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?
From education to health, from transport to culture, the thinktank Centre for Towns argues, those living in cities have advantages and opportunities often denied to those in towns. If you live in a small town, you’re likely to have to travel almost three times as far to reach a hospital, and almost twice as far to see a GP or dentist as someone in a large city. There will probably be fewer pubs, a more rundown high street and less accessible public transport. Of course, the experience of living in a small town is different in affluent areas of Oxfordshire or Surrey than in Wales or the north-east. And those without money or jobs are far less able to take advantage of the opportunities of a city than those with affluence. … [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
It’s another example of how the market system is failing the world’s poor when it comes to medical R&D. There is, a report from Oxfam and Médecins Sans Frontières observed, “a great need for increased investment into not-for-profit R&D to meet the health needs of developing countries”. That was written a decade ago. It’s even truer now. … [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