Patrick Coughlan

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Greece: May Day rally against more austerity

Thousands of Greek workers have marked International Labour Day by taking to the streets to protest against new looming austerity measures. Greece needs more cash from its creditors to prop up a struggling economy.<p>Thousands of Greek workers have marked International Labour Day by taking to the …

The Earth versus capitalism

Unfortunately, as of Earth Day 2017, capitalism is winning the war it has been waging against the planet.<p>During one of numerous failed attempts to establish himself as an environmentalist, New York Times foreign affairs columnist Thomas Friedman enthusiastically reported in 2010 that - in honour of …

Angst In America - Disappearing Pensions

<i>Authored by John Mauldin via MauldinEconomics.com,</i>“Companies are doing everything they can to get rid of pension plans, and they will succeed.” – Ben …

Warning of 'deepening' youth homelessness crisis

Focus Ireland is warning of a deepening youth homelessness crisis as figures show the number of 18 to 24-year-olds who are homeless has shot up by …

David Murphy: Irish boards need radical change

One of the lessons from the financial crisis was that the boardrooms of corporate Ireland had been ineffective in preventing massive corporate …

Investment in education and retraining is needed to equip people to adapt as automation shakes up their workplaces<p>Ask an economist or a technology expert and they will happily tell you that decades of data reliably show automation has created more jobs than it has destroyed.<p>Far fewer of us now work …

The Future

The UK has had three grand plans in 10 years. It’s time to get everyone to agree on the targets and stick to them<p>For many years, the idea that a government of the right should have an industrial policy was heresy. The state’s role was to keep inflation and taxes low, then stay out of the way so …

United Kingdom

Landlord wants 'five months rent upfront' for tenants on social welfare

Threshold says it is seeing more and more cases of 'indirect discrimination'<p>Fresh concerns have been raised that landlords are discriminating against …

People can't get over this photo of Republican dudes who want to cut maternity care

Republicans like to insist the war on women is nothing more than hysterical liberal outrage.<p>Sure, the left uses the phrase to occasionally score …

Health Care

Nursing,NHS,Health policy,UK news,EU referendum and Brexit,European Union,Health,Immigration and asylum<p>Staffing crisis worsens as workers fear being unwelcome after Brexit<p>The number of EU nationals registering as nurses in England has dropped by 92% since the Brexit referendum in June, and a record …

Radiation Therapy

People with disability much less likely to get a job

People with a disability are less likely than the rest of the working-age population to get a job and more likely to leave employment even when their …

David Murphy: Reunification won't be easy

There has been increasing debate about reunification as a hard Brexit looks far more likely.<p>Leaving the politics aside, from the point of view of …

Oxfam: Eight men are as rich as half the world

"Obscene" for so much wealth to be in hands of so few, says charity director Winnie Byanyima.<p>The gap between the super-rich and the poorest half of the world's population is starker than previously thought, with just eight men, including Bill Gates and Michael Bloomberg, owning as much wealth as …

The bitter taste of Madagascar vanilla

In the world's top vanilla exporting country farmers live in poverty and constant fear of losing their crop to theft.<p><b>Sava region, Madagascar -</b> Vanilla farmer Jacky points his machete towards a flattened area in the humid Madagascan jungle.<p>This is where he sleeps at night to protect his precious …

Why do so few women work (for pay) in Jordan?

Women have come a long way in many places, but not as far as they’d like or as would be good for the societies in which they live.<p>Even in the United States, women still make 80 cents for every dollar that men make. Some of that is due to flat-out gender discrimination. Some comes from women who …

Shutdown: Blow for rural Ireland as post offices and banks set to shut

Eighty post offices to shut Threat to 30 bank branches An Post to resist move<p>Rural towns and villages are set for a massive blow as large-scale …

Ten Unmistakable Signs Of A Fear-Based Workplace

I did not know what a fear-based workplace was the first time I started working in one. At first, I thought the problem was me.<p>Maybe I didn’t have the right clothes or know the right business jargon. I walked on eggshells at work. I went home anxious and discouraged every night.<p>Gradually it dawned …

The Workplace

What went wrong? A withering West | Middle East

Twenty-five years ago, the United States emerged victorious at end of the Cold War. The Soviet Union imploded. European countries eagerly signed up to join a political union and common currency. NATO turned its eyes to the former Eastern Bloc countries to see which ones would join their alliance. …

Al Jazeera condemns arrest of its journalist in Egypt | Egypt News | Al Jazeera

Al Jazeera Media Network has denied "fabricated charges" against its news producer who was arrested in Egypt on December 20.<p>The Qatar-based network has demanded Mahmoud Hussein's immediate release, saying that he was in Egypt on holiday and not for work.<p>"Al Jazeera deems all accusations against …

Being black or minority ethnic bigger barrier to employment than any other factor finds Royal Academy of Engineering<p>Black engineering graduates are less likely to find jobs than white students with lower second or third class degrees, according to a report that reveals stark inequalities within the …

Education

Obama in Athens: ‘The current path of globalization needs a course correction’

ATHENS — In an address aimed at a global audience as well as Americans at home, President Obama said Wednesday that “the current path of globalization needs a course correction,” even as he argued there was no turning back from an interconnected world.<p>"In the years and decades ahead, our countries …

Europe

For our series on the UK’s increasingly precarious world of work, we spoke to some chefs who said they earned as little as £5.50 an hour at Le Gavroche restaurant<p>• Help fund our journalism by becoming a Guardian Supporter or making a contribution<p>Michelin-starred TV chef Michel Roux Jr has been …

Hospitality

In the latest in a series on the UK’s increasingly precarious world of work, we reveal how many institutions are charging higher student fees while more than half of lecturers are on non-permanent or hourly-paid contracts<p>One of the most highly skilled and prestigious professions in Britain, …

Higher Education

HMRC arrested former department store owner as part of ongoing inquiry into unpaid taxes linked to his firm Swiss Rock<p>Dominic Chappell, the former owner of BHS, has been arrested as part of an investigation into unpaid taxes on profits made from the collapsed department store chain.<p>HM Revenue & …

South West England

In the first of a series on the UK’s increasingly precarious world of work, a Guardian investigation uncovers the use of ‘contrived’ financial arrangements to slash national insurance bills<p>• Help fund our journalism by becoming a Guardian Supporter or making a contribution<p>An aggressive tax …

National Insurance

Why Bernie Sanders still matters

This United States presidential election threatens to splinter the nation's two-party system, in place now for almost two centuries.<p>Bernie Sanders believes he can save the Democratic party from itself, a party he once called "politically bankrupt" and a "sham".<p>The eight years of the Obama …

Bringing democrats together across borders is needed now to prevent a slide into a xenophobic, 1930s-like abyss<p>Leave won because too many British voters identified the EU with authoritarianism, irrationality and contempt for parliamentary democracy while too few believed those of us who claimed …

Europe

newsocracy

A conference hosted by Nessa Childers MEP<p>Friday 3rd June – Radisson Blu, Dublin 8<p>This all-day conference debated the concept of media diversity and …

Staying in the EU means hitching ourselves to an undemocratic project run by and for a remote elite<p>The elephant in the room. Everybody knew what Mark Carney meant when he paused halfway through his regular three-monthly update on the state of the economy: the implications of Brexit.<p>The governor of …

Europe