Category Archives: A-societal

Oh Still such …. when will there be changes?

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Still such miseries and such pain all around! Speeches like this should never have been non-issues!

Such awful, gruesome and grotesque diseases! Racism, discrimination and similar epidemics that never seem to seem to be buried!

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This Malcom X speech could have been from today! So sad! So tragic! – Many good points even if I spare any form of violence in all contexts. And if anybody should go somewhere then everybody should to return “home”!

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Moral and humanity collapse!

The dark underworld of Bangladesh’s clothes industry

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Bangladesh’s clothes industry has created its own distinctive landscape on the northern edges of the capital Dhaka.

From the sprawl of one-room houses and shacks where workers live, scores of multi-storey factory blocks jut into the sky.

Clusters of steel-reinforcing rods poke from their rooftops – in the hope of adding yet another floor of sewing machines.

Critics hae been shouting that the boom has gone too far, in the desperation to feed the West’s appetite for bargain clothes.

Child and modern slave labor, building collapses, devastating fires to make clothes for Western companies and citizens killing hundreds of workers!

All these awful exploitations of poor people trying to make some living for opportunistic criminal business makers and unconcient costumers! Shame on – shame on!

How cheap is some human´s life? – Think about it next time you are shopping!

There must be a change! Now!

Pure Madness!

CLEVELAND – After going missing more than 10 years ago, Amanda Berry shouted to a man from a Seymour Avenue house on Monday.
Charles Ramsey and Angel Cordero broke down the door and freed Berry, who was 16 when she disappeared in 2003. Cordero told NewsChannel5’s Stephanie Ramirez that he recognized Berry from posters and that she was with a 4 or 5-year-old child.

Other victims Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus.

Work and the young: Generation jobless

Apr 27th 2013 | From the print edition

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The number of young people out of work globally is nearly as big as the population of the United States

“YOUNG people ought not to be idle. It is very bad for them,” said Margaret Thatcher in 1984. She was right: there are few worse things that society can do to its young than to leave them in limbo. Those who start their careers on the dole are more likely to have lower wages and more spells of joblessness later in life, because they lose out on the chance to acquire skills and self-confidence in their formative years.

Yet more young people are idle than ever. OECD figures suggest that 26m 15- to 24-year- olds in developed countries are not in employment, education or training; the number of young people without a job has risen by 30% since 2007. The International Labour Organisation reports that 75m young people globally are looking for a job. World Bank surveys suggest that 262m young people in emerging markets are economically inactive. Depending on how you measure them, the number of young people without a job is nearly as large as the population of America (311m).

Two factors play a big part. First, the long slowdown in the West has reduced demand for labour, and it is easier to put off hiring young people than it is to fire older workers. Second, in emerging economies population growth is fastest in countries with dysfunctional labour markets, such as India and Egypt.

The result is an “arc of unemployment”, from southern Europe through north Africa and the Middle East to South Asia, where the rich world’s recession meets the poor world’s youthquake. The anger of the young jobless has already burst onto the streets in the Middle East. Violent crime, generally in decline in the rich world, is rising in Spain, Italy and Portugal—countries with startlingly high youth unemployment.

Will growth give them a job?

The most obvious way to tackle this problem is to reignite growth. That is easier said than done in a world plagued by debt, and is anyway only a partial answer. The countries where the problem is worst (such as Spain and Egypt) suffered from high youth unemployment even when their economies were growing. Throughout the recession companies have continued to complain that they cannot find young people with the right skills. This underlines the importance of two other solutions: reforming labour markets and improving education. These are familiar prescriptions, but ones that need to be delivered with both a new vigour and a new twist.

Youth unemployment is often at its worst in countries with rigid labour markets. Cartelised industries, high taxes on hiring, strict rules about firing, high minimum wages: all these help condemn young people to the street corner. South Africa has some of the highest unemployment south of the Sahara, in part because it has powerful trade unions and rigid rules about hiring and firing. Many countries in the arc of youth unemployment have high minimum wages and heavy taxes on labour. India has around 200 laws on work and pay.

Deregulating labour markets is thus central to tackling youth unemployment. But it will not be enough on its own. Britain has a flexible labour market and high youth unemployment. In countries with better records, governments tend to take a more active role in finding jobs for those who are struggling. Germany, which has the second-lowest level of youth unemployment in the rich world, pays a proportion of the wages of the long-term unemployed for the first two years. The Nordic countries provide young people with “personalised plans” to get them into employment or training. But these policies are too expensive to reproduce in southern Europe, with their millions of unemployed, let alone the emerging world. A cheaper approach is to reform labour-hungry bits of the economy—for example, by making it easier for small businesses to get licences, or construction companies to get approval for projects, or shops to stay open in the evening.

The graduate glut

Across the OECD, people who left school at the earliest opportunity are twice as likely to be unemployed as university graduates. But it is unwise to conclude that governments should simply continue with the established policy of boosting the number of people who graduate from university. In both Britain and the United States many people with expensive liberal-arts degrees are finding it impossible to get decent jobs. In north Africa university graduates are twice as likely to be unemployed as non-graduates.

