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25.12.2018

Ocasio-Cortez Calls for Furlough of Congressional Pay Next Shutdown

Ocasio-Cortez Calls for Furlough of Congressional Pay Next Shutdown

153 US House members and 50 US Senators are millionaires by Common Dreams staff US Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Saturday called for congressional salaries to be put on hold during the next government shutdown. The US government went into a partial… »

08.12.2018

Rights that protect against socioeconomic disadvantage are long overdue – the UK is already paying the price

Rights that protect against socioeconomic disadvantage are long overdue – the UK is already paying the price

Peter Roderick, Newcastle University and Allyson Pollock, Newcastle University, for The Conversation In 2018, two anniversaries and a crucial decision loom large in the UK. We saw in the 70th anniversary of the NHS in July, while December 10 marks the 70th birthday of the adoption… »

27.11.2018

UN criticises UK austerity induced poverty…so…mission accomplished?

UN criticises UK austerity induced poverty…so…mission accomplished?

“The UK government has inflicted “great misery” on its people with “punitive, mean-spirited, and often callous” austerity policies driven by a political desire to undertake social re-engineering rather than economic necessity, the United Nations poverty envoy has found. “Philip Alston, the UN’s rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, ended… »

26.09.2018

Three reasons some countries are far more unequal than others

Three reasons some countries are far more unequal than others

Sandy Brian Hager, City, University of London for The Conversation Why do the richest 1% of Americans take 20% of national income, but the richest 1% of Danes only 6%? Why have affluent British people seen their share of national income double since 1980, while over the same… »

14.09.2018

Kleptocracies love migrants

Kleptocracies love migrants

Contrary to their stated manifestos, the most neoliberal right wing governments take advantage of the massive migrations that their own policies on wars and promotion of poverty in developing countries produce. The concentration of wealth continues unabated increasing inequality and social unrest but the way this trend is connected to… »

13.09.2018

Scientific publishing is a rip-off. We fund the research – it should be free

Scientific publishing is a rip-off. We fund the research – it should be free

By George Monbiot for The Guardian Those who take on the global industry that traps research behind paywalls are heroes, not thieves. Never underestimate the power of one determined person. What Carole Cadwalladr has done to Facebook and big data, and Edward Snowden has done… »

01.09.2018

Happy birthday missed opportunity. Welcome new window

Happy birthday missed opportunity. Welcome new window

“Capitalism’s near-death experience with the banking crisis was a golden opportunity for progressives. But they blew it.  “…preparations are well under way for protests to mark next month’s 10th anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers – the pivotal moment in the global financial crisis. “Make no mistake, the fact… »

30.08.2018

Sanders vs. Amazon Intensifies as Senator Stands With Struggling Workers Against World’s Richest Man

Sanders vs. Amazon Intensifies as Senator Stands With Struggling Workers Against World’s Richest Man

“No one working for a man who earns $260 million a day should be forced to sleep in their car. Yet that is what’s happening at Amazon.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer for Common Dreams After Amazon issued a rare blog post on Wednesday denouncing… »

25.07.2018

Conservatives? No – Brexit has shown us what they really are

Conservatives? No – Brexit has shown us what they really are

By George Monbiot for The Guardian  They are no longer defending traditional values of national character and continuity, but rather catering to big business     It’s a remarkable thing to witness: senior Conservatives attacking big business. It is not just Boris Johnson exclaiming “fuck business” –… »

06.07.2018

Two neoliberal infernos: Grenfell, and Piper Alpha 30 years on

Two neoliberal infernos: Grenfell, and Piper Alpha 30 years on

DAVID WHYTE 6 July 2018 for OpenDemocracy Profit-before-safety, warnings ignored, 239 people dead. Britain’s oil bonanza and London’s gentrification have much in common. Thirty years ago today the Piper Alpha oil platform exploded and was engulfed in flames killing 167 people. Only 61 survived in… »

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