Opinion

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 »

The Cost of Keeping Companies in the United States

How should we stop corporations from leaving the United States, as both presidential candidates have vowed to do? By BRENT GLOVER and OLIVER LEVINE After Pfizer announced this year that it wanted to merge with the Ireland-based Allergan in a maneuver known as a corporate inversion, the Obama administration put in new tax rules that effectively scuttled the deal… Source: The Cost of Keeping Companies in the United States – The New York Times Read More »

GOP senior statesmen continue to hold their fire on Trump

By Josh Rogin Josh Rogin is a columnist for the Global Opinions section of The Post. With only two months left until the presidential election, the most senior national security figures in the Republican Party are largely staying on the sidelines, even though almost all are said to privately oppose Donald Trump becoming commander in chief. Many of their more junior colleagues are calling on them to get off the… Source: GOP senior statesmen continue to hold their fire on ... Read More »

The death penalty killed Jesus. Is it killing us, too?

Amid the seismic shifts happening within American Christianity, a growing number of the faithful now oppose the death penalty. By Jonathan Merritt The Catholic Church has long repudiated the death penalty, and many mainline Protestant denominations do too. Though evangelical Christians have generally favored the death penalty, even the… Source: The death penalty killed Jesus. Is it killing us, too? | Religion News Service Read More »

The complicated ways that money messes with your morals

A string of studies appeared to show that rich people are more tight-fisted and less trustworthy – but what’s the truth in the claims? Claudia Hammond investigates. By Claudia Hammond At some time or another you’ve probably found yourself in a bar where the richest person present seems to be the slowest to reach for their wallet when it’s time to buy a round. You might wonder whether they were always this mean, and… Source: BBC – Future – The ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

I’ve worked in most conflict zones. I’ve never seen such high rates of trauma as on Nauru

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The Nauru files exposé struck a particular chord since I had only last month witnessed these patterns of horrendous abuse with my own eyes. Europe should learn what not to do from Australia’s example. Anna Neistat The Nauru files exposé struck a particular chord since I had only last month witnessed these patterns of horrendous abuse with my own eyes. Europe should learn what not to do from Australia’s example… Source: I’ve worked in most conflict zones. I’ve never seen ... Read More »

I created the burkini to give women freedom, not to take it away

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The burkini does not symbolise Islam, it symbolises leisure and happiness and fitness and health. So who is better, the Taliban or French politicians? Aheda Zanetti When I invented the burkini in early 2004, it was to give women freedom, not to take it away. My niece wanted to play netball but it was… Source: I created the burkini to give women freedom, not to take it away | Aheda Zanetti | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Must you know the details? Why we need a global code on the reporting of violence

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The right for the public to read lurid details of acts of violence that have little direct relevance – and have potential to cause loss of life – is hard to justify Gunvant Patel After each new shooting or stabbing of strangers by a loner male or small group in the west, Islamic State often claims responsibility; sometimes if… Source: Must you know the details? Why we need a global code on the reporting of violence | Gunvant Patel | ... Read More »

Why the most resilient farmer cannot continue living on on fast-thinning hope

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Of late we have seen many positive but isolated efforts to upgrade the agriculture sector. By  GEORGE WACHIRA But these efforts may need to be raised to a higher level of national priority and visibility to make the big difference. The prime objectives in agriculture remain urgent jobs delivery, increased grassroots incomes, food security, and… Source: WACHIRA: Why the most resilient farmer cannot continue living on – Opinion and Analysis Read More »

Can Thailand Really Hide a Rebellion?

On Aug. 11 and 12, coordinated bombings and arson attacks in tourist destinations in seven provinces of peninsular Thailand killed four people and injured 35. Originally published in The New York Times No group claimed responsibility, and senior officials of the military government almost immediately decided that the bombings were not acts of terrorism… Source: Can Thailand Really Hide a Rebellion? | International Crisis Group Read More »

Not everyone’s an artist, but all prisoners would benefit from practising art

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Do we want our prisons to produce people who learn from their mistakes and who have bettered themselves, or people further damaged by punishment? The practice of art and the notion of restorative justice and therapeutic jurisprudence in attending to the offending behaviour of convicted… Source: Not everyone’s an artist, but all prisoners would benefit from practising art | Robert Henderson for IndigenousX | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »