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Something entirely disturbing happened last night on my commute to rehearsal. It is a long tale. But one that is necessary to read and digest. I was sitting in the corner of the Red Line T closest to the conductor when a group of about eight black kids from the ages of 12-16 entered. I automatically noticed their presence because of how absolutely loud and rowdy they were being. Smiling to myself, because of how crazy they were all acting, I tu...
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Henri Astier talks to Abdelghani Merah, an anti-jihad activist whose brother killed seven people in south-west France in 2012.
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I guess it is "moderates" who are telling him to be quiet and getting angry at him that he "betrayed his family". More scorn than was shown to any of the terrorists.
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Please Netherlands ... Scrap this stupid law.
This also shows that no law is benign. Prosecutors will use all the power that they have. 
A court in the Netherlands sentences a man to 30 days in jail for insulting the king on Facebook.
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David Cameron should beware the fate of Tony Blair.
Tony Blair is the only Labour leader in the last 40 years to have won a general election. Yet less than a decade after his departure, his party has exorcised his memory.
Parties eulogise old leaders, but frequently dump their memory as well (P.V.Narasimha Rao ... possibly the greatest Prime Minister of India, comes to mind). David Cameron is leaving behind a fluid situation. As the article says, he will either have been wrong, or rash. Neither will do his memory any good, and his party might not look back kindly at him.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-36775103
As David Cameron leaves Downing Street, what were the highs and lows of his six-year tenure as prime minister?
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I have been meaning to write about this for a few days. Today, the day when Theresa May will become our Prime Minister, seems as good a day for these thoughts as any.
A few days ago, when there were as many as five candidates for the highest office (it seems so long ago now), she was the only one of the five not to commit to granting the 3m odd non-British EU citizens living in the UK the right to continue to do so. Why, i wondered ?
The immediate reasons were clear. It would be part of the Brexit negotiations, and will depend on the rights of British citizens residing in the rest of the EU. As Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said, providing the guarantee risked "selling our people out too cheap".
I disagree with that.
It is inconceivable that either UK or the EU would de-legitimise the residence status of millions of people (it is not even clear that they can legally do that). The implied threat is a poor negotiating ploy, as a threat needs to be credible in order to be useful.
In the unlikely scenario that the EU decides not to respect the rights of UK citizens living there, the UK can easily change course without the PM paying a domestic political price for it. The people would surely understand.
In short, i thought it was a cheap guarantee to give.
Maybe Mrs May was thinking that a significant portion of the Conservative membership actually wants the deportation of other EU citizens from the UK (I disagree with that assessment) and that she needed to keep that possibility open while an election by the membership was a possibility.
But now that she will be the Prime Minister, i think it would behove her to swiftly announce that EU citizens currently living in the UK would continue to be able to do so.

Wishing her all the best !!
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Exciting times ahead :-)
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+Tirthankar Dubey I know, a colleague of mine goes there with his family every autumn.
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Yeah :) The Antarctica trip made the last year or so very travel heavy.
I love traveling. That's probably the only discretionary item I spend any significant amount of money on. 
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The great Supreme Court justice saw his opposition as a problem-solving partner, not an enemy.
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It was a very impressive last PMQ by David Cameron.
He was a good Prime Minister, and a very decent and classy Prime Minister. He is leaving with the country in a much better shape (but with possibly worse prospects) than when he took over.
For his own sake i hope that his legacy won't be defined by the one catastrophic event that ended his premiership. He remained Prime Minister for about as long as Harold Macmillan and John Major, but was far more consequential. It would be nice if history remembers him for more than Brexit.
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His speech honoring five slain police officers hit all the right emotional notes, but fell flat on policy.
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This is why it is worth regularly purchasing a print publication. 
Social media has swallowed the news – threatening the funding of public-interest reporting and ushering in an era when everyone has their own facts. But the consequences go far beyond journalism
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