Ben Van Der Merwe

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What Does ‘Shareholder Value’ Really Mean?

James Post and others argue that a well-run company can—and should—be managed in a way that benefits not just the investors who own its stock, but a …

The B Corp Declaration

Watch why TED says B Corps are an idea worth spreading.<p>The B Impact Assessment...<p>B Corp certification shines a light on the companies leading the …

Robert Reich: The Ivy Leagues are a ludicrous waste of resources

The former secretary of labor on the myth of “paid-what-you’re-worth” and how our money can be better spent<p>What someone is paid has little or no relationship to what their work is worth to society.<p>Does anyone seriously believe hedge-fund mogul Steven A. Cohen is worth the $2.3 billion he raked in …

Russia Just Finished A Submarine It Has Spent 20 Years Building

The 1990s are back, and they're nuclear.<p>There are college sophomores who were born after Russia began building its newest submarine. The K-329 Severodvinsk (re-designated the K-560 Severodvinsk in late 2013) is a submarine powered by a nuclear reactor and is made to hunt other submarines, ships, …

Military

UK bans teaching Creationism as science in schools

(<i>Beginner's Bible Coloring Book!, The Searcher, used with permission</i>)<p>The UK Government has banned the practice of teaching Creationism as science in …

Where are we 25 years after 'the end of history'? | China

At a recent conference on the future of "liberal democracy" in Skopje, almost everyone was mentioning Thomas Piketty and his latest book <i>Capital in the Twenty-First Century</i>.<p>The book's focus on the growth of inequality in relation to "liberal democracy" was a particularly interesting point in the …

France accused of allowing 'toxic atmosphere' after Roma teenager beating (graphic content)

Images of 16-year-old beaten in to coma spur debate on France's policy towards 20,000-strong Roma community<p><b>Update: An image of 'Darius' has been taken off this story after a request from the family</b><p>The French government looks set to continue its controversial policies towards the country’s Roma …

Millions given to councils tackling the 'menace' of potholes on Britain's roads

Patrick McLoughlin, the Transport Secretary, announces how a £168 million pothole fund will be spent to deal with broken roads, the 'bane of all our lives'<p>Potholes are the “bane of our lives” and a “menace to our roads”, the Transport secretary has said, as he announced how a £168 million will be …

Rare albino whale 'parades' off Australian coast

"Thar he blows!" In a scene straight out of Moby Dick, a rare white whale is back and putting on a show for his fans off the eastern coast of Australia this week.<p>First spotted on Tuesday, the albino humpback has been nicknamed "Migaloo" by researchers who track his movements.<p>On Thursday he was seen …

Iraq crisis: Baiji oil refinery contested

<b>Iraqi government forces are battling Sunni Muslim militants for control of the country's biggest oil refinery.</b><p>Officials insisted security forces were "in full control" of the Baiji refinery, about 200km (130 miles) north of the capital Baghdad.<p>But militants led by the jihadist Islamic State in Iraq …

Middle East

Muslim PhD student fatally stabbed 16 times in 'frenzied' attack

Detectives tell residents in Colchester, Essex, not to go out alone as they confirm Nahid Almanea as the second victim of a knife attack in three months<p>A Muslim PhD student murdered in Essex was stabbed 16 times in an attack that has prompted police to warn local residents not to go out alone.<p>Nahid …

Crime

Sudden Rise of Far Right Groups in EU Parliament Rings Alarm Bells Across Europe

The European Parliament is usually perceived as a rather dull bureaucratic place. Not anymore. The sudden rise of the far right in the European Parliament elections -- 24 seats gained by the Front National in France, three seats for the violent and anti-Semitic Greek Golden Dawn Party, three to the …