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  • Chinese developer unveils plans for luxury condo tower in downtown L.A.

    22 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    With downtown Los Angeles facing a condominium shortage, a Chinese developer has unveiled plans for a $100-million luxury high-rise residential tower near Staples Center.
  • In Brazil, homicide rate still high despite increased prosperity

    22 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Almost everyone here on the outskirts of Maceio, the capital of Brazil's most dangerous state, has a horror story to tell.
  • Ryu's victory resonates in Koreatown and beyond

    22 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    The Rodeo Galleria strip mall on Western Avenue is right at the edge of newly elected Councilman David Ryu's district. Half of it — a hair salon, a gift shop and a bank — falls in Council District 4, and the other half, with a noodle house and a bakery, is just outside its borders.
  • Rewrite body camera bill or put it aside

    22 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    As body-worn cameras become standard gear for California's police officers, it's wise to have smart policy regulating how the cameras and the video they produce are used. Such as, when should cameras be turned on and off? What rights should folks not suspected of a crime have to prohibit being...
  • Control guns, not information on making them

    22 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Two years ago, Texas gun enthusiast Cody Wilson experimented with the burgeoning 3-D printing technology that, following coded instructions, manufactures products from plastic. NASA recently used the process to create a wrench aboard the International Space Station with instructions sent from Earth.
 
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  • The U.S. continues to send the wrong message to Russia

    Editorial Board
    21 May 2015 | 5:49 pm
    IT HAS been a week since Secretary of State John F. Kerry emerged from eight hours of meetings with Russian President Vladi­mir Putin and his foreign minister to say that the two sides had agreed to make a new effort to cooperate in resolving conflicts in Ukraine and Syria and completing a nuclear accord with Iran. The trip represented yet another bet by the Obama administration that it can cut deals with Mr. Putin without betraying U.S. interests or allies or capitulating to the Russian ruler and his imperialist agenda.Read full article >>
  • The government’s Plan Bee

    Editorial Board
    21 May 2015 | 5:44 pm
    ACRUCIAL agricultural workforce in the United States that produces some $15 billion worth of economic value every year, according to the Obama administration, has been struck by alarming losses recently, frightening advocates and demanding attention from Washington. Yes, the country’s bees are in trouble. Read full article >>
  • Don’t cut the District’s police body camera program

    Editorial Board
    21 May 2015 | 5:42 pm
    LONG BEFORE the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., spotlighted the issue, D.C. police officials had been developing a program to equip officers with body cameras. Clearly, though, Brown’s death and those of other black men in police interactions have given new urgency to the District’s efforts. That’s why we hope the D.C. Council doesn’t push the brakes on an ambitious plan to outfit all of the department’s patrol officers with cameras.Read full article >>
  • Stopping South Sudan’s downward spiral

    Editorial Board
    20 May 2015 | 4:36 pm
    THE UNITED States played a key role in the arrival of South Sudan as Africa’s 54th nation in 2011. President George W. Bush helped broker a north-south peace agreement in 2005, ending a civil war that claimed nearly 2 million lives. President Obama rallied the world to rescue that peace agreement a few years later when it was falling apart. The creation of the nation was celebrated as proof, as then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton put it, that “peace is possible if people are willing to make hard choices and stand by them.” Susan E. Rice, the White House national security adviser,…
  • Revamping the FAA

    Editorial Board
    20 May 2015 | 4:31 pm
    AIR TRAVEL in the United States is blessedly, astonishingly safe. The airlines transport 2 million passengers per day, yet fatal accidents are exceedingly rare. From 2004 through 2013, only 133 people died on board scheduled commercial flights that crashed. This record is reason for celebration, but not complacency; it is in large part a tribute to the excellent work of the air-traffic controllers and regulators who work for the Federal Aviation Administration.Read full article >>
 
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    The Seattle Times » Sections » Opinion

  • Teacher walkout: Teachers are in solidarity against inequities

    Letters editor
    21 May 2015 | 5:59 pm
    I am deeply saddened by The Seattle Times’ inability to grasp why our Seattle teachers went on strike [“Students, families suffer in teacher walkouts,” Opinion, May 19]. The Times completely fails to acknowledge the deprivation and inequity that exists within our schools. Teachers from throughout the district are in solidarity because they can’t obtain substitutes […]
  • Our population boom demands more new housing construction

    Shannon Affholter
    21 May 2015 | 5:55 pm
    Anti-density sentiment drives construction costs on new housing.
  • Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, Facebook and disorder

    Thomas Friedman
    21 May 2015 | 5:53 pm
    For a presidential campaign that has started so early, it’s striking how little most of the candidates want to engage with major issues of the day, let alone the future. Hillary Clinton won’t take a clear stand on two big issues she helped to negotiate as secretary of state: the free-trade deal with Pacific nations […]
  • U.S. icebreaker fleet is falling behind; needed for strategic Arctic

    Seattle Times editorial board
    21 May 2015 | 5:53 pm
    The U.S. Congress should appropriate money to build new icebreakers.
  • 2016 election: Jeb Bush stuck in a hard place

    Letters editor
    21 May 2015 | 3:53 pm
    Jeb Bush is stuck not wanting to admit his brother made a tragic and costly foreign-policy mistake by using the 9/11 attacks as an excuse to invade Iraq [“In hindsight, Jeb Bush says, he wouldn’t have invaded Iraq,” Nation & World, May 15]. If he says he would have done it, too, he’s a fool. […]
 
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  • Robert A. Brown

    18 May 2015 | 11:42 am
    Just another weblog
  • Dr. Jim Taylor

    18 May 2015 | 8:45 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.
  • J.A. Jance

    15 May 2015 | 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.
  • Vivian McPeak

    8 May 2015 | 5:26 pm
    Vivian McPeak is a Pacific Northwest based musician and social justice activist. He is also the executive director of the world's largest cannabis policy reform rally, Seattle Hempfest.
  • Candace Calloway Whiting

    23 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    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.
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    Opinion

  • Friday's Letters: The CHILD Cancer Fund is doing great work

    Letters from readers
    21 May 2015 | 11:05 am
    CHILD CANCER FUND Removing any confusion The CHILD Cancer Fund Inc. wants to clarify that our Jacksonville-based charity is not in any way associated with the Children’s Cancer Fund of America, which is currently receiving national media attention. The other group is a national organization that has no affiliation with the CHILD Cancer Fund. The funds raised by the CHILD Cancer Fund — which largely come through corporate and individual donations — remain in the Jacksonville area to serve children struggling with cancer and to support their families. read more
  • Lead Letter: What's happened to our country?

    C.H. Pappas
    21 May 2015 | 11:04 am
    What’s happening to my country? When I was a young man in school, I was told America was a melting pot. People from all over the world came together in this country and became Americans. How proud we were! And how hard we labored and thus became the greatest nation in the world. Then social engineers began to take over our schools. They replaced wholesome literature (such as John Bunyan’s “Pilgrim Progress”) with that by reprobates like John Steinbeck (who wrote “The Grapes of Wrath”). read more
  • Floating new ideas for water taxis

    Times-Union Editorial
    21 May 2015 | 11:03 am
    Jacksonville’s water taxis are just the type of service a river city needs. The taxis are iconic, a Jacksonville tradition. They offer both residents and tourists a chance to explore the city’s watery surroundings and use the river as a conduit for travel. What a treat to motor out to the middle of this gigantic waterway, scanning the river’s banks, to appreciate the city. But the water taxis have been in trouble for years. read more
  • Tonyaa Weathersbee: John Lewis shares his story of courage

    Tonyaa Weathersbee
    20 May 2015 | 11:54 am
    When civil rights icon John Lewis came to town recently to encourage African-Americans to vote, he brought up a part of his past that would doom others to obscurity today. Lewis has been arrested more than 40 times. Most of those arrests came during the civil rights movement when he sat in at segregated lunch counters in Nashville, when he rode buses into the Deep South during the Freedom Rides and when he marched for voting rights in Selma in 1965. ARRESTS CONTINUED read more
  • Guest column: 10 things that our new mayor should pursue

    John Carson
    20 May 2015 | 11:54 am
    With the pride we should all have in our city, every adult in Jacksonville should consider what they would do if they were elected the new leader, role maker, image maker and mayor of our city. The following suggestions are the top 10 things I would work on first if I were elected the new mayor of Jacksonville. 1. RESOLVE PENSION Assemble the finest 10 minds in Jacksonville representing all facets of our life in the city and discuss the pension plan situation and how to resolve it. read more
 
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    Op-Eds - Baltimore Sun

  • Journalists' contributions to Clinton Foundation raise credibility questions

    22 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    While much of the political community frets over the influence of billionaire money in presidential campaigns, the much smaller world of journalism occasionally worries over the ethics of politicians crossing over into the news-and-analysis business.
  • The failed war on drugs continues to amass casualties in Baltimore and beyond

    21 May 2015 | 8:07 am
    As rightly concerned and upset as we are about Freddie Gray's death in police custody, we ought to be just as concerned about the body count that existed prior to his death and has been on the rise ever since (there have been roughtly three dozen homicides in Baltimore since Gray died, not counting...
  • Don't give up on Baltimore, Preakness

    21 May 2015 | 8:07 am
    There's been talk about moving the Preakness Stakes from Pimlico, which is in my district and has been home to the second leg of The Triple Crown for 140 years, to Laurel. I get it. Pimlico needs work to bring its facility up to par with Laurel Raceway. Laurel is closer to Washington and would...
  • Gov. Hogan's funding games have consequences

    21 May 2015 | 8:07 am
    In the last few weeks we've heard much about the neglected and underdeveloped parts of Baltimore and how decades of degradation and neglect played a role in the recent social upheaval and civil unrest. Almost universally we've heard activists, experts and thought leaders tout education as a surefire...
  • Police brutality can't be fixed by African-American self-improvement

    21 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Maybe some people didn't understand the question.
 
