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  • Turkish Democracy in Trouble, but not Because of Presidential System
    • Just a point re colour symbolism in the political system. Americans associate red with the political right, blue with the left. In Europe, and presumably Turkey, red is the leftist colour. Britin's tories are blue. Red is the colour of revolution, socialism, Marxism etc. The peopl'es flag is deepest red
      It shrouded oft our martyred dead
      And ere their limbs grew stiff and cold
      Their hearts' b lood died itd every fold
      So hold the scarlet banner high
      Beneath its shade we'll live or die
      Though Cowards shrink and traitors sneer
      We'll keep the red flag flying here British Labour Party Anthem

  • Sorry, Trump, China's cut-back on Coal Dooms Industry
    • So Trump is going to revitalise the US coal mining industry, bring jobs back to Appllachia and the flyover states where coal mining was decimated by Obama .? Simple facts show this is all fantasy: mining coal is an expensive business and only profitable if the price of energy is high. But gas, produced in abundance and at comparatively low cost, is cheaper than coal, which increasingly will not be able to compete. Coal can be mined, extensively and at fairly low cost, but only by highly mechanised surface mining methods that require limited labour inputs. Mountain top removal and strip mining are horrendously bad for the landscape and the environment and do not provide much employment. Trump simply cannot ensure that coal mining returns to the old mining areas and that superannuated miners will get their jobs back.

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