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(4) Nordkorea: Die Kim-Dynastie | Doku | ARTE - YouTube
"today there is no military option against North Korea"
1990's there was one.
"niemand wird Nord Korea durch sanktionen abwenden koennen."
China involviert da sanktionen untergraben werden
China hat interesse an Nord Korea stretegish. gg USA
so unterstuetzt China Nord Korea
und USA unterstuetzt Sued Korea
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11 weeks ago by asterisk2a
Police Scotland link robbery rise with UK benefits changes - BBC News
It states: "Analysis conducted during August 2018 has not identified a discernible pattern, although anecdotal evidence from intelligence suggests that a combination of increased drug prices due to police enforcement, and changes to welfare systems, may have contributed to an increase in crimes of dishonesty and robbery."
UK  Austerity  Police  crime  DWP  Universal  Credit  sanctions  war  on  drugs  welfare  state  poverty  trap  homelessness  homeless 
november 2018 by asterisk2a
Welfare spending for UK's poorest shrinks by £37bn | Politics | The Guardian
Welfare spending for UK's poorest shrinks by £37bn
Figures compiled after decade of austerity and obtained by Frank Field show most striking cuts are in disability benefits
Spending on welfare benefits for the UK’s poorest families will have shrunk by nearly a quarter after a decade of austerity, according to new figures highlighting the plunge in living standards experienced by the worst-off.

By 2021, £37bn less will be spent on working-age social security compared with 2010, despite rising prices and living costs, according to estimates produced by the House of Commons library.

Some of the most striking cuts are in disability benefits – personal independence payments (PIP) and employment and support allowance (ESA) – which together will have shrunk by nearly £5bn, or by 10%, since the start of the decade.
Austerity  UK  Disabled  ESA  tax  credit  Universal  JSA  sanctions  welfare  state  society  poverty  trap 
september 2018 by asterisk2a
Heartless Tories spend £200MILLION fighting to stop sick and disabled people getting benefits - Mirror Online
[ with privatization and savings targets, come targets to deny applications and bring in sanctions - so private companies can get some more profit. See Theresa May's homeoffice deportation targets ] But since 2013, more than 400,000 people have been denied PIP or ESA after a medical assessment - only to win it back on appeal. More than two thirds of current appeal tribunals are successful. //&! Councils don't have accessible housing for disabled: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/aug/21/disabled-accessible-housing-shortage-young-millennials
UK  Austerity  DWP  ESA  PIP  targets  JSA  sanctions  Privatisation  nasty  party  Tories  Conservative  JAM  Disabled  poverty  trap 
august 2018 by asterisk2a
Universal credit savaged by public spending watchdog | Society | The Guardian
NAO says core claims about flagship welfare programme are based on unproven assumptions The government’s ambitious change to the benefits system, universal credit, fails to deliver promised financial savings or employment benefits and leaves thousands of vulnerable claimants in hardship, according to the public spending watchdog.

The National Audit Office effectively demolishes ministerial claims for universal credit, concluding that the much-delayed flagship welfare programme may end up costing more than the benefit system it replaces, cannot prove it helps more claimants into work and is unlikely to ever deliver value for money.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jun/14/the-guardian-view-on-universal-credit-fix-this-cruel-expensive-fiasco &! https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-44468437 - The £1.9bn Universal Credit system may end up costing more to administer than the benefits system it is replacing, according to the National Audit Office.
