Society

GST: India’s taxing simplification stew

Indian shares,  after ending July ahead 5% on the MSCI Index despite price-earnings ratios above the emerging market average, were further buoyed with the unanimous passage of a national goods and.. The constitutional amendment culminated a decade-long effort under both the previous Congress Party and current BJP governments, and as a… Source: GST: India’s taxing simplification stew – Asia Times Read More »

We should give the Olympics back to Greece, permanently

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In a spirit of international cooperation and common sense I think we should promote the idea of just giving the Summer Olympics to… Amanda Vanstone * The Age Permanently. By all accounts they made a reasonable fist of it when they last had them and could do so time and time… It has a… We should give… Read More »

Nigeria Chibok girls: Boko Haram video shows captives

The Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram has released a video showing some of the schoolgirls they abducted from the northern town of Chibok. Some 50 girls are shown with a gunman who demands the release of fighters in return for the girls, and says some girls died in air strikes. The government says it is in touch with the militants behind the… Source: Nigeria Chibok girls: Boko Haram video shows captives – BBC News Read More »

America Is Smashing Russia and OPEC’s Grip On The Oil Market

The shale gas revolution in the United States is overturning the old order. Anthony Fensom Far from being threatened by recent weak prices, America’s status as an emerging energy superpower has solidified in 2016, weakening OPEC’s grip over the… Source: America Is Smashing Russia and OPEC’s Grip On The Oil Market | The National Interest Read More »

Hard Times in Venezuela Breed Malaria as Desperate Flock to Mines

Many turn to panning for black-market gold in the watery pits of mines, where mosquitoes infect them. Once they return home to recover, the disease spreads… THE ALBINO MINE, Venezuela — The 12th time Reinaldo Balocha got malaria, he hardly rested at all… Source: Hard Times in Venezuela Breed Malaria as Desperate Flock to Mines – The New York Times Read More »

Judo: Favela dwellers’ way out of poverty

Brazil’s first gold-medal winner at Rio 2016 came from the City of God favela where youngsters have found hope. Brazil’s first gold medal at this years Olympic Games came in judo when Rafaela Silva overcame top-seed Sumiya Dorjsuren of Mongolia to the women’s -57kg event… Source: Judo: Favela dwellers’ way out of poverty – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

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 »

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 »

Homeland truths unspoken

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Jacinta Yangapi Nampijinpa Price is a singer from Alice Springs. This is an extract from the Centre for Independent Studies’ Helen Hughes Lecture for Emerging Thinkers. Photo credit: Image courtesy of Malle District Aboriginal Services’ anti-violence campaign My name is Jacinta Yangapi Nampijinpa Price. I was born in the tropical town of… Source: Homeland truths unspoken – The West Australian 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 »

‘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 »