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  • 1970s-style human rights revisited

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Don Fraser’s foreign-policy ideas are still relevant.
  • Obama's Curious Rage

    WSJ.com: Opinion
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:18 am
    Calm when it comes to Putin, ISIS and Hamas, but furious with Israel.
  • Why midterm elections matter to you: Our view

    USATODAY - Opinion
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:54 pm
    You'll pay dearly for not voting.         
  • China's economic empire

    Le Monde diplomatique - English edition
    Christophe Ventura
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:47 am
    Latin America wants money and credit that doesn't originate in the US, and China needs primary products. It should be a fair deal, but it isn't working out quite that way Bolivia's first ever communications satellite, the Tupac Katari (TKSAT-1), was carried into orbit last December by a Chinese Long March 3B rocket. China Network Television (CNTV) covered the launch, which clearly moved President Evo Morales. This event illustrates the closer diplomatic, economic and technological links (...) - 2014/09 / Open access, 2014/09 - Americans canal routes
  • Do cops really need grenade launchers?

    30 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Obama’s review of police militarization is an important step.
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  • The lessons of the Ebola outbreak suggest a larger, faster response is needed

    Editorial Board
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:03 pm
    THE WORLD is fast learning lessons about how to combat the Ebola virus ravaging West Africa and yet not learning them fast enough. The virus, for which there is no known vaccine or antiviral, has now infected 3,069 people and killed 1,552 in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. Senegal has just reported its first case. Overall, the pace is accelerating; nearly 40 percent of the cases have been in the last three weeks. The World Health Organization (WHO) predicted on Aug. 28 that eventually 20,000 may become infected. Read full article >>
  • Underage immigrants must be treated humanely while they are in the U.S.

    Editorial Board
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:02 pm
    THE EXTRAORDINARY surge of unaccompanied immigrant children at the Southwest border has eased somewhat, at least for now, thanks partly to the hot summer weather. But federal, state and local government agencies continue to struggle to accommodate the undocumented children already in the country, and the thousands who continue to cross the border each month. Read full article >>
  • The NFL takes the right steps to discourage domestic violence

    Editorial Board
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    VIDEO FOOTAGE of Baltimore Ravens football player Ray Rice dragging the unconscious body of his soon-to-be wife from an elevator in Atlantic City was shocking and upsetting. Equally disturbing was the National Football League’s weak response to this clear-cut case of domestic violence. So it was unexpected — and refreshing — to see NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell revisit the issue with an acknowledgment he had erred with the lenient punishment and the announcement of tougher penalties for domestic violence offenses. Read full article >>
  • Labor Day means more than cookouts and back to school

    Editorial Board
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:49 pm
    A FEW YEARS ago a group of construction workers doing a major remake of a high school in Washington were eating lunch in the school parking lot when a teacher struck up a conversation with them. They were a little reluctant at first (their foremen had told them not to talk with the students, and they weren’t sure whether that applied to staff and faculty), but they were soon talking freely, not only about their work but, more indirectly, about the rancor some people in this country directed at them, not as people, but as a sort of national problem, vaguely defined, because they had come…
  • Putin’s propoganda keeps Russians in the dark about Ukraine and more

    Editorial Board
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:49 pm
    PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN, his bitter resentment at the Soviet empire’s collapse metastasized into seething Russian nationalism, has marginalized the political opposition, muzzled dissidents and intimidated independent voices in civil society. In prosecuting his widening war in Ukraine, he has also resurrected the tyranny of the Big Lie, using state-controlled media to twist the truth so grotesquely that most Russians are in the dark — or profoundly misinformed — about events in their neighbor to the west. Read full article >>
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    seattlepi.com: Opinion & Commentary

  • Candace Calloway Whiting

    30 Aug 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Candace Calloway Whiting has studied and trained dolphins, seals, and orca whales. She is currently a volunteer at the Center for Whale Research at Friday Harbor.
  • J.A. Jance

    29 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    J.A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of both the J. P. Beaumont series and the Joanna Brady Series. She has written 40 novels and she has more than 10 million copies of her books in print. Visit her Web site: JAJance.com.
  • Robert A. Brown

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Just another weblog
  • The Woman Citizen

    25 Aug 2014 | 8:54 pm
    Speaking to men and women as citizens, co-equal in responsibility for our country and the various messes our government has gotten us into.
  • Dr. Jim Taylor

    25 Aug 2014 | 10:38 am
    Dr. Jim Taylor is internationally recognized for his work in the psychology of business, sport, and parenting. Jim is the author or editor of ten books and hundreds of scholarly and popular articles, and speaks to and consults with businesses, athletes and sports teams, and schools throughout North America, Europe, and the Middle East. To learn more, visit www.drjimtaylor.com.
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  • Frank Denton: The best way to fight crime

    29 Aug 2014 | 3:27 pm
    You know those children I keep intruding into your Sunday breakfast? The ones I call Jacksonville’s biggest problem? They have been described here as assembly-line manufactured by our urban pathologies, starting with absent or dysfunctional parents, a stressed and unsupportive community, then school failure, and ending up on the street, into drugs and crime, arrest and imprisonment, or early death. Turn to the Metro section, and you’ll likely find two or three more in the police briefs. We send another one to prison about every working day. read more
  • Saturday's Letters: Seriously, is there any logical reason to wear a tie?