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    Post-Gazette -- OPINION

  • My love for Pittsburgh -- weather and all -- has grown strong over the years

    22 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    As a young adult living in Ambridge, then in Hopewell, where I still reside, I often lamented how badly I wanted to leave the area and live somewhere with a more temperate climate and more to do. Then, as I grew older I came to find out how much there is going on in Pittsburgh at any given time of the year.
  • Airbag threat: The key safety device must be replaced ASAP

    By the Editorial Board
    22 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    It’s been six years since a Virginia woman bled to death in front of her children after the airbag in her Honda Accord exploded, sending shards of metal into her neck and chest. Seven months earlier, an 18-year-old cheerleader in California died the same way after a fender-bender in a school parking lot.
  • Be sure to pause and reflect on the meaning of Memorial Day

    22 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    It has almost arrived — that day we all look forward to after a brutal winter. Memorial Day — the day for which we all make special plans to have family gatherings and picnics. And for some it’s a day off or an extended weekend. It is the day that officially gets the summer started.
  • For students’ sake: The DA’s probe in Plum must be expeditious

    By the Editorial Board
    22 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    If once is an accident, twice a coincidence and three times a trend, there’s an alarming trend in the Plum School District and it’s a good thing Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. is looking into it.
  • The nukes of North Korea

    By Gwynne Dyer
    22 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Early this month North Korea claim-ed to have launched a ballistic missile from a submerged submarine. Wednesday it announced that it can now make nuclear warheads small enough to fit on a missile. If both those claims are true, it can deliver a nuclear weapon to the United States, at least in theory, but there is always some doubt about North Korean claims.
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    The Orange County Register - News Headlines : Opinion

  • You want hypotheticals on Iraq? Here's a good start

    By CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
    22 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    WASHINGTON – Ramadi falls. The Iraqi army flees. The great 60-nation anti-Islamic State coalition so grandly proclaimed by the Obama administration is nowhere to be seen. Instead, it’s the defense minister of Iran who flies into Baghdad, an...
  • Today's cartoons: Airbags that should be recalled

    22 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Also: How's that ISIS strategy working out, Mr. President?
  • Climate zealots blinded by confirmation bias

    BY JOSEPH PERKINS
    22 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    President Obama delivered the commencement address this week at the Coast Guard Academy, in New London, Conn. He told the graduating cadets that they faced a challenge before them that, “perhaps more than any other, would shape their entire...
  • Moderate Democrat's win a loss for unions statewide

    ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER EDITORIAL
    22 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    In a race with statewide implications, Steven Glazer handily won a special election Tuesday for state Senate District 7, an area east of Oakland. Mr. Glazer, mayor of Orinda, defeated Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, 55 percent to 45 percent. The seat...
  • California policies earn it low ranking

    ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER EDITORIAL
    22 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    While Gov. Jerry Brown and other progressive leaders have been patting themselves on the back as their tax hikes have led to record revenues taken from taxpayers, another analysis of state economic policies and outlooks has rated California among the...
 
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  • An architect's vision

    22 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    The view from the streets in modern Little Rock--experts sometimes call it Architectual Identity--is largely due to the efforts of a few men who, as the leaders of the state's big architectural firms from the 1930s through the 1980s, left their imprimatur on the city and its neighbors. There were giants in those days. One of those giants was Ed Cromwell, who was largely responsible for the renovation of the Capital Hotel and the preservation of many of the city's most historic buildings.
  • Humanity wins some

    CHARLES KENNY Bloomberg News
    22 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    The Ebola outbreak in West Africa appears close to its end. Earlier this month, Liberia was declared Ebola-free, and the World Health Organization reported only seven cases in Guinea and two in Sierra Leone in the first week of May. What's received less notice is that the older and more persistent infectious scourges of Guinea worm and polio are also both disappearing--and may soon follow smallpox (eradicated 35 years ago) into the burn bag of history. Other infections, including measles and malaria, may follow.
  • Nervous is normal

    22 May 2015 | 12:59 am
    That was a touching story by our own Nikki Wentling in Wednesday's paper about the new recruits going off to Basic Training, or what the old timers called boot camp. Some are going to San Antonio, some to the Great Lakes Naval Base, some to Camp Pendleton in California--and the Army spreads out its training all over. Who was more nervous, the recruits mentioned in the story or the parents who attended the swearing-in ceremony for their babies, who aren't quite babies any more?
  • Cuba’s lung cancer vaccine

    Chicago Tribune
    22 May 2015 | 12:58 am
    Here’s the thing about cigars: They cause lung cancer. Cuba has a lot of cigars—and a lot of cancer. But the country famous for its Cohibas also has some promising anticancer drugs, and the United States has its eye on them.
  • One shining light

    JAY AMBROSE Tribune News Service
    22 May 2015 | 12:57 am
    Is it 2016 already, a presidential election year? It feels like it, at least when you read the news and see the crazy politics going on, the subterfuge about sure-enough scandals, the usual meaningless platitudes of some, the overreaching of others, the fumbles and stumbles that make you groan, the . . . but wait.
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  • Mercury News editorial: Moderates increasingly rule in Bay Area votes

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    21 May 2015 | 6:53 pm
    The special election for a vacant East Bay state Senate seat this week highlights what's wrong and what's right in California politics today.Voters in the 7th Senate District saw what was wrong every day when they searched for their bills and letters in mailboxes buried under campaign brochures supporting and opposing Orinda Councilman Steve Glazer and Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla of Concord. The combined $10 million spent by the candidates and independent committees served as noise-canceling headphones: The mailers created just enough dissonance to ensure the opposing message couldn't…
  • Mercury News editorial: CMA validates ethics of death with dignity bill

