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Debt Bondage, Domestic Servitude And Indentured Labour Still A Problem In The World's Richest Nations

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-- this post authored by Deirdre McKay, Keele University

Slavery has been illegal in every country since the last country to do so, Mauritania, criminalised the practice in 2007. But while slavery is illegal, it has not disappeared. Contemporary slavery in the form of indentured labour, debt bondage or domestic servitude still exists in many places - including the richest countries of the world.

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The World Would Be Better Off If Trump Withdraws From The Paris Climate Deal

from The Conversation

-- this post authored by Luke Kemp, Australian National University

The conventional wisdom that the United States should remain under the Paris Agreement is wrong. A US withdrawal would be the best outcome for international climate action.

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Military Spending In Southeast Asia

Written by Dan Steinbock, Difference Group

Who Are ASEAN's Biggest Military Spenders, Really?

The conventional military narratives highlight aggregate expenditures and downplay per capita spending. Realities are more nuanced, both globally and in Southeast Asia.


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Our 'Selfish' Genes Contain The Seeds Of Our Destruction - But There Might Be A Fix

from The Conversation

-- this post authored by John Baird, University of Aberdeen

The human race is in so much trouble that it needs to colonise another planet within 100 years or face extinction. So says the physicist Stephen Hawking in an upcoming BBC documentary, "Stephen Hawking: Expedition New Earth. According to Hawking":

"With climate change, overdue asteroid strikes, epidemics and population growth, our own planet is increasingly precarious".

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Manchester Attack: We Are In An 'Arms Race' Against Ever Adapting Terror Networks

from The Conversation

-- this post authored by Kris Christmann, University of Huddersfield

The Manchester attack illustrates how Western society is locked in an arms race with an ever adapting group of terrorists who keep changing their tactics and targets. Winning the battle depends on a number of complex factors and the acceptance that on the morning of June 23 Britain woke up to a new reality. A world where your teenage daughter can be killed while doing nothing more than attending a pop concert became a reality.

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What Has The Power To Turn A Right Of Way Into A Rite Of Passage?

Written by Danielle DiMartino Booth, Money Strong

Article of the Week from Money Strong

Might it be that the mighty hand of time plays a role? Any buffed historian worth their weight in tapas will tell you the most glorious bull run of all time is grounded not in pageantry, but rather pragmatism and perseverance. Nestled on northern Spain's Basque seashore bordering France, the heat of summer brings with it the promise that Pamplona will once again host its famed San Fermin Festival, so named for its patron saint.


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The Tyranny Of Competence: Why It Is Bad For Us To Be 'Good Enough'

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-- this post authored by John Preston, University of East London

Our modern working lives are ruled by the concept of competence. Competence based interviews are used to decide if we should get a job. If we do get the job, we are then trained to achieve competency in the workplace. And we might lose that job if we don't maintain at least a competent performance.

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Does The World End In Fire Or Ice? Thoughts On Japan And The Inflation - Deflation Debate

by Charles Hugh Smith, Of Two Minds

Japan has managed to offset decades of deflationary dynamics, but at a cost that is hidden beneath the surface of apparent stability.

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Why Traditional Ethics And Compliance Training Programs Don't Deter Fraud

by Michael Bret Hood

An Investigator's Guide To Ethics, Part 1

When you bring up the idea of ethics and compliance training in your organization, what kind of reaction do you get? Why do you think people react in the way that they do? In your opinion, do you believe current compliance and ethics training methods are effective?


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