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  • Juncker slaps down Austrian “Muftis” call for tighter EU borders - AlpBuzz about 4 hours ago
    • Juncker slaps down Austrian “Muftis” call for tighter EU borders
    • Community faces political crisis

       

      The European Union is an antidote to rising Nationalism in Europe, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the EU Commission, said today.

       

      Speaking to Alpbach Media Academy reporters he said: “We have to fight against nationalism, we have the duty not to follow populists but to block the avenue of populists.”

    • He quoted former French president Francois Mitterrand as saying nationalism added to nationalism would end in war. “This is still true so we have to fight against nationalism.”

       

      Mr Juncker, who was in Alpbach for the official opening of the Forum, addressed the refugee crisis stating: “Borders are the worst invention ever made by politicians”. Solidarity must be given to refugees and their children, he said.

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  • Stumped by Trump’s success? Take a drive outside US cities | New York Post about 5 hours ago
    • If you drive anywhere in Pennsylvania, from the turnpike to the old US routes to the dirt roads connecting small towns like Hooversville with “bigger” small towns like Somerset, you might conclude that Donald Trump is ahead in this state by double digits.

       

      Large signs, small signs, homemade signs, signs that wrap around barns, signs that go from one end of a fence to another dot the landscape with such frequency that, if you were playing the old-fashioned road-trip game of counting cows, you would hit 100 in just one small town like this one.

    • In Ruffsdale, I am pretty sure I saw more than 100 Trump signs.

       

      It’s as if people here have not turned on the television to hear pundits drone on and on about how badly Trump is losing in Pennsylvania.

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  • “#StopWhitePeople2K16” is an Official Part of Residential Assistant Training – Binghamton Review about 5 hours ago
      • “#StopWhitePeople2K16” is an Official Part of Residential Assistant Training

         
    • By Howard Hecht

       

      Racism seems to continually weigh upon both the faculty and students of Binghamton University. As a response to the apparent presence of bigotry and hatred on campus, university faculty and student groups, such as Students for Change, have worked to create a more diverse and inclusive environment on campus.
       The implication that comes across due to these perennial responses to perceived bigotry, however, is that Binghamton University is a very, very bad place to go to school due to the many racist, bigoted, and problematic staff and students. Whether an individual agrees with that implication, though, should be up him or her.
       Regardless of whether or not Binghamton’s campus is a hateful place, students are definitely allowed to express their concerns. To tell them issues regarding race, gender, and sexuality do not exist on campus would be to assume those issues cannot exist.

    • Bigots will always be present on a university campus, and no one should ever try to deny that. The extent to which that bigotry influences university policy, and how the general student population reacts to those bigoted people, however, is what would hopefully determine the emotional and physical response to that hatred.
       A place like Binghamton University, which prides itself on its commitment to diversity and acceptance, absolutely does not approve of hateful attitudes. To call Binghamton University a politically correct institution is certainly fair. Clearly, Binghamton University is trying to be as accepting and diverse as possible.
       It came as a shock to Binghamton Review, then, when a page from Binghamton University’s Residential Assistant training schedule was sent to our Facebook page. Listed alongside an event meant to give RAs an “overview of disabilities in Higher Education,” was one called “#StopWhitePeople2K16.”

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  • University of Chicago: We Don’t Have Safe Spaces - The American Interest about 11 hours ago
    • campus speech wars
      University of Chicago: We Don’t Have Safe Spaces 
       

      The University of Chicago is taking a stand for free expression and exchange of ideas on its undergraduate campus, Intellectual Takeout reports:

       

      The University of Chicago recently made it clear to its crop of incoming students that academic freedom and inquiry remain pillars at the institution, and that the university does not support “so-called” trigger warnings or offer safe spaces that allow students “to retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own.

    • In a letter sent to all incoming students, the University said it prides itself on being a place for free expression and that while it will punish harassment and threatening behavior, it will not cancel visits by controversial speakers or discourage the sharing of any opinion. In the letter, the university is upfront about the experience it hopes its students will have:

       

      You will find that we expect members of our community to be engaged in rigorous debate, discussion, and even disagreement. At times this may challenge you and even cause discomfort.

    • Universities ought to be the most dangerous spaces a young mind ever visits—where all kinds of new and strange ideas will be advocated by all kinds of outlandish people. If you’re feeling comfortable and secure at college, you’re doing it wrong.

      It’s good to know that on at least one campus in America, students are still being promised the kind of experience that opens minds rather than closes them.
  • Here's a list of media companies who have donated to the Clinton Foundation slush fund about 11 hours ago
    • Here’s a list of media companies who have donated to the Clinton Foundation slush fund

       
      Alex Christoforou 0 212
      Clinton Foundation records show NBC Universal, Turner Broadcasting and Thomson Reuters are among more than a dozen media outlets that have made contributions to the slush fund.
    • Wonder why the mainstream media is behind Hillary Clinton?

       

      Just follow the money. Large media companies donated huge amounts to the Clinton Foundation and they demand something in return…And that “something in return” will be called in when Hillary becomes POTUS.

       

      You damn be sure the media companies listed below will see that Hillary Clinton makes it into the Oval Office. This is how their investment in the Clinton Foundation slush fund will pay big dividends.

       

      HRC not winning the US elections will have made for a very bad investment.

       

      Next time you read something great about Hillary and something terrible about Trump from the below media outlets, remember, they placed a big bet on a Hillary presidency, and they will do everything in their power to see that bet through.

    • Just follow the money, and you get to the truth.