    29 Aug 2014 | 2:28 pm
    WOMEN’S VOTING RIGHTS Be an informed voter Tuesday was the 94th anniversary of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote. The League of Women Voters of Jacksonville First Coast is marking this historic occasion through its work to engage and empower all voters to participate this year. League members are committed to making sure voters have the information to participate in elections and ensure their votes count. In Northeast Florida, we host voter registration drives, offer ballot amendment presentations. read more
  • Ron Littlepage: Let's not nitpick the new Landing plan to death

    Ron Littlepage
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Toney Sleiman’s new plan for The Jacksonville Landing will be thoroughly debated in the weeks ahead. There’s much to like in his proposal, beginning with tearing down what’s there and starting over. That will allow a view corridor along Laura Street that will connect downtown to the St. Johns River. The current Landing was built with its back to downtown, which never made sense. The new plan also would increase the public space along the river four-fold from 20,000 square feet to 89,000 square feet. read more
  • Guest column: Jacksonville's Muslim community is proud, patriotic

    Waqas A. Khan
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Fridays are busy at the Islamic Center of Jacksonville. Thousands arrive with their families to offer the afternoon prayers in congregation. Inside the main office of the red domed structure, an American flag greets visitors. While many Muslims the world over blame America for much of what is wrong in their countries, the more than 10,000 Muslims of Jacksonville believe no other country would give them as much freedom as America. “America protects my rights. It allows me religious freedom,” said Nasrullah Butt, who migrated from Pakistan 35 years ago. read more
  • Sunday's Letters: Florida must act to prevent drug overdoses

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:08 pm
    ABSENTEE BALLOTS Great service Kudos to Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland for personally delivering absentee ballots to me and my husband. After realizing that we had not received our absentee ballots, I called the elections office and found that our ballots had been mailed over a month ago. Yet we hadn’t received them. I was informed that it was too late to have them mailed because the deadline had been the day before. I spoke with Holland. And that same day, he personally delivered ballots to our home. read more
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    MiamiHerald.com: Opinion

  • Lessons from China

    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Kudos to my congresswoman, U.S. Rep Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and Sen. Marco Rubio for sending their staffers to China. This should help open their eyes (and the eyes of their staffers) to what a real and effective policy toward Cuba should look like.
  • Finding justice on racial issues through the ballot

    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The eyes of America remain focused on Ferguson, Missouri, gripped by the aftermath of Michael Brown’s death. The anguish of Ferguson — from the murder of an unarmed young person of color, to the lack of accountability fueled by a sheer disregard for black lives — is all too familiar for Florida.
  • When journalism is too good to be true

    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    When a Gallup poll this summer showed that 80 percent of Americans have little faith in the news media, there was a good deal of consternation in U.S. newsrooms. Some of it came from me. We’re used to getting called liars by the hucksters and connivers and knaves we write about. But it’s pretty frustrating to hear that readers don’t trust us, either.
  • Past looms large in Islamist outlook

    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The radical Islamists want to kill Pope Francis, according to the Italian daily Il Tempo. I’m not surprised. The permanent enemy of these anachronistic characters is Christianity, not the Jews.
  • FIU expansion has benefits

    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Through the years, I have enjoyed the Youth Fair with my family. I have also been delighted at how much Florida International University has grown and flourished.
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    Post-Gazette -- OPINION

  • The 9-year-old in Uzi shooting will have a lifetime of suffering

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    That 9-year-old girl who accidentally killed her firearms instructor with an Uzi submachine gun is the victim of child abuse (“Shooting by Girl, 9, Stirs Debate Over Guns,” Aug. 28). She may never get over the incident. Her parents and all those who approved of allowing such a tiny child to handle such a heavy weapon are the guilty ones. Please make sure she gets some counseling.
  • Ferguson’s lessons: Pittsburgh should heed the instruction

    By Sala Udin
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    There are lessons for Pittsburgh, from Ferguson, Missouri, that are well worth paying attention to. The world watched as this little quiet St. Louis suburb turned into a militarized camp that we have come to recognize as the way U.S. military forces confront foreign military threats.
  • Policing the parks: Fitzgerald has a smart plan to begin using rangers