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    20 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
    The historic decision by the California Medical Association to drop its opposition to a proposed death with dignity law validates the medical ethics of the legislation.It should clear the way for the Legislature to pass SB 128 and give Californians the comfort of knowing that if they become terminally ill and face excruciating suffering that no painkillers can reach, they can choose to end their lives humanely. The bill sponsored by Sens. Bill Monning and Lois Wolk would provide the same right that Oregon residents have had since 1997. It should become law.But first it has to clear the Senate…
  • Mercury News editorial: California should ban the use of microbeads

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    20 May 2015 | 10:06 am
    The purity of the Pacific Ocean and the rivers and bodies of water throughout the state have never been more important to Californians. The Legislature should pass AB 888 and ban the use of the tiny pieces of plastic known as microbeads in all personal care products by Jan. 1, 2020.Few Californians realize that virtually every time they brush their teeth, clean their face or wash their hair, the products they use contain tiny pieces of plastic that go down drains and eventually wind up in our waterways. The legislation offers a rare opportunity to stop further pollution and serve as a model…
  • Mercury News editorial: Sharks and San Jose, still good after 20-plus years

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    19 May 2015 | 6:35 am
    More than 20 years in, San Jose's love affair with the Sharks is going strong. Oh, bringing home the Stanley Cup would be nice, or at least making the playoffs every year. But hey, no relationship is perfect. It's hard to imagine the city or Silicon Valley without its National Hockey League team.It's time for a renewal of vows. On Tuesday the City Council will vote on a lease extension for San Jose's publicly owned arena to keep the Sharks here at least until 2025 and potentially until 2040. We hope the vote is unanimous to affirm the value of the team and the city's partnership with Hasso…
  • Mercury News editorial: Willow Glen Trestle should be saved

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    18 May 2015 | 2:41 pm
    San Jose city staff and elected council members made a mistake two years ago when they rushed through a plan to tear down the Willow Glen Trestle over the Los Gatos Creek instead of restoring it as part of the creek trail, as city plans for years had assumed. The city contracted for a generic metal bridge, trading one more element of character in San Jose for boring blandness, of which it has plenty already. A community group sued to force the council to consider evidence of the wooden railroad trestle's historic value. New studies showed it could be restored at less expense than installing…
 
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    FresnoBee.com: Opinion

  • Gray water fine for plants

    12 May 2015 | 8:09 pm
    In reference to Kathleen Williams’ letter (May 7): She has it right. I did some research on this, and since Nov. 15, 2014, I have been watering nine lantana, six rose bushes, one tree and assorted other small plants in my front yard (mostly) with the water from the third rinse cycle. We have reduced the amount of soap, and we try to wash less often. Read comments
  • David Brooks: Mothers and presidents

    10 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Americans are embarrassed. Over the last 35 years there have only been two elections without a Bush or Clinton on the national ticket. Next year both names could rest atop the ballot. In one poll voters saw this as a bad thing by a ratio of 8 to 1. Read comments
  • Ruben Navarrette Jr.: Don’t disrespect Sen. Cruz, Senor

    9 May 2015 | 10:14 pm
    Imagine the following pep talk that a young Ted Cruz might have gotten from his father, Rafael, about 35 years ago: Read comments
  • Leonard Pitts Jr.: Anti-government stance is GOP’s beating heart

    9 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Some folks thought it was “inflammatory.” Some said it was “irresponsible,” others, “absurd,” still others, “disappointing.” Read comments
  • Charles Krauthammer: Men wielding power in hellish times

    30 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    WASHINGTON – “Wolf Hall,” the Man Booker Prize-winning historical novel about the court of Henry VIII — and most dramatically, the conflict between Thomas Cromwell and Sir Thomas More – is now a TV series (presented on PBS). It is maddeningly good. Read comments
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  • Legal immigrants first

    21 May 2015 | 6:55 pm
    Welcome to all! Let’s just open the borders. Let everyone in, make everybody legal. Why bother with laws? They are so burdensome. That is pretty ...
  • Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances

    21 May 2015 | 6:55 pm
    Some observations: • Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald are licking their wounds after their respective candidates for city and ...
  • Two tax hikes coming

    21 May 2015 | 6:55 pm
    The Pennsylvania House passed a bill that broadens the sales tax base and raises the income tax. Income tax would go from 3.07 percent to ...
  • Greensburg Laurels & Lances

    21 May 2015 | 6:55 pm
    Lance: To the Norwin School Board. It says it inadvertently erred when it failed to announce in January that a teacher had been named acting ...
  • Stay away, Mr. Moreland

    21 May 2015 | 6:55 pm
    Regarding Luis Fábregas’ column “Fábregas: Former VA director’s reappearance a slap in the faces of veterans”: In my opinion, Michael Moreland’s reappearance at the Pittsburgh ...
 