What matters is not just number of years of education people get, but its content. This means expanding the study of science and technology and closing the gap between the world of education and the world of work—for example by upgrading vocational and technical education and by forging closer relations between companies and schools. Germany’s long-established system of vocational schooling and apprenticeships does just that. Other countries are following suit: South Korea has introduced “meister” schools, Singapore has boosted technical colleges, and Britain is expanding apprenticeships and trying to improve technical education.

Closing the gap will also require a change of attitude from business. Some companies, ranging from IBM and Rolls-Royce to McDonald’s and Premier Inn, are revamping their training programmes, but the fear that employees will be poached discourages firms from investing in the young. There are ways of getting around the problem: groups of employers can co-operate with colleges to design training courses, for example. Technology is also reducing the cost of training: programmes designed around computer games can give youngsters some virtual experience, and online courses can help apprentices combine on-the-job training with academic instruction.

The problem of youth unemployment has been getting worse for several years. But there are at last some reasons for hope. Governments are trying to address the mismatch between education and the labour market. Companies are beginning to take more responsibility for investing in the young. And technology is helping democratise education and training. The world has a real chance of introducing an education-and-training revolution worthy of the scale of the problem.

From the print edition: Leaders

Marine Le Pen sparks protest on Cambridge visit

LATEST UPDATE: 19/02/2013

– FAR-RIGHT – MARINE LE PEN – NATIONAL FRONT PARTY (FRANCE) – UK

Marine Le Pen sparks protest on Cambridge visit
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Hundreds of students gathered outside Cambridge University´s prestigious debating society on Tuesday to protest a speech by French far-right leader Marine Le Pen, whose visit sparked an outcry among anti-fascist groups in the country.

By Sophie PILGRIM  (text)
France’s far-right darling Marine Le Pen paid a visit to the historic UK city of Cambridge on Tuesday when she was invited to speak at the university’s famed debating society.

Some 200 students turned out to protest the arrival of the National Front (FN) leader, waving banners reading “No Nazis here. Stop Le Pen” and “No platform for fascists”.

The protesters were referring to comments made by Le Pen in 2010 when she compared Muslim prayers in the streets of France with the Nazi occupation. “For those who want to talk a lot about World War II, if it’s about occupation, then we could also talk about [Muslim prayers in the streets],” she said. “There may not be any tanks or soldiers, but it is nevertheless an occupation.”
“Fascist organisations across Europe are attempting to take advantage of the economic crisis and the impact of austerity, to build support,” the group said in an online statement. “Like her father, Marine Le Pen seeks to organize a capacity for extra-parliamentary activity through rallies, street demonstrations and links to openly ‘revolutionary nationalist’ groups,” it said.The demonstration against her visit on Tuesday was organised by the Unite Against Fascism (UAF) association, which described Le Pen and her national Front party as “deeply racist”.

The protest was supported by the university’s Black and Minority Ethnic Campaign (BME SC), the Cambridge Universities Labour Club, the NUS Black Students’ Officer and the Socialist Worker movement. Members of the Cambridge University’s Student Union were also in attendance.

The FN dismissed the UAF and its allies as “radical minority, communitarian groups” and argued that Le Pen was widely respected in the UK. “These fringe groups are bound to make noise,” FN Vice President Florian Philippot told French TV channel i-Tele on Thursday. “But the majority of British people are very happy to welcome Marine Le Pen. They are pleased to see that there is still a free spirit in France.”

‘Don’t even know who she is’

France’s National Front party has become a popular force in French politics since it was formed in 1972. Marine’s 2011 takeover from her aged her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, is thought to have softened the reputation of the party. The raspy-voiced leader, who is considered almost charming in comparison with her short-tempered father, gained an easy third place in last year’s president election with 17.8% of the vote.

But the 44-year-old leader remains relatively unknown in the UK, where far-right groups are gradually gaining speed but have yet to match the electoral achievements of the FN in France.

“Up till two days ago, I did not know who Marine Le Pen was,” Cambridge law undergraduate Jinho Clement admitted in a blog on HuffPost Students. Clement, who is also chair of Cambridge University Students’ Union, supported Le Pen’s invitation. “For the sake of people like me who don’t know much about people like Le Pen, it makes a lot of sense to invite her to Cambridge,” he said. “Free speech ensures that societies like the union can provide a forum for discussions like these.”

The Cambridge Union Society, which prides itself on its “political independence”, is known for raising hackles both within the university and in society at large with its choice of guests.

Le Pen joins a list of controversial figures in addressing the prestigious university union. Dominique Strauss-Kahn paid a visit in March 2012 and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange made an appearance via video link in November. The union has also hosted Holocaust denier David Irving and, infamously, former fascist leader Oswald Mosley in the 1970s.