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Kim Jong-un considers extending North Korea’s bedtime until 8:30 pm


North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un says he’ll have a think about changing the nation’s lights out time, after it was pointed out to him that some countries stay up as late as 10:30pm. Currently night-night time is 8:00pm, with quiet talking allowed until 8:10. But that could all soon change. “I’m open to extending … Continue reading

Thailand’s Prime Minister promises to disrobe if protesters desist


Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has ratcheted up her rhetoric in the face of growing criticism, vowing to perform a striptease for her nation’s people if protesters back down from calls for her resignation. “I have two very good reason why I should remain in office and I promise will show you both if you … Continue reading

Modern day American dream is an out of court settlement


Drawing on national polling data and extensive personal interviews, social scientists confirmed that the concept of the American Dream, the widely held aspiration among U.S. citizens of achieving financial security and personal happiness, now consists entirely of receiving a substantial out-of-court settlement. “Whereas achieving the American Dream once meant rising to a stable position of … Continue reading

Man detained for blindly following traffic rules in Delhi, India


An unidentified 40-year-old male has been detained by Delhi police for suspicious behaviour after he was caught following all the traffic rules on the road in the national capital. This is the rarest of the rare behaviours witnessed on Delhi roads, authorities confirm. Addressing a press conference,  traffic inspector Mr. Hafta Ram gave a detailed account of … Continue reading

Australian law firm says world offers China shallow legal services


After unveiling a merger aimed at grabbing more of China’s legal work, King & Wood Mallesons has accused the world’s leading law firms of offering “shallow” services to Chinese clients. Global managing partner Stuart Fuller said King & Wood Mallesons was seeking to reverse the practice of foreign firms entering the China market “with fairly shallow … Continue reading

Australia takes first step towards criminalising alcoholism


Alcoholics could end up in jail in Australia under new measures that experts warn will criminalise alcohol dependency. The Northern Territory yesterday unveiled the country’s toughest police powers to target problem drinking, under which officers will be able to ban anyone charged with a serious alcohol-related offence from owning or consuming grog, or entering a … Continue reading

July 16 2012 China Daily Mail Headlines


China’s Catastrophic Deleveraging Has Begun Posted by jackbassteam ⋅ July 16, 2012 ⋅ Leave a Comment 1. The frustrated and aggressive central bank If one wants to know how bad the health of China’s economy has gone, look no further than the PBOC‘s composure, which seems rather frustrated and aggressive as of late. On 5th July, … Continue reading

Martin Luther King: ‘I Have A Dream’


Martin Luther King’s famous speech, August 28th 1963: I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree … Continue reading

April 4 1968 Martin Luther King Jr Assassinated


On April 4th 1968, just after 6 pm, Martin Luther King Jr was standing on the balcony outside his second-story room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, when he was fatally shot. The civil rights leader was in Memphis to support a sanitation workers’ strike and was on his way to dinner. A bullet struck him … Continue reading

Protest The Protect IP Act


Below is a message from WordPress, about the Internet Censorship Bill: Many websites are blacked out today to protest proposed U.S. legislation that threatens internet freedom: the Stop Internet Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). From personal blogs to giants like WordPress and Wikipedia, sites all over the web — including this … Continue reading

New Format For YouTube


In December 2011 after spending a $100 million in redesign, YouTube launched it’s new Google centred design. The new avatar is not about ‘you and me’ on the popular user generated video site anymore, but is an amalgamation of poor and limited content from 100 odd ‘Google You Tube partners’ from Disney to Jay Z’s … Continue reading

Community Art Improves Society


Community-based art is creative expression that emerges from communities of people working together to improve their individual and collective circumstances. Community-based art involves a wide range of social contexts and definitions, and includes an understanding of “communities” that includes not only geographical places, but also groups of people identified with historical or ethnic traditions, or … Continue reading

Three Million Dollars Funding For Homeless Older Australians


The Acting Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Minister for Ageing, Justine Elliot have announced a $3 million grant to Wintringham, a Melbourne-based organisation that provides affordable housing and support services to frail, elderly homeless people. The $3 million grant will expand the service by assisting with the construction of a 60-place residential aged care facility … Continue reading

