Global Issues

The left has lost its nerve on welfare. It needs a new agenda

Labour needs a long-term plan to raise living standards for low- and middle-income families. It could learn much from our generous but sustainable pension system Andrew Harrop Labour’s opponents like to call it the party of welfare, but for years the opposition has said almost nothing new about social security. Intellectual torpor, fiscal constraint and… Source: The left has lost its nerve on welfare. It needs a new agenda | Andrew Harrop | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Merkel says faults made in refugee crisis

Germany and other European Union countries turned a blind eye to the refugee crisis building on its external borders for too long, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a German newspaper interview published on Aug. 31. Merkel, who has faced criticism in Germany for launching her policies of welcoming refugees a year ago, also told the Süddeutsche Zeitung that Germany and the EU will need patience and… Source: Merkel says faults made in refugee crisis – EUROPE Read More »

John McManus: Why we have no right to spend Apple’s €13bn

The money does not belong to us and we should give it back to its owners John McManus One thing that seems to be taken for granted in the debate about what to do about with the putative Apple windfall is that the €13 billion in question is our money and… Source: John McManus: Why we have no right to spend Apple’s €13bn Read More »

The war on cash | openDemocracy

Banks, governments and fintech evangelists all hail a ‘cashless future’ as both inevitable and good. BRETT SCOTT  But this isn’t a frictionless utopia; it means that banks mediate our lives to an ever-greater extent. Source: The war on cash | openDemocracy Read More »

Turkmenistan seeks to deliver its hydrocarbons to West

By Nigar Abbasova Turkmenistan, an energy-rich Central Asian nation with abundant hydrocarbon reserves, is keen to diversify the routes of its gas export. Being the sixth in the world for the volume of natural gas reserves, the former Soviet republic is considering Europe as one of the most promising markets for the… Source: Turkmenistan seeks to deliver its hydrocarbons to West Read More »

Bolivia Has Cut Extreme Poverty in Half Since 2006

More than 2 million Bolivians have come out of extreme poverty in the last decade. Bolivia’s economy is on course to grow by 5 percent this year, placing it among the top performers in Latin America. It’s a sign of Bolivia’s rapid economic transformation in South America. Another indicator is… Source: Bolivia Has Cut Extreme Poverty in Half Since 2006 | News | teleSUR English Read More »

Life after community death: this food bank has a lesson for Labour

Two women who restored pride to a blighted town can show Jeremy Corbyn and his colleagues what a social movement could be used for Aditya Chakrabortty I never expected to leave a food bank feeling optimistic. To visit a kitchen serving hundreds of free summer-holiday meals to kids who might otherwise… Source: Life after community death: this food bank has a lesson for Labour | Aditya Chakrabortty | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

The Black Deaths In Custody Hotline That Kicks In After You’ve Been Arrested For No Crime

Two Aboriginal deaths in custody in a month, and yet public debate has been muted not to mention pointless, writes Amy McQuire reports. Last week, there was yet another black death in custody in Australia. A 31-year-old Aboriginal man was found dead in his cell in a Darwin correctional centre. The media release, of… Source: The Black Deaths In Custody Hotline That Kicks In After You’ve Been Arrested For No Crime – New Matilda Read More »

Brittle Uzbekistan Hopes for a Controlled Succession

Uzbekistan will most likely celebrate its 1st September independence day without long-serving President Islam Karimov, marking a potentially dramatic first for this strategic Central Asian country since it broke free of the former Soviet Union 25 years ago. Deirdre Tynan Uzbekistan will most likely celebrate its 1st September independence day without long-serving President Islam Karimov, marking a… Source: Brittle Uzbekistan Hopes for a Controlled Succession | International Crisis Group Read More »

On Timor, Australia looks like it’s denying an impoverished neighbour its birthright

This week’s conciliation talks in The Hague give Australia a new chance to do the right thing by the new country to help it secure its future Ben Saul Australia and Timor-Leste start conciliation talks in The Hague on Monday in an effort to resolve their bitter legal dispute over maritime boundaries – and $40bn of… Source: On Timor, Australia looks like it’s denying an impoverished neighbour its birthright | Ben Saul | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

S Africa: Black students protest ‘racist’ hair rules

Teachers at South African high school accused of racism for forcing black girls to follow a discriminatory hair code. By Anealla Safdar High school students in South Africa have protested against black girls being forced by teachers to arrange their hair differently, alleging that they are being made to follow strict style rules that are  racist and… Source: S Africa: Black students protest ‘racist’ hair rules – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

Hillary and the Clinton Foundation: Exemplars of America’s Political Rot

Hillary Clinton may be enjoying a comfortable lead in national polls, but she is far from enjoying a comfortable night’s sleep given the ever-widening maelstrom of scandals engulfing her presidential bid. by ERIC DRAITSER And while Clinton delights in bloviating about a decades-long “vast, right wing conspiracy” against her, the fact is that it’s the Clinton political machine’s long and storied track record of criminality, duplicity, and… Source: Hillary and the Clinton Foundation: Exemplars of America’s Political Rot Read More »

The Anthropocene Is Here: Humanity Has Pushed Earth Into a New Epoch

The epoch is thought to have begun in the 1950s, when human activity set global systems on a different trajectory by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer The Anthropocene Epoch has begun, according to a group of experts assembled at the International Geological Congress in Cape Town, South Africa this week. After seven years of deliberation, members of an… Read More »

TTIP Dead: Massive US-EU Trade Deal Falls Apart Says German Vice-Chancellor

The collapse of a signature Obama administration trade pact marks a major defeat for free trade advocates and politico-economic globalism.. Free trade negotiations between the European Union and the United States have fallen apart in recent weeks with Europe reticent to open its agricultural industry to low-cost American “frankenfruits” in addition to concerns over the… Source: TTIP Dead: Massive US-EU Trade Deal Falls Apart Says German Vice-Chancellor Read More »

French court overturns controversial ban

FRANCE’S top administrative court overturned a ban on burkinis in a Mediterranean town, in a decision Friday that should set legal precedent regarding a swimsuit crackdown that has divided the country and provoked shock around the world. New York Post The ruling by the Council of State Friday specifically concerns a ban on the Muslim garment in the Riviera town of Villeneuve-Loubet, but the… Source: Burkini ban France | French court overturns controversial ban Read More »

Sorry, Folks. There Is No Rules-Based World Order.

There isn’t one, there won’t be, and it’s dangerous to pretend there could be. Patrick Porter If there is one concept, endlessly recalled, that rings through debate about foreign affairs, it is the “rules-based” international order. The notion that all are bound… Source: Sorry, Folks. There Is No Rules-Based World Order. | The National Interest Blog Read More »