The debate over the right to euthanasia has been reignited in Spain after a man was arrested on Thursday for helping his terminally ill wife bring an end to her life. On Wednesday, Ángel Hernández, aged 70, confessed to giving his partner, María José Carrasco, 61, a lethal dose of sodium pentobarbital, and spent a night in a prison cell at a police station in Madrid. He gave his statement to a court the following day and has since been released. Just before her death, the couple filmed a video to prove that it was Carrasco who had decided to end her life. The 61-year-old had spent the last three decades fighting multiple sclerosis and had reached the terminal stage of the illness. In the video, Hernández asks his wife: “Do you still want to kill yourself?” She nods and replies: “Yes,” adding: “The sooner the better.” Hernández then passes Carrasco, who had lost the movement in her hands, a cup of water and a straw to see … [Read more...] about Euthanasia debate reignites in Spain after man arrested for helping his wife die
Debatable issues in society
Jeremy Corbyn today insists the real divide in society is caused by austerity and poverty - not how people vote in referendums. The Labour leader, in Dundee for the Scottish party conference, hopes to shift debate from constant constitutional rows on independence and Europe. In his speech to activists today, Corbyn will say: “The truth about Labour is, we’re not obsessed by constitutional questions, like the others are. We’re obsessed with tackling the problems people face in their daily lives. “Ending insecurity at work, ending poverty wages, ending the cuts to our public services because we believe that the real divide in our society is not between people who voted yes or no for independence and it’s not between people who voted to remain or to leave the EU. “The real divide is between the many – who do the work, create the wealth and pay their taxes – and the few, who set the rules, reap the rewards and dodge their taxes. “So let … [Read more...] about Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘moral outrage’ at divide in society in Scots conference speech
Businesses have generally been wary about engaging in public conversation on political issues. They’ll engage narrowly and diplomatically on big issues they care about like Brexit, but they’re usually careful not to engage in commentary on emotive and divisive political issues. Led by high-profile businesses in the US, this appears to be changing. Casting historic shyness aside, more and more businesses are engaging in culture wars on the assumption this is what their customers want. But is it? And if it is, how do businesses navigate the clear risks associated with such an approach? Those that read the business pages of the media daily will know there are two closely associated debates on the future of corporations at the moment. Firstly, on whether or not businesses should, in the views of the late Milton Friedman, focus purely on maximising profit and returns to investors, or whether they should instead exist to meet a higher social goal. And, secondly, on whether … [Read more...] about James Frayne: What role for business in the ‘reboot of capitalism’?
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan.18 By Leman Zeynalova – Trend: The preparation of populations to embrace any compromise solution has long been the missing ingredient in the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process, Former US Minsk Group Co-Chair Carey Cavanaugh wrote on Twitter, Trend reports. He was commenting on the recent statement issued following the meeting of Azerbaijani and Armenian foreign ministers with participation of OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs in Paris on January 16. Thomas de Waal, a UK political analyst, senior fellow with Carnegie Europe, specializing in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus region has assessed the statement very positive. “Suddenly the mood has changed on the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process. Very positive statement. Now time to get down to work, involve more stakeholders, start debate on difficult issues in society,” he wrote on Twitter. The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, Stéphane Visconti of France and Andrew … [Read more...] about Former co-chair: Preparation of populations for compromise is missing ingredient in Karabakh peace process
The joint statement released by the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs following the meeting between Acting Foreign Minister of Armenia Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov held on 16 January in France under the auspices of the OSCE mediators, included new provisions compared to the previous ones. The expert community, as well as the and international community specially focused on the fact that the Armenian and Azerbaijani FMs acknowledged the need for “concrete measures to prepare the populations for peace” while holding fresh talks on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in Paris. “The Ministers discussed a wide range of issues related to the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and agreed upon the necessity of taking concrete measures to prepare the populations for peace,” reads the statement. British reporter Thomas de Waal, an expert on the unresolved conflicts of the South Caucasus, took to Twitter to highlight to need for … [Read more...] about Thomas de Waal: Time to start debate on ‘difficult issues’ in society over Karabakh conflict