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Turkey’s slide into authoritarianism is a worrisome sign of what’s to come: Editorial

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Turkey’s sad slide away from freedom is not just a tragedy for that country. Editorial  It’s a warning that democracy is fragile and can be quickly undermined if a society loses the will to fight for it. Authoritarianism is on the march in many parts of the… Turkey’s slide into… Read More »

Treasury warns Israel’s growth rate may not be sustainable

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The Finance Ministry says new car purchases and Intel’s fab upgrade are among the main causes of recent high growth Globes Moshe Golan “The figures for the composition of growth in 2016 could indicate that the current growth rate is not necessarily sustainable,” the Ministry of Finance chief economist states in his… Treasury warns Israel’s… Read More »

France’s Sarkozy loses primary with hard-line on immigration

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PARIS — Former President Nicolas Sarkozy and his populist, hard-line stand on Muslims and immigration went down in defeat Sunday in France’s conservative primary for president. Boston Herald Associated Press Two ex-prime ministers will instead meet in a runoff next week for the nomination. The race was seen as an early measure of how the… France’s Sarkozy loses… Read More »

80% of IT Jobs can be Replaced by Automation, and it’s ‘Exciting’

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TAKING OVER IT Amidst the anxious grumbling of his audience at last week’s Structure Conference in San Francisco, billionaire Vinod Khosla asserted that 80% of jobs in an IT department could be replaced by AI-type… Author: Dom Galeon Editor: Patrick Caughill That, of course, is an…“I think that’s exciting,” added Khosla, founder of Sun Microsystems and Silicon Valley venture firm, Khosla Ventures. 80% of IT… Read More »

Climate vulnerable nations aim for 100 per cent renewable energy at talks in Marrakech

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More than 45 countries, among the most vulnerable to climate change, have said they will switch entirely to renewable energy as soon as possible. The announcement was made at climate talks in Marrakech, Morocco, where negotiators have been hammering out the details of an… Climate vulnerable nations… Read More »

Trump fears push nations at Morocco talks to call climate action an ‘urgent duty’

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Fears that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will pull out of the 2015 Paris Agreement to limit global warming pushed almost 200 nations at climate talks in Morocco on Nov. 17 to declare action an “urgent duty.” MARRAKESH, Morocco – Reuters Trump has called man-made global warming a hoax and has said he… Trump fears push… Read More »

Bernie Diver: The defence industry helps in NZ and abroad

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OPINION: The world is changing – and our South Pacific slice of heaven is not the safe haven it once was. New Zealand’s 2016 Defence White Paper notes a number of challenges to the country’s security interests over the next 25 years. BERNIE DIVER Not least is the… Bernie Diver: The… Read More »

Slovenia adds water to constitution as fundamental right for all

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Parliament adopts amendment that declares country’s abundant clean supplies are ‘a public good managed by the state’ and ‘not a market commodity’ Agence France-Presse in Ljubljana Slovenia has amended its constitution to make access to drinkable water a fundamental right for all citizens and stop it being commercialised. With 64 votes in favour and… Slovenia adds water to… Read More »

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy: Addiction Is A Chronic Brain Disease, Not A Moral Failing


The way forward includes needle exchanges and calling addiction what it is: a medical condition. Erin Schumaker The Huffington Post In 1964, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Luther Terry issued a landmark report on tobacco and health that changed the course of American history, spurring the decline of smoking in the… Surgeon General Vivek… Read More »

US dollar eases slightly after a week-long surge

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US dollar eases slightly after a week-long surge | i24news – See beyond By Yoni Dayan ‘Now that we have a new administration on the way, the dollar’s rally has received a fresh dose of octane’ The US dollar eased slightly after a week-long surge pushed the… US dollar eases… Read More »

Trump Camp’s Talk of Registry and Japanese Internment Raises Muslim Fears

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A prominent supporter of Donald J. Trump set off concern and condemnation from Muslims on Wednesday after citing World War II-era Japanese-American internment camps as a “precedent” for an immigrant registry suggested by a member of the president-elect’s transition team. By JONAH ENGEL BROMWICH The supporter, Carl Higbie, a former spokesman for Great America PAC, an… Trump Camp’s Talk of… Read More »

Australia is paying for Malcolm Fraser’s immigration mistakes, says Peter Dutton

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Immigration minister says many foreign fighters involved in conflict zones are descendants of migrants who came in the 1970s under former prime minister Helen Davidson Malcolm Fraser made mistakes in bringing some migrants to Australia and the country is paying for that now, Peter Dutton has said. The immigration minister made the… Australia is paying… Read More »

The Islamic State Threat in Somalia’s Puntland State

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A stretch of Somalia’s coast has been seized by Islamic State fighters who split from the country’s main jihadist militia Al-Shabaab, which is aligned with Al-Qaeda. A concerted response by the Somali federal authorities is now urgently required to contain the… The Islamic State… Read More »

Get Ready for the India-Japan Partnership

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Reading between the lines of Abe and Modi’s joint statement. Sumit Kumar While Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe’s visit in December last year had reaffirmed the desire to transform the Japan-India Strategic and… Get Ready for the… Read More »