Society

Meet Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s army of abstainers

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If the choice is Macron or Le Pen, many leftist supporters would rather not vote at all. NICHOLAS VINOCUR Politico LILLE — Three weeks ago, left-wing firebrand Jean-Luc Mélenchon was an entertaining sideshow in France’s presidential race — fun to watch on TV thanks to his cutthroat speaking style but ultimately no… Nobody is laughing now… Meet Jean-Luc… Read More »

Judge who anonymously trolled people in the comments section of a news sit loses his job

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A CROWN Court judge who used a pseudonym to troll people in the comments section of a news website has been sacked. He says he will appeal the decision. Staff writer, News Corp Australia Network A JUDGE who used a pseudonym to troll people in the comments section of a news website has been sacked. Worse still, Jason Dunn-Shaw was found to have posted abuse on stories about cases in which he was directly involved. Judge who anonymously… Read More »

Instruments of Pain: Conflict and Famine

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For the first time in three decades, four countries, driven by war, verge on… ICG Over coming weeks, Crisis Group will publish special briefings on Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and… Each conflict requires tailored response; all need increased aid and efforts to end the… The last time the UN declared a famine was in 2011, in… Instruments of Pain… Read More »

Explainer: why some acts are classified as terrorism but others aren’t

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Recent attacks in Westminster and Stockholm, following attacks last year in Nice and Berlin, have shown the world a… Keiran Hardy The Conversation Attackers have driven vehicles into crowds of people, killing and… In Australia, the Bourke Street Mall attack also showed the devastation that can be caused when a vehicle is used as a… Explainer: why some… Read More »

Does Greece Need More Official Debt Relief? If So, How Much?

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Creditor countries and international organizations continue to disagree whether Greece should receive additional official debt relief, and… Jeromin Zettelmeyer (PIIE), Eike Kreplin (German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy) and Ugo Panizza (Graduate Institute, Geneva) This paper first shows that these disagreements can be attributed to competing assumptions about Greece’s future capacity to repay, particularly about… It next evaluates the plausibility of… Does Greece Need… Read More »

Income gap between Melbourne’s richest and poorest suburbs is widening

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The divide between Melbourne’s richest and poorest suburbs is… Adam Morton Craig Butt The Age New data shows average incomes are growing much faster in the wealthy inner-east and south than in less advantaged outer… A Fairfax Media analysis of Australian Taxation Office figures found people in Melbourne’s wealthiest suburb, Toorak, on… Income gap between… Read More »

Why do you need a digital identity?

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In the 21st century it’s not the GDP that determines a country’s success, but the laws and policies driving its… ABC Estonia is a digital pioneer offering e-identity and e-citizenships as well as a whole range of the digitalised government, education and public… Toomas Ilves, the former president of Estonia, explains why the country went all digital and how you can do it… Why do you… Read More »

Finally, a breakthrough alternative to growth economics – the doughnut

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Instead of growth at all costs, a new economic model allows us to thrive while saving the… George Monbiot The Guardian So what are we going to do about it? This is the only question worth asking. But the answers appear… Faced with a multifaceted crisis – the capture of governments by billionaires and their lobbyists, extreme inequality, the rise of demagogues, above all the… Even if they had the courage to act, they have no idea what to… Finally, ... Read More »

Explainer: how wage growth contributes to the economy

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The Fair Work Commission is considering whether to increase Australia’s minimum wage. The Australian Council of Trade Unions is arguing for a A$45-a-week… Graham White  The Converstation Industry, arguing that currently business has limited ability to afford wages increases, wants the increase capped at 1.5% (closer to… While I suspect most people immediately focus on wages as a… Explainer: how wage… Read More »

The army that conquered the world

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The martial figures buried with the first Chinese emperor were discovered in 1974. Jonathan Glancey BBC News But the tomb they guard hasn’t even been opened, writes Jonathan Glancey. In March 1974… The army that… Read More »

The White House forgets the Holocaust (again)

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Remember how the Trump administration deliberately ignored the Jewish victims of the Holocaust? Timothy Snyder The Guardian That is key to understanding Sean Spicer’s gaffe In a press conference,,, The White House… Read More »

When children see war as better than peace

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Children born of wartime rape in northern Uganda endure post-war violence, stigma, social-exclusion McGill University Eurek Alert For most people, the end of a war offers relief, hope, and an end to violence. This may not… When children see… Read More »

A Woman’s Death Sorting Grapes Exposes Italy’s ‘Slavery’

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SAN GIORGIO IONICO, Italy — Her husband can still recall how Paola Clemente used to set two alarms to make sure she woke in the… GAIA PIANIGIANI The New York Times There, she would pick and sort table grapes up to 12 hours, taking home as little as 27 euros a day, about $29, after middlemen… Her death of a heart attack at 49 in the fields has set off nearly two… A Woman’s Death… Read More »

The Dangerous Academic is an Extinct Species

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If these ever existed at all, they are now deader than dodos… YASMIN NAIR Current Affairs It was curiosity, not stupidity that killed the Dodo. For too long, we have held to the unfair myth that the flightless Mauritian bird became extinct because it was too dumb to understand that it was being… But as Stefan Pociask… The Dangerous Academic… Read More »

Israel’s ‘slow’ plan for peace

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The most prominent Israeli politician with a chance of replacing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu believes that peace with the Palestinians will take decades. Daoud Kuttab Al Monitor Speaking at a rally in Netanya, north of Tel Aviv, on March 26, Yair Lapid, chairman of the center-right Yesh Atid, said “Any negotiations with Palestinians would need to be conducted in very slow stages.” By “slow” he… Israel’s ‘slow’ plan… Read More »

The insecurity of inequality

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Global inequality today is at a level last seen in the late 19th century – and it is continuing to rise. Kaushik Basu Asia Times With it has come a surging sense of disenfranchisement that has fueled alienation and anger, and even bred nationalism and xenophobia. As people struggle… The insecurity of… Read More »