The government's haggling over terminology itself is utterly shameful. For instance, Aung San Suu Kyi herself testified that while it is possible war crimes have been committed against the Rohingya, those crimes certainly did not constitute genocide. She claimed that human rights organizations had arrived at conclusions of such based on unverified claims and without any real investigation. … [Read more...] about Opinion: Why has the West failed to address the Rohingya crisis?
Just as Sunderland was announcing its makeover, the Sutton Trust was publishing a report on the geography of social mobility. The report, Elites in the UK: Pulling Away?, confirmed that social mobility has declined in recent decades. It showed that the majority of the socially mobile have built their careers close to home while the majority of those who come from privileged backgrounds tend to move greater distances in search of upward mobility. London is barely open to people from working-class backgrounds – three-quarters of those who move to London to access good jobs are already part of the elite. … [Read more...] about No history, no languages… the end of humanities only deepens divides
David Clementi, the BBC chairman, was absolutely right last week to ask the director general, Tony Hall, to step down at least two years earlier than he planned. Hall’s love for the BBC is total, but the leader who agreed the fatally damaging deal cannot now be the leader who must try to muster the forces to change it. Boris Johnson, already trimming on a hard Brexit because it is so damaging to the Midlands and northern constituencies he has so recently won, has got to throw his Brexit right some red meat. Insisting that the BBC “cough up”, as he has said, is an easy ploy. … [Read more...] about The BBC is a pillar of civilisation. No wonder populists want to destroy it
Not only are pharmaceutical companies more reluctant to invest in research, they are also more reluctant to provide medicines to poorer countries. The report looked at 13 new antibiotics. Just three have been registered for use in 10 or more of the 102 access countries. A third of these new antibiotics don’t seem to be available in any access country. Of 24 older antibiotics still protected by patents, barely half (14) are available in even one access country. Doctors are often forced to delay treatment or use less effective drugs, increasing the likelihood of drug-resistant bacteria emerging. … [Read more...] about Depriving poor nations of drugs is a dangerous false economy
In my role as the rapporteur for climate change for the Council of Europe, I approached the film-makers to allow me to show the film on a school tour and in Strasbourg. I even sent a copy to Al Gore. Everyone agreed Pete's powerful performance made the film's message even more effective. … [Read more...] about Pete Postlethwaite: an actor who made others act