Meat is not the ‘new tobacco,’ and shouldn’t be taxed

By Sylvain Charlebois, Professor in Food Distribution and Policy, Dalhousie University. Is meat the new tobacco? Some are suggesting it is, and urging a “sin tax” on beef, pork and other meats. (Shutterstock) The idea of having to pay a sin tax for environmentally detrimental foods is gaining more support. For some, eating meat is a… Please follow and like us:

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Bannon apologizes over damning portrait in book as White House presses defense of Trump

WASHINGTON — With President Donald Trump cheering from the sidelines, the White House Sunday pressed its defense of the president’s fitness to govern, as fired former aide Steve Bannon reversed course and apologized for his role in a new book’s explosive portrait of Trump. The president’s critics, meanwhile, said Trump’s stream of taunts and insults in… Please follow and like us:

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Global economy faces two challenges

The world economy’s performance in 2017 was significantly better than the previous year. According to the World Bank forecast, global economic growth is likely to reach 3.6 percent in 2017, as the economies of the European Union, the United States and Japan all showed clear signs of improvement in the third quarter with a growth rate… Please follow and like us:

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China covertly offering North Korea missiles, aid to halt nuclear program

China’s Communist Party adopted a secret plan in September to bolster the North Korean government with increased aid and military support, including new missiles, if Pyongyang halts further nuclear tests, according to an internal party document. The document, labeled “top secret” and dated Sept. 15 – just 12 days after North Korea’s latest underground nuclear blast… Please follow and like us:

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North Korea Leader Warns US of Reality of its Nuclear Program

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says the United States must realize that the North’s nuclear program is a reality. In his annual New Year’s address Monday, Kim warned that he has a nuclear button on his desk. “The entire area of the U.S. mainland is within our nuclear strike range,” Kim said. “The United States… Please follow and like us:

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Facebook, Twitter Threatened With Sanctions in Britain

Social media giants Facebook and Twitter could face sanctions in Britain if they fail to be more forthcoming in providing details about Russian disinformation campaigns that used their platforms in the run-up to last year’s Brexit referendum, the chairman of a British parliamentary inquiry committee warned. The companies have been given until January 18 to hand… Please follow and like us:

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Trump cuts aid to UN and the New York Times loses its mind

President Trump Honors Native American Code Talkers At White House The United States Mission to the United Nations, led by Ambassador Nikki Haley, announced Sunday that it had successfully negotiated over $285 million in cuts to the U.N.’s 2018-2019 budget with the promise of more cuts to come. These cuts come after Thursday’s emergency U.N. vote,… Please follow and like us:

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SYRIA – Russia, Turkey and Iran agree Syrian peace talks for January

Russia, Turkey and Iran agreed Friday to hold a peace congress for Syria in Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi in late January after previous attempts to hold a conference collapsed. A Syrian “Congress of National Dialogue” will be held in the Russian city of Sochi on January 29-30, Russia said alongside its allies Turkey and… Please follow and like us:

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Kim Jong Out? Some see signs of collapse

Kim Jong Un One month ago, when a North Korean soldier fled through the ultra-high security Demilitarized Zone amid a hail of gunfire from his comrades, he arrived in South Korea severely wounded. But Thursday, when another soldier of the communist dictatorship made a run for freedom, no shots were fired by North Korea’s elite guards.… Please follow and like us:

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Erdogan urges world to resist US threat in Jerusalem vote

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday called on UN member states not to be swayed by US leader Donald Trump’s threat to cut funding, during a key vote on a motion rejecting US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “I am calling on the whole world: never sell your democratic will in return for petty… Please follow and like us:

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UN to Vote on Measure Rejecting US Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

The United Nations Security Council is due to vote Monday on a draft resolution rejecting U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The United States is one of the five permanent members of the council that hold veto rights, meaning the resolution drafted by Egypt is not likely to pass. The text of… Please follow and like us:

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Five key developments since Trump’s Jerusalem move

Violence, protests and arrests have followed US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Trump made the announcement on December 6 and said the US would begin the process of moving its embassy to the city from Tel Aviv. The decision broke with decades of US policy on Jerusalem. The international… Please follow and like us:

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China Displays Clout at Internet Conference But Some Doubts Remain

China made an impressive display of its clout in the digital economy during a three-day internet conference in Beijing last week by pulling together the participation of U.N. agencies, the World Telecom Union and CEOs of major US based IT companies like Google, Apple and Cisco System. The conference started with a message from Chinese president… Please follow and like us:

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U.N. Official Shocked at Poverty In Rural Alabama

A United Nations official investigating poverty in the United States was shocked at the level of environmental degradation in some areas of rural Alabama, saying he had never seen anything like it in the developed world. “I think it’s very uncommon in the First World. This is not a sight that one normally sees. I’d have… Please follow and like us:

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US State Department Braces for Violent Fallout from Jerusalem Recognition

The State Department has issued security warnings at scores of U.S. embassies around the world, bracing for protests or violence from President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. At the United Nations, American diplomats are preparing for a meeting Friday called by eight of the 15 Security Council members, including close U.S. allies… Please follow and like us:

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