    By the Editorial Board
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Say “park ranger” and it evokes images of Smokey Bear or his human equivalent in an isolated forest out west. The truth is that park rangers patrol in urban settings as well, including Point State Park in Downtown Pittsburgh and Central Park in New York City.
  • The music-of-my-life is missing from the radio

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    About 10 years ago, when I was feeling comfortable with the knowledge that I would surely be entertained by the music-of-my-life offerings broadcast over WJAS radio, I made a conscious decision to pass my collection of LPs and my stereo console on to my musician son.
  • The NFL reconsiders: Goodell switches to a tough stand on domestic abuse

    By the Editorial Board
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    If there’s a right time to take a stand on domestic violence and sexual assault, it’s now. Colleges are changing policies, survivors are speaking up and the NFL has finally imposed a new set of rules regarding domestic violence and assault.
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    Opinion - Orlando Sentinel

  • Digital entertainment, Uzi, and Mother Earth: Letters

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Digital entertainment
  • Activists: Tighten pesticide limits: Front & Center

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    American farmers apply more than 1 billion pounds of pesticides a year to their fields to kill weeds and damaging insects. But collateral damage includes farmworkers; more than 10,000 a year suffer acute pesticide poisoning. Now the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed stricter limits on pesticide use. The issue is especially important in Florida, with its $100 billion agricultural industry and more than 150,000 farmworkers. In a recent email interview, Eve Gartner of Earthjustice, an environmental advocacy group, and Jeannie Economos, a pesticide expert for the Farmworker…
  • Condos, Scott, and loss: Letters

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Don't salvage condos
  • Update power lines -- bury them

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I learned a long time ago that if you do something "on-the-cheap," someone always ends up paying for it in the long run. As an example: If I buy cheap shoes, they will end up hurting my feet and probably end up falling apart. But, that's on me.
  • 'Hands off my Medicare' won't close shortfall: Editorial

    30 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    When Paul Ryan, the 2012 Republican nominee for vice president, toured Florida recently to promote his new book, he wasn't just greeted by fans. Protesters summoned by the Democratic Party and allied groups showed up to accuse the House budget chief of planning to dismantle Medicare, the federal health program for seniors.
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  • Editorial: Legislators take a walk rather then expand campaign disclosure

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Union lobbyists and attorneys contended SB 52 would have imposed untenable burdens on labor donors, and drove the final spike into the bill. Senator Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, talks with Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, during the start of his final week as leader on Monday, August 25, 2014.
  • Editorial: Senator is offended by his own bill

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Appeal to an assemblyman, hire a good lobbyist, get an exemption. Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrence, at the Senate Chambers at the Capitol in Sacramento on Monday June 10, 2013.
  • Editorial: On this Labor Day, ask yourself what kind of country you want

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    On this, the first Monday in September, the United States celebrates Labor Day, a tribute to American workers. It’s a traditional demarcation for the end of summer and millions of working Americans get the day off. They may even contemplate the state of the worker in the United States while doing so. A sign attracts job-seekers during a job fair at the Marriott Hotel in Colonie, N.Y., on Oct. 25, 2012.
  • Endorsement: Proposition 46 is no cure-all

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Proposition 46 raises important issues about drug-using doctors and patients who are addicts, but is not a good solution.
  • Editorial: Sen. Hueso should have heeded his own advice about not drinking and driving

    30 Aug 2014 | 7:59 pm
    Former Assembly Speaker Jesse Unruh observed that legislators inexplicably considered themselves invisible. They’re not. Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, enters the Senate floor as he returns to the Capitol on Monday after his DUI arrest last week.
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    Arkansas Online stories: Opinion and Letters*

  • Letters

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:49 am
    Stand up, be heard
  • Let the arrows fly

    <StaffMember: John Brummett>
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:48 am
    Political traditions are dying rapidly in Arkansas. That includes the one about campaign politics beginning in earnest on Labor Day.
  • Leaving a mark

    <StaffMember: Mike Masterson>
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:45 am
    Comedian George Carlin, who died in 2008, reminded us that life isn't measured in the number of breaths we take, rather by the intangible moments that take our breath away.
  • More post office blues

    Orange County Register
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:44 am
    There is even more bad financial news for the U.S. Postal Service, according to a report released last month by the agency's Office of Inspector General. In addition to sharply declining mail volume and significant required payments for retiree health care, the USPS is struggling with high workers' compensation costs.
  • But don't let the feds do it

    GABRIEL ROTH McClatchy-Tribune News Service
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:43 am
    There are good reasons for financing roads through tolls instead of federal fuel taxes, but there is no case for the federal government to collect such tolls.
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  • Hartford's Dr. Cash A Stunt By Local Radio Station

    2 Sep 2014 | 5:49 am
    HARTFORD — The mystery has been solved, the city's cash crusader unmasked. Dr. Cash is... a stunt.
  • Meds To Alleviate Stress May Help Women Quit Smoking