Universal  Credit  DWP  JSA  ESA  Disabled  sanctions  poverty  destitute  homelessness  Council  Tories  nasty  party  Austerity 
june 2018 by asterisk2a
Benefit sanctions found to be ineffective and damaging | Society | The Guardian
Benefit sanctions found to be ineffective and damaging
Study concludes that punishing claimants triggers profoundly negative outcomes
targets  DWP  Home  Office  sanctions  UK  Austerity  ESA  Disabled  Universal  Credit 
may 2018 by asterisk2a
The Tory blueprint: fund a cruel system, not the disabled people it punishes | Frances Ryan | Opinion | The Guardian
enabled by Daily Mail communication - adopted by Osborne and co. scroungers and benefit cheats - double standard to tax evasion and avoidance
DWP  ESA  Disabled  disability  UK  Austerity  welfare  state  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  JSA  sanctions  double  standard  tax  evasion  avoidance  Sociology  Psychology  DailyMail 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
Food insecurity: a third of poorest households skip meals, survey finds | Global development | The Guardian
one in four low-income households struggled to eat healthily or regularly.

More than half of adults across all income groups, ages and household sizes agreed that they had seen the cost of their groceries go up over the past three months, reflecting rising food inflation.
public  health  Austerity  Brexit  shrinkflation  inflation  food  insecurity  UK  crisis  obesity  overweight  Cancer  diabetes  CVD  childhood  JSA  ESA  structural  unemployment  sanctions  child  tax  credit  taxcredit  subsidies  chronic  sick  population  sickcare  demand  NHS 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
Positive Psychologie - Warum Wohlbefinden wichtig für Leistung ist
Für die Definition von Leistung spielt Wohlbefinden bisher kaum eine Rolle. Die Psychologin Michaela Brohm-Badry plädiert für ein Umdenken: Nur wenn das Wohlbefinden des Menschen berücksichtigt würde, könnten Menschen ihr volles Potenzial entfalten. // wer depressed muede erschoepft und ohne alternative ist - gezwungen zu horchen - weil er am ende kein 100£ aufm konto hat - kann keine revolution anfangen oder an der revolution mitmachen. Byung-Chul Han - In Fatigue Society (original German title: Die Müdigkeitsgesellschaft)
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june 2017 by asterisk2a
Homelessness expected to rise further as Government scraps housing benefit for young people | The Independent
cutting benefits will push up payments and cost of homelessness, destitution, drug abuse, crime, etc. - http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/housing-benefit-under-22-young-people-cut-theresa-may-save-money-ideological-cruel-a7612321.html?cmpid=facebook-post - Getting rid of housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds won't even save us that much money – it's ideological cruelty
When just 11,000 people will be affected (small fry in financial terms), it’s hard to escape the conclusion that the goal isn’t really to help people at all, but to punish them
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march 2017 by asterisk2a
'Limited evidence' for benefit sanctions, NAO says - BBC News
Benefit sanctions leading to "hardship, hunger and depression" are being imposed on people despite "limited evidence" on how well they work, the National Audit Office says.
The public spending watchdog also said use of the sanctions "varies substantially" between jobcentres.
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november 2016 by asterisk2a
Capitalism and Mental Health: How the Market Makes Us Sick
POVERTY TRAP! // we were never as miserable as a nation as ever before.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
PMQs: Jeremy Corbyn David Cameron on tax figures
gov claims - closed loopholes 2010 12bn and this parliament 2015 16bn, ... and putting back 1bn into HMRC after raiding it in 2010. // PMQs: Kuenssberg, Paterson and Benn on Cameron v Corbyn - bbc.in/1Yui4OZ &! 'Panama Papers' dominate PMQs clashes - bbc.in/1YtK7OF //&!
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Is Stephen Crabb the man to tackle this age of extreme inequality?