       

      In case anyone actually believes that money donated by these media organisation to the Clinton Foundation goes to helping people, think again (via The Federalist)…

       

      Between 2009 and 2012, the Clinton Foundation raised over $500 million dollars according to a review of IRS documents by The Federalist (2012, 2011, 2010,2009, 2008). A measly 15 percent of that, or $75 million, went towards programmatic grants. More than $25 million went to fund travel expenses. Nearly $110 million went toward employee salaries and benefits. And a whopping $290 million during that period — nearly 60 percent of all money raised — was classified merely as “other expenses.” …The Clinton Foundation may well be saving lives, but it seems odd that the costs of so many life-saving activities would be classified by the organization itself as just random, miscellaneous expenses.

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  • Provoking Nuclear War by Media about 12 hours ago
    • The exoneration of a man accused of the worst of crimes, genocide, made no headlines. Neither the BBC nor CNN covered it. The Guardian allowed a brief commentary. Such a rare official admission was buried or suppressed, understandably. It would explain too much about how the rulers of the world rule.
    • The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague has quietly cleared the late Serbian president, Slobodan Milosevic, of war crimes committed during the 1992-95 Bosnian war, including the massacre at Srebrenica.

       

      Far from conspiring with the convicted Bosnian-Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, Milosevic actually “condemned ethnic cleansing”, opposed Karadzic and tried to stop the war that dismembered Yugoslavia. Buried near the end of a 2,590- page judgement on Karadzic last February, this truth further demolishes the propaganda that justified Nato’s illegal onslaught on Serbia in 1999.

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  • Clinton Foundation Investigation Update: Key Details About Financial And Political Dealings about 13 hours ago
    • Clinton Foundation Investigation Update: Key Details About Financial And Political Dealings

      By @davidsirota On
    • The release of documents shedding more light on connections between the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton-led State Department has touched off a new political firestorm only weeks before voters begin heading to the polls in the 2016 election.
    • Arms exports: Last year, an International Business Times series documented the ways in which many major foreign governments that had donated to the Clinton Foundation ended up receiving a boost in arms export authorizations from the Clinton-led State Department. Federal law explicitly designates the secretary of state as “responsible for the continuous supervision and general direction of sales” of arms, and the State Department itself says it “is responsible for managing all government-to-government transfers of military equipment to other countries.” Early in her term, the State Department called one arms deal for a Clinton Foundation donor, Saudi Arabia, a “top priority” for Clinton.

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  • Watchdog: Clinton finance director was 'middle' man between foundation, State | Fox News about 13 hours ago
    • Watchdog: Clinton finance director was 'middle' man between foundation, State

        
                
       
        Catherine Herridge 
       
            
                   
            FoxNews.com
    • Hillary Clinton’s national finance director has emerged in newly released emails as what one watchdog called the “middle” man between her State Department and family foundation, sharing donor information with a top Clinton confidante when he was working at the foundation.

              

      Dennis Cheng, before joining the campaign, worked for over three years as the foundation’s director of development and before that as deputy chief of protocol in Clinton’s State Department.

              

      He has managed to stay below the radar for years, but emails obtained by Citizens United in a Freedom of Information Act request show him working closely with Clinton aide Huma Abedin – particularly after leaving the department for the foundation.

    • In one 2012 exchange, Cheng sent a nine-page email to Abedin to prepare Clinton for a briefing on the 67 VIP’s attending a foundation dinner. The guests ranged from major real estate and business executives to former politicians and aid organization representatives.

              

      The email, sent while Cheng was working at the foundation, shows how seamlessly Clinton’s aides moved between government service and the foundation, staying in contact with one another and sharing details about VIP's connected to the group. Based on the emails, Clinton was getting information about the foundation dinner in preparation for a briefing on who was attending – while at the department.

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  • Hillary’s heel - The Washington Post about 13 hours ago
    • Hillary’s heel
    • Opinion writer

      When I wrote the headline “Hillary’s heel,” I was thinking of Achilles, not Bill, though the former president is usually within nipping range of his wife’s pantsuit hem.

      Hillary Clinton’s Achilles’ heel is her very Clinton-ness. Rather than tell the truth as soon as possible, a reluctance shared by her husband during his presidency, she has mastered the art of teetering along the knife’s edge of truth. Like a gymnast on a balance beam, she manages to stay within the narrow parameters of lawfulness without losing her footing.

    • But her long history of avoiding provable infractions despite hundreds of hours of investigations and millions in taxpayer expense — from Whitewater to Benghazi to her private email server — may soon come to an end, not with a gold medal but with an Olympian loss of whatever faith remained in her integrity.

      A batch of emails released Monday makes clear that Clinton Foundation donors got access to the State Department.

      Some of the email was between Huma Abedin, Clinton’s deputy chief of staff at the State Department, and an official at the charity. Not all requests appear to have been granted, but the coziness between State and the Clinton family charity exposes a troubling hubris and highlights the emptiness of her personal promise to President Obama to build a firewall between the two institutions when she became his secretary of state.

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  • Donald J. Trump about 20 hours ago
    • DONALD J. TRUMP STATEMENT ON CLINTON FOUNDATION: SHUT IT DOWN

      Hillary Clinton is the defender of the corrupt and rigged status quo. The Clintons have spent decades as insiders lining their own pockets and taking care of donors instead of the American people. It is now clear that the Clinton Foundation is the most corrupt enterprise in political history. What they were doing during Crooked Hillary’s time as Secretary of State was wrong then, and it is wrong now. It must be shut down immediately.

      – Donald J. Trump

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