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    The Australian | Opinion

  • MWD: From Pell to a bell

    21 May 2015 | 11:42 pm
    The invincible ignorance of some journalists regarding George Pell; and Malcolm Turnbull rings the bell on Nice Mr Scott.
  • Fortescue’s in critical condition

    21 May 2015 | 8:02 pm
    Andrew Forrest’s quixotic campaign against Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton has ended — and not with a bang.
  • It’s all about the vibe

    21 May 2015 | 5:26 pm
    All oppositions are nagged to “release policy!” and, the odd John Hewson aside, most wisely ignore it. What should Shorten be doing?
  • Wake up to looming risk in Asia

    21 May 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Australians have no idea how powerful Indonesia is set to become in our region but the latest IMF figures herald the change.
  • Snatch defeat from jaws of victory

    21 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Mining inquiries may not disturb the public but the past week shows Abbott unplugged is in danger of being politically unhinged.
 
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  • 'I’m gonna kill this lot', and other things a police officer shouldn't be saying during a protest

    22 May 2015 | 4:42 am
    This week’s conviction of a police officer for assaulting a student protester – after he smashed his tooth with a riot shield – is a rare but important achievement for anyone concerned about police violence and our right to protest.
  • Ireland's same-sex marriage referendum: A whole nation will now decide if I should be an equal citizen

    22 May 2015 | 2:33 am
    We’ve kept our chins up and braved it for the last seven weeks. Knocking on doors in wind and rain, sometimes just two of us facing hard, cold eyes. I pulled my punches in the updates I shared online. I didn’t want people to know that in the very place where I grew up, in Sutton and Howth, such seemingly desirable neighbourhoods, it was generously peppered with people saying 'No' to me on the very doorsteps where they welcomed others. Sometimes polite, sometimes rude, often sneering, people were delighting in telling me they’d be voting against me. People ‘undecided’ were treating…
  • The day that Britain resigned as a global power

    22 May 2015 | 2:04 am
    On Monday, David Cameron gave his first major speech after being re-elected as Prime Minister. Confronting a world of challenges — including Greece’s possible exit from the euro, a massive migration crisis on Europe’s shores, Ukraine’s perilous state, Russia’s continued intransigence, the advance of Isis and the continuing chaos in the Middle East — Cameron chose to talk about . . . a plan to ensure that hospitals will be better staffed on weekends.
  • Daily catch-up: Liz Kendall speaks to the Westminster press pack – kamikaze or courage?

    21 May 2015 | 11:56 pm
    1. Liz Kendall passed another important test yesterday in her campaign to be Labour leader. She spoke at a House of Commons Press Gallery lunch and received favourable notices.
  • The Prime Minister knows his measures to curb immigration will be ineffective, but cannot say so

    21 May 2015 | 2:18 pm
    It was the creators of the 1980s political comedy Yes, Minister who invented the “politician’s syllogism”. It is a way of thinking which runs: “We must do something. This is something. Therefore we must do this.”
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    Comment is free | The Guardian

  • I'd prefer to watch Maggie Gyllenhaal in a movie than any 55-year-old man | Rebecca Shaw

    Rebecca Shaw
    21 May 2015 | 9:36 pm
    Isn’t it time we saw more female love interests with lines around their eyes from all the extra years of laughing?Benjamin Franklin wrote: “... in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” If we update this for modern times, it might read, “… in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death, taxes, and that the female love interest of a male actor in a movie will always be much younger than him.” Obviously this isn’t as pithy as old Ben Frank would like, but the sentiment remains true nonetheless. In an interview with entertainment…
  • Caesarean rates are too high. We should not treat birth as a medical procedure | Kim Lock

    Kim Lock
    21 May 2015 | 7:13 pm
    Unnecessary caesareans can put women and babies at risk. In the ongoing fight for women’s reproductive rights, reducing the rate of c-sections should be an urgent priorityAustralia has one of the highest caesarean rates in the world. And it’s not good for us.Last month, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned that caesarean sections should only be performed when medically necessary – no more than about 10%-15% of all births. Above that rate, there is no evidence of improved mortality. Related: Caesarean sections should only be done out of medical necessity, WHO says A lot of issues…
  • If Aboriginal people are forced off their land, who will pass down the stories? | Kelly Briggs

    Kelly Briggs for IndigenousX
    21 May 2015 | 6:45 pm
    Imagine what an unbroken link to the land, thousands of years old, feels like. IndigenousX host Kelly Briggs on keeping the light of culture burning brightWhen Thomas Wolfe wrote You Can’t Go Home Again he of course meant it in an emotional sense. The “home” that he so eloquently wrote about meant the people. And he was right. People grow up, change, move away from home. But some people stay in their homes their entire lives.When I say “home”, I mean hometowns, the familiar, the landscape, the memories, and the people: family, extended family. Added to that, always, is the actual…
  • Joe Hockey is beginning to understand not all taxes are created equal | Warwick Smith

    Warwick Smith
    21 May 2015 | 5:52 pm
    The treasurer’s endorsement of land tax in South Australia is an encouraging move away from his general opposition to taxationJoe Hockey recently said “I don’t like higher taxes; I am philosophically opposed to higher taxes … because if you increase taxes you’re just collecting someone else’s money.”As usual, the reality is not as simple as Hockey makes out. Not all taxes are made equal. The best taxes don’t take other people’s money but instead recoup public money that’s appropriated by rentseekers. Related: Joe Hockey's budget has wrecked the chances of a fair tax review…
  • Steve Bell on Liz Kendall's Labour leadership campaign – cartoon

