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We can’t build a progressive political agenda without tackling bigotry

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Much has been written on how to combat racist rhetoric and attitudes. Yes, we need a different kind of politics but that depends on defeating racism Jeff Sparrow The fringe becomes mainstream not by slow increments but by sharp lurches – or, more exactly, gradual acceptance manifests itself through dramatic… Source: We can’t build a progressive political agenda without tackling bigotry | Jeff Sparrow | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Pressure Mounts on Pound as Hard-Brexit View Back in Spotlight

The pound approached its weakest level in three years versus the euro amid speculation that support in government is building for a so-called hard Brexit. Anooja Debnath Charlotte Ryan Sterling dropped versus most of its Group-of-10 peers amid concerns that the U.K. would surrender access to the European Union’s single market in return for securing… Source: Pressure Mounts on Pound as Hard-Brexit View Back in Spotlight – Bloomberg Read More »

Oxfam report notes WA native title woes

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Native title rights are being undermined in Western Australia’s Kimberley region, a global Oxfam report says. Rebecca Gredley, Australian Associated Press The report refers to state government policies and actions including the controversial proposed closure of remote WA indigenous communities, the… Source: Oxfam report notes WA native title woes | The Mercury Read More »

Two Dozen Christians Deported From Saudi Arabia For Praying

Saudi Arabia has deported 27 Christians for having a service in their home to mark the festival of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven, according to news reports. Ruth Gledhill  The deportation was carried out because the Christians’ prayers were “unIslamic”, according to EWTN. The women, some of whom had children with them, argued… Source: Two Dozen Christians Deported From Saudi Arabia For Praying | Christian News on Christian Today Read More »

Some services can’t be measured by accounting firms. Prison education is one of them

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Qualified prison educators are being replaced by outsourced trainers in NSW prisons, following a KPMG report. But the move could end up being a false saving Catharine Lumby Some days I think it’s KPMG’s world and we are only allowed to live in it. Not… Source: Some services can’t be measured by accounting firms. Prison education is one of them | Catharine Lumby | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Why did the British vote for Brexit?

What were the root causes of Brexit? Was it about sovereignty and “taking back control”? Was it about immigration? Was it just a chance to give David Cameron’s government a good kicking? Globalisation, immigration, lows wages, de-industrialisation – all of these have been blamed as root causes of Brexit. On the other hand, some… Source: Why did the British vote for Brexit? — Debating Europe Read More »

US Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen shreds credibility as economic leaders falter

Analysis Credibility is an elusive ideal; difficult to attain and deceptively easy to squander. By business editor Ian Verrender Janet Yellen, the head of the world’s biggest central bank, the US Federal Reserve, last week shredded what remained of hers and the organisation she chairs. Once again, she hesitated when decisiveness was required. Once again, she capitulated to… Source: US Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen shreds credibility as economic leaders falter – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Illegal phoenix activity is costing us billions – here’s how it could be stemmed

A proposal designed to stop illegal phoenix activity being actively considered in New Zealand could be similarly adopted in Australia, potentially saving billions of dollars. Helen Anderson  Illegal phoenix activity – which involves directors intentionally liquidating companies after shifting their assets to new (“phoenix”) companies to… Source: Illegal phoenix activity is costing us billions – here’s how it could be stemmed Read More »

Saudi Aramco eyes $334bn investment by 2025

State-owned oil giant plans to pump in billions for infrastructure and create about 500,000 jobs for Saudi nationals. Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil giant Aramco plans to invest a total of about $334bn by 2025, including spending on infrastructure and projects to maintain oil capacity. Senior Aramco official Abdulaziz al-Abdulkarim, vice… Source: Saudi Aramco eyes $334bn investment by 2025 – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

Why we should lock more people up, and it’s not what you think

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I’VE always thought jail is mostly a bad idea: It takes young people and puts them in constant contact with society’s very worst. Jason Murphy They eventually emerge with no skills but a tight-knit network of former criminals. Under my theory, jail is mostly unhelpful for the people that are in there… Source: Australian jail: What we could learn from the Norwegians Read More »

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 »

Bridging past and present, the African American Museum opening is a dynamic celebration

In a dim, quiet backroom in the National Museum of African American History and Culture, a gray-haired man paused in front of a bronze casket, and he stood to pay his last respects to Emmett Till. By Monica Hesse and Krissah Thompson “Jesus,” whispered the man, a retired college administrator named Samuel L. Wright. He leaned forward. He saw that behind the glass, inside the coffin, lay a picture of the… Source: Bridging past and present, the African American Museum ... 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 »

The familiar axes of politics are changing, with momentous consequences

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Political identities have changed significantly, and politics has shifted with them. COLIN CROUCH From the time of the French Revolution, mass politics has revolved around two core conflicts: that between preferences for more or less economic inequality; and… Source: The familiar axes of politics are changing, with momentous consequences | openDemocracy 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 »

The price of connection: ‘surveillance capitalism’

Imagine, if you can, a period long before today’s internet-based connectivity. Nick Couldry  Imagine that, in that distant time, the populations of every country were offered a new plan. The plan would involve linking up every space of social interaction, most sites of work, a large proportion of private moments of reflection, and a… Source: The price of connection: ‘surveillance capitalism’ Read More »