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:45 am
    For the past 50 years, men have consistently had an easier time quitting smoking than women.
  • On Farmington River, A Fly-Fishing Mecca

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:42 am
    Cold Water, Big Trout – Outdoors Tourism BoostFourteen years ago, Jack Gagnon moved from Waterbury to the tiny village of Lakeville, Maine (population 105), near the Canadian border. He went to enjoy the peace and quiet and the trout fishing. But in recent years, he has been making a yearly summer pilgrimage to the best fly fishing waters he knows — the upper Farmington River in Connecticut.
  • Boy, 16, Drowns At West Haven Beach

    1 Sep 2014 | 8:06 pm
    WEST HAVEN — A 16-year-old boy drowned at West Haven's Bradley Point Beach Monday afternoon, officials said.
  • Bobcat Being Tested For Rabies After Woman Attacked

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:15 pm
    HARTFORD — A bobcat that may have bitten a woman in Bozrah on Saturday and then was spotted Sunday roaming through a neighborhood in Lebanon is being tested at the state lab for rabies.
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  • Mercury News editorial: Bag ban's another California first we'll be proud of

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:58 pm
    Appliance efficiency, gas mileage standards -- and now a ban on one-time-use plastic bags. California once again sets the pace for the nation in improving the environment and, by the way, people's lives. Despite an outrageously cynical last-minute lobbying blitz, the Legislature came through last week. When Gov. Jerry Brown signs the bill, the Golden State will be the first to go plastic bagless. Hats off to Sen. Alex Padilla, who persevered after his visionary bill failed last year, and to Sen. Kevin de Leon, who voted no back then but fulfilled his promise to work with Padilla and pass…
  • Mercury News editorial: Kansen Chu for Assembly District 25

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:58 pm
    Assembly District 25 stretches from North San Jose into Alameda County and has the second-highest concentration of Asian-Americans of any district in California. It has had mediocre representation from Bob Wieckowski. We hope for more from San Jose Councilman Kansen Chu, the Democratic heir apparent and the better candidate left from a crowded primary field of four Democrats and one Republican, Bob Brunton, his runoff opponent. On the city council, Chu has mostly toed the party lines of Democrats and labor, which are indistinguishable in Santa Clara County. But he is a serious…
  • Mercury News editorial: If you liked Prop 103, pass Prop 45

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Californians passed Proposition 103 in 1987, regulating auto insurance rates and saving drivers tens of billions of dollars over 25 years. California's drivers have enjoyed some of the lowest auto insurance rates in the nation because of this law.Proposition 45 gives voters the opportunity to accomplish the same goal for health insurance, as 35 other states already do. Voters should approve it.Prop 45 requires that health insurance companies justify rate increases and gain the state insurance commissioner's approval before enacting them. Now the commissioner only can review and comment on…
  • Mercury News editorial: Sen. Lieu to the rescue of overdrugged foster kids

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:14 am
    Exposing serious societal problems is always better than turning your head. Always. That's why staff writer Karen de Sá has spent nearly a year on research to bring to light the excessive use of powerful psychiatric drugs to control the behavior of California's foster children. But shining light on a problem doesn't automatically change anything. That takes a public outcry and ideally a champion with the power to bring about change.So thank you, Sen. Ted Lieu.The Redondo Beach Democrat heads the committee that oversees the state medical board. At his request, the board is investigating…
  • Mercury News editorial: Income gap isn't somebody else's problem

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:07 pm
    In his wonderful "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" trilogy, the late Douglas Adams delivered insights into the human condition wrapped in science fiction hilarity. One of our favorite conceits, in the third book, is the technology of making anything invisible -- even a huge mountain -- by enveloping it in an S.E.P. field.Somebody Else's Problem.The poverty in Silicon Valley and, more to the point, the slipping away of the middle class is all but invisible in places like Palo Alto and Saratoga, on the private streets of Santana Row -- no worries about the homeless camping there -- and…
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  • Pittsburgh Tuesday takes

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    A new chief: Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto this week is expected to name his new police chief. Four city police officers are among the 11 ...
  • Common Core: Rotten politics

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Parents, some state governors and academics have been complaining bitterly for two years about centrally dictated Common Core academic standards. But teachers’ complaints? Why, they’re ...
  • Dems dishonorable

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    When President George Washington left office, he warned that the one thing that could destroy America’s experiment in democracy was political parties. When Republicans pursue ...
  • Stop ISIS now

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Right now, ISIS is simply another Islamic terrorist group sworn to kill us and any other infidels of its choosing. It is a relatively weak ...
  • Ready for change?

