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Measuring the cost of living worldwide

Cost of living

Asia dominates the top of the latest index while Britain plummets down the rankings The Data Team The Economist SINGAPORE retains its title as the world’s most expensive city for a fourth consecutive year, according to the latest cost-of-living survey from the Economist Intelligence Unit, our sister company. The survey, which… Measuring the cost… Read More »

Women must mentor other women. It’s never been more urgent

Daily Nation

After 108 years of celebrating ‘our’ day, women need to change the way they look at the world, so that the world can change the way it looks at us. Muthoni Thang’wa Daily Nation Otherwise we will begin to sound like a broken record. International Women’s Day… Women must mentor… Read More »

European court ruling on headscarves sparks ire in Ankara

A woman reacts as she attends the Democracy and Martyrs Rally, organized by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and supported by ruling AK Party (AKP), oppositions Republican People's Party (CHP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), to protest against last month's failed military coup attempt, in Istanbul, Turkey, August 7, 2016.  REUTERS/Osman Orsal - RTSLJVF

On March 14, the European Court of Justice made a controversial ruling, stating that companies are permitted to ban employees from wearing visible religious symbols such as the Islamic headscarf. Riada Asimovic Akyol Al Monitor The decision from Europe’s top court came after two women were fired because they refused to take off their headscarves at workplaces in France and Belgium. Many right-wing political… European court ruling… Read More »

The largest humanitarian crisis since the UN’s creation

Arab news

UN officials are usually known for their measured and understated approach, even in the face of major crises and upheavals. Yossi Mekelberg Arab News Hence we must take with the utmost gravity the warning by Stephen O’Brien, undersecretary for humanitarian affairs, that “we stand at a critical point in history. Already at the… The largest humanitarian… Read More »

The Iraq War and its catastrophic consequences

Iraq war

Sold to the public by Bush and Blair and their neocon allies in the media as a war that would make us safer, the illegal invasion of Iraq launched fourteen years ago this week did the exact opposite. Neil Clark RT Toast the ouster of a cigar-smoking Sound of Music-loving secular dictator if you like, but the world (and not just the Middle East) was undoubtedly a far less dangerous place on March 19, 2003, than it is today. A ... Read More »

Section 18C: What’s all the fuss and why does it matter?

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18C? Never heard of it? Stan Grant ABC Means nothing to you? You’re not alone…. Section 18C: What’s… Read More »

The futility of secrets in the age of technology

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The latest CIA leak proves that state actors no longer get to decide who can be privy to information stamped ‘secret’. Andrew Mitrovica Al Jazeera News One of the jobs of so-called intelligence officers is to collect and carefully consider the facts and to offer sound, sober advice, devoid of hyperbole. This is the… The futility of… Read More »

German City Accepts Karl Marx Statue From China, But Not Everyone’s Happy

Marx - npr

The German city of Trier has never been particularly fond of its most famous son, Karl Marx, who helped turn communism into an ideology that changed the course of history. npr Conservative and Catholic, the picturesque city on the French border took an ambivalent view of the radical revolutionary, born into a Jewish family in 1818. But now, as… German City Accepts… Read More »

How homophobia hurts workers and businesses

Homophobia - ABC

Homophobia is costly to workers and the businesses that employ them, research shows. Raymond Trau ABC Unfortunately, it’s still prevalent in Australia and the latest lobbying from 34 business leaders for marriage equality emphasises the need for it to be addressed both within and outside the workplace. It’s little wonder… How homophobia hurts… Read More »

UN official says ‘crimes against humanity’ could be unfolding in Myanmar

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(CNN) – Their homes burned and relatives killed, Rohingya have been fleeing northern Myanmar since October. James Griffiths and Kristie Lu Stout CNN They trek for miles along a dangerous route — risking drowning, disease and capture by the military — to cross the border into neighboring Bangladesh, where refugee camps provide temporary shelter. Tens of thousands… UN official says… Read More »

Cashless Cards And Rising Crime: An Intervention That Keeps On Giving

New Matild

Facing electoral annihilation and media pressure, the Howard Government launched an unprecedented assault on Aboriginal rights and communities. Rachel Siewert New Matilda A decade on, Senator Rachel Siewert says the federal government is still hiding behind its failures. I’ll never forget… Cashless Cards And… Read More »

EU income inequality and the Great Recession

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EU-wide income inequality declined notably prior to 2008, driven by a strong process of income convergence between European… Eurofound The Great Recession broke this… After 2008, income convergence has been sluggish, while inequality within many countries has increased… Despite the implicit… EU income inequality… Read More »

Comment: The return of the banality of evil

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Anti-Semitism has never really gone away. Na’ama Carlin SBS But not since the dark days of the Holocaust have anti-Semites and racists been so emboldened, says Na’ama Carlin. It seemed a… Comment: The return… Read More »

The Media’s Cheery Ignorance about Islam’s Hostile Ideology

Islam - GI

It is not the president who is spreading the idea that “Islam is an inherently hostile ideology,” that “Muslims are enemies of Christians and Jews” and that “Muslims have always had a comprehensive, actionable, and jihadist plan to take over” — but rather the Quran itself. A. Z. Mohamed Gatestone Institute In other words: Islam does not recognize Judaism or Christianity as religions. Muslims are enemies… The Media’s Cheery… Read More »

Press freedom undermined by European hypocrisy

Daily Sabah

We would like to have believed that the forced deportation of Family and Social Policy Minister Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya, along with the police violence against Turkish citizens and journalists on the night of March 11 in… The Editorial Board Daily Sabah Many who followed the incident from Turkey could not believe what they were seeing, expecting senior European officials to issue statements condemning what had happened or at least explain how such a thing could happen in… Press freedom ... Read More »

What would happen if Washington gave up on the jihad?

Jihad - Voltaire

President Trump’s desire to fight Daesh and to put an end to international terrorism is going to be extremely difficult to implement. Thierry Meyssan Voltaire Indeed, it will cause damage to the states who organised it, and implies a reorientation of international politics. The new President… What would happen… Read More »