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Turkey Turns Church into Museum; Greece Builds New Mosque

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When one walks about Christians in Turkey, one tends to think of them as migrants who moved to the area after Muslims took over, or as if Muslims have always been the majority… Uzay Bulut The Gatestone Institute The truth is, Bilecik and the rest of AsiaMinor, which today has a tiny, dwindling… Turkey Turns Church… Read More »

The New Australian Order: Moving Power From The Courts To Peter Dutton Doesn’t Just Harm Asylum Seekers

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A new report shines a light on the growing powers of the Minister. When norms like the presumption of innocence are challenged, we all lose, writes Max Chalmers. Max Chalmers New Matilda Imagine a neighbour accuses you of a crime. The police investigate and… The New Australian Order… Read More »

What it would take to really rethink capitalism

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DAVOS, Switzerland — Romina Savoldelli dropped a few Swiss francs into a small wood fire burning on the snow-covered street, near the center of this exclusive mountain resort. Max Ehrenfreund The Washington Post She and roughly two dozen other demonstrators had come to protest against economic inequality at the World Economic Forum, an annual conference where prominent figures in government and business discuss… What it would take to… Read More »

The Simple Reason Russia and America Keep Inching towards Crisis

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Tensions between the United States and Russia rose rapidly during the final months of the Obama administration. Ted Galen Carpenter The National Interest Symbolizing that trend is the new deployment of three thousand U.S. troops along with tanks and other military hardware in eastern Poland, directly on that country’s border with Russia. That decision drew an… The Simple Reason Russia… Read More »

Donald Trump’s presidency will be ‘hopelessly conflicted’, corporate governance expert says

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Donald Trump will be a “hopelessly conflicted president” with an unrivalled array of commercial conflicts of interest that threaten to undermine the presidency, according to a leading expert on corporate governance. Stephen Long ABC “I doubt he will survive two years. It could be months,” Professor… Donald Trump’s presidency will be… Read More »

The Gambia’s president has created a political crisis. Now he must go

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Yahya Jammeh is a dictator, but he lost elections. Momodou Musa Touray The Guardian In today’s west Africa that means ceding power, and if he doesn’t go peacefully Ecowas troops will oust him Yahya Jammeh, the Gambia’s embattled… The Gambia’s president has… Read More »

The Most Powerful Republican in America (and How He Paved the Way for Donald Trump)

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Mitch McConnell’s politics of nihilism produced a president. They can unmake a president, too. Mark Joseph Stern Slate Hours after video emerged of Donald Trump boasting about committing sexual assault, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell criticized Trump’s comments as “repugnant” and “unacceptable.” But were they… The Most Powerful Republican in… Read More »

The world’s best wildlife photography reveals a fragile, beautiful realm

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From a leopard slipping through a Mumbai alleyway to giant cuttlefish courting under the sea, the striking images featured in the current Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition are at once beautiful, technically astounding and, often… Mathew Berg Jessica Williams The Conversation Before the widening rupture… The world’s best… Read More »

Perfidious Albion and Israel-Palestine

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British policy towards Palestine reveals a persistent pro-Israeli bias, from Lord Balfour to Theresa May. Avi Shlaim Al Jazeera News The Palestinians are the victims of the cruel geopolitics of a region in which foreign powers have always played a decisive role. Britain, the pre-eminent Western… Perfidious Albion and… Read More »

Doing Business With Putin

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A Test For Leaders Who Tried Henry Meyer and Ilya Arkhipov Bloomberg “If Putin likes Donald Trump, I consider that an asset, not a liability,” the incoming U.S. president said at a January 11 press conference. But other U.S. and European… Doing Business With… Read More »

Climate change will affect all of us. So why the lack of urgency?

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From Trump to Brexit, we are all fixated on more immediate news stories. Polly Toynbee The Guardian We need to look at the bigger picture Tomorrow the world… Climate change will affect… Read More »

Meet the father and son walking from Adelaide to Canberra to help refugees

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‘I owe it to my children to fight for the Australia I love, and that’s the Australia that gives people a fair… Alyssa Braithwaite SBS A father and his 13-year old son are walking from Adelaide to Canberra to protest the Australian government’s refugee policy and call for an end to offshore… Adelaide criminal lawyer Adam… Meet the father… Read More »

Trump Inherits Guantanamo’s Remaining Detainees

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Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Defense announced they had transferred 10 more Guantanamo detainees, this time to… Now, 45 remain at the facility, leaving challenges on what to do with the prisoners for President-elect Donald… Arun Rath npr Back in 2009, on his third day in office, President Barack Obama ordered the detention facilities at Guantanamo to be closed “as soon as practicable, and no later than one year from the date of this… The executive order also… ... Read More »

Should asylum seekers be allowed to work during their application?

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Should asylum seekers be allowed to work in their host countries? Debating Europe The 1951 UN Convention on Refugees – which all EU members have signed – states that refugees “lawfully staying” in a country should have the right to… But an application for refugee status can take months… Should asylum seekers… Read More »