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Why the 1% should pay tax at 80%

The Reagan-Thatcher revolution changed society's beliefs about taxes. If we want economic growth shared fairly, we must rethink<p>In the United States, the share of total pre-tax income accruing to the top 1% has more than doubled, from less than 10% in the 1970s to over 20% today (pdf). A similar …

Berlusconi causes another stir in Italy by renaming his party Forza Italia

Former premier Silvio Berlusconi caused another stir in Italian politics on Friday. His People for Freedom Party (PDL) voted to change it’s name back to Forza Italia (GO ITALY).<p>Berlusconi said the revamped party would support the government of Prime Minister Enrico Letta, just like the PDL did.<p>The …

Japan protests over South Korea drill on disputed islands

Islands disputed by two Asian neighbours are at the centre of a fresh flare-up of tension.<p>South Korea has flexed its military muscles, staging a defence drill to drive back any foreign landings from the outcrop it calls Dokdo. This has outraged rival claimant Japan. Tokyo has formally protested, …

Tsunami warnings lifted in Japan

Tsunami warnings have been lifted in Fukushima and the surrounding coastal region after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck 320km off the coast of Japan.<p>Tremors could be felt some 480 kilometres away in Tokyo.<p>A predicted one-metre high wave measured just 30cm when it hit land.<p>The quake struck at 2.10 …

European leaders get tough on US spying allegations

Can trust be restored? This was the question European leaders were asking in Brussels as one allegation of US spying after another was revealed this week.<p>To this end, German Chancellor Angela Merkel joined up with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to draft a UN resolution on the protection of …

More protests in Brazil as new transport plan is announced

Further protests have flared up in Brazil following an announcement about a new transport plan for its largest city.<p>Masked protesters attacked up to fifteen ATM machines and four banks in Sao Paulo in a protest over the high cost of local travel services.<p>Police responded with tear gas, causing the …