By Robert Dugger In 2015, 21 young people between the ages of 11 and 22 filed a major lawsuit against the US government for failing to limit the effects of climate change. In Juliana v. United States, the plaintiffs argue that because they will have to live with the repercussions of global warming for much longer than anyone else, on average, the government’s failure to protect the environment violates their constitutional rights to equal protection under the law and due process. The philosopher Peter Singer points out that this case represents a historical turning point, because it addresses the rights of children and future Americans to a livable environment. But the trial is about more than the environment; it will have far-reaching implications for intergenerational justice more broadly. Consider the issue of public debt. There have always been moral objections to one generation burdening the next with excessive debt, effectively … [Read more...] about Mindful of the debts burdening the next generation
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Fionola Meredith: If Northern Ireland is an equal part of the UK, why then is life so different here? BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Blood is probably the most powerful substance for a politician to invoke, as Enoch Powell knew all too well. It summons up deep, visceral images of homeland, motherland, territory, sovereignty, life and death. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/columnists/fionola-meredith/fionola-meredith-if-northern-ireland-is-an-equal-part-of-the-uk-why-then-is-life-so-different-here-37458568.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/columnists/fionola-meredith/article37458567.ece/fc513/AUTOCROP/h342/2018-10-26_opi_45195062_I2.JPG Email Blood is probably the most powerful substance for a politician to invoke, as Enoch Powell knew all too well. It summons up deep, visceral images of homeland, motherland, territory, sovereignty, life and death. To speak, as the DUP leader Arlene Foster has done in the context of the Brexit negotiations, of a "blood red line" … [Read more...] about Fionola Meredith: If Northern Ireland is an equal part of the UK, why then is life so different here?
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who announced his retirement Wednesday after more than 30 years on the bench, will go down in history as a study in internal contrasts.Appointed by President Ronald Reagan, he wrote several important states-rights decisions over the years, and identified as a conservative – but was better known, and more celebrated, for his generation-defining liberal judgments on gay rights.Personally buttoned down and conventional, Kennedy crafted a jurisprudence dedicated to the idea that every person must have the autonomy and dignity to make crucial life decisions – even decisions with which he disagreed.Not given to personal display, the justice wrote opinion after opinion strengthening the U.S. Supreme Court – which he controlled in recent years with his swing vote – until it stood at the apex of power in the constitutional structure.Kennedy’s first extremely important opinion, which in retrospect set the pattern for other … [Read more...] about Justice Kennedy’s Legacy Is the Dignity He Bestowed
Very recently, the Cyprus Tax Department published a guide for the online completion of an employee’s income tax return, relating to taxable income generated in 2017. Originally, the return had to be filed electronically through Taxisnet by July 31, 2018 but the reporting deadline (for salaried taxpayers and self-employed taxpayers having gross fees of up to €70,000) has been recently extended to October 31, 2018. For these groups, the avoidance of the payment of fines and penalties entails the payment of any taxes due by October 31, 2018. On page 17, the guide informs taxpayers that they may reduce their taxable income (by reference to which income tax is quantified) by claiming tax relief for contributions they may have made to Cyprus political parties. It is true that the relief is confined (sic) to €50,000! In fact, even people who do not have a clean criminal record (such as drug dealers) may claim the relief. It must be said, however, that in these cases the … [Read more...] about The rationality of the irrational
The rule of law entails that we should be respectful of the decisions of our Courts, Chairperson of Alternattiva Demokatika-The Green Party Carmel Cacopardo said when commenting on amendments to the Civil Code published on Friday These amendments, AD said in a statement, effectively place band clubs beyond the reach of the law. Last Friday Government published in the Government Gazzette a Bill part of which deals with band clubs and their rental agreements. When in April Mr Justice Anthony Ellul decided in an appeal against the De Paule Band Club in Paola, Government had announced that it was seeking ways in which it could amend the law in order to increase the protection of band clubs. AD Chairperson Carmel Cacopardo said: "The Law Courts have decided that unauthorised alterations were carried out to the Band Club building and consequently in accordance to the provisions of the lease agreement the band club premises should be reclaimed by the owners. As a result of the … [Read more...] about The rule of law signifies that the law is equally applicable to all