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Monthly Archives: December 2012

Human Rights and the WPK

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North Korean politics runs in the style of generational dictatorship with restrictions on freedom of expression and routine human rights abuses. Amidst the existence of minor parties, the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), the ruling party since 1948, has a totalitarian grip on government, being the only legally accepted party in the country. The military plays an important role in […]

Capitalism in Modern America

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Capitalism is an economic system where people can practice private ownership with the aid of production, distribution and exchange. Capitalists are known to have a greater freedom in operating or managing their property to profiteer from competitive conditions. Karl Marx popularised the term during the 19th century outlining that the arrangement tends to create wealthy individuals […]

The Lesser-Known Issues of Overcrowded Housing

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Research from Shelter showcases more than half of a million homes in the nation to be overcrowded. Social housing allocates about seven square metres space for children to play and develop in, which is much less than the national average. It is an unacceptable condition for kids to be spending their childhood in because it direly impacts […]

Standing in European Parliament elections “abroad”: Simplified rules

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It’s not been big news – only New Europe has reported already as far as I can see – but according to this EU Council document dated 19 November, it is agreed that it should be more simple for EU citizens to stand for the 2014 European Parliament elections in EU member states other than their home country. […]

Discipline

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A more specific passage from the Cohn-Bendit & Verhofstadt book that makes me mad:  « La zone euro ne souffre toutefois pas uniquement de ce manque de solidarité. La discipline est également défaillante, alors qu’elle constitue la seconde condition nécessaire à la pérennisation d’une zone monétaire. Tous savaient depuis longtemps que les Grecs étaient incapables […]

Should the British newspaper industry be regulated by Downing Street ?

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In light of the recent scandals surrounding some of the major newspapers in the country, some deep-rooted issues about how the media functions have surfaced. The phone-hacking affair and the year long Leveson inquiry into press ethics and practices has revealed that the press does need a iron grip over what it chooses to publish. Broadcasters are regulated by Ofcom, apart from […]

Excessive pragmatism

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I’m still reading the Cohn-Bendit/Verhofstadt book. So far my diagnosis is that, for a book that I fundamentally agree with, there is a lot there that makes me mad. I will blog more about specific annoyances later, time permitting, but I thought I might start by explaining my problems with the book’s excessive pragmatism. Here’s […]