Category: Opinion

Empathize With Your Political Foe

Sept. 16, 2017, had the potential to be an awful day on the National Mall in Washington. It started with a rally, organized by a group of Trump supporters, called the Mother of All Rallies Patriot Unification Gathering. Counterprotesters from a group called Black Lives Matter of Greater New York began shouting at the crowd. […]

A sad end to popular online comic strip Khai Maew

The instantly recognisable style of Khai Maew’s cutting four-panel cartoons came to a sudden end on Facebook last Thursday. Last Thursday, the Facebook page of the famous online political cartoon Khai Maew vanished from the social media site where it earlier had resided on Facebook as “cartooneggcat” for the past one year, eight months and […]

On shutdown, Democrats have a lot of explaining to do (Opinion)

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'Fake news' and political bullies

Press freedom in Southeast Asia is taking it on the chin again. In Myanmar, Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe face up to 14 years in jail for reporting on the genocide in Rakhine state, which apparently is an "official secret". In the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte is itching to shut down a … Source

Colwell: Deciphering what’s fake and real news | Opinion

Fake news is real. And ubiquitous. Through the air it travels, in squawk radio spiels, convincing the gullible of fake plots and conspiracies of which they become terrified. Over Facebook it spreads, prompting the recipients of biased and unfounded accounts to send them on to “inform” a multitude of others. In the mail it arrives, […]

The wilful ignorance of our political leaders

They’re all supposed to become as familiar with this body of knowledge as writers are familiar with the alphabet, as builders are with the limitations of bricks and mortar. Last week, as the Kerry Babies controversy re-entered the headlines, the Taoiseach cheerfully admitted a surprising ignorance. Source

Our Opinion: Redistricting reform in Indiana is long overdue | Opinion

Indiana lawmakers have the perfect opportunity before them to reform the redistricting process, to make for more open and fair elections. A recent federal court ruling should serve as a nudge to take that opportunity. Redistricting reform is long overdue in the Hoosier state, given that the current system — which gives the legislature responsibility […]

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney, who supported 2013 shutdown, says current shutdown is ‘pure politics’ | Palmetto Politics

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney on Sunday joined Republicans in blaming Democrats for the government shutdown, describing the current fiscal stalemate as a political stunt that, in his opinion, is markedly different from the 2013 shutdown he supported. The former South Carolina congressman appeared on multiple political news shows Sunday morning, where he pointed fingers […]