial as a “hate crime.” Daily Sabah According to the council, “This ruling causes uncertainty regarding expressions and comments on historical matters. Thereby, this ruling is an… France decriminalizes Armenian… Read More »

Terrorism research must be driven by evidence, not political agendas

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Despite concerted efforts by many people and institutions, fundamental aspects of terrorism — identifying participants, understanding how they radicalize, and developing effective countermeasures — remain unclear. Carnegie Mellon University Eurek Alert In a new Science Policy Forum article, four experts from different fields propose a strategy for terrorism research. Carnegie Mellon University’s Baruch… Terrorism research must be… Read More »

How the Women of the Mormon Church Came to Embrace Polygamy

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A HOUSE FULL OF FEMALES Plural Marriage and Women’s Rights in Early Mormonism, 1835-1870 By Laurel Thatcher Ulrich By BEVERLY GAGE The New York Times Laurel Thatcher Ulrich is a historian’s historian. For more than three decades, she has dazzled her profession with archival discoveries, creative spark and an ability to see “history” where it… Her most… How the Women… Read More »

Why Islamists are no longer Erdogan’s favorites

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There is a new theme these days in Turkey’s hard-core pro-Erdogan media: The unreliability of opinion leaders or activists who have led Turkey’s Islamist movement for decades, and who have also been strong supporters of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Mustafa Akyol Al Monitor Lately, some prominent Islamists have raised criticism about “corruption by power” in the ruling circles. The Islamists also have criticized the… Why Islamists are no… Read More »

Why some Australians want to move their controversial national day

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(CNN) – Australia’s national day, held on January 26 every year, isn’t all beer and barbeques. Ben Westcott CNN While many see it as a day to celebrate the Australian lifestyle, for others it’s a painful reminder of death, disease, and cultures now lost forever. Australia Day marks the arrival of Why some Australians want to… Read More »

Assisted dying: The complications of legalising killing humans

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As an intensive care specialist in the emergency department of one of Canada’s leading teaching hospitals, Dr Scott Anderson has seen a lot of people die. Larry Cornies ABC He has delivered bad news to grieving families at hospital bedsides. He has had to tell them that… Assisted dying: The complications of… Read More »

If It’s Not True, Kind, Or Necessary, Don’t Share It On Facebook

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I’ve been considering how much time I spend on Facebook, and how often I share posts that point out the weakness, sinfulness, or foolishness of another without even knowing whether it is true. Dana R. Casey The Federalist On my way to work this morning, I listened to “Morning Air,” a show on the Catholic station Relevant Radio. Msgr. Stuart Swetland was talking about… If It’s Not True, Kind, Or… Read More »

The Science Of Gender: No, Men Aren’t From Mars And Women From Venus

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Testosterone Rex is extinct. Barbara J. King npr That’s the central conclusion of a fascinating new book by University of Melbourne psychologist Cordelia Fine. Testosterone Rex hit the… The Science Of Gender: No, Men… Read More »

Depression could increase risk of cancer death, research says

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People who are frequently depressed or anxious may run a higher risk of dying from certain types of cancer, researchers said on Thursday. French Press Agency npr Medical records of more than 160,000 adults in England and Wales showed that those describing themselves as psychologically distressed were more likely to succumb to cancer, especially of the colon, prostate and pancreas. Leukaemia and cancer of… Depression could increase risk of… Read More »

China as the leader of the global liberal order?

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Just under a year ago, the prospect that the United States would turn into the fierce critic of the current economic and political order while China could become its ardent advocate was almost inconceivable. Xuan Loc Doan Asia Times But, in a new era of world politics, wherein what is normal becomes abnormal and vice versa, such an unreal reversal of roles is now in the offing. For over the last seven… China as the leader of… Read More »

Martin Schulz, the outsider insider

German Vice Chancellor, Economy and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel (R) and former European Parliament President Martin Schulz attend a joint press conference at the Social Democratic Party (SPD) headquarters Willy-Brandt-Haus in Berlin on January 24, 2017.
The leader of Germany's Social Democrats, Sigmar Gabriel, told Die Zeit newspaper that he would recommend that former European Parliament president Martin Schulz take his place as SPD party chairman and chancellor candidate, as he made the surprise announcement on January 24, 2017 that he would not run against Chancellor Angela Merkel in a September general election. / AFP / Tobias SCHWARZ        (Photo credit should read TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

The Brussels veteran’s decision to run against Angela Merkel is good news for Germany — and Europe. Timo Lochocki Politico BERLIN — Social Democrat leader Sigmar Gabriel’s decision to bow out of the race for the chancellorship in favor of Martin Schulz is the perfect antidote to German voters’ frustrations. It will benefit his party… Martin Schulz, the outsider… Read More »