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Trump Or King Cyrus: God Doesn't Always Work Our Way

quoting Niall Fergusonvia Christian Today
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

I can understand why the Bishop of Liverpool spoke out so strongly against Donald Trump ahead of his three-day state visit to the UK. Like the bishop, I am deeply troubled by the President's belligerent and divisive behaviour too, as well as the outrageous "tweets" that seem to fly in the face of many of the values we treasure as Christian believers.

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Raghuram Rajan's Mission To Fix Capitalism From The Inside

featuring Raghuram Rajanvia Forbes
Monday, June 3, 2019

Raghuram Rajan has been tipped as a future Governor of the Bank of England but for now the economist is focused on bigger challenges - reshaping the relationship between capitalism, democracy and communities.

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Ramifications Of Folau Case Could Go Far Beyond Rugby

quoting Ayaan Hirsi Alivia Irish Examiner
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

On November 2, 2004, the film-maker Theo van Gogh was shot dead in broad daylight the centre of Amsterdam by a 26-year-old Dutch-born Muslim. Van Gogh, a descendant of the artist Vincent van Gogh, was then stabbed and a knife left pinning a note to his body. 


Is Germany Becoming Germany — Again?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

The more things change, well, the more they . . . So it is with the perpetual German resentments of the U.S. Recently German chancellor Angela Merkel reminded us of that German fixation, when she made some astounding statements to the German media that revealed what many Americans had long ago surmised.

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Revisiting A Time When War Was The Answer

quoting Timothy Garton Ashvia Antelope Valley Press
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

On a bluff above the sand and a half-mile from the ocean’s edge at low tide, which was the condition when the first Allied soldiers left their landing craft, a round circle of concrete 5 feet in diameter provides a collar for a hole in the ground. On the morning of June 6, 1944, the hole was Widerstandsnest (nest of resistance) 62, a German machine gun emplacement.

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Germany's Social Democrats Seek New Leader, Question Coalition

quoting Josef Joffevia Reuters
Monday, June 3, 2019

Germany’s Social Democrats appointed three caretakers to run the party after leader Andrea Nahles resigned on Monday and SPD members, appalled by the party’s plunging popularity, called for ditching their loveless coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel.


A Tale Of Two State Visits

by Niall Fergusonvia The Boston Globe
Monday, June 3, 2019

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity.” Thus Charles Dickens begins “A Tale of Two Cities.” Would that the greatest of all novelists could return to us for a week. For it would take Dickens in his prime to do full justice to President Trump’s state visit to Britain this week.

The Tech Economy Is Hard To Explain. Running Against The Other Is Much Easier.

by Jim Hoagland
Friday, May 31, 2019

European voters turned their backs last weekend on mainstream political parties that had controlled their nations for much of the past century. Impressive numbers voted instead for populist (i.e., hate-mongering) outfits that make immigration and cultural conflict their main issues, or for Green parties that focus on ecology and the dangers of climate change. Conservatives and Social Democrats became, at least for now, statistical remnants of a fast-receding past in which arguments about capital, labor and taxes were dominant political messages.

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No Catastrophe

quoting Bruce Thorntonvia Carolina Coast Online
Friday, May 31, 2019

While climate change is a political loser, as we noted in the May 18 Australian election when the Liberal-National Coalition, stressing economic growth, tax cuts and support for Australia’s energy producers, united conservatives and tossed out the opposition center-left Labor Party, climate change activists are now resorting to a change in semantics to try and curry favor.

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Area 45: What’s Next For North Korea With Thomas Henriksen

interview with Thomas H. Henriksenvia Area 45
Friday, May 31, 2019

Will Kim Jong-un ever give up his nuclear ambitions or allow economic reforms into North Korea?