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Unpaid work experience rife in Australia – report

Unpaid work experience is widespread in Australia, with more than half of young adults having undertaken an unpaid placement, according to research conducted for the Federal Government's Department of Employment.

China orders a halt to over 100 coal-fired power plants

While one US state works to support coal power by banning renewable energy, the Chinese government has ordered the closure of over 100 coal power plants in an effort to improve air quality and reduce fossil fuel use. Reuters reportsShow More Summary

Obama’s orders protecting federal contract workers face reversal by Trump

President Obama has used his pen to improve the lot of individual federal contract workers and shape the balance between contractors and government employees. Those same executive orders and presidential memorandums could be wiped out by the stroke of another pen, Donald Trump’s. In a 100-day action plan in his “Contract with the American Voter,” […]

Along With Pardoning Chelsea Manning, Obama Should Have Repealed the 1917 Espionage Act

27 minutes agoNews : Truthdig

By Juan Cole / Informed Comment Pardoning one person, however praiseworthy, doesn’t make up for developing anti-democratic techniques that have now been passed on to the most anti-democratic government in recent decades.

WATCH: The Clinton Global Initiative is Shutting Down -- And Everyone Knows Why

As Jim Geraghty wrote yesterday:  Why would foreign governments suddenly lose interest in the charitable work the Clinton Foundation purported to do? They wouldn’t, unless the Clinton Foundation and CGI had existed to give foreign governments and businessmen a way to curry favor with a future president from the beginning. Show More Summary

Myanmar groups call for independent probe into alleged abuse of Rohingya Muslims

Dozens of ethnic minority groups called on Wednesday for an independent international investigation in western Myanmar, adding to pressure on the government to account for alleged human rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims. A statement signed by 41 civil society organizations was a show of broad-based...

Scott Pruitt has repeatedly fought the EPA, the agency he is now seeking to run

While some of President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks are relative newcomers to government whose pasts offer murky pictures of how they might run an agency, there is little question where Oklahoma Atty. Gen. Scott Pruitt would take the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt, whose Senate...

Asian American band the Slants takes its trademark battle to the Supreme Court: Is it free speech or a racial slur?

A trademark dispute involving an Asian American band that calls itself the Slants has provoked a Supreme Court battle over the freedom of speech, political correctness and the government’s refusal to sanction what it sees as a racial slur. The justices will hear arguments Wednesday over whether...

Dispatch from Scotland

I was in Scotland over the weekend, helping a multi-disciplinary group of academic and government leaders with strategic IT planning.Scotland, like New Zealand, is a remarkable learning laboratory. With a population of 5.5 million, a...Show More Summary

Queensland Government to approve upgrade of Sunshine Coast rail line

Australia's Queensland Government is reportedly set to approve a plan to upgrade Sunshine Coast railway line that connects Brisbane with the Sunshine Coast.

It’s Time to Stop Shaming Poor People for What They Buy With Food Stamps

Poor people who receive government food aid use it to load up on Coke. Or so The New York Times suggests. Under an image of a shopping cart stuffed with half-gallon jugs of soda, The Times' Anahad O'Connor writes in a widely shared recent piece that the "No. Show More Summary

Important Current Affairs Quiz 18th January 2017

Here is a quiz for upcoming Banking, Insurance and Government exams. This quiz contains expected questions which match the exam pattern of Govt Job Exams and other Banking Exams. So make sure you attempt Important Current Affairs Quiz 18th January 2017 to check your preparation level. Show More Summary

State of the Art: Clearing Out the App Stores: Government Censorship Made Easier

1 hour agoNews : NYTimes: News

App stores backed by giant corporations have created choke points for the internet, which governments are now exploiting.

Egyptian football star Mohamed Aboutrika placed on ‘terror’ list

1 hour agoSports / Football : EPL Talk

Cairo (AFP) – An Egyptian court has added former football star Mohamed Aboutrika to the authorities’ terror list, his lawyer said Tuesday, based on suspicions he financed the banned Muslim Brotherhood. In 2015 a government committeeShow More Summary

"In short, there has been a “global implosion” in trust, Edelman says. This year’s survey recorded..."

“In short, there has been a “global implosion” in trust, Edelman says. This year’s survey recorded the largest-ever drop of trust in business, government, the media, and NGOs. A majority of people in two-thirds of countries surveyedShow More Summary

States argue in court for more say over endangered species

A battle over how to save endangered wolves in the Southwest moves to a federal appeals court Wednesday as judges hear arguments on whether states can block the federal government from reintroducing wildlife within their borders.

Trump, Policy, Markets

Trump, Policy, Markets David R. Kotok Cumberland, January 17, 2017       As Don Rissmiller of Strategas Research Partners succinctly points out: “There are four types of government policy that can be used to steer the economy: 1) monetary...Show More Summary

Syrian government rejects Qatari, Saudi role in talks: report

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The participation of Saudi Arabia and Qatar in Syria talks will be discussed once they stop backing militancy, Syria's deputy foreign minister was quoted as saying on Wednesday, appearing to reject their attendance at forthcoming peace talks.

Justices to hear free speech clash over offensive trademarks

The Supreme Court is considering a First Amendment challenge to a law barring the government from registering trademarks that are deemed offensive. The justices hear arguments Wednesday in a dispute … Click to Continue »

Here's Why America's Drug War Has Been An Epic Failure

Submitted by Alice Salles via, The U.S. government’s efforts against illicit drugs have finally run their course. With over one trillion dollars wasted over the past several decades and nothing to show but failure, taxpayers...Show More Summary

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