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Opinion: Don’t Miss the Boat on Australian and U.S. Policy in the South China Sea

Australia’s 2016 Defense White Paper expresses concern over “friction” in the South China Sea (SCS) arising from U.S.-Chinese naval interactions, and it worries that territorial disputes have created “uncertainty and tension.” Those statements, which show Canberra (like the rest of the states in the Indo-Pacific region) is slowly coming around to the gathering threat posed […] Source: Opinion: Don’t Miss the Boat on Australian and U.S. Policy in the South China Sea – USNI News Read More »

It’s Time for Hillary Clinton to Concede the Democratic Nomination to Bernie Sanders

With Bernie Sanders now slightly ahead of Clinton nationally in the latest Bloomberg poll, it’s time to reevaluate the meaning of pragmatism. Hillary Clinton might be ahead of Bernie Sanders in delegates, but Vermont’s Senator has a monopoly on political momentum. Sadly, his opponent has a monopoly on controversy, and… Source: It’s Time for Hillary Clinton to Concede the Democratic Nomination to Bernie Sanders Read More »

It’s time that the US faced up to the ‘G word’ and finally recognised the Armenian genocide

All week, the G-word has been rattling around the foreign ministries of the world. Ever since John Kerry – he of Israeli-Palestinian peace “in six months” fame – announced that Isis was committing genocide against Yazidis, Christians and Shia Muslims, we’ve been trying to work out just what he’s talking about. Even the poor old Canadians and their super-liberal prime minister Justin Trudeau, have since been refusing to recognise the Isis atrocities as “genocide” – the attempt to exterminate an entire race ... Read More »

Economy rests on Christian foundations

I can’t think why, but Easter always reminds me of Christianity. Not, of course, that Christianity has anything to do with the grubby, materialist world of economics. Or does it? Australia is the most unbelieving it has ever been, with the most recent census saying that only 61 per cent people identify themselves as even nominally Christian… Source: Economy rests on Christian foundations Read More »

This is why Finland has the best schools

The Harvard education professor Howard Gardner once advised Americans, “Learn from Finland, which has the most effective schools and which does just about the opposite of what we are doing in the United States.”. Following his recommendation, I enrolled my seven-year-old son in a primary school in Joensuu. Finland, which is about as far east as you can go in the European Union before you… Source: This is why Finland has the best schools Read More »

These Refugees Are Being Returned to the Violent Circumstances They Left Behind

For some asylum seekers, their “well-founded” fear of persecution is proven only after they’re repatriated. By Michelle Chen Two years ago, back in their hometowns in Bangladesh, they were ordinary young men whose political involvement didn’t go beyond local support for the opposition Bangladesh National Party (BNP)… Source: These Refugees Are Being Returned to the Violent Circumstances They Left Behind | The Nation Read More »

Stephane Dion Calls On UN To Rethink Canadian Professor’s Appointment

LONDON, Ont. — Canada’s foreign affairs minister is questioning the appointment of a Canadian law professor to a key United Nations job. Stephane Dion is calling on the UN Human Rights Council to review the appointment of Western University law professor Michael Lynk as its Special Rapporteur on human rights in Palestine… Source: Stephane Dion Calls On UN To Rethink Canadian Professor’s Appointment Read More »

Can the American Right Renounce Utopianism?

The Republican masses are more conservative, in the traditional sense, than the so-called conservative intellectuals. Can the American right free itself from the utopianism of the post-Reagan era? The question would have seemed strange to mid-century American conservative thinkers like… Source: Can the American Right Renounce Utopianism? | The National Interest Read More »

Why the Arabs don’t want us in Syria

They don’t hate ‘our freedoms.’ They hate that we’ve betrayed our ideals in their own countries — for oil. By ROBERT F. KENNEDY, JR In part because my father was murdered by an Arab, I’ve made an effort to understand the impact of U.S. policy in the Mideast and particularly the factors that sometimes motivate bloodthirsty responses from the… Source: Why the Arabs don’t want us in Syria – POLITICO Read More »

Ex-Black Panther freed after 43 years in solitary confinement

Chicago (AFP) – A former Black Panther activist who spent a record 43 years in solitary confinement was freed from a US prison after decades of legal battles to prove his innocence. AFP Yahoo! Albert Woodfox is the last of the “Angola Three” activists to taste freedom in a case which provoked outrage among rights groups. A federal judge had ordered Woodfox’s unconditional release in June in a strongly-worded ruling that barred any further trial on charges of murdering prison ... Read More »

Trump’s grandfather was a pimp and tax evader; his father a member of the KKK

As they say, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree; Donald Trump’s racism can easily be traced through his lineage. Most families of enormous wealth have a dark and sometimes scandalous, even monstrous past. Tim King American Herald Tribune Donald Trump‘s clan is no exception to that rule. His grandfather was a pimp and a tax evader, his father a racist who would in the course of his life, clash with New York City Police as a member of ... Read More »

Where in the World Is the U.S. Military?

Despite recently closing hundreds of bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States still maintains nearly 800 military bases in more than 70 countries and territories abroad—from giant “Little Americas” to small radar facilities. Britain, France and Russia, by contrast, have about… David Vine Politico By my calculation, maintaining bases and troops overseas cost $85 to $100 billion in fiscal year 2014; the total with bases and troops in warzones is $160 to $200 billion. These costs have heightened debate ... Read More »

The Great Fire: One American’s Mission to Rescue Victims of the 20th Century’s First Genocide

The harrowing story of a Methodist Minister and a principled American naval officer who helped rescue more than 250,000 refugees during the genocide of Armenian and Greek Christians—a tale of bravery, morality, and… Lou Ureneck amazon The year was 1922: World War I had just come to a close, the Ottoman Empire was in decline, and Asa Jennings, a YMCA worker from upstate New York, had just arrived in the quiet coastal city of Smyrna to teach sports to boys. ... Read More »

In Washington, the Real Power Lies With the Spooks, Eavesdroppers and Assassins

A review of Michael Glennon’s ‘National Security and Double Government’.. by MATTHEW HARWOOD Almost two months after the first stories about whistleblower Edward Snowden appeared in June 2013, libertarian-minded Rep. Justin Amash — a Michigan Republican — and liberal Democrat Rep. John Conyers, also of Michigan, co-sponsored an amendment to the defense appropriations bill that would have defunded the National Security Agency’s call records program… Source: In Washington, the Real Power Lies With the Spooks, Eavesdroppers and Assassins — War Is Boring Read More »

This Billionaire Governor Taxed the Rich and Increased the Minimum Wage — Now, His State’s Economy Is One of the Best in the Country

The next time your right-wing family member or former high school classmate posts a status update or tweet about how taxing the rich or increasing workers’ wages kills jobs and makes businesses leave the state, I want you to send them this article. C. Robert Gibson  The Huffington Post When he took office in January of 2011, Minnesota governor Mark… This Billionaire Governor… Read More »

Canada’s race problem? It’s even worse than America’s.

For a country so self-satisfied with its image of progressive tolerance, how is this not a national… Scott Gilmore MacLean’s The racial mess in the United States looks pretty grim and is painful to… We can be forgiven for being quietly thankful for Canada’s more inclusive society, which has avoided dramas like that in… Canada’s race problem… Read More »