Society

If You Don’t Pay These Taxes, Expect a Troupe of Drummers at Your Door

Indian city aims to shame evaders by making a din; payments come quickly. THANE, India—For five years, real-estate developer Prahul Sawant ignored government orders to pay his taxes. Then the drummers showed up, beating their instruments and demanding he cough up the cash. Neighbors leaned out windows and gawked… Source: If You Don’t Pay These Taxes, Expect a Troupe of Drummers at Your Door – WSJ Read More »

Britain ‘killed’ in trade talks if it left EU, says French minister

Major powers such as China would have little interest in negotiating with the UK outside the EU, claims Emmanuel Macron.. Britain would be “completely killed” in global trade negotiations if it voted to leave the EU because it would be reduced to the status of Jersey and… Source: Britain ‘killed’ in trade talks if it left EU, says French minister | Politics | The Guardian Read More »

Micheál Martin slams Sinn Féin over claims of 1916 links

Fianna Fáil leader says Sinn Féin pretending 1916 exhibition is independent.. It is “an outrage” that the Provisional Republican Movement has “sought to re-write history and claim direct continuity from 1916”, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said today…. Source: Micheál Martin slams Sinn Féin over claims of 1916 links Read More »

Muslims for Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders is the closest candidate to the aspirations of millions of decent Americans dreaming of a better future.. The dramatic debate between Senator Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton in Brooklyn on April 14, in anticipation of the New York primaries on April 19, notwithstanding, the national conversations about the US presidential campaign has become positively… Source: Muslims for Bernie Sanders – Al Jazeera English Read More »

Why Bob Hawke is wrong about euthanasia

It is hard not to sympathise with Bob Hawke’s comments on euthanasia. He says that he can see no logical or ethical reasons for the ‘absurd’ position of making a person ‘suffer and suffer and suffer’… He puts the absurdity down to ‘quasi-moral and religious grounds’ against euthanasia, and political inertia… Source: Why Bob Hawke is wrong about euthanasia Read More »

Saudis threatens to sell off $US750b in US assets if Congress passes 9/11 bill

The Saudi Arabian government has threatened to sell hundreds of billions of dollars worth of American assets should the US Congress pass a bill that could hold the kingdom responsible for any role in the September 11, 2001 attacks. The Obama administration has lobbied Congress to block the bill’s passage, administration… Source: Saudis threatens to sell off $US750b in US assets if Congress passes 9/11 bill Read More »

Gang-gang: Scores of lanterns to illuminate Peace Vigil

Today’s column is about to natter about the looming annual Anzac Day eve Canberra Peace Vigil. But surely one of the problems with peace vigils, a sceptic might say (even a leftie, bleeding heart, militarism-deploring sceptic like this columnist) is that they do nothing to thaw the frost in the hearts of truculent, war-like leaders… Source: Gang-gang: Scores of lanterns to illuminate Peace Vigil Read More »

IMF countries vow to boost slowing world growth

Key countries in the International Monetary Fund (IMF) pledge to pursue “growth-friendly” policies to kickstart the slowing world economy.. The IMF’s steering committee, made up of 25 of the world’s largest economies, said the global outlook was fraught because of weak trade and a series of risks… Source: IMF countries vow to boost slowing world growth – BBC News Read More »

Poverty Isn’t Just About Money, Especially for Blacks and Hispanics

Staying poor isn’t just a matter of having too little money—it’s about a series of unstable circumstances that build upon each other.. It’s true that poverty affects people of all races, genders, and nationalities, but it’s also true that poverty—especially deep, persistent, intergenerational… Source: Poverty Isn’t Just About Money, Especially for Blacks and Hispanics – The Atlantic Read More »

Why we should honour the humanity of every person who dies in custody

It’s now 25 years since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody tabled its final report. The anniversary will undoubtedly be marked by analysis and commentary, as well as reflections on statistics, key trends and issues relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander… Source: Why we should honour the humanity of every person who dies in custody Read More »

What happened to Nigeria’s lost girls

“WHAT’S your name? Is that the name your parents recognise? Where were you taken from?” Those are the chilling words uttered by an unseen man behind the camera in a video of the Nigerian schoolgirls who vanished exactly two years ago… Source: What happened to Nigeria’s lost girls Read More »

Politicians and clergy are out of step on euthanasia

Between 70 and 80 per cent of people believe voluntary-assisted dying should be made legal. Former prime minister Bob Hawke has recently come out in favour of the proposal, but other politicians and the clergy are holding back progress… Source: Politicians and clergy are out of step on euthanasia Read More »

Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems

Financial meltdown, environmental disaster and even the rise of Donald Trump – neoliberalism has played its part in them… George Monbiot The Guardian Why has the left failed to come up with an alternative? Imagine if the people of the Soviet Union had never heard of… The ideology that dominates our lives has, for most of us, no… Neoliberalism – the ideology… Read More »