Opinion

Breda O’Brien: Zappone has got it wrong on childcare

Incentivising people to send children to a crèche ignores many other options Breda O’Brien According to a recent ICTU (Irish Congress of Trade Unions) study of its members, just under 30 per cent of parents rely on relatives for childcare, about 30 per cent on childminders in their own or the… Source: Breda O’Brien: Zappone has got it wrong on childcare Read More »

Stephen Collins: Worrying signs the past is about to repeat itself

Irish politicians who led us out of financial crisis are not getting the credit for it Stephen Collins Why is it that former Greek minister for finance Yanis Varoufakis, who was such an abject failure in office, is lionised by the Irish media while his counterparts here… Source: Stephen Collins: Worrying signs the past is about to repeat itself Read More »

Farrel Corcoran: Media letting Ireland sleepwalk into further loss of sovereignty

TTIP and CETA trade deals with US and Canada have huge implications yet lack coverage Farrel Corcoran Today, less than nine months after the joint committee of inquiry into the banking crisis published its report – including a section on the… Source: Farrel Corcoran: Media letting Ireland sleepwalk into further loss of sovereignty Read More »

Why Industrial Farms Are Good for the Environment

Stillwater, Okla. — There is much to like about small, local farms and their influence on what we eat. But if we are to sustainably deal with problems presented by population growth and climate change, we need to look to the farmers who grow a majority of the country’s food and fiber. By JAYSON LUSK Large farmers — who are responsible for 80 percent of the food sales in the United States, though they make up fewer than 8 percent ... Read More »

Who Can Lead The UN?

I won’t say that I am a person of great consequence to the UN. But for about 40 years, I have been known in its hallways, as my life and the survival of my country have been intimately intertwined with the UN’s workings. José Ramos-Horta   I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly. I arrived in a snow-covered Manhattan in early December 1975, just as Indonesian forces, with US blessing and… Source: Who Can Lead The UN? | ... Read More »

Australia does not have a welfare problem. We have a poverty problem

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While he talks of ‘revolutionary’ vision in the welfare sector, Christian Porter ignores the fact that unemployment is a failure of the market, not the person John Falzon You don’t build communities up by putting people down. Structural changes to the economy have resulted in entire communities being left without work and… Source: Australia does not have a welfare problem. We have a poverty problem | John Falzon | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Educate refugee children or lose them forever

Children forced to flee their homes also end up missing out on schooling. by Bassam Khawaja As world leaders gather for US President Barack Obama’s Leaders’ Summit on Refugees on September 20, they should urgently address how to get the… Source: Educate refugee children or lose them forever – Al Jazeera English Read More »

Iraq’s regional decentralisation debate is heating up

As the battle of Mosul looms, it may be wise to place on the back burner the debate on regional formation initiatives. by Michael Knights The decentralisation of security, spending and administrative power is regularly cited as a means of reducing tension in a post-Islamic State Iraq. The logic is commendable: If Sunnis… Source: Iraq’s regional decentralisation debate is heating up – Al Jazeera English Read More »

When we walked out on Pauline Hanson, we were reaching out to decent Australians

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This could be be the most divisive parliament in Australia’s history. But by standing up to racists, the Greens can help bring communities together Richard Di Natale ”Go home you greasy wog!”. Those words, yelled at me in anger by classmates who didn’t know any better, still sting. This didn’t happen often, and… Source: When we walked out on Pauline Hanson, we were reaching out to decent Australians| Richard Di Natale | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Derryn Hinch might turn out to be the voice of reason – except for one thing

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He says he’s apolitical – a conservative on law and order but all-but a socialist on hospitals and medicine. He says he’s going to listen and learn before making up his mind on legislation. Who knows? Gay Alcorn Derryn Hinch is unlikely to remember this, but way back in the 1980s I had a long, long lunch with him and… Source: Derryn Hinch might turn out to be the voice of reason – except for one thing | Gay Alcorn ... Read More »

Inside Bashar al-Assad’s mind

Syria is a conflict with no breaks and Assad himself is insulated in its cockpit. by James Denselow Just before the latest attempt at a ceasefire began, Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad visited the newly captured Damascus suburb of Daraya. Several photo opportunities showed him looking relaxed and… Source: Inside Bashar al-Assad’s mind – Al Jazeera English Read More »

What Europe can learn from Spain

Outrage over Spain’s political gridlock could push the Continent to overcome its own static politics. By RICHARD YOUNGS The eurozone’s fourth-largest economy is in a desperately precarious position. By the time a likely third election is held in December, Spain will have been without a… Source: What Europe can learn from Spain – POLITICO Read More »

Drug use shot up after Greece’s economic collapse

After the Greek economic crisis struck in 2010, public sector funding was aggressively slashed and unemployment reached 30%. A new study suggests that—to cope with the stress—Greeks may have been turning to both legal and illegal drugs, Chemical and Engineering News reports. Researchers analyzed wastewater in Athens between 2010 and… Source: Drug use shot up after Greece’s economic collapse | Science | AAAS Read More »

The prime minister must take action to cement the UK’s ‘bold new positive role’ on the international stage

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This is a crucial time for the UK to prove its credentials as a positive player in international relations. BEN DONALDSON In the wake of Brexit, there is a perception that the UK is set on a course of nationalism and reduced international cooperation. Whether true or not, it is… Source: The prime minister must take action to cement the UK’s ‘bold new positive role’ on the international stage | openDemocracy Read More »

Breda O’Brien: The amazing hypocrisy of the pro-abortion lobby

A ‘rogue clinic’ has been accused of deceiving women, but pro-choice clinics tell lies too Breda O’Brien The hypocrisy of our politicians and opinion-formers over abortion is stunning. Take the latest controversy about the… Source: Breda O’Brien: The amazing hypocrisy of the pro-abortion lobby Read More »

Is having anti-Canadian values a Canadian value?

Canada is again caught up in an immigration controversy which calls for screening potential newcomers for their beliefs. by Antonia Zerbisias Last week, Canadian Conservative MP Kellie Leitch, former minister for the status of women in Stephen Harper’s cabinet, hit voters with a “survey” asking if immigrants should be vetted for possible “anti-Canadian values”. The punchlines – even from fellow Conservatives – were predictable. Could “anti-Canadian values” mean disdain for the… Source: Is having anti-Canadian values a Canadian value? – Al Jazeera English Read More »