Cologne attacks highlight push to extremes

The Cologne attacks have proved a lightning rod for competing ideologies. Literally. Picture by Martin Meissner, AP
IF the first month of this new year is anything to go by, the world is going to be as starkly divided in 2016 as it has ever been. It seems you either want to know "Jerry Hall, what first attracted you to billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch?", or you're wondering if the 84-year-old has been studying some sort of Jedi mind control techniques to convince the statuesque Texan model 25 years his junior to marry him. You either regard Northern Ireland's nurses as ministering angels living below the poverty line or ungrateful whingers living it up on the taxpayers' dim[...]

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