    Steve Bell
    21 May 2015 | 2:45 pm
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  • Slipping away from the West

    21 May 2015 | 12:09 pm
    IN A LEADER this week we argue that the West should treat Ukraine like it treated Poland in the early 1990s. Poland has had bucketloads of aid and economic assistance thrown at it since the 1990s, its economy booming as a result. Ukraine, on the other hand, has recieved hardly any at all. Now both its politics and its economy are in a mess.Here are a few charts that show how the West has got it wrong with Ukraine. Firstly, as we argued in this week's leader:In the early 1990s Poland wanted a European, not a Russian, future. The West saw its chance. From 1990 to 2000 Poland received a…
  • Unsettling settlements

    21 May 2015 | 7:46 am
    THE scene was familiar: regulators meting out vast penalties to banks, scathing statements about gross misconduct, yet no individuals charged with any crimes and some confusion as to what exactly the banks were admitting to and what effect that would have. On May 20th a consortium of American and British government agencies announced settlements with six international banks regarding claims that they had manipulated currency markets. The six—Bank of America, Barclays, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and UBS—agreed to pay $5.6 billion in penalties. All but Bank of…
  • Managing partners

    21 May 2015 | 7:46 am
    IN THE run-up to the British election this month, it was taken for granted that politics was entering an age of alliances. No party would win a majority; that much seemed certain. The question was whether the Conservatives or Labour could put together a winning coalition. David Cameron’s surprise victory on May 7th put paid to this talk. But in many industries it is still May 6th: companies are casting around for alliances that can complement their strengths, make up for their defects, hedge their bets, add to their store of knowledge or extend their reach.There is nothing new about…
  • A faulty gauge

    21 May 2015 | 7:46 am
    EXPORTS from north-east Asia have long been a good gauge of the health of the world economy. The region, which knits together Japan’s high-tech wizardry, Korean and Taiwanese expertise in electronics, and China’s prowess in assembly, produces nearly a quarter of all goods shipped around the world. This juggernaut now appears to be slowing. South Korean exports fell by 8.1% in April from the same month a year earlier, the worst figure in two years. China’s were down by 6.4% year on year. Taiwanese and Japanese exports are limping along as well. The weak figures seem to point to a renewed…
  • America the not so brave

    21 May 2015 | 7:46 am
    Weil walkedCRACKING down on tax evasion “has been a core piece of President Obama’s agenda” since before he took office, according to a spokesman. His administration’s campaign to that end has been a “groundbreaking” success, according to the Department of Justice, the agency that has led it. Indeed, the DoJ considers it nothing short of “historic”.There is some truth in all this. In 2010 Congress knocked a hole in the once-impregnable secrecy of Swiss banks by passing the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). It forces financial firms around the world to disclose their…
 
 
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    Le Monde diplomatique - English edition

  • Dubai's police chief speaks out

    Alain Gresh
    19 May 2015 | 8:50 am
    As deputy chief of Dubai's police and general security department, which is led by the emir himself, and as someone who is listened to carefully when it comes to the fight against terrorism, he seems to be a man of the shadows. Yet, he does not fear polemics and has no appetite for doublespeak. He claims that, since he is not a politician, his positions are his responsibility alone. Can we believe him? Either way, no one stops him from expressing himself very openly, a rare quality in a (...) - Blog posts / Exclusive
  • Writing history before it happens

    Tom Engelhardt
    19 May 2015 | 6:47 am
    It's commonplace to speak of “the fog of war,” of what can't be known in the midst of battle, of the inability of both generals and foot soldiers to foresee developments once fighting is underway. And yet that fog is nothing compared to the murky nature of the future itself, which, you might say, is the fog of human life. As Tomorrowlands at world fairs remind us, despite a human penchant for peering ahead and predicting what our lives will be like, we're regularly surprised when the future (...) - Open page
  • The kids aren't all right

    Nick Turse
    18 May 2015 | 10:15 am
    MALAKAL, South Sudan — I didn't really think he was going to shoot me. There was no anger in his eyes. His finger may not have been anywhere near the trigger. He didn't draw a bead on me. Still, he was a boy and he was holding an AK-47 and it was pointed in my direction. It was unnerving. I don't know how old he was. I'd say 16, though maybe he was 18 or 19. But there were a few soldiers nearby who looked even younger — no more than 15. When I was their age, I wasn't trusted to drive, vote, (...) - Open page
  • The American military uncontained

    William J. Astore
    15 May 2015 | 12:40 am
    It's 1990. I'm a young captain in the U.S. Air Force. I've just witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall, something I never thought I'd see, short of a third world war. Right now I'm witnessing the slow death of the Soviet Union, without the accompanying nuclear Armageddon so many feared. Still, I'm slightly nervous as my military gears up for an unexpected new campaign, Operation Desert Shield/Storm, to expel Iraqi autocrat Saddam Hussein's military from Kuwait. It's a confusing moment. After all, (...) - Open page
  • Fear in Ankawa

