Turkey leads the world in jailed journalists

Turkey leads the world in jailed journalists

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THIS MONTH Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar, had appeals against their sentences rejected. Both were investigating their government’s campaign of violent repression of the country’s Rohingya minority, and both were given seven-year terms for violating the Official Secrets Act—a colonial-era law that allows any government information to be…
Italy and France are at loggerheads

Italy and France are at loggerheads

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CESARE BATTISTI (pictured, centre), a former left-wing terrorist arrested in Bolivia after 38 years on the run, was returned to his native Italy on January 14th. Waiting at the airport was Matteo Salvini, interior minister and leader of the hard right Northern League. Mr Battisti’s deportation, he said, was not an end but a beginning:…
How the American takeover of a French national champion became intertwined in a corruption investigation

How the American takeover of a French national champion became intertwined in a corruption investigation

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OVER THE past decade, American legal and regulatory authorities have subjected scores of large foreign companies to extraterritorial actions. Paying large fines, which can top $1bn, has often been the only way finally to settle such accusations of serious misconduct outside America, typically corruption or breaching sanctions. As a result, many bosses and executives are…
The New Nationalism Won’t Save the Right

The New Nationalism Won’t Save the Right

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The appearance of such splenetic politicians on the national scene as Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib from Southwest Detroit and her equally radical counterpart Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from the Bronx is no coincidence. The House of Representatives is now full of ranting Trump haters, like Maxine Waters, Hank Johnson, and others who engage in hysterical hyperbole like comparing…
‘Wolf Pack of Rogue States’: Another Stupid Hawkish Phrase

‘Wolf Pack of Rogue States’: Another Stupid Hawkish Phrase

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Forget the “troika of tyranny.” There’s an even stupider label that the Trump administration is using now to describe foreign adversaries: Vice President Mike Pence has updated and expanded the “Axis of Evil.” The moniker for America’s biggest adversaries is now the “Wolf Pack of Rogue States.” “Beyond our global competitors, the United States faces…
The Mud on Gillette’s Face

The Mud on Gillette’s Face

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Credit: Gillette/YouTube Screenshot Gillette, the 118-year-old shaving company, has some mud on its face. (Or maybe that’s shaving cream.) The company just released a controversial commercial as part of a new campaign urging customers to aspire to more than just “the best (shave) a man can get.” Now, they’re supposed to become “The Best a…
William Barr’s Connection to Ruby Ridge, Defending FBI Snipers

William Barr’s Connection to Ruby Ridge, Defending FBI Snipers

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The Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for Attorney General nominee William Barr have focused heavily on Barr’s views on Special Counsel Robert Mueller. But nobody is asking about Barr’s legal crusade for blanket immunity for federal agents who killed American citizens. Barr received a routine questionnaire from the Judiciary Committee asking him to disclose his past…
Tulsi Gabbard and the Great Foreign Policy Realignment

Tulsi Gabbard and the Great Foreign Policy Realignment

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“There’s one main issue that is central to the rest, and that is the issue of war and peace.” Those were the words of Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Democrat of Hawaii, appearing on CNN on January 12, as she threw her hat into the presidential ring. Gabbard is one of the few Democrats in the 2020 mix who…
Beto’s Constitutional Folly

Beto’s Constitutional Folly

Democratic Texas Senate candidate Rep. Beto O’Rourke gestures at his midterm election night party in El Paso, Texas, November 6, 2018. (Adria Malcolm/REUTERS) In questioning the Constitution, he gets the problem and the solution exactly backwards. Yesterday, Beto O’Rourke made news. In her Washington Post article yesterday on O’Rourke’s immigration stance, Jenna Johnson made the…
The Fanciful Quest to Revive the Obama Coalition

The Fanciful Quest to Revive the Obama Coalition

Former President Barack Obama is greeted by supporters as he participates in s rally for California Democratic candidates during a event in Anaheim, September 8, 2018. (Mike Blake/Reuters) Democrats are fooling themselves if they think anyone other than the 44th president can generate the massive minority and youth turnout they covet. When asked what gives…