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Legal Stutters: Trump Falters in the Ninth Circuit by Dr. Binoy Kampmark

ovicover_12_02_17.gifIt seems in little need of recapitulation, but the Executive Order 13769, otherwise known as “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” has been living a charmed and distorted life.  It sought to ban, for 90 days, the entry of nationals into the United States from seven countries.  The order was subsequently challenged by two states as unconstitutional and in violation of federal law.

Its progenitor, the now foamingly livid US President Donald J. Trump, was always labouring under the impression that it would pass muster in its entirety. But then again, The Donald was unaware about the restraining niceties of the US court system.

The three judge panel of the Ninth Circuit had to entertain themselves with yet another appeal from the Trump administration on the urgency of the EO, this time against the decision made by District Judge James J. Robart of the Western District of Washington State to grant a temporary restraining order.

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The Fake News Inquiry: Old Wine in New Bottles by Dr. Binoy Kampmark

Aovicover_01_02_17ny inquiry into fake news is much like having a Royal Commission into the make up and motivation for Halal food. (The latter absurd proposition has been put forth by a few Australian politicians irritated by the Islamist bogeyman.)  Neither mission is particularly helpful, other than to illustrate a mounting ignorance about a phenomenon that always was.

In the United Kingdom, the Culture, Media and Sports Committee has made an announcement that it will investigate claims about the public being persuaded by untruths and the dazzling influence of propaganda.

Invited submissions are to consider, among others, such questions as to what fake news is and where “biased but legitimate commentary shade into propaganda and lies”; the impact of such news on “public understanding of the world, and also on the public response to traditional journalism”

In the hyperbolic words of committee chairman Damian Collins MP, the rise of such fabrications constituted “a threat to democracy and undermines the confidence in the media in general”. The point is almost prosaic, given that Britain has been labouring under such fabrications and propaganda for a good deal since the seedy reign of tycoon Rupert Murdoch commenced.

A society that actually reads The Sun for factual enlightenment is bound to be a victim of the now touted propaganda that is supposedly afflicting the public. It is astonishing that the only reason that “fake news” has renewed currency is because of recent flavourings emanating from the alt-right, or from the Kremlin. In truth, the condition is a pre-existing one in the fourth estate.

Fake news is standard: cereal, wheat and bran, the fibre of the information world. It has been the foodstuff of media for decades, if not centuries. What matters now is the outrage felt by those in news outlets who believe that a tinge of objectivity still remains in the process of news production. It ignores that news that is often not authentic has always been the mainstay of journalism, a case of unchecked sources, careless investigation or, in some cases, pure invention.

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Flu of misinformation and hypocrisy by Thanos Kalamidas
Conspiracy theories are not my thing and I have to admit that I always laughed at most of them. After all, turning to conspiracy theories means that you are having problems accepting logic, ignoring how crazy any theory might sound. Back in the eighties…

Caption This! May 2009 by The Ovi Team
It is simple. Look at this photo of a piglet and write a caption/speech bubble/thought bubble or anything else that captures your imagination.

“Bag Lady” by Pamela Hunt
Poetry, like the moon, does not advertise anything. – William Blissett

Lights! Action! Stickman! #17 by Clint Wayne
Welcome to “Lights! Action! Stickman!” in which scenes from classic, and not so classic, movies are depicted through stick figures for you to guess the film. Enjoy!

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Coping in the Cape by Fiona Zerbst
Rozena Maart, winner of the Journey Prize for emerging authors, offers five intriguing short stories in her debut collection Rosa’s District 6.

BDM: Towards a Democratic Burma Without Rohingyas? by Rohingya Human Rights
The issue of the Burmese citizenship of Rohingyas and their ethnic status in their ancestral land Arakan has come up as one of the most talked about issues in the world media as well as in the regional political arena of the South Asia.
10 Helsinginkatu: Chapter 8 by Thanos Kalamidas
I pretended leaving so Marc wouldn’t feel uncomfortable following the other two upstairs where the other members of the lonely hearts club was waiting and when I reached the bar on the ground floor turned and ordered another bourbon.

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Euro Reporter heads to Sweden…

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Mass murder in Australia by Thanos Kalamidas
The pictures of dead nature, humans and life from Australia that are circulating around the world this moment are horrifying and there are no words to describe the catastrophe on so many levels.

Almost like Backstreet Boys Live by Edna Nelson
The best thing about Helsinki City Theater’s “Spring Awakening” was the first song done by the male cast. Most reviews about the performance are favorable but I’m of a different mind…

“A Ballad Upon a Wedding” by The Ovi Team
Today marks the 400th anniversary of poet Sir John Suckling’s birth. Suckling was an English Cavalier poet whose best known poem may be “A Ballad Upon a Wedding” and it is reproduced here for you to enjoy.

For the Moment: No Smoking by Patrick McWade
Patrick McWade shares one of his cartoon series with Ovi…

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Diametrically Different: Dragons East & West by Valerie Sartor To begin to grasp the extreme differences in culture and thought between China and the western world one of the most startling distinctions can be found by examining the universal dragon motif.

By example by Thanos Kalamidas
It sounds ironic that Syria is building a nuclear reactor, especially after finding out that North Korea is helping them.

Piper in the Wood — Song by Christopher Wilkinson
I thought of the urges for creativity pivoted against needs to conform. From out of these thoughts the story of the Piper of Hamlin filled my memory. Then I wrote Piper in the Wood.

Lift Spirits #02 by Thanos K & Asa B
Lift doors slide open, you enter, press the button and then face that awkward proximity to a stranger… perhaps this will lift your spirit.

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