Australian Socceroos Stars Support Homeless World Cup


Australia’s ‘Socceroos’ have thrown their support behind the sixth annual Homeless World Cup, which started on Monday in Melbourne. They urge everyone to show support for the unsung heroes of this life-changing event. The Homeless World Cup is a world-class international football tournament that has triggered and supports grass roots football programmes in over 60 … Continue reading

Australia Internet Censorship and Sedition Laws


Australia is set to introduce compulsory internet censorship, supposedly to control access to anorexia and bulimia sites. It would appear only a matter of time before it is expanded to incorporate the new sedition laws, introduced in 2005. Governments around the world and throughout history have always used a softening approach to introduce controversial, unconstitutional … Continue reading

Barack Obama May Not Be The Antichrist


There’s a lot on the internet recently about Barack Obama supposedly being the Antichrist, including a post that claims nobody knows anything about his origins.  While there may be real concerns about his past, much of what is being written seems to be deliberately misleading. Now I’m not American, but I did live in Hawaii … Continue reading

Macedonia Ulica Magazine


In Macedonia, the Ulica magazine is a social venture for tackling poverty, with unemployed and homeless people selling the magazine on the streets. Ulica magazine primarily represents ideas of an open society at a relatively wide scope, and addresses issues of human rights, social issues, health and culture. It is a social magazine that combines … Continue reading

Denmark: EU Declaration Against Homelessness


A majority of EU parliamentarians has signed a declaration stating that homelessness should be eradicated in Europe before 2015. But it seems that there is a long way from the promising words of a declaration to real action. Within seven years, homelessness in EU member states must be a thing of the past. That is … Continue reading

Norway Street Magazine Seller’s Day


A reporter follows a day in the life of a street magazine seller in Norway, and finds a life of drugs and poverty. But she also finds that Svien is not the stereotype most people associate with streeties and drug users. Megafon Magazine is sold in Bergen, Norway, and is a member of the INSP.  … Continue reading

Canada Homeless Targeted by City’s Security Guards


In Vancouver, Canada, the homeless are allegedly being targeted by uniformed security guards, hired and paid for by a city sponsored organisation.  This is apparently in an effort to hide the city’s homelessness problem when the Winter Olympics is run in 2010. This story was originally run in Megaphone Magazine, Vancouver, Canada  August edition, a … Continue reading

Homeless Man Wins £2.6 million


After five years at Sainsbury’s as a warehouseman, Herbert Plant lost his job in 2006, and ended up living on the streets.  In June this year, Herbert won £2.6 million with a lottery ticket he bought from the same store that sacked him. The 49 year old, from Blackpole, Worcester, UK, said he would continue … Continue reading

Brazil: Street People’s Christmas


From Boca de Runa, Porto Alegre, Brazil, June 2008 edition comes the Brazilian magazine’s street vendor’s own stories of what Christmas means to them, and how they spend it. These stories show that, no matter what the circumstances, homeless people have the same basic values and hopes that everybody shares. These stories could have been … Continue reading

Texas Homeless Hate Crimes


From the Austin Advocate, Texas, Summer Edition, comes the news that the Texas Senate refused to pass a bill that would protect the homeless from violence and death. The proposed legislation called for vilification of a person simply because they were homeless to be classified as a hate crime, but the Senate didn’t agree the … Continue reading

INSP Street Papers


These stories are stories about the poor and vulnerable in our society; stories of social injustice and inequality, in Australia and overseas. This particular story is about the International Network Of Street Publications (INSP). Some of the stories to come are taken from INSP publications around the world. Others are inspired by issues in the … Continue reading

Australia Homeless Person’s Week


National Homeless Person’s Week is held in Australia in the first week of every August, It encourages people to become involved to understand homelessness in their local area, as well as the community as a whole. Homeless Person’s Week this year is from August 4th to August 10th. Homelessness Australia suggests the following as ways … Continue reading

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China intensified its crackdown on cryptocurrency on Friday, declaring all financial transactions involving cryptocurrencies illegal and issuing a nationwide ban on cryptocurrency mining, the power-hungry process in which vast computer networks compete for newly created crypto tokens. Bitcoin, the world’s largest cryptocurrency, dropped as much as 7 percent, to around $41,100, on the news, but […]

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A lesson in political economy on investments in China

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Are China’s climate promises just a load of hot air? (Yes!)

Are China’s climate promises just a load of hot air? (Yes!)

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