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Why did the Conservatives release such a diabolical manifesto? Removing the triple pension lock, abolishing free school lunches, and a dementia tax (now conveniently...

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Conservative Manifesto Drops Pledge to Ban Ivory Trade

 
Why did the Conservatives release such a diabolical manifesto? Removing the triple pension lock, abolishing free school lunches, and a dementia tax (now conveniently...
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Northern Ireland Election Verdict: Well-Run

 
The Electoral Commission has published its report on the administration of the March 2017 Northern Ireland Assembly election. More than 812,000 votes were cast...
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Kenya: Hard-hitting Martha Karua Returns

 
Known as the Iron Lady of Kenyan politics due to her daring approach and intimidating appearance when addressing thorny political issues in Kenya, Martha...
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Kenya: Youth at Risk for Money

 
For a person to eat, they have to work hard. But with the rising cost of living in Kenya, not everyone has an option...
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Kenya: Subsidy for Unga Group

 
Ugali-hungry Kenyans will soon resume enjoying their appetising maize meal as the government has subsidised the price of maize flour.The Kenyan government has already...
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Legal Centre Wins Vital Case On Tribunal Costs

 
The Coram Children's Legal Centre (CCLC) brought a successful appeal to the Upper Tribunal on costs incurred in a First Tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs...
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Kenya: State Refutes Anthrax Panic

 
State Department for Livestock in Kenya has refuted claims of an anthrax outbreak in the central region of the country.The Principal Secretary in the...
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Kenya: Pump Price Surge Amid High Cost of Living

 
Kenyans now have to further tighten their belts despite the high cost of living as the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) published the new schedule...
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Anthrax Panic in Central Kenya

 
Unless they take extra care when buying food products, meat lovers in Kenya have no choice but to suspend their carnivorous appetites following the...
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Pressure Mounts on President Kenyatta

 
Unlike the 2013 presidential election, when he whipped up anti-ICC emotions to win the election, the Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is finding the 2017...
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In 1995 Jose Saramago - a Portuguese writer - published ‘Blindness’ where he imagined a society suddenly disrupted by a blindness epidemic that affected nearly all of the population in an unknown city. People then divided between the sane and the ill. The latter became secluded in a filthy asylum where the strongest forged a system of semi-dictatorship after taking control of the food stockpiles. Brutality occurs, people are abused and hopes are lost.Blindness is a reminder of how inequality and scarcity can transform a society. The people of today, overwhelmed by the lack control of today’s world (terrorism, financial and debt crises, etc.), are desperate for a change. And it is easier to believe someone who attributes problems to some scapegoat, rather than support someone who is part of that same system that was unable to protect them. Blame, after all, is the easiest way to frame social problems. It has happened before, and it is happening again.But who is it really to blame? The IMF recently admitted that inequality was probably caused by neoliberal economic choices. The 2008 financial crisis was attributed to the ‘greedy bankers’ (yet, there is a lot more behind it). Anti-establishment forces are thus seemingly understandable.Although there is a trend that suggests the need of a change, to entrust demagogues who build their campaign on hatred speeches and proclaims of division (often hiding the real state of affairs) is scarily similar to the mechanism behind Blindness. Anger is not the solution, but rather the source of the problem – and one cannot simply overlook this aspect.Pain makes us blind, but we must look for solutions that can instead bring a positive change. Division, Saramago teaches, destroys the morality of the people and creates violence - undermining the intrinsic principles of democracy.

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These days, smoking is widely acknowledged as a deadly addiction. European lawmakers are constantly cracking down on the cancerous torpedoes, but other pollution contaminating our air continues unimpeded. Why? Even if you don't smoke, the average European inhales the equivalent of 1.6 cigarettes a day, with Londoners inhaling an equivalent closer to 15.According to the European Environment Agency's 2016 report, air pollution in Europe’s major cities has so far caused nearly 550,000 premature deaths. A number which continues to rise.In the EU’s major cities, almost every man women and child are essentially being forced to smoke 1.6 cigarettes a day - according to a study by Berkeley health. No doubt fathers and mothers would protest more if, say, teachers forced their children to smoke every day in the classroom.The problem is, we simply take air pollution as a given. Many have lived their whole lives with it and the polluting technology has revolutionised the way we live. Clean, renewable energies have long been perceived as too expensive or unscalable. This is rapidly changing. Fortunately, you don't need a big budget to fight air pollution. It's all about legislation.Just look at diesel cars. Even if we forget about the massive exhaust scam by various manufacturers, it must seem like a punch in the face to citizens with respiratory diseases that cars, not even making the fairly high EU exhaust limit, are allowed within their cities. Especially because diesel is cheaper in many European countries.Sweeping regulatory legislation is surely the least that should be done.

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The Republican Party, bar a few libertarians, was once united, voters and politicians alike, in condemning Julian Assange. How times change. Trump’s favourite talking head Sean Hannity once called for Assange’s arrest, and now advocates for his rehabilitation. Rep. Peter King, a national security hardliner who often described Wikileaks as terrorists, has been noticeably less vocal this year. “Thank God for Wikileaks,” proclaimed one Congressman.  The few remaining Republican critics focus on self-interested “it could happen to us” considerations rather than principled objections.It is, of course, easy to understand why: pragmatism. Many Republicans see Wikileaks as a national security threat no longer; instead, it is an ally, helping create an "October surprise" that hurts Clinton's campaign. Assange, too, is assisting Trump for coldly pragmatic reasons. Despite apparent ideological differences, Assange and Trump bear many similarities. Both have offhandedly dismissed sexual assault accusations. Both have a self-serving tolerance for certain despots. Both respond to media criticism with prejudice-laden yells of conspiracy. Both possess incredible egos and worryingly unerring self-assuredness.Julian Assange remains influential, and his legacy in the history of whistleblowing is central, but today he makes a more unconventional case for greater transparency. In a world of secrecy, if it is up to the whistleblower to decide what enters the public domain, they can acquire a perverse power. Assange is using his access to information to brazenly manipulate elections, a dereliction of the lofty idealism once associated with him.The whistleblowing world has largely burned its bridges with Assange and vice versa, understanding this. Throughout the world, whistleblowers make valuable contributions to the public debate, on local and international issues alike. Assange, however, is proof that, like in all careers of influence, power can corrupt. Those whistleblowers without such self-serving motives should be treated with more respect and clemency. 

CONFLICT


Crytek is a German-based video game company that was established in 1999, since then it has ballooned to six studios across the globe and multiple hit games, including the Far Cry and Crisis series, and that doesn't even mention their work on the beautiful CryEngine's over the years.But, if a Reddit post is to be believed, there may be something rotting at the core of Crytek."Crytek hasn't paid me (or my coworkers) for almost 6 months now. HELP!" reads the title of the Reddit post, submitted into the Legal Advice sub-Reddit.Apparently, this isn't the first time the company has withheld pay. Back in 2014 the company nearly went under water and was saved by delaying payment for the employees of the company.The Reddit post states that the last time this happened, presumably the events of 2014, they were told that it would never happen again but now it's happening all over again.The post also suggests that the employees of the company are afraid to speak out because they are told  “Thank you for your continued efforts through this difficult time” as well as "you don’t understand because you don’t see the whole picture like we do— wages are coming soon.”Furthermore, there has apparently been a breakdown in communication throughout the company where managers are not able to get in contact with upper management, talks are being refused and apologies have never been issued.It sounds hard to believe, but with Crytek's sordid past in regards to similar events this very well may be what is happening over at the game development company. If it is true, I can only wish the best of luck to all of those within the company who have not been paid.