The Panama Papers will lead to the dynamiting of Tory credibility, but new work and pensions secretary, Stephen Crabb, is unlikely to prove the saviour of his party’s reputation. [...] Last autumn’s U-turn over cuts to working tax credits was a smoke screen. The axe will fall, only not everywhere, not just yet. From this week, existing universal credit claimants will lose up to £220 a month as the work allowance is pared back faster than the national living wage increases to replace it. [...] Short of taking a vow of poverty and retreating like Charles V to a monastery, there is nothing he can say now that will change the perception that he is at the head of a party that has a fundamental personal interest in preserving the advantages of the 1%.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
The Week Ahead: the return of the nasty party and a good week for Brexit
David Cameron and George Osborne wanted to cut even more! //&! Nicky Morgan's embarrassing interview over Tory cuts to disabled welfare - youtu.be/hjk06tjx_xQ //&! Jeremy Corbyn - youtu.be/Ain-IP4pHCk //&! IFS: cutting disability benefits to fund tax cuts is a political choice - youtu.be/xVBf9dSa9Mw //&! MANIFESTO Election Campaign Promises - Tories hoist by their own petard over disability cuts - youtu.be/N8VijFKLQek //&! also closed Independent Living Fund - youtu.be/nurjzK5VPAI //& "The electorate don't mind. Those who vote aren't affected." *George Osborne - youtu.be/N8VijFKLQek - WCA to bring down bill by kicking people off was a pipedream & Universal Credit is a real cut in benefits. //&! Nicky Morgan's nightmare defending Osborne's nasty budget - youtu.be/Y9YNcQF4t8I - 12bn cuts were promised in Manifesto 2015. 4.4 tried through PIP. youtu.be/5-3Bp7qzj4Y (pre-election) //& cutting corporation tax (& capital gains tax) - youtu.be/gZ6qNHLnbs0 &! Analysis - youtu.be/v-qmvI9s3pE
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Panama Papers (BBC)
links to 72 current or former heads of state [...] dictators looting their own countries [...] helped clients launder money, dodge sanctions & evade tax. [...] never been accused or charged with criminal wrong-doing [...] company is a corporate screen established principally to protect the identity and confidentiality of the ultimate beneficial owner of the company. [...] + Icelandic Prime Minister //&! bbc.in/232EEVN &! How To Insight - bbc.in/1M8Xi6N &! The Guardian - bit.ly/232F3Hz &! Reddit - redd.it/4d8rta &! panamapapers.sueddeutsche.de & live ticker tuesday - bbc.in/23cAl6M &! bbc.in/1TyCuXT - Panama is British Territory as is Cayman Islands et al. //&! Change the rules and close the loopholes! Duh. No need to ask others to stop doing business or change their rules!
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Budget 2016: Four key numbers - BBC Newsnight
weaker outlook for income tax receipts & economy/global economy >> OBR has done 'no projections' on impact of Brexit: Robert Chote - BBC Newsnight - youtu.be/A0jvIUKTU1U //&! Budget 2016: Evan Davis grills Sajid Javid on the numbers - BBC Newsnight - youtu.be/L0TBTbfNgCw - "WE HAD THE BIGGEST BANK BAILOUT" //&! NICKY MORGAN ON TORY WELFARE ROW - BBC Newsnight - youtu.be/IC_Yhggk62o
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Rough sleeping up by 30% in a year in England - BBC News
The number of people sleeping rough in England increased by 30% in a year, new figures show. A total of 3,569 rough sleepers were identified by counts and estimates by local authorities in Autumn 2015, up from 2,744 a year before. Labour said the figures were "the starkest possible reminder" of Conservative housing policy failure. Ministers said government funding for homelessless over the next four years had been increased to £139m. The latest figures have been released by the Department for Communities and Local Government, which described them as "single night snapshots".
