Society

How conservatives made Hanson’s ideas part of the political furniture

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A reading of Pauline Hanson: The Truth reveals the extent to which Hansonist positions have been co-opted by conservatives in politics and media Jason Wilson It’s 2016, and yet somehow ponderous Paul Kelly has still not been put out to pasture. Only in the Australian – a newspaper made by and… How conservatives made Hanson’s ideas part of the political furniture… Read More »

The Economic Disaster Behind Afghanistan’s Mounting Human Crisis

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Donors and Afghan state agencies must urgently tackle an economic crisis building up since 2014, when foreign troops started leaving and political instability worsened. The starting point must be a socio-economic assessment of just how big the problems are… The Economic Disaster Behind Afghanistan’s Mounting Human Crisis… Read More »

Una Mullally: If we can cut road deaths, we can tackle suicide

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Political will and ‘joined-up thinking’ saved lives before, and could do so again Una Mullally Back in the early 2000s, reducing fatalities on Irish roads seemed to be an insurmountable task… Una Mullally: If we can cut road deaths, we can tackle suicide… Read More »

Kirobo Mini: Robot baby unveiled in Japan as population of childless women grows

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A palm-sized robot dubbed Kirobo Mini has been unveiled in Japan, designed to be a companion for the growing number of women left childless by the country’s aging population crisis. The robot, created by Toyota Motor Corp, aims to emulate a human baby and even “wobbles” like a infant “which hasn’t fully developed the… Kirobo Mini: Robot baby unveiled in Japan as population of childless women grows… Read More »

Colombia referendum: Peace deal with FARC rejected

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President Santos says ceasefire to remain in place as rebels also vow commitment to peace talks after shock vote result. Voters in Colombia’s referendum have narrowly rejected a peace accord between the government and the Marxist group, FARC. The outcome of Sunday’s vote endangers a deal expected to end 52 years of war and allow FARC fighters to re-enter society and form a… Colombia referendum: Peace deal with FARC rejected… Read More »

Pound falls after Brexit Article 50 date announced

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Sterling took another knock on Monday after Theresa May’s announcement that the Government will trigger Article 50 by March 2017. The pound fell 0.5% against the US dollar in morning trading to stand at 1.28 dollars. Against the euro, sterling was also… Pound falls after Brexit Article 50 date announced… Read More »

Trump, the media, and the populist politics of the pogrom

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The coming of the internet, and the global spread of social media, has triggered a period of intensifying cultural chaos. The global consequences are profound. Brian McNair Short term, the digital communications revolution has allowed a cheap con man like Donald Trump to connect directly with… Trump, the media, and the populist politics of the pogrom… Read More »

China’s yuan joins elite club of IMF reserve currencies

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REUTERS, AP, AFP-JIJI BEIJING/WASHINGTON – China’s yuan is joining the International Monetary Fund’s basket of reserve currencies as of Saturday, a milestone for the government’s campaign for recognition as a global economic power. The yuan joins the dollar, euro, yen and pound in the IMF’s special drawing rights (SDR) basket, which… China’s yuan joins elite club of IMF reserve currencies… Read More »

Agrichemicals and ever more intensive farming will not feed the world

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Our food production system is broken, with steep losses in biodiversity. The answer is not more chemicals from a few increasingly dominant companies Felicity Lawrence British farmers growing wheat typically treat each crop over its growing cycle with four fungicides, three herbicides, one insecticide and… Agrichemicals and ever more intensive farming will not feed the world… Read More »

I’ve fought my whole life for secularism – I know that banning the burkini makes no sense

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The great French scholar of secularism Jean Baubérot said that a secular state does not discriminate against people on the grounds of their religion or non-religious worldview.. Andrew Copson Independent Today judges in France will rule on the legality of the burkini ban which has been enforced across 26 towns on the grounds that the… I’ve fought my… Read More »

India tax evasion amnesty uncovers hidden billions

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A tax evasion amnesty in India has prompted tens of thousands of people to declare more than $9.5bn (£7.3bn) in undeclared income and assets. Finance minister Arun Jaitley said the four-month window that ended on Friday brought in 64,275 declarations. All were offered immunity from prosecution in return for paying tax, a… India tax evasion amnesty uncovers hidden billions… Read More »

Can I Ever Get Pregnant? And Other Questions About Zika Virus

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Zika has hit Florida and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its recommendations on pregnancy, sex and the risk of Zika virus. by MAGGIE FOX Zika’s steady spread across Latin America and Pacific island nations — and its inevitable arrival in parts of the continental U.S. — has many people worried. Here are… Can I Ever Get Pregnant? And Other Questions About Zika Virus… Read More »

The War on Hank Greenberg

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Greenberg is fighting back not simply for himself but for anyone who believes that we should stand for justice, not prosecutorial tyranny. Lawrence A. Cunningham The downtown New York courtroom where 91-year old Maurice R. (“Hank”) Greenberg began testifying this week has all the… The War on Hank Greenberg… Read More »

Is Deutsche Bank about to become the next Lehman?

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US fine of $14 billion has plunged pillar bank into crisis that could go beyond German borders Derek Scally Berlin No matter how hard it tries, Deutsche Bank’s subprime chickens keep coming home to roost. This week’s crisis: the aftershocks of a $14 billion fine… Source: Is Deutsche Bank about to become the next Lehman? Read More »

Japanese politicians wear ‘pregnancy’ vests to urge men to help at home

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In Japan, where women do five times as much housework as men, three male politicians have donned “pregnancy” vests in a campaign urging men to help out more at home. TOKYO – Reuters In a video titled “The Governor is a Pregnant Woman,” the three men, all governors of southwestern prefectures, put on a 7.3 kilogram (16 pound) vest that simulates a… Source: Japanese politicians wear ‘pregnancy’ vests to urge men to help at home – ASIA Read More »

Bulgaria parliament bans full-face veils in public

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Under the law, the garment will be banned in public institutions, schools, areas of administrative and public services. Bulgaria’s parliament has approved a nationwide law banning the wearing of face-covering veils from most public places. Source: Bulgaria parliament bans full-face veils in public – News from Al Jazeera Read More »