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Having been around for about 45 years, I have paid attention to many people’s views in Western Pennsylvania. We have many small towns with many ...
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    The News Tribune -- Opinion

  • Merchants can do more to stop public drunkenness

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    The result of creating AIAs in two parts of the city where chronic drunks tend to congregate has had a predictable result, and it’s not to convince hard-core alcoholics to…Click to Continue »
  • The Republican wave has failed to materialize

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    All in all, you still have to give the edge to the GOP. But it is a surprisingly narrow and tenuous advantage in a year when some analysts were predicting…Click to Continue »
  • Can Republicans ride tailwind to Senate majority?

    1 Sep 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Republicans have the advantages of a friendly turf, the history of this political cycle – which favors the party that doesn’t hold the White House – and the waning popularity…Click to Continue »
  • The renaissance of the New West

    1 Sep 2014 | 11:19 am
    Hope is the thing with feathers, Emily Dickinson said. On the Elwha, hope is the red flash of sockeye in a river wild again.Click to Continue »
  • When whites just don’t get it

    1 Sep 2014 | 11:13 am
    A 2011 study by scholars at Harvard and Tufts found that whites, on average, believed that anti-white racism was a bigger problem than anti-black racism.Click to Continue »
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  • English children are among the unhappiest in the world – we are failing them

    2 Sep 2014 | 4:20 am
    Last week, the Children’s Society released a global survey of 10-13 year olds, revealing that English children are ninth in a league of eleven in terms of happiness and wellbeing– behind their counterparts in less economically developed countries such as Algeria, Romania, South Korea and Uganda. It seems that money really can’t buy you happiness.
  • Letters: Hasn’t Ukraine always been essential to Russia?

    2 Sep 2014 | 3:27 am
    As usual, it requires an article by Mary Dejevsky to obtain a sane view on the Ukrainian crisis (30 August) and, indeed, on Russia generally. The mere fact of Russia’s having sent a few troops to aid its supporters in Ukraine seems to have sent David Cameron and other European politicians running around like a set of headless chickens.
  • Daily catch-up: eurogloom, Ed in Red and Cameron's Wilsonian U-turn on control orders

    2 Sep 2014 | 1:13 am
    1. The eurozone is still in trouble, and here is a graph that shows why. Its main economies are diverging widely, and have fallen behind the US. Thanks to Michael O'Connor for making the graph, from an original made by Ben Chu, our Economics Editor, who wrote about the forgotten travails of the euro in The Independent on Sunday.
  • Daily catch-up: eurogloom, Ed in Red and Cameron’s Wilsonian U-turn on control orders

    2 Sep 2014 | 1:13 am
    1. The eurozone is still in trouble, and here is a graph that shows why. Its main economies are diverging widely, and have fallen behind the US. Thanks to Michael O'Connor for making the graph, from an original made by Ben Chu, our Economics Editor, who wrote about the forgotten travails of the euro in The Independent on Sunday.
  • Israel’s ‘land for lives’ is theft. Pure and simple

    1 Sep 2014 | 5:48 pm
    So a bit more of Palestine has slidden down the plughole. A thousand more acres of Palestinian land stolen by the Israeli government – for “appropriation” is theft, is it not? – and the world has made the usual excuses. The Americans found it “counter-productive” to peace, which is probably a bit less forceful than its reaction would be if Mexico were to bite off a 1,000-acre chunk of Texas and decided to build homes there for its illegal immigrants in the US. But this is “Palestine” (inverted commas more necessary than ever) and Israel has been getting away with theft, albeit…
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    Comment is free | The Guardian

  • Has a smartphone ever ruined an occasion for you? | Open thread

    Open thread
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:39 am
    It seems even the Queen is less than amused by the way people use smartphone cameras. Tell us if you agree with herThe US ambassador to the UK has told how the Queen has said that she finds it strange to see a sea of mobile phones greeting her whenever she goes out in public. Matthew Barzun said that the monarch seemed to miss the days when people made eye contact with her. Mobile phones with an inbuilt camera have long been a feature of gigs, parties and other, more sombre occasions. Some people have even taken selfies at funerals, and posed for pictures at Auschwitz. Has a smartphone ever…
  • Ideas for 2-3 September

    Bella Mackie
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:27 am
    Post your suggestions for subjects you'd like us to cover on Comment is freeWelcome to You Tell Us, the thread on which you can share your ideas for topics we should be covering right now on Comment is free. Which stories on today's news agenda particularly interest you? Whose opinion would you like to read on a certain subject? Add your suggestions in the thread below.You can see the collection of articles commissioned via this thread by visiting the You Told Us page. Continue reading...
  • A rare certainty in Pakistani politics Nawaz Sharif is doomed | Cyril Almeida

