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Canada’s Donald Trump? ‘Shark Tank’ star Kevin O’Leary runs for Tory leadership

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(CNN)Canada’s got its own reality TV star vying for the nation’s top job. Joshua Berlinger CNN Kevin O’Leary, the business man-turned-reality TV star, announced Wednesday that he will stand in the now 14-person race to lead Canada’s Conservative party. The winner will likely Canada’s Donald Trump? ‘Shark Tank’ star… Read More »

Dismayed by democracy? The alternative is far worse

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The twin prospects of Brexit and Trump may not appeal, but denying people the right to vote is much more dangerous Tom Clark The Guardian The vote always had to be fought for, and the battle was often noisy. From the 1866 Hyde Park riots through… Dismayed by democracy? The… Read More »

Australia’s privacy laws gutted in court ruling on what is ‘personal information’

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In possibly Australia’s most important privacy case to date, the Federal Court today dealt a severe blow to Australia’s information privacy laws by narrowing the definition of “personal information”. Jake Goldenfein The Conversation Australia’s data privacy laws only protect “personal information”, which is defined by whether a person is identified or identifiable from data. By reasoning that data is… Australia’s privacy laws gutted in… Read More »

Drug Prohibition Is Killing Young Australians

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We need to make it as safe as possible for when our kids experiment. Greg Chipp The Huffington Post Drug prohibition is not protecting young Australians; it is killing them. Last weekend, an apparently… Drug Prohibition Is Killing… Read More »

Germany to review over 500 asylum applications over security risk

Migrants wait for a first registration at the registration point for asylum seekers in Erding near Munich, southern Germany, on November 15, 2016. 
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Authorities have lost track of three people who may post a threat, MP said. Cynthia Kroet Politico Authorities are investigating 547 asylum seekers who may pose a security threat to Germany, according to the country’s interior minister, Thomas de Maizière, Reuters reported Thursday. De Maizière told parliament… Germany to review over… Read More »

Burqa ban not the answer to solving problems for Queenslanders: Ali Kadri

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Banning the burqa will not solve issues for Queenslanders and is instead a diversionary tactic, Islamic Council of Queensland spokesman Ali Kadri says. Felicity Caldwell Brisbane Times Senator Pauline Hanson this week said One Nation would move to prohibit burqas in government buildings if her party won the upcoming Queensland election. It has been an ongoing issue for… Burqa ban not the answer to… Read More »

Ethiopia’s coffee farmers eye more fair trade amid rising share in global market

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When you enjoy a warm cup of coffee from a cafe run by an international chain like Starbucks, you may hardly realize that the unique flavor may be coming out of Ethiopia. Addis Ababa Daily Sabah You are also unlikely to hear the refrain of millions of coffee farmers in the eastern Africa nation, the majority of who do not reap the benefits of their hard-earned produce. For every kilogram of… Ethiopia’s coffee farmers eye more… Read More »

JPMorgan Chase hit with government lawsuit for pay discrimination

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(Reuters) – The U.S. government filed a lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase & Co claiming the bank engaged in pay discrimination against women. Daniel Wiessner Yahoo! Finance The Labor Department, in a complaint filed with an administrative judge, said New York-based JPMorgan has paid at least 93 women in four different job categories less than comparable male co-workers over the last five years. The company violated an executive… JPMorgan Chase hit with… Read More »

Dalai Lama: 5 things to keep in mind for the next four years

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(CNN) – The Dalai Lama has some advice for anyone who is looking for happiness, no matter what their circumstances. Jen Christensen CNN The Nobel Peace Prize-winning spiritual and political leader of the Tibetan people in exile, spoke about the incoming administration in an interview with CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta. The “president, of course, (is a) very… Dalai Lama: 5 things to keep in… Read More »

The problem with photojournalism and Africa

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Why African photographers don’t get to tell African photo stories in Western media. M Neelika Jayawardane Al Jazeera News Whenever “Africa” is in the headline of mainstream US and European media sources, especially those that are highly regarded, I wince. I know the storyline is going to… The problem with photojournalism… Read More »

A Fresh Start for Former Offenders

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Social enterprise Fruit2work creates second-chance jobs, hiring former offenders to pack and deliver fresh fruit to businesses around Melbourne. Ellie Cooper Pro Bono Australia Statistics show that employment for former offenders is linked to an increase in their sense of self-worth and financial security, and a decreased likelihood of reoffending. But sadly, unemployment among… A Fresh Start for Former… Read More »

Middle classes in crisis, IMF’s Christine Lagarde tells Davos 2017

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IMF head wins support from outgoing US vice-president Joe Biden as she uses American term for working people in demanding action over rising… Larry Elliott in Davos The Guardian The head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, has called for urgent action to tackle a “middle-class crisis” hitting working people as… Middle classes in… Read More »

The Legitimate President

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The evidence is… Courts must use the broad discretionary powers with which they are vested to enjoin Donald Trump, an illegitimate president, from taking… The Huffington Post On Friday, a prominent Democrat on Capitol Hill finally said… “I don’t see this president-elect as a… The Legitimate… Read More »

Secret Service, Agents Settle Over Racial Discrimination Allegations

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A long-running lawsuit accusing the Secret Service of discriminating against black agents appears to be coming to an end without a trial. Camila Domonoske npr The Department of Homeland Security, the Secret Service and more than 100 agents have reached a settlement agreement, the department says. A court still needs to… Secret Service, Agents Settle Over… Read More »

Letter to BBC

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Mr A Chitty London BBC Complaints PO Box 1922 Darlington DL3 0UR 17 January 2017 Dear Sir or Madam, It is with regret that I find myself writing to the BBC once again on the topic of Cyprus. Despite a plethora of complaints from myself and others in the British Cypriot community during 2016, it would appear that the BBC has taken no notice and continues to misrepresent the facts of the Cyprus situation. I implore the BBC to properly ... Read More »

Erdogan calls dollar and euro holders ‘terrorists’

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan leaves Eyup Sultan mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, December 11, 2016. REUTERS/Murad Sezer - RTX2UIEV

ANKARA, Turkey — The unstoppable rise of the dollar and the euro against the Turkish currency had the country’s president fuming last week. Zülfikar Doğan Al Monitor Speaking Jan. 12 in his palace, Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that economic warfare was behind the Turkish lira’s dramatic depreciation. “Everybody now sees and… Erdogan calls dollar and… Read More »