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Freefall: from self-employment to unemployment

Rose, Joe, Jean and Gerard all worked for themselves. When the recession hit they had nothing to fall back on. Are things about to get better for Ireland’s 325,000 self-employed? Patrick Freyne ‘You drive around the country,” says Ray Butler, the Fine Gael Senator, “and look at all those closed-down shops in little towns and villages. They represent lives and families and people’s stories. They’re all self-employed people… Source: Freefall: from self-employment to unemployment Read More »

Capitalism and Democracy [part 4]

The distinguished historian Mark Mazower has recently pointed out that we are living in times marked by a widespread ‘propensity to crisis’, the ‘hollowing out of political institutions’ and the ‘casualisation of the labour force’. We could add: the gap between rich and poor is almost everywhere widening so rapidly that it feels as though democracies are sliding backwards, possibly returning to the squalid patterns of social… Source: Capitalism and Democracy [part 4] Read More »

He Predicted Today’s Greece in 388 B.C.

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Greece’s economic collapse and social disarray make the country ripe for satire, which helps explain why a centuries-old comedy by Aristophanes is a big hit there this summer. The Daily Beast Nick Romeo ATHENS — In a neighborhood of shuttered shops and crumbling 19th century buildings less than a mile from the Acropolis, someone has scrawled a graffito on the side of a… Read More »

Green Gold: Global Avocado Boom Destroying Mexico’s Forests

Extreme demand for avocados is causing deforestation, along with other negative environmental effects, in Mexico, due to high profits for the fruit.. According to Mexico’s National Institute for Forestry, Farming and Fisheries Research, farmers are illegally destroying large areas of forest in the mountains of Michoacan, a… Source: Green Gold: Global Avocado Boom Destroying Mexico’s Forests Read More »

Cesar Chavez: The Life Behind A Legacy Of Farm Labor Rights

Half a century ago this summer, labor activist Cesar Chavez joined thousands of striking farmworkers in Texas as they converged on Austin, the state capital, to demand fair wages and humane working conditions. Their march, which started from the punishing melon fields of South Texas, was his march, too. It was a deep and abiding understanding of the challenges of the… MAUREEN PAO Source: Cesar Chavez: The Life Behind A Legacy Of Farm Labor Rights : NPR Read More »

EU to invest €187.5m in Estonia-Finland gas pipeline

The European Union (EU) is set to invest €187.5m in the first Estonia-Finland gas pipeline, which will be known as Balticconnector. EU will also support infrastructure that is needed to unite the energy markets. The new pipeline will put an end to the gas isolation of Finland and… Source: EU to invest €187.5m in Estonia-Finland gas pipeline – Hydrocarbons Technology Read More »

Turkey’s Cyclical Coups

Turkey has faced an unprecedented number of crises in the last year. The spillover from the war in Syria has undermined a peace process between the government and the country’s Kurdish community, with the success of Syrian Kurdish militias on the border with Turkey producing fears of separatism among Turkey’s Kurds and prompting the government to relaunch a counter-insurgency campaign (read: war) in the largely Kurdish southeastern provinces. Nationwide, the… Source: Turkey’s Cyclical Coups | Dissent Magazine Read More »

Bulgaria to extradite all FETÖ suspects at any cost

Bulgarian PM vows to keep good relations with Turkey as he returns pro-FETÖ businessman to Ankara Following the extradition of Abdullah Büyük, one of the largest financiers of the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko… Source: Bulgaria to extradite all FETÖ suspects at any cost Read More »

Elephants are the end of a 60m-year lineage – last of the megaherbivores

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Four-tuskers, hoe-tuskers, shovel-tuskers are all wiped out – now only a fragment of this keystone species remains Large ivory seizures in Singapore make it a smuggling hub of ‘primary concern’ If, just 800 generations ago, we took a summer holiday to Crete, Cyprus or Malta, we would have found familiar-looking islands, filled with the flowers and… Source: Elephants are the end of a 60m-year lineage – last of the megaherbivores | Environment | The Guardian Read More »

UN commissioner criticizes Bulgaria on refugee policies

The UN high commissioner for human rights raised concern on Aug. 11 about Bulgaria s policies and practices relating to migrants and refugees.. Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein’s remarks came in a written statement after the second of two visits to Bulgaria by his staff in the past eight months… Source: UN commissioner criticizes Bulgaria on refugee policies – INTERNATIONAL Read More »

Putin’s Turkish Delight 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s recent meeting with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, was ostensibly intended to bury the hatchet after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near its border with Syria last year. by Guy Verhofstadt But, at a time of rising tensions tensions between Turkey and the EU, there may be more to the story… Source: Putin’s Turkish Delight by Guy Verhofstadt – Project Syndicate Read More »

Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart

This is a story unlike any we have previously published. It is much longer than the typical New York Times Magazine feature story; in print, it occupies an entire issue. The product of some 18 months of reporting, it tells the story of the catastrophe that has fractured the Arab world since the invasion of… Source: Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart – The New York Times Read More »

More than Charity

Why is the tag of being a “cost to society” so hard to shake for charities, asks Emma King the CEO of VCOSS on the release of the organisation’s latest research, More Than Charity.. Forget everything you think you know about community sector charities and Not for Profits. Those loss making “welfare” organisations run by do-good amateurs? It turns out they’re actually lean, well run and highly professional businesses… Source: More than Charity – Pro Bono Australia Read More »

A New Page in Russian-Turkish Relations?

The talks between Erdogan and Putin herald a new era in Russian-Turkish relations, as Turks now see Russia as a true friend and admire Russia’s motion to support the Turkish President in the midst of a coup, Valdai Club expert Huseyin Bagci believes. The talks between Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan in St Petersburg herald a new era in Russian-Turkish relations, as… Source: News Read More »

Towards a new Turkish foreign policy

Ankara’s diplomatic strategy was shifting even before the coup attempt, but now that transformation has been kicked into high gear.. A few days after he took office in May, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim now famously said that his government would pursue a foreign policy aimed at “reducing the number of enemies and increasing the number of friends”… Source: Towards a new Turkish foreign policy | Middle East Eye Read More »

‘Hope’ Is a Verb, and It Can Revive Our Democracy

Our moral movement is spreading out from North Carolina, one powerful gathering at a time. By Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II When I was growing up in eastern North Carolina, I used to love to sit in my grandmama’s kitchen and listen to her sing as she made dinner… Source: ‘Hope’ Is a Verb, and It Can Revive Our Democracy | The Nation Read More »