    Cyril Almeida
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:26 am
    A combination of a rampant Imran Khan and an army that feels threatened by democracy means there is no room for SharifFacts are a funny thing in Pakistan: there often arent any. What you usually have to settle for, particularly in politics, is some kind of theory, ranging from the conspiratorial to the wild and woolly to the, occasionally, plausible.Take the current situation. Pakistan is in the grip of a tawdry political crisis. Imran Khan says the May 2013 general election was rigged. The government of Nawaz Sharif says its mandate to rule is legitimate. The ever-lurking army says it is…
  • Free school meals should be for those who need them, not those who dont | Zoe Williams

    Zoe Williams
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:45 am
    This £1bn universal benefit is a punch in the face for the million people who need food banksHow much does it save, the kids getting free school meals? I know a fair amount about what it costs £2.30 a pupil, a day, plus £150m to make changes to the school and I know that, in schools that didnt already have a kitchen and dining room, thats not going to be enough. But it wasnt until this morning, when my year one daughter and year two son actually went to school, that it occurred to me: thats £800 a year, straight to me.This puts me in the uncomfortable position of agreeing…
  • Beyond 'no means no': the future of campus rape prevention is 'yes means yes' | Jessica Valenti

    Jessica Valenti
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Survivors from California to New York say universities are failing students. But a once-in-a-generation moment might be upon usPlus: California bill demands affirmative consent before sexWhile most students at Columbia University will spend the first day of classes carrying backpacks and books, Emma Sulkowicz will start her semester on Tuesday with a far heavier burden. The senior plans on carrying an extra-long, twin-size mattress across the quad and through each New York City building to every class, every day until the man she says raped her moves off campus.I was raped in my own bed,…
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  • Talking points

    1 Sep 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Ebola exercise in Hong Kong
  • Action needed on red tides

    1 Sep 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Hong Kong has decades of data about red tides. Scientists have done much research into the algal blooms that cause them and have identified the types that are harmful to sea life, the fishing industry and health.
  • Who said it?

    1 Sep 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Lawyers are like Hong Kong people, many of whom are the silent majority. But this does not mean they don't care about judicial independence New Law Society president Stephen Hung Wan-shun
  • At least we now know where we stand

    1 Sep 2014 | 1:49 pm
    One country, two systems is as much about substance as appearance. We can argue till we are blue in the face about to what extent it still actually underpins Hong Kong-mainland relations.
  • Due diligence by IPO sponsors paramount

    1 Sep 2014 | 1:49 pm
    The recent case of Fujian Nuoqi is a reminder of why the SFC wanted to amend the law to make sponsors of initial public offerings criminally liable for defective prospectuses that mislead investors.
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    Le Monde diplomatique - English edition

  • China's economic empire

    Christophe Ventura
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:47 am
    Latin America wants money and credit that doesn't originate in the US, and China needs primary products. It should be a fair deal, but it isn't working out quite that way Bolivia's first ever communications satellite, the Tupac Katari (TKSAT-1), was carried into orbit last December by a Chinese Long March 3B rocket. China Network Television (CNTV) covered the launch, which clearly moved President Evo Morales. This event illustrates the closer diplomatic, economic and technological links (...) - 2014/09 / Open access, 2014/09 - Americans canal routes
  • A place in the sun

    Laurent Cordonnier
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:34 am
    Speculating on café seats, or purchasing anonymity — is this the shape of the future?When Smithsky arrived at the Brokers' Café at around 6.30, there were still a few empty seats on the terrace. Before sitting down, he checked the information kiosk. The last few seats were still on offer at the issue price for the afternoon session — £150 — more than yesterday (demand increased almost automatically in spring), but according to the calendar there were still a good three hours of nominal sunshine to (...) - 2014/09 / Password
  • City of walls

    Nael Shama
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:34 am
    Since the Arab Spring, the walls have gone up in Cairo. They can't keep the future out or the people in. Cities talk, smile, frown, wail and rejoice, but their language can be only heard by those who care to listen. A city's architecture and art, planning and design, streets and traffic, houses and shacks, signs and billboards, advertisements and banners, all speak about its identity. Old Cairo became Egypt's capital city in the 10th century, though the current downtown area was built in the (...) - 2014/09 / Open access
  • Service industry

    Mona Chollet
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:34 am
    A new French bill to fine men for paying for sex has reopened the debate on decriminalising prostitution. Why do many feminists and socialists now ignore economic and gender inequality to defend sex work as liberating? The Swedish journalist Kajsa Ekis Ekman says the lobby to decriminalise prostitution have an answer for everyone. They tell socialists that a prostitute is a worker who should be in a union, they tell neoliberals that prostitution is about free choice and prostitutes are (...) - 2014/09 / Password
  • You know that we know that you know