    Benjamin Hiller
    13 May 2015 | 4:14 am
    A mainly Christian district in the Iraqi city of Erbil — Ankawa — was bombed on April 17. Two civilians were killed, the coffee bar Nelly's destroyed, and the whole area affected. Since then, once crowded Isthar Street seems eerily calm and all the entrances to the area are blocked off for traffic by concrete barriers. At the Zanobia tobacco store friends help Peter Naoum prepare to close down. “No customers are coming here anymore,” he calmly explains. “Sometimes they call me and ask for two (...) - Blog posts / Exclusive
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    nzherald.co.nz - Opinion

  • Political roundup: The government's Campbell Live budget

    21 May 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Two extraordinary things happened yesterday at 2pm: a right-wing government increased benefits, and a television company killed off a popular current affairs show. The two events were surprisingly connected. A budget that focused...
  • David Snell: KiwiSaver kick-start is history

    21 May 2015 | 7:00 pm
    From 2pm yesterday, people enrolling in KiwiSaver no longer receive a $1000 kick-start payment. That will save the Government $500 million over four years. To put it another way, the Government picks 500,000 Kiwis will each be poorer...
  • Jamie Whyte: Gains tax just a protection racket

    21 May 2015 | 2:32 pm
    Most mornings I listen to Morning Report on Radio New Zealand. Of late they have taken to torturing me with nonsense about house prices in Auckland. Monday's announcement of a new capital gains tax on investment properties caused...
  • Campbell's style irreplaceable

    21 May 2015 | 2:29 pm
    When news broke six weeks ago that Campbell Live was on the chopping block the response was genuinely astonishing. This wasn't just your garden-variety social media outrage - huge numbers of people were properly pissed off, they...
  • Five films to see at Documentary Edge Festival

    21 May 2015 | 2:27 pm
    As The Ground We Won recently emphasised emphatically, watching a documentary inside a theatre can generate emotions unlike any other cinematic experience. Which is why its so exciting that this year's Documentary Edge Festival...
 
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    頭頂部がハゲて河童になった@若ハゲが育毛剤を検証・比較

  • 生え際の不安

    11r094dgchl1xrt75u
    18 May 2015 | 2:23 am
    私は髪の生え際に不安があります。 気のせいかもしれませんが鏡を見ると年々おでこが広くなっているような気がして恐怖を感じています。 Deeper3D 効果 http://www.deeper3d.jp/
  • ポジティブハゲとネガティブハゲ

    11r094dgchl1xrt75u
    11 May 2015 | 8:44 pm
    私の仕事の先輩は、まだ20代だがハゲ始めている。 そして、私の前職の先輩も30代前半だったが、ハゲていた。 この歴代の先輩2人は、性格も見た目も体型も全く違うが、 同じ共通点がある。 それは、私が「大嫌い」ということだ。 何か理不尽な事を言われた時に、 心の中で「黙れ、うるせーな、ハゲ!」と呟き続けてきたせいか、 特に、今の仕事の先輩は、初めて会った去年に比べて明かに生え際が後退している。…
  • 友人の姿が一変

    11r094dgchl1xrt75u
    1 May 2015 | 5:36 am
    およそ2年ぶりくらいに会った旧くからの友人の頭皮が、大惨事でした。 こんなこと本人にはとても言えませんが、子供が見れば「ハゲオヤジ」なんて呼ばれ方を普通にされてしまいそうな風貌になっていました。 何度か会ったことのある彼の親父さんとそっくりです。 まだ30代も半ばだというのに、神様はなんて残酷な運命を背負わせるのだろうと天を仰ぎたくなる気持ちにさせられました。…
  • 男性は思ったよりも見ている

    11r094dgchl1xrt75u
    11 Apr 2015 | 5:53 pm
    しかし大学に入った時に仲良くなった男の子に「お前、膝の毛くらい剃れよ!」と言われてしまいました。 足の毛は剃っていましたが、その時の自分にとって膝は盲点であまり気にしていませんでした。 仲がよかったから言ってくれたのだと思い、それからあちこちの毛を気にするようになりました。
  • 理想の彼氏をゲットするために脱毛を開始

    11r094dgchl1xrt75u
    15 Mar 2015 | 11:40 pm
    私が脱毛をはじめることになったきっかけは、 ずっと前から狙っていた外国人彼と初めて対面することになったことです。 インターネットで知り合った彼と初めて対面するため、彼の国に旅立つことになりました。念願の外国人彼氏が目の前まできた時、私は果たして女子として彼にふさわしいだろうか、そんなふうに考えました。 今では足腕、脇をしていますが、VIOも気になってきています。 無事外国人の彼氏もGETしました^^
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    Project Syndicate RSS-Feed

  • Global Finance and Global Warming

    Naina Lal Kidwai, et al.
    22 May 2015 | 5:20 am
    Since 2008, financial reform has been among the top items on policymakers’ agendas. But, as leaders move from fixing the problems of the past to positioning the financial system for the future, they must also grapple with new threats to its stability, particularly those stemming from climate change.
  • Thailand’s Stunted Transition

    Thitinan Pongsudhirak
    21 May 2015 | 10:20 am
    One year after its 12th military coup in 83 years under constitutional rule, Thailand is beset with more questions than answers. The country will regain its footing only when, through compromise and mutual accommodation, it reshapes its contested political order to reflect the principles of an electoral democracy.
  • The Health Benefits of Fighting Climate Change

