Words Have Consequences

The United States is having its third wave of “Antifa panic” in as many years. Donald Trump’s 27 July tweet called for Antifa—short for antifascist activists—to be declared “a major Organization of Terror”. (More…)

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Picture this: You are the captain of an NGO rescue ship that has been stranded at sea for weeks awaiting permission to dock at the nearest port. (More…)

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Watching American news coverage of the 2019 G20 summit in Osaka last weekend, you could forgive audiences in the United States for thinking there were no Europeans represented. (More…)

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The formation of public opinion was always the purview of the state. (More…)

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My favourite response to loudmouths is to ignore them. Don’t give them the oxygen of publicity, don’t repeat their slogans and don’t share their images on social media. (More…)

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And yet there is hope. Today, on 1 April (Yes, April Fool’s Day,) the UK parliament debates the Revoke Article 50 petition.  For those who say petitions are useless,  this shows that when government is not listening, at least citizens can be heard and influence the political process. (More…)

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New Zealand could not have been further away. Yet, somehow, Italy’s populist-in-chief found a way to make himself a victim of the Christchurch massacre, by claiming he would be scapegoated for the event. (More…)

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Even after 30 years, Salman Rushdie will forever be associated with the fatwa against him. The Satanic Verses still divides opinion today, but what more can be said about the controversy? (More…)

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“Israel is outraged over the legislation against it in the Dail which is indicative of hypocrisy and anti-Semitism.” That was the statement from the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after the lower house of the Irish parliament advanced a bill in late January that would make it illegal for anyone in Ireland to buy goods or services from Israel’s settlements in the West Bank. (More…)

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