    Clarice Victor
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:34 am
    Management consultancies are more and more resorting to an ethos of play-acting, cynicism and detachment; and this can lead to the rewarding of unethical behaviour. A video on the website of the Parisian management consultancy Stanwell shows “Paul”, a young recruitment officer, practising his interview technique . The candidate is represented by a powerful fan that scatters the papers on the desk; Paul himself struggles against the wind. The commentary's tone issatirical: “Stanwell's (...) - 2014/09 / Password
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  • Milos Raonic out of U.S. Open in historic match

    2 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    NEW YORK—This New York marathon began Monday and crossed the finish line early Tuesday. When Milos Raonic arrived there, he discovered he’d set a record—by playing in one of the latest matches ever at the U.S. Open — but also that he’d lost the race.It took Kei Nishikori four hours and 19 minutes to knock the Canadian out of the final Grand Slam of the year, with a 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-4 win.So often, scorecards can’t express the drama that occurred on court, but this one — the lead switching back and forth, Raonic’s exhaustion…
  • Putin’s ‘two weeks to Kyiv’ comment taken out of context, says aide

    2 Sep 2014 | 4:17 am
    MOSCOW—A Kremlin aide on Tuesday sharply criticized EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso for breaching confidentiality when he quoted President Vladimir Putin as saying Moscow could take over Kyiv in two weeks, if it wished.Yuri Ushakov, the Russian leader’s foreign policy adviser, told reporters that Putin’s statement was “taken out of context and carried a completely different meaning.”Ushakov lashed out at Barroso, saying it was a breach of diplomatic practices and “unworthy of a serious politician” to speak publicly about a private…
  • What’s behind the trend of declining crime rate in Toronto?

    2 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    It is midday and uncharacteristically quiet along one of Toronto’s notoriously crime-ridden strips.Only a smattering of regulars have congregated outside a row of abandoned houses under overcast August skies, down the street from Seaton House, the city’s largest homeless shelter. Some are evidently high — agitated, speaking in rapid-fire bursts — while others sit calmly on the curb, sharing a plastic juice bottle that leaves their breath smelling of alcohol.This downtown stretch of George St., between Gerrard and Dundas Sts. E., is home to a thriving drug trade and…
  • Full-day kindergarten impacts Grades 1, 2

    2 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    While full-day kindergarten is the newest learning experience for Ontario’s youngest students, it’s been an education for the province’s primary teachers, too.With the final phase of the full-day rollout happening this week, school boards say that over the past five years of implementation, they’ve had one big kinder surprise: teachers in Grades 1 and 2 now find their lessons no longer work for children steeped in play-based learning — kids who are more confident, ask more questions and who are used to setting the agenda in the classroom.The Ontario…
  • New head of Ontario Bar Association speaks out about depression

    2 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Four days before Orlando da Silva became president of the Ontario Bar Association this month he heard the news that comedic genius Robin Williams had taken his own life.“I imagined Robin Williams alone in his room, what went through his mind,” da Silva told the Star this week. “I can understand the thinking, I can understand the emotions.”The new OBA president has also lived with the torment of depression, the sense of bone-deep worthlessness and lacerating self-disgust. He came close, in fact, to taking his own life.More from thestar.com: Lesson from Robin…
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  • The Exaggerated Death of Inflation

    Kenneth Rogoff
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    Modern central banking has worked wonders to bring down inflation. Ultimately, however, a central bank’s anti-inflation policies can work only within the context of a macroeconomic and political framework that is consistent with price stability.
  • Let the Middle East Govern Itself

    Jeffrey D. Sachs
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:05 am
    The West's interventions have consistently destabilized the Middle East, while causing massive suffering in the affected countries. It is time for the US and other powers to allow the Middle East to govern itself in line with national sovereignty and the United Nations Charter.
  • Why Israel?

    Shlomo Ben-Ami
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:50 am
    The grotesque coupling of solidarity with Palestine and anti-Jewish invective seems to have forged a politically correct form of anti-Semitism that is drowning out legitimate criticism of Israel's policies in Gaza. Why does Israel’s controversial behavior, unlike that of other countries, call into question its right to exist?
  • Down with Dengism

    Minxin Pei
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    China has held a series of high-profile ceremonies honoring the 110th anniversary of former leader Deng Xiaoping’s birth. But, though Deng deserves appreciation for having brought China back from the abyss of Maoism, his authoritarian development model is impeding China’s prospects.
  • Democracy in the Twenty-First Century

    Joseph E. Stiglitz
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    The economist Thomas Piketty’s forecast of still higher levels of inequality does not reflect the inexorable laws of economics. Indeed, the main question today is not really about capital in the twenty-first century; it is about democracy in the twenty-first century.
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  • Reinvention:The Mother of Necessity

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:23 pm
    “Gloria kicks off Labor Day weekend by quitting, updating LinkedIn and re-imagining her life.” The post Reinvention:The Mother of Necessity appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Power of Now

