Ankara angry over refugee crisis

As the European Union is struggling to deal with a chaotic flood of migrants, Turkey, which is home to more refugees than any other country in the world, is blaming EU leaders for the chaos. Turkey says European nations ignored repeated warnings. With much of the world shocked by the image of a drowned Syrian toddler on a Turkish beach ? the latest victim among refugees seeking to enter the EU ? … [Read more...]

America Should Not Help Europe With the Migrant Crisis

As dramatic scenes unfold across Europe in the worsening migrant crisis, Americans are wondering why the U.S. is not intervening to help deal with the thousands of refugees pouring into the European Union. Europe?s Halting Response to Migrant Crisis Draws Criticism as Toll Mounts. But what is the U.S. doing to help? ? Richard Davies (@DaviesNow) August 28, 2015 Still … [Read more...]

Hillary Clinton’s Taste in TV Is So Uncool, It’s Charming

For most armchair political observers, the monthly Hillary Clinton email dumps have become a chance to get a rare look at her unfiltered side. The latest batch, released Monday night, offers some irresistible insight into her pop cultural tastes: "Can you give me times for two TV shows. Parks and Recreation and The Good Wife?" she asked an aide in January 2010: Considering the techno-ignorance … [Read more...]

Nato Force Integration Unit opens at Defence Ministry HQ in Sofia

A Nato Force Integration Unit was opened at the Defence Ministry in the Bulgarian capital city Sofia on September 3, simultaneously with similar structures in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland and Romania. The unit will have 40 officers, 20 of them from Bulgaria, and the others from Albania, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Turkey, the UK and the US. Personnel will change on a rotating … [Read more...]

Coyote used in alleged Santeria ritual is rescued

The Dodo, an animal advocacy site, reports on a wildlife rescue that removed animals used in a religious ritual. One, a coyote, is recovering from the cruel conditions. Source: Coyote Tied Up And Hung In Sick Ritual Finally Gets The Dignity He Deserves Eight African lions, a mountain lion, two lynxes and a coyote are moving to their new home at The Wild Animal Sanctuary after an epic rescue from … [Read more...]

Stop Being Petty, Bruce Springsteen. Let Republicans Play Your Music.

Another chapter has been written in modern politics? most one-sided love story: Chris Christie?s unrequited infatuation with Bruce Springsteen. In an interview with Fox News? Sean Hannity on Tuesday, the New Jersey governor allowed that the aging rocker isn?t ?all that fond? of him. The week prior, he tweeted a slavish commemoration of Born to Run?s fortieth anniversary, and a few days later a … [Read more...]

Cracking the Cartel

For 80 years, the Heisman Trophy has been awarded annually to the college football player ?whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity.? Athletes from the University of Southern California, my alma mater, have won six: the tailbacks Mike Garrett, Charles White, and Marcus Allen; quarterbacks Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart; and O.J. Simpson, who defies mere positional … [Read more...]

Throw Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis in Jail

Kim Davis, a county clerk in Morehead, Kentucky, will face a contempt hearing Thursday for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples?an act of unlawful defiance that has made her a hero to the religious right and a villain to progressives. To their credit, many conservatives?particularly those without deep ties to the religious right?have called upon the Rowan County clerk, who claimed to … [Read more...]

More Homework Won’t Make American Students Smarter

Reformers in the Progressive Era (from the 1890s to 1920s) depicted homework as a ?sin? that deprived children of their playtime. Many critics voice similar concerns today. Yet there are many parents who feel that from early on, children need to do homework if they are to succeed in an increasingly competitive academic culture. School administrators and policy makers have also weighed in, … [Read more...]

Forbes: Athens Clearing Way for Gas Grid Privatization

September 01st, 2015 2:19pm Posted In: Press Notes The push towards the privatization of Greece?s energy sector ? among many ? continued this week with news that Athens will likely move to approve the purchase of a substantial stake of the country?s gas grid company by Azerbaijan?s state-owned oil company SOCAR. Under discussion since 2013, the deal would give over 60 percent of the company to … [Read more...]