The case for a citizens-centered Conference on the Future of Europe

On July 1st, Germany will take over the EU’s rotating presidency at a tipping point of Europe’s history after the Covid-19 pandemic. For a period of 6 months, Angela Merkel will have a crucial role to play in defining the scope and format of the Conference for the Future of Europe and in negotiating the…

Ahmaud Arbery murder case; Senate police reform bill blocked

CLOSE Some of the most high profile court cases started with a grand jury. Here’s how they work and why some have faced criticism. USA TODAY An attempt by Senate Republicans to move forward with a police reform bill was blocked by Democrats, delivering a blow to the momentum on Capitol Hill to enact changes…

China sees first locally spread case of novel coronavirus in weeks – National

China reported the first local transmission of the novel coronavirus in Beijing in weeks on Friday after the capital has been gradually reopening during a sharp decline in new cases. Six other new cases were Chinese citizens arriving from abroad, the National Health Commission said in its daily report. READ MORE: China dismisses claim that…

Dropping Flynn Case ‘Puts Us Back in the Category of Almost an Emerging Democracy’

On Thursday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “All In,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) reacted to the dropping of charges against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn by stating the move “really puts us back in the category of almost an emerging democracy, where the rule of law is not yet firmly established, where prosecutorial…

Second case of COVID-19 confirmed at Côte-St-Luc seniors residence

On March 17, the woman felt ill and was taken by ambulance to hospital, where she tested positive for the coronavirus. All residents of the King David have been confined to their individual apartments – the facility has 104 rental units – and Montreal public health chief Dr, Mylène Drouin said last week that the…

Casetify launches genius UV sanitiser case to kill all the smartphone germs

In the era of coronavirus, a key germ battleground is your smartphone. A study by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Queen Mary a few years ago found that one in six smartphones is contaminated with bacteria, including faecal matter. Not good. We should all be cleaning our phones daily to help prevent…

J’accuse! The Case for Pre-modernism, or, the Rural-urban Divide

Emile Zola’s now world-famous letter to the President of the French Republic, dated 13 January 1898, “J’Accuse!” (complete text of the letter in English translation here), set the stage for correcting a grave miscarriage of justice carried out by the French military and the secular French state against an innocent Jewish military officer, Alfred Dreyfus. …

J’accuse! The Case for Traditional Capitalism

Max Weber brilliantly demonstrated the impact of religion and culture on politics, and even on world-scale institutions, at the beginning of the 20th century in his famous work, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. A single religious idea, a theological principle, through a causal chain that Weber eloquently demonstrates, led to the establishment…