UK  homeless  homelessness  social  housing  affordable  housing  Crisis  DWP  sanctions  vulnerable 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
UK to send five ships to Baltic as part of Nato buildup against Russia | Politics | The Guardian
Britain will also contribute troops to a new 6,000-strong force that is intended to act as a deterrent [...] After years of steady military withdrawal from Europe since the end of the cold war, the US last week announced a quadrupling of military spending to $3.4bn (£2.35bn) to increase its presence in Europe as a counter to Russia. The UK contribution, though modest by comparison, is still significant given the extent to which the navy has been reduced after years of cutbacks.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Erdgas: So will Europa unabhängig von Putins Russland werden - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Ähnlich frei wie Litauen soll sich bald ganz Europa fühlen. Derzeit sind viele EU-Mitgliedstaaten noch stark von den russischen Lieferungen abhängig. Mit einem Marktanteil von rund 40 Prozent ist Russland noch immer der mit Abstand größte Gaslieferant der EU. Doch nun hat die EU-Kommission nach Informationen von SPIEGEL ONLINE zentrale Infrastrukturprojekte definiert, durch die bald jeder EU-Staat sein Gas aus mehreren Ländern beziehen können soll. [...] Modellrechnungen zeigten, dass die angestrebten Projekte "echte Gassicherheit und Wettbewerb" in den gesamten EU-Markt brächten, heißt es in dem Entwurf aus Brüssel. Die Projekte sollen deshalb über EU-Mittel gefördert werden. Zwischenstaatliche Energieabkommen und selbst Lieferverträge einzelner Unternehmen [ strike price ] will die Kommission künftig vorab prüfen. [...] Nordstream-Pipeline
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
The upsetting reality of modern day poverty
My food budget? About £45 a week. [...] You see, to Jamie Oliver, a £20 shoulder of lamb is "cheap", because it can do two meals and it’s not the leg, so costs less per kilo. Two meals, Jamie? For 20 bloody quid, I want at least four meals. It’s a sad day when I get angry at Jamie Oliver for being a pretentious, arrogant prick. [...] I can’t afford to smoke. I don’t know many people who can. I have bars of soap next to my sinks and I am able to use them to good effect. I am not dirty. I am relatively poor. There is a difference. [...] The reality is eating plain boiled rice and pretending to like it, so the kids don’t know there’s no other food except for what is on their plates. [...] The reality of poverty is the shame of always having to say, “Sorry, I can’t afford it.” [...] I’ll make you a coffee, but only if you don’t have sugar – that’s a luxury we only buy in if we’re going to make a cake.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Revealed: the Tories new plan to squeeze the working poor (From Herald Scotland)
[ great picture of IDS. redistribution from bottom to the top. ] THE TORY government been attacked over plans to extend controversial benefit sanctions to claimants with jobs, with critics warning introducing the "shockingly harsh" penalties risks plunging workers into poverty. A number of pilot schemes are currently being carried out in the UK – including in Inverness – to assess a new scheme which the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) says is aimed at helping workers on low earnings take on more hours and increase their income. Benefits can be stopped if claimants fail to meet requirements outlined by the DWP – such as missing Jobcentre appointments or failing to show evidence of looking for more work for a certain number of hours a week, on top of their usual job.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
HMRC asked tax avoider to sign pledge not to engage in practice again | Politics | The Guardian
HMRC asked tax avoider to sign pledge not to engage in practice again Department says letter was sent as part of series of measures to discourage wider issue of tax avoidance and was not a legally binding document. [...] [ out of the lions mouth ] "one man’s aggressive avoidance is another man’s sensible planning" [...] [ but benefit "scroungers" go to jail. one tax cheat has yet to go to jail // google "daily mail benefits cheat jailed" vs daily mail tax cheat jailed // tax cheats fleece state because they use infrastructure and services for free, have thought about that? but can't jail you because you create jobs, and thus have a meaning to capitalistic society. benefit claimants, the sick, the vulnerable, the disabled have no place in a capitalistic society and thus in Osborne's budget considerations nor for the NHS which is in his eyes (actions speak louder than words, no investment to better society ... where is the Big Society item?) only a cost item. ] [write ur own rules $]
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
'Conscious cruelty': Ken Loach's shock at benefit sanctions and food banks | Film | The Guardian
People are having to choose between heating or food. This is causing long-term damage and is defining people as non-citizens. Sanctions don’t help people get into work, it increases the chaos in their lives.”
