Sign up to get our new weekly column as a newsletter. We're looking back at the strongest, smartest opinion takes of the week from CNN and other outlets. (CNN)"He did a fantastic job," President Donald Trump said Friday, as he stood next to Labor Secretary Alex Acosta on the South Lawn of the White House. "He's a tremendous talent. He's a Hispanic man, he went to Harvard, a great student." You might have thought this was the start of a bright new chapter in Acosta's career. Instead it was the President disposing of his labor secretary, four days after explosive new sex trafficking charges against financier Jeffrey Epