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While before the election Syriza had softened some of its more radical leftist rhetoric, some of its recent announcements have sent mixed signals. Twice Syriza changed policies that no doubt irritated Greek's bailout authorities.

Chinese students explain failure of billion-dollar education push

Two years ago, The New York Times reported that China is pouring $250 billion a year into higher education, with a goal of producing 195 million college graduates by 2020.

Canadian feds pays $180,000 for mining watchdog that isn't there

Last year, the Harper government spent over $180,000 to run the office of a counsellor of corporate social responsibility for the Canadian mining industry. There's only one problem: There is no corporate social responsibility counselor.

Op-Ed: McCain backs mass-murderer Kissinger, calls protesters 'scum'

Who is a "low-life scum," a man who green-lighted a genocide in which a third of a nation's population was slaughtered, or protesters who get in his face for that, and other crimes against humanity?

Op-Ed: Syriza and the Troika of EU lenders on a collision course

The new leftist government of Greece, led by Alex Tsipras, demands that part of the Greek debt be written off and austerity policies changed. There is little sign that EU lenders are willing to make significant alterations to the bailout conditions.

Obama wants to repeal the Bill of Rights?

Should we repeal the Bill of Rights? Several blissfully ignorant Americans in this video seem to be okay with the idea, so long as it's in the name of fighting against terrorism.

Arkansas Gun range denies service to Muslims

An Arkansas gun range has decided to refuse service to all Muslims in what they believe is an effort to protect their customers.

Lawmakers want to ban children under 12 from gun shows

One lawmaker in the state of New York has introduced a measure to prevent children under the age of 12 from attending gun shows.

Peace group pickets Parliament on opening day Special

January 26 was opening day for 2015 in Canada's national Parliament and saw protests by peace groups across the country.

Op-Ed: Vic Fedeli should propose eliminating minimum wage for youth

Is anyone paying attention to the Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership race? Probably not because we're still hanging our heads in shame for voting for Kathleen Wynne's Liberals. But we should start honing in on this race.

Op-Ed: Paul Krugman on Syriza's policies

Alexis Tsipras, leader of the left-wing Syriza coalition, is about to become prime minister of Greece. He will be the first European leader elected on an explicit promise to challenge the austerity policies that have prevailed since 2010.

Op-Ed: Duhhhmocracy — Kochs will spend $899 million on 2016 elections

Good news, paycheck watchers — you can be sure that at least two of America’s 312 million people will be well represented in 2016. The geriatric answer to the Olsen Twins, the Koch Brothers, will spend just under $1 billion in the 2016 elections.

The Humanities Action Lab seeks to end mass incarceration in USA Special

With 2.2 million Americans behind bars — the world's highest prison population per capita — 17 universities nationwide have committed to debunking mass incarceration through a series of traveling exhibits and public dialogues.

Small drone flies onto White House grounds and lands in the night

What the Secret Service describes as a small drone flew in from somewhere and landed on the White House lawns early today. The origin of the device is unknown but officials are looking to determine where it came from and may already have a suspect.

Op-Ed: Syriza party close to a majority in Greek election win

With more than three-quarters of election results in, the leftist, anti-austerity party Syriza, won a decisive victory and was projected to win 149 seats in the 300 seat parliament, just short of a majority.

Not again! Sarah Palin hints at run for 2016 nomination, maybe

Sarah Palin was back speech-making in Iowa Saturday and sort of said she is maybe mulling another near-run at the Republican nomination for the presidency, possibly. Now she didn't actually run the last time but she did come oh so close to, we think.

Op-Ed: Yemen government resigns after continued Houthi rebel's pressure

President Mansour Hadi and his government resigned on Thursday under pressure from Houthi rebels as negotiations were deadlocked according to Hadi.

Op-Ed: Haftar forces seize Libya central bank branch in Benghazi

The UN yesterday condemned an attack on the office of the Libyan Central Bank in the city of Benghazi in the east of Libya. The attack appears to have been carried out by forces loyal to CIA-linked general Khalifa Haftar.

Mitt Romney believes in global warming, says humans 'contribute'

The man who took the Republican banner into the last U.S. Presidential election told a conference last week that he believes in global warming. He even suggested humans played a role.

Op-Ed: CA Supreme Court should ban religious conservatives in judiciary

The California Supreme Court has voted to ban judges who are members of the Boy Scouts of America on grounds that the BSA discriminates against homosexual adults. It should go ahead and ban all judges who are religious conservatives.

Op-Ed: Can Hezbollah and Syria really afford to confront Israel?