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Trussell Trust Scots food bank referrals top 60,000 - BBC News
Delays in receiving benefits was the most common reason cited for financial hardship. About 28% of recipients said this was the reason they were in difficulty, the same proportion as last year. The percentage of referrals due to benefit changes dropped from 18% to 16%. The proportion of those referred due to low income increased from 18% to 21%. The trust's Scotland network manager Ewan Gurr said he was worried low income would become a bigger problem in the coming months. He said: "Difficulties related to welfare benefits are still driving the majority of people to our Scottish food banks but now one in five of those referred is on a low income. "Among that number is a growing body of people in low paid employment who are simply unable to make the pay cheque stretch far enough when crisis hits.
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Food banks have become a lifeline for many, but where is the way out? | Patrick Butler | Society | The Guardian
Back in September 2012, however, when Bestwood and Bulwell food bank opened, Webster did not expect to be hugely busy, confidently believing it could be “run out of a cupboard”. What happened next was terrifying: the initial trickle of referrals turned into a flood, triggered by what Webster calls “downright poverty”. After a year, volunteers were “on their knees” (though they are on their feet again now, he adds), battered not only by the sheer weight of demand, but by the shocking specificity of the deprivation and injustice they encountered: the food bank client who was sanctioned by the jobcentre (had her benefits stopped) for not attending a job search interview even though she told them she was in hospital having chemotherapy; a woman client who asked if the food bank gave out tampons; she had no money and had been forced to use newspaper instead. It troubles him that so much of their work is, on the face of it, due to avoidable failures in state provision, ...
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Krieg ǀ Evolution der Gewalt — der Freitag
Krieg Die Geschichte der Kriege hört nicht auf, sie ändern nur ihre Form und ihre Gestalt: Herfried Münklers neuer Wälzer // Kriegssplitter: Die Evolution der Gewalt im 20. und 21. Jahrhundert Herfried Münkler Rowohlt 2015, 400 S., 24,95 €
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Scale of NHS deficits to be revealed - BBC News
"we are looking at a systematic problem across the health service." locum staff & sending patients 4 ops 2 private places paid by NHS 2 clear rising waiting lists (RISING DEMAND) & meet Targets. Bed blocking bc severe shortage of elderly care done by austerity. Ageing & premature ageing population & rise of chronic diseases (& thus other comorbidity things that are a result of chronic diseases:joint pains back pains heart problems mobility problems swollen legs bc bodies lymph system gives up skin problems infections care etc complex needs arise - bc they treat symptoms. not the problem, the root of all evil). NHS cant treat a sick population with the status quo it has been handed down by Tories policy. Tories like 2 remove benefits from parents of truants, disabled, vulnerable (to make their lives better). BUT Big Sugar & Processed Food? No nanny state there. Socially unacceptable. Unpopular amongst majority. Career Politicians unequal real reformer/visionary. &! bit.ly/1OpQXBS
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Russia's airstrikes buy them a seat at the table | MSNBC
Geostrategically, Putin has made a fool of Obama in Syria –Ian Ian Bremmer on MSNBC's Morning Joe // "Russia violent actor"? // Assad regiem didn't go away for +3 years, won't go now // Assad, Rebels, ISIS, ... PKK (Iraq),
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
The disabled and jobless need help, not harassment | Barbara Ellen | Comment is free | The Guardian
No one wants to stop disabled people working, to patronise or stereotype them, or condemn them to a life in the shadows. However, helping disabled people back into employment should be just about that – helping them. Instead, we’re left with a flimsy cover for herding and bullying highly vulnerable people out of the benefits system. //&! bit.ly/1MncLfD - Report on death of Michael O’Sullivan blames work capability assessment and warns of risk of more such deaths unless DWP takes action [...] this is believed to be the first time the work capability assessment (WCA) process has been blamed directly for a death. [...] In its 16-page response to the coroner’s report, the DWP admitted it had got it wrong. It said its policy to request further evidence when a claimant mentions suicide on claim forms was “regrettably not followed in this case”. //&! bit.ly/1Mfcmfd //&! bit.ly/1V6O0vz
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Egon Krenz: der Kalte Krieg war nie zu Ende by Sputnik Deutschland
Europa ohne Russland geht nicht. USA sieht nicht gern das Europa/Deutschland gut mit Russland sind. [...] Die idee des kommunismus ist nicht tod zu kriegen. [...] Der kapitalismus kann nicht das letzte wort gehabt haben. [...] AIIB & BRIC (+South Africa) - ohne USA, ohne EU (ja nicht alle, Germany in AIIB)! // TTIP und co. schliesst BRIC aus. Punkt!!! USA will sich wirtschafts and und politische macht sichern mit TTIP und TPP before es zu spaet ist. // battle of ideas. battle to capture parts of new world, global trade and economy, future generations (emerging middle class).