    Patricia Garcia, et al.
    21 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    Governments often see climate change as too costly to address. In fact, it is too costly to ignore, as the World Health Organization has shown by linking the prevention of disastrous climate change to immediate health benefits and savings from the reduction of air pollution.
  • Beyond Universal Education

    Fazle Hasan Abed
    21 May 2015 | 7:50 am
    It is time for the UN and other international bodies to move beyond a singular focus on enrollment numbers and grapple with the problem of quality in education. A child’s potential is truly unleashed only when he or she learns to spot and seize the opportunities his or her parents never had.
  • Escaping the Middle East’s Violence Trap

    Adeel Malik, et al.
    21 May 2015 | 6:50 am
    The Arab world and its neighbors are stuck in a violence trap. Indeed, by redrawing the region’s economic boundaries, the latest wave of violence has brought about a veritable trade shock, the true scale and significance of which has largely gone unnoticed.
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    Baby Bummers Cartoons

  • What Planet R You On?

    DW
    21 May 2015 | 1:10 pm
    “Televangelist defends $65 million for private jet…  Yo Dreamer, we’ve got a used spacecraft for sale.” crossdresser ten million galleries The post What Planet R You On? appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Meanwhile I’ll Be…

    DW
    21 May 2015 | 10:19 am
    “Endless online articles on masturbation… My weekend stress reliever will be cheap wine and a good potato salad.” The post Meanwhile I’ll Be… appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Safety First

    DW
    20 May 2015 | 9:51 am
    “Our Takata airbags have been recalled… So, dealership then dinner?” The post Safety First appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Overheard Over 50

    DW
    19 May 2015 | 9:02 am
    “What you call sexting – I call bra shopping.” The post Overheard Over 50 appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • No Boss, No Problem

    DW
    18 May 2015 | 9:54 am
    “They’re eliminating traditional managers in favor of self governing circles, squares and a trapezoid.” The post No Boss, No Problem appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
 
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  • 5 musicales alternativos en Madrid que no te puedes perder

    Alejandro Malonda
    22 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    MADRID. Reconozcámoslo, a todos nos encantan los musicales. Es un hecho. ¿Quién puede resistirse a esa combinación de música y teatro? Por desgracia, el precio de las entradas de las superproducciones musicales no está hecho para todos los bolsillos o, al menos, está hecho para que la mayoría de los mortales sólo pueda permitírselo en ocasiones muy especiales. Sin embargo, no es necesario gastarse una fortuna para disfrutar de un buen musical. Aquí tienes unos cuantos que puedes ver antes de verano sin que tu economía personal se tambalee.   1- La Llamada Se ha convertido…
  • 5 piscinas para pasar (mejor) el verano en Madrid

    María Luisa Sánchez
    22 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    Aunque nos guste mucho Madrid y no le pongamos casi pegas, las tiene. Una de ellas es que no tiene playa, y esto para pasar los veranos es un problema. Muchas urbanizaciones tienen sus piscinas privadas, pero la mayoría tiene que buscar las piscinas públicas para sobrellevar mejor los veranos en la capital. Anteriormente hablábamos de planes refrescantes para combatir el calor en Madrid, en este artículo descubrimos las mejores instalaciones en Madrid para pasar el verano sin acordarnos de las playas blancas de Cádiz o los acantilados de Galicia. Prepara el bañador, la toalla, la crema…
  • 7 Sarajevo Festivals You Should Not Miss

    Anela Muhic
    21 May 2015 | 2:51 pm
    The history of Bosnia and Herzegovina is a complex blend of culture, religion, and an effortless beauty of lush greenery and colorful rooftops. While the masses of media focus on a turbulent past and ever-changing border lines, the Bosnia and Herzegovina that exists today has many more appealing layers beyond a turbulent history, and now presents travelers with a unique opportunity to visit one of the most underrated countries in Europe without hoards of tourists to fight your way through (yet!). So without further ado, here are 7 reasons that why  you should not miss Sarajevo sooner rather…
  • 3 planes refrescantes para combatir el calor en Madrid

    Alejandro Malonda
    21 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    MADRID. Se empieza a notar el calor en las calles de la capital. Seguro que cuando sales a dar un paseo te enfundas tu ropa de verano y tratas de andar por los lugares con sombra, te es cada vez más difícil no hacer un alto en el camino para tomarte algo en la terraza de un bar y no dejas de recordarte en cada paso que aquella canción de los ochenta tenía razón, que por desgracia “aquí no hay playa”. Y, efectivamente, Madrid no tiene playa pero ofrece muchas alternativas interesantes en las que poder tomar el sol y darte un chapuzón.   1- Madrid Río Madrid Río | vía…
  • Frequency of Strikes Differs Across Europe

    Marrit Westerweel
    21 May 2015 | 8:51 am
    Last April railway employees went on strike in Belgium. At the beginning of May the same happened in Germany. Strikes are common within Europe, but their frequency varies per country. In France most days were not worked due to actions between 2009 and 2013, while in Slovakia employees not once refused to work in the same period. The strike frequency is influenced and interconnected by the role the different trade unions play in countries. France had the highest number of days of strike between 2009 and 2013. The country had 171 action days per 1000 employees, according to the European Trade…
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