Recent clashes coupled with the escalation of tensions between Israel and the Hezbollah, along with its Iranian and Syrian patrons, brings to one's mind this very question.

Op-Ed: How to fix academic fraud in the NCAA

The NCAA academic scandal is continuing to gain ground in the news as a class-action lawsuit is filed in North Carolina. According to the plaintiffs, UNC and the NCAA failed to provide them with the education it promised. Want to fix the NCAA? Here's how.

Op-Ed: The analysis of questioning torture

In the framework of the rule of law, the only argument in support of a possible use of torture is a "time bomb." Where is the line drawn?

Leftist Syriza party poised for victory in Greek election

In an attempt to reassure the EU public and officials that a Syriza victory is not a threat to the EU, leader Alex Tsipras, has published opinion pieces in both the FInancial Times and earlier in a German newspaper, Handelsblatt.

GOP congressman: Keep minimum wage low 'for minorities'

A Republican US congressman is raising eyebrows and ire after saying the minimum wage should be kept low for "minorities" and "unskilled" workers.

CIA report indicates value of brutal torture was inflated

In the years before the December release of a declassified Senate Intelligence Committee report that detailed the C.I.A.'s use of torture and deceit in its detention program, the agency conducted an internal review.

Op-Ed: Obama's State of the Union speech — left rhetoric, right action

Obama's State of The Union Speech(SOTU) was upbeat about the economy and in general about the US situation. He set out many progressive measures that he intends to include in a new budget.

Op-Ed: U.S Republicans make science pledge

Contrary to reports issued by the U.S. Democrats, the Republican Party has declared that it is committed to science, despite the call within its ranks to cut science spending. Not everyone is convinced.

Op-Ed: Hillary Clinton, U.S. should stop giving orders to Canada

Former United States Secretary of State and possible 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told an audience at the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce that Canada and the rest of the globe must defeat the "ideology of hate" and terrorism propaganda.

Op-Ed: The dire prospect of another Israel-Hezbollah war

Here's to hoping that the present threats by Hezbollah and Iran to retaliate against the recent Israel strike in Syria doesn't escalate into full-blown war.

Op-Ed: Transcending international borders in the fight against ISIS

Islamic State may have symbolically dismantled the international frontier separating Iraq and Syria. Should that border in turn be ignored and deemed irrelevant in the fight against that Islamist foe?

Op-Ed: Boots on the ground — Those putting ISIS on the defensive

From Canadian special forces on the ground in Iraq to Kurdish fighters in Syria, ISIS is slowly but surely being put on the defensive thanks to those brave men and women who are risking their lives to repel that group's murderous onslaught.

Op-Ed: Saudis and Iran ride rocky road to improved relations

Iran and Saudi Arabia are competitors for influence in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia also represents Sunni influence in the area while Iran is a prime supporter of Shia groups.

Op-Ed: The significance of Iraq's acquiring of Mirage jets

Why the United Arab Emirates offer of Dassault Mirage 2000 jet fighters to the Iraqi Air Force is considerably noteworthy.

Op-Ed: Obama could really help middle class by raising capital gains tax

President Obama is on a progressive hot streak as his second term approaches halftime: He's proposed subsidized broadband Internet for everyone, free community college for all, and now he wants to raise the capital gains tax to make the rich pay more.

Op-Ed: Libyan peace talks in Geneva reach agreements

Fajr Libya or Libya Dawn a militia group associated with the rival Tripoli government announced a ceasefire between militia allied with them and those of Khalifa Haftar and the internationally-recognized Tobruk government.

Op-Ed: Six European countries left without Russian natural gas

Russian president Vladimir Putin has ordered Gazprom to cut supplies to and through the Ukraine by 60 percent. He accuses the Ukraine of siphoning off supplies for Europe and stealing Russian gas.

Marilyn Tavenner, head of Medicare and Medicaid resigns

Marilyn B. Tavenner, administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, announced on Friday that she is resigning. Tavenner supervised the chaotic rollout of the federal insurance marketplace.

Op-Ed: Greed, taxation, and incompetence

While low oil prices wreak havoc on Alberta's economy, costing jobs, the men and women at City Hall are laughing all the way to the bank with new pay raises at a time when many Calgarians wonder if they will soon hit the unemployment line.

Senate Republicans face executive action on immigration reform

Even though they have a majority in the Senate, the Republicans do not have enough votes to avoid President Obama’s veto of any action they take to stop the President’s executive action on immigration.

Op-Ed: Why we must care that half of public school students are poor

The Southern Education Foundation reports that 51 percent of all public school students are now on the federal free and reduced-price lunch programs, the highest percentage in at least 50 years. Why this matters:
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