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Welfare to work programme failing disabled and ill jobseekers, say charities | Politics | The Guardian
Government urged to overhaul Work Programme and refocus on offering support to mentally ill people instead of putting pressure on them to find jobs [...] Companies delivering the >> Work Programme << admitted it had been hard to find employment for many jobseekers in this category and more investment was needed to prepare them to move off benefits and into work. [...] A performance briefing by the ERSA, the trade body for Work Programme provider companies and charities, said: “It should be remembered that many of the jobseekers in this group will never have received intensive employment support before and are a considerable distance from the labour market. “Performance in this group is rising, but it is going to take far longer to help these jobseekers back into employment.”
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
UK seems to relax pressure on Caymans over company register | US news | The Guardian
The UK government appears to have relaxed its pressure on the Cayman Islands to create a register of company ownership, despite David Cameron’s plea last year for overseas territories to do so in the interests of tax transparency. The prime minister promised to introduce a public register of beneficial ownership in the UK and wrote to the overseas territories last year urging them to consider doing the same, arguing that public access to a central list is “vital to meeting the urgent challenges of illicit finance and tax evasion”. However, the Cayman Islands is one of several offshore territories – including the British Virgin Islands and Bermuda – that are refusing to implement the idea after consultation. // sanctions for the vulnerable, disabled, sick, deprived, in poverty going to the food bank without hot water or electricity. but no sanctions for Amazon, Starbucks, Vodafone, Boots, and Co. ... tending to those that donate and go out to vote.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Economist's View: 'The Effect of Payday Lending Restrictions on Liquor Sales'
The practice of short-term consumer financing known as payday lending remains controversial because the theoretical gains in welfare from greater credit access stand in opposition to anecdotal evidence that many borrowers are made worse off. [...] Our regression estimates indicate that the introduction of payday lending restrictions reduced liquor store sales by approximately 3.6% (statistically significant at the 1% level).
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
The Guardian view on welfare reform: death and the benefit system | Editorial | Comment is free | The Guardian
[I]f he wants to get more sick people working he must take the time to get the policy right. It is a matter of life and death [...] Instead, after fighting tooth and nail against the releasing the information at all, the numbers came in such sparse form that they were hard to make sense of. Whitehall always likes to leave awkward MPs and FoI requesters wishing they’d asked a slightly different question. [...] Treading carefully in welfare reform really can be a matter of life and death. Sadly, careful treading isn’t the Duncan Smith way. Against expert advice, he rammed through the WCA – which he now suggests needs another overhaul – at breakneck speed. He lost control of a caseload that had previously been falling, and his universal credit is so far off-track that it will not be completed during this parliament. // &! bit.ly/1EpRXDQ &! bit.ly/1Ik0ovC &! bit.ly/1fJlfSe &! bit.ly/1WOV3ra
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Thousands have died soon after being found ‘fit to work’ by the DWP’s benefit tests - UK Politics - UK - The Independent
The Department for Work and Pensions battled for months not to release the numbers, with its chief minister Iain Duncan Smith at one point telling Parliament they did not exist. [...] "What lies behind these figures is a cruel climate generated by some politicians and sections of the media that seeks to demonise those in need and undermine public confidence in our welfare state," [...] In 2012 a government advisor appointed to review the Government’s Work Capability Assessment said the tests were causing suffering by sending sick people back to work inappropriately. // [ privatisation and profiteering ] // Mr Duncan Smith arguing that the previous cash level created a “perverse incentive”. // &! bit.ly/1Ik0ovC &! bit.ly/1fJlfSe - More than 80 people a month are now dying after being declared ‘fit for work’. The safety net that used to be there for the most vulnerable is being torn to shreds [...] stopped using the term social security and replaced it with “welfare”.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Jobseeking Surrounded By Fictions, Myths And Convenient Narratives | Welfare Weekly
