Academics warn of ‘chilling effect’ of Hong Kong security law | Higher education

Some of the world’s leading scholars on China have called for a united international front in defence of university freedoms, amid claims of an increased Chinese threat to academic inquiry since the passing of Hong Kong’s national security law.

Individual universities will be picked off unless there is a common agreement to resist Chinese state interference in academic research and teaching on China, a group of 100 academics including scholars in the US, UK, Australia and Germany say.

They highlight the threat posed by article 38 of the sweeping national security law, which states that the law is applicable to individuals who live outside the territory and individuals who do not come from there.

The law was imposed on Hong Kong by Beijing in June after more than a year of pro-democracy protests.

The academics say article 38 raises the unsettling prospect that students travelling through Hong Kong and China

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Higher taxes, fairer society: UK survey shows desire for equality | United Kingdom News

Authors of new report call for radical change to economy, recognition of unpaid care work, usually done by women.

People in the United Kingdom would be happy to pay higher taxes for a fairer, more caring and gender-equal society as the coronavirus pandemic transforms people’s views about the world they want to live in, economists said on Wednesday.

In a report to be presented to parliamentarians, regional governments and business leaders, they laid out a radical road map for building a “caring economy” that puts people and the planet first.

“This is an idea whose time has come,” said Mary-Ann Stephenson, director of the Women’s Budget Group, a think-tank, which published the report.

“People don’t want to return to business as usual. We’re calling for a fundamental change in the way we approach the economy. It’s about a vision for doing things differently,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

At

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Nifty, Sensex end higher as banks surge on government support hopes

By Sethuraman N R

BENGALURU (Reuters) – Indian shares rose on Monday, led by banking stocks on hopes that the government may offer support and infuse some capital into the sector, with gains in global markets also aiding investor sentiment.

The broader NSE Nifty 50 index <.NSEI> rose 1.6% to 11,227.55 and the S&P BSE Sensex <.BSESN> climbed 1.6% to 37,981.63.

“Expectations of a stimulus package from the (Indian) government are also helping,” said Aamar Deo Singh, head advisory, Angel Broking.

“Markets have bounced back from important technical levels. 10,800 was an important technical support level and a lot of short covering has also happened,” Singh added.

The public sector bank index <.NIFTYPSU> gained 3.3% and the banking index <.NSEBANK> rose 3.3% after a report said the finance ministry may provide capital support to some public sector banks in the third quarter.

Analysts also said investors were hoping for some

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Why Small Government Is Higher

Everyone knows that government grants are a method for the residents of a country to get free cash from the tax payers, however the question is what’s the whole point of doing that? The amount of money concerned in DeLorean’s entrapment scheme was a really small drop in a bucket in comparison with what the S & L Disaster was all about within the late 80’s and early ninety’s, where 747 financial savings and loan associations failed on the tune of $a hundred and sixty billion, about $124.6 of which was covered by the tax payers resulting within the funds deficit of the early ninety’s.

To the public the well known and powerful members of the Council have good intentions, Whenever you see the word Socialism you understand that this stands for a tyrannical dictatorship, to be governed by giant company conglomerates and international bankers.

Nonetheless, a majority of Americans … Read More