In its latest lurch to the far right, Denmark plans to send some refugees back to Syria

Tara John, © CNN
April 18, 2021

It felt like paradise when Dania and Hussam first moved to Denmark.

They did not speak a word of Danish yet the Scandinavian country was an outpost of calm for the siblings, who fled the destruction and death that followed the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011.

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He who tells a lie is not sensible of how great a task he undertakes; for he must be forced to invent twenty more to maintain that one.

-Alexander Pope

Fox has no problem with Tucker Carlson’s ‘replacement theory’ remarks, says Lachlan Murdoch

Oliver Darcy, © CNN
April 12, 2021

Fox Corporation chief executive Lachlan Murdoch dismissed the Anti-Defamation League’s demand that the company fire host Tucker Carlson, telling the organization in a letter that his company saw no problem with comments Carlson made about the racist “great replacement” theory.

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The first springs of great events, like those of great rivers, are often mean and little.

-Jonathan Swift

How America’s Official Secrets Act Ensnared Julian Assange

By Joe Lauria, © Consortium News
April 11, 2021

From its earliest years the United States has found ways to deny the rights of a free press when it was politically expedient to do so.

One of the latest ways was to arrest WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange two years ago today and to indict him — the first time a publisher and journalist has ever been charged under the 1917 Espionage Act for possessing and publishing state secrets.

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The height of human wisdom is to bring our tempers down to our circumstances, and to make a calm within, under the weight of the greatest storm without.

-Daniel Defoe

The Return of Northern Ireland as the Most Dangerous Open Wound in British Political Life

April 13, 2021

On the night of 15 August 1969, a Protestant mob burst into the Catholic part of west Belfast and burned down houses in and around Bombay Street, forcing the Catholic population to flee. The pogrom had a traumatic impact on Catholics in Northern Ireland, delegitimising the authorities for tolerating or assisting the mob, and playing a key role in the creation of the Provisional IRA.

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Though I don’t like the crew, I won’t sink the ship. In fact, in time of storm I’ll do my best to save it. You see, we are all in this craft and must sink or swim together.

-Daniel Defoe