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Senator Schumer’s Chamber of Commerce Toadiness…

Senator Schumer’s Chamber of Commerce Toadiness    New York Senator Chuck Schumer is attempting to rewrite his history for being ‘captured’ by the Wall Street crowd as well as the Chamber of Commerce, with his latest pronouncement in which he disagreed with President Obama.  And such Schumer has repeatedly proven himself to be a hypocrite, [...]

East Timor, Australia and the 'Timor Gap'

Tom Allard recently reported in the Sydney Morning Herald that Australia and East Timor are ready to restart talks on the maritime boundary between the two countries, with all its complications of petroleum revenues and history. TheShow More Summary

Solomon Islands needs a parliament that will deliver results

The conduct of the general elections in Solomon Islands on 19 November appears to have been largely successful. An interim report from the Commonwealth Observer Team led by former Prime Minister of PNG Mekere Morauta has praised theShow More Summary

In Jerusalem, Waiting for Demolition Men

3 hours agoNews : The Daily Beast

The terrorists are dead, but Israeli authorities punish their families by destroying their houses. This is supposed to act as a deterrent, but may be an incitement.

Failed Nuclear Talks Are Not Iran's Fault

Nov. 24, the deadline for reaching a comprehensive agreement between Iran and P5+1 -- the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany -- came and went without the agreement. What happened? Iran made major concessions. Show More Summary

Of Course Darren Wilson Wasn't Indicted

As the media reacts to a grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson, commentators appear to agree on one thing: This isn't a surprise. While grand juries usually return an indictment, FiveThirtyEight.com notes, that doesn't seem to be the case when it comes to police shootings. Observers are...

Genetically modified food: The sum of all China's fears

Among the worries that keep Chinese leaders awake at night surely is food security. Li Keqiang's first priority upon taking the premiership in 2013 was agricultural modernisation. Civil rebellions and wars throughout China's history were fueled by the Malthusian need to keep people fed. Show More Summary

Pope Francis criticises 'haggard' Europe

Pope tells Strasbourg's European assembly that "elderly" continent needs to help migrants and reclaim global leadership.

Pregnant Kate Weeps For Bereaved Mom

3 hours agoNews : The Daily Beast

A bereaved mother's story moved Kate to tears today

Hagel was never a good fit for Obama White House

[youtube:X7Sp6w4KRUc] US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel unexpectedly resigned this morning (AEST), the apparent victim of heavily criticised Obama Administration foreign-policy failures and brooding discontent within the White House. Hagel,...Show More Summary

Parents of boy shot in face argued about guns

3 hours agoNews / Crime : Crimesider

Mother and father of 3-year-old accidentally shot by 4-year-old had accused each other of being careless with guns

New York Times Alters Hagel Story to Eliminate Obama's Dismissive Analysis of ISIS

3 hours agoNews : Reason

Yesterday, The New York Times broke the story that Chuck Hagel was resigning under pressure (fired) as secretary of defense. The story noted the struggle Hagel had trying to gain any traction within President Barack Obama's insider-run...Show More Summary

Iran nuclear negotiations: A negative non-failure

This morning it was announced that the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 have been extended for another seven months; or to be specific, another four months to reach a political agreement and another three months beyond that to finalise technical details. That the talks did not end simply in a comprehensive failure was no great surprise. Show More Summary

Rand Paul Reacts to Ferguson: Reform Criminal Justice System, Petty Fines

3 hours agoNews : Reason

Sen. Rand Paul old Politico that he didn't have specific houghts on the grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown, but renewed his calls to demilitarize the police and reform the criminal justice...Show More Summary

Scientists explain why you won’t be changing the minds of any climate deniers this Thanksgiving

Living through extreme weather doesn't affect people's perceptions of climate change, a new study finds

Atlanta fire chief’s book says ‘unclean’ gay people ‘defile their body-temple and dishonor God’

3 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

Atlanta’s fire chief has been suspended for one month without pay for offensive and homophobic comments in his self-published book, “Who Told You That You Were Naked?” “Naked men refuse to give in, so they pursue sexual fulfillment through multiple partners, with the opposite sex, the same sex and...

Southeast Asia links: Jakarta's new governor, Vietnam-China, Hunger Games and more

In what the Bangkok Post dubbed 'the three-finger fallout', Thailand detained activists for displaying the Hunger Games-inspired anti-government three-finger salute. Army officials noted that the activists were held for 'attitude adjustment'...Show More Summary

Glenn Beck to Media: Ferguson ‘Rebels’ Don’t See You as Their ‘Ally’ or ‘Friend’

3 hours agoNews : Mediaite

During an extended discussion Tuesday morning about last night's protests in Ferguson, Missouri, Glenn Beck warned any members of the media not to get too cozy with the "rebels and revolutionaries" in the streets. "They don’t look at you as an ally or as a friend," Beck said to the press on his radio show.

China is trying to intimidate America

Sam Roggeveen raises an important question when, apropos my debate with Malcolm Cook about China's use of diplomatic carrots and sticks towards Australia, he asks why China bothers to use sticks at all when it has so many carrots. Like...Show More Summary

The Silent Crackdown on Serbian Media

"Censorship is no longer a relic of the past, it's the present that we must fight against."

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