It is worth remembering that the origin of the social welfare payments by the state was to stop these kinds of moral judgements being made about a deserving and an undeserving poor. The state officially supports the stereotype of sympathy for the ‘deserving poor’ and scorn for the near criminality on the part of ‘scroungers’. [...] unemployed people are forced to drink this [Tories] cool-aid or face destitution. [...] Underlying all this is the deeper fiction that individuals are responsible for their own state of unemployment. [...] There is a broader change in the world of work, - neo-liberalism - whereby the rules developed at the height of the industrial revolution are now fully circumvented by employers [...] transfer the risk and responsibility around labour from the organisation (and state - ie keeping national workforce competitive through various means of education) to the individual. [...] leading 2 lowest common denominator regulation. [short-term, price fight, dereg]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
EU extends farm aid amid Russian food import ban - BBC News
The EU says it will continue aid for exporters of dairy produce, fruit and vegetables into next year to ease the impact of a Russian ban on those goods.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Russians despair at food destruction as Moscow says it is having desired effect | World news | The Guardian
Russia’s move to ostentatiously destroy banned food imports at the border has sparked debate in a country where millions live below the poverty line [...] Moscow’s reciprocal measures against countries that sanctioned Russia over its actions in Ukraine have been in place for a year, but the new law stipulating the destruction of contraband shipments at the border came into force on Thursday. Importing fruit, vegetables, meat and cheeses from the EU and other countries that instituted sanctions against Russia is banned. Moscow says importers have tried to get round the ban by putting fake labels on produce, claiming it is made in Brazil, Belarus or another sanction-free country. [...] The aim is to hurt western agricultural producers, and in some countries it has indeed had a major economic effect. Nevertheless, food prices have gone up in Russia as a result, and the latest move to destroy imports has created outcry, even among many who are loyal to the government.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Russian debtors despair as boom turns to bust - BBC News
Millions of Russians took out loans during the economic boom years, but now they face crippling debts and the law is not on their side, the BBC's Oleg Boldyrev reports. [...] The Russian Central Bank says those chronic debts now total 1tn roubles (£10.7bn; $16.7bn). And that is at least 10% of the total personal debt - 10% which cannot be recovered by the banks. [...] "We were a bit stupid," Elena says. "They told us the minimum payment was 5,000 roubles a month and we paid that every month. But that was just the interest, not the loan itself." [...] [ moral of banks - make new loans (performance) vs prudence (and being a bit more conservative) to deny one person a loan just to see them off at another bank where they will get the loan and that rep getting his bonus, and you not. ] [...] After the good years many Russians are now getting a harsh lesson in capitalism - and inadequate regulations mean there is nothing to soften the blow.
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Kevin Kuranyi verlässt Dynamo Moskau nach fünf Jahren - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Kevin Kuranyi verlässt Dynamo Moskau nach fünf Jahren. Der Winter setze seiner Familie zu, sagt der ehemalige Nationalstürmer. Insider vermuten: Der russische Rubel spielte bei seiner Entscheidung die größere Rolle. [...] Dynamo hat vor kurzem allerdings angekündigt, Jahresgehälter bei Neuverträgen und Vertragsverlängerungen auf zwei Millionen Euro zu kappen, wegen finanzieller Schwierigkeiten. Dynamo-Sponsor VTB kämpft schwer mit den Sanktionen des Westens. Oligarch und Klubpräsident Rotenberg steht auf den Sanktionslisten von EU und USA, wegen seiner Unterstützung der Krim-Annexion. Über Politik will Kuranyi nicht sprechen. "Ein Fußballer muss sich auf den Sport konzentrieren."
