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Theresa May shows she wants to be defined by more than just Brexit

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Theresa May welcomed the Cabinet to Chequers with this address, just released by Number 10: James Forsyth ‘Thank you very much for coming together today. It’s our first opportunity to meet since the summer recess, but also the first opportunity for us to meet since the fantastic success of the GB Team at the Olympics – absolutely great. And also the Paralympics will be starting very soon, so we wish our Paralympic athletes all the very best and success there ... Read More »

Georgetown University, Learning From Its Sins

The Jesuit cemetery in St. Inigoes, Md., used to be surrounded by tobacco fields. By DAVID J. COLLINS Over the course of roughly 150 years, those fields were worked by hundreds of slaves owned by the Jesuits. In June, I sat in that cemetery, as a priest and a history professor at… Source: Georgetown University, Learning From Its Sins – The New York Times Read More »

Heroin treatment drug naloxone ‘saves lives’ in WA trial

A trial giving heroin users’ family members and friends a drug to prevent overdoses has been hailed a success, and may even reduce overall heroin use, researchers say. The WA Peer Naloxone Project trained users and family members how to administer naloxone, which is used in emergency medicine to reverse the effects of opiates… Source: Heroin treatment drug naloxone ‘saves lives’ in WA trial – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

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

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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 »

New elephant study shows catastrophic decline in Africa

‘Our living dinosaurs’ There are far fewer African elephants than we thought, study shows By David McKenzie and Ingrid Formanek, CNN Linyanti Swamp, Botswana (CNN)Scanning Botswana’s remote Linyanti swamp from the low flying chopper, elephant ecologist Mike Chase can’t hide the… Source: New elephant study shows catastrophic decline in Africa – CNN.com 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 »

5 Ways People Justify Adults Having Sex with Minors – And Why It’s Still Not Okay

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If you want to do a quick social experiment, ask your friends if it’s wrong for adults to have sex with minors. Ginny Brown everyday feminism I’m betting most of them will say yes. Now ask them if what David Bowie did, in having sex with a fifteen-year-old fan, was wrong. If your social circle is anything like mine, you might get some different… 5 Ways People… 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

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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 »

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

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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 »