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:42 am
    “Spotting Halloween candy & flu shots…. Mona decides she will not be fast -forwarded into fall.” The post Power of Now appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Mood Swinger

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:09 am
    “At 3:30 a.m Sheila decides to get up and bitch at the moon.” The post Mood Swinger appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Stream-On

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:07 am
    “Larry quits his job to become a professional binge-watcher.” The post Stream-On appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Vap-O-Rub

    25 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
    “Vaping is one thing – But liver & cheese?” The post Vap-O-Rub appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
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  • Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, El Barri Gòtic

    Katelyn Israelski
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:47 pm
    BARCELONA, SPAIN. Nestled in a narrow maze of streets sits El Barri Gòtic, Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, within the centre of the old city. Restored in the 20th Century, today the cobbled streets, medieval style squares, and roman architecture draws and mystifies locals and international tourists alike. And yet, colorful graffiti also sprays the 13th century walls, reminding visitors of the culture permeating the neighborhood today. Stretching from La Rambla to Via Laietana, Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter boasts the same attractions as a complete city would, but within a much smaller space.

    31 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    GLOBAL. Following the success of the inaugural Education Series, ROOSTERGNN publishes a new Special Series focused on freedom of expression. As the founding value of ROOSTERGNN itself, freedom of expression is an issue that concerns each and every one of us – whether we are political journalists fighting to expose atrocities or civilians posting our opinions on the Internet, it is a fundamental human right. Free speech was officially recognized by the United Nations in 1948, in Article 19 of the International Declaration of Human Rights. Without casting any legal obligation, the…
  • En las entrañas de la Selva Negra

    María S. Olmo
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:33 am
    FRIBURGO, ALEMANIA. Puede que el ser humano sea nómada por naturaleza, por puro placer o por la satisfacción de descubrir como primerizos esos rincones del planeta ignorando lo que en su destino encontrará. Cada viaje ensancha la experiencia y cada camino nos regala nuevos ojos a través de los que mirar. Este es el reflejo de los míos sumergidos en el corazón de la Selva Negra Alemana. Comenzamos por su arteria aorta. La preciosa ciudad de Friburgo de Brisgovia se erige a los pies de este complejo montañoso y está en el cuarto puesto según número de habitantes dentro del Estado…
  • First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage?

    Abby Concha
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:23 am
    U.S.A. With the average number of divorces at an all time low, the number of marriages is following the same decline, according to a recent study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and NCHS National Vital Statistics System. What does that study mean for Americans? In a poll by Pew Research Center, 44 percent of Americans ages 18-29 believe that marriage is becoming obsolete. The older age groups saw a slight decrease in pessimism, but not very much. Therefore, more and more Americans are avoiding divorce and marriage all together. Are Americans becoming more pessimistic about…
  • Sunset Walk in Chicago

    25 Aug 2014 | 6:38 am
    The post Sunset Walk in Chicago appeared first on ROOSTERGNN.
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  • Is “the state” JUST the Government? Or is There Something More Creating our Ways of Life?

    Christopher B. King
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:32 am
    One point where I seem to split from many of my friends who call themselves “anti-government,” market capitalists, and even anti-capitalists to some extent, is that I apply the term “State” to include not just the government, but also all industry that directs technological and infrastructural developments (like car/oil companies for example) which depends on […]
  • A Night in the Desert with Cops and Bodies All Around

    Christopher B. King
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:58 pm
    I know how to act around the guys with guns that are protected by badges just like I know how to act around a potentially dangerous dog. Don’t make sudden movements, don’t turn your back, DON’T KEEP YOUR HANDS IN YOUR POCKETS. Simple stuff really. But the key is that you cannot LOOK like you […]
  • Thoughts on Robin – Depression Sucks

    Christopher B. King
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Facebook post of Mark Pitta August 22, 2014 Fuck you, depression. Fuck you for taking my friend. Fuck you for being the only ailment where no advancement in treatment has been found. May you burn in hell depression…oh that’s right…you are hell. Depression is a table for one. Depression is a silent killer. Depression took […]
  • “Ecuador ‘BANS’ Bitcoin” Well…. Not Exactly

    Christopher B. King
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    As far as I can read, that’s not quite the case and coindesk is overstating a bit. I’m reserving further judgment for a few days to see what the fallout, further explanations, or wider reactions will be. But I will say this, most Ecuadorians have not even heard of bitcoin yet and most won’t understand […]
  • Why I’m A Bitcoiner by Justin O’Connell

    Christopher B. King
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:33 pm
    This is a great post to Max Keiser’s blog by Justin O’Connell of Goldsilverbitcoin.com answering the question many of us get asked, “Why are you into bitcoin?” Earthbus.org has a great history with goldsilverbitcoin.com, not only have we ordered many ounces of silver from them, we had such a great experience with them, we’re also an affiliate. […]
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