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
After Sanctions, Cisco Altered Sales Records In Russia - BuzzFeed News
Cisco reportedly altered Russia sales records BuzzFeed reports that Cisco altered its sales records after Western countries imposed sanctions on Russia preventing it from selling Internet equipment to the country’s military or security forces. The report claims that Cisco was even able to sell equipment to the FSB; executives at the company have “vehemently denied” allegations that they tried to evade any sanctions.
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Russian rouble in free-fall despite shock 17% rate rise
The rouble has lost more than half its value against the dollar this year, hit by cheaper oil and Western sanctions. Both of these have weakened the Russian economy. &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30491170 "Here are the numbers that explain why the Russian economy is imploding in the face of a tumbling oil price and Western sanctions."
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december 2014 by asterisk2a
GitHub blocked in Russia | Hacker News
May be for western people it's hard to believe how can it be possible to support this crazy regime. I can tell you that even top managers from leading russian internet company (from my private conversation with them) dreamed about great russian firewall because in that case, they won't have competitors like Google. Furthermore even IT guys like Putin regime and don't get worry about crazy laws passed against the internet. I assure you in that because many of my colleagues really like Stalin and really like what's happening in Ukraine. Almost all people in Russia really hate western world. They don't care about currency exchange rates and inflation, they care only about imperialism. When Putin made desision about Crimea, and when people totally supported it, I stopped believe in Russia at all. Russia is a pure soviet country, with pure 100% soviet mindset, vast majority of russian people like idea of self-isolation. This is why Russia has no future as a liberal market-driven country.
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december 2014 by asterisk2a
Personal Privacy Is Only One of the Costs of NSA Surveillance | Threat Level | WIRED
The Foundation’s report, released today, outlines some of the collateral damage of NSA surveillance in several areas, including: Economic losses to US businesses due to lost sales and declining customer trust. The deterioration of internet security as a result of the NSA stockpiling zero-day vulnerabilities, undermining encryption and installing backdoors in software and hardware products. Undermining the government’s credibility and leadership on “internet freedom” and governance issues such as censorship. -->> its like trade sanctions - but on the internet among other things. +++ http://youtu.be/DU_1yoUzKs8
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
Atomkonflikt: US-Regierung fürchtet israelischen Angriff auf Iran - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten - Politik
Der Fernsehsender CNN berichtet, ein Regierungsvertreter habe die Angaben bestätigt. Aus amerikanischen, britischen und französischen Regierungskreisen verlautet, die USA und ihre Verbündeten wollten Israel von solch einem Angriff unbedingt abbringen. Ein einseitiger Militärschlag gegen das umstrittene Atomprogramm werde letztlich die Herrschenden in Teheran stärken und nicht schwächen, hieß es zur Begründung. Die USA teilten aber mit Israel die Einschätzung darüber, wann Iran über Atomwaffen verfügen könnte.
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february 2012 by asterisk2a
Bundesbank-Hilfe bei lgeschft: Das Rtsel um dendeutschen Iran-Deal - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten - Politik
Berlin - Das umstrittene Engagement der Bundesbank bei einem Ölgeschäft zwischen Iran und Indien hat womöglich eine größere politische Brisanz als bisher bekannt. Wie es in Regierungskreisen in Berlin heißt, soll der Deal im Zusammenhang mit der Freilassung zweier Reporter der "Bild am Sonntag" aus iranischer Haft im Februar dieses Jahres stehen. Demnach soll die Bundesregierung die Hilfe der deutschen Zentralbank bei der iranisch-indischen Transaktion im Gegenzug für die Freilassung der beiden Deutschen gebilligt haben.
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april 2011 by asterisk2a

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