Le Pen loses ground to Macron in French election race

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Leigh Thomas

French centrist Emmanuel Macron is set to come out on top in the first round of France’s presidential election on Sunday as far right leader Marine Le Pen fell further behind him in an Elabe poll published on Friday.

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When the going gets tough – people turn to the stars

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Vickie Zisman

Rational thinking is good. Western civilization has been hard-wired from almost the cradle of its conscious existence (Aristotle?) that logic and facts are the sole base for correct decision making in life. Even monotheistic religions like Judaism (which is a very practical earthly day to day codex of law) or a more spiritual Christianity, have not succeeded in completely wiping out reason from our life. Moreover, all religions have a claim to a certain divine wisdom/rationale. So far, so good, isn’t it?

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The Real Danger

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Don Krieger

Six weeks after 9/11, the Patriot Act passed, granting police and federal authorities broad rights to search and hold American citizens without due process. As a nation, we willingly submitted to this sacrifice of our freedoms, and so handed our tormentors a far greater victory than they could have imagined.

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How to deal with the threat of the Islamic State


Philipp Müller

In the aftermath of the terror attacks on Paris by the Islamic State (IS) on Friday, 13th November 2015, it has become more important than ever for European policymakers to determine how to deal with the threat posed by the IS. The French president Francois Hollande has announced to wage a ‘pitiless war’ against the IS and French aircraft have increased their bombing raids on IS-held territory in Syria. However, the IS has been the target of bombing raids by the United States air force for over a year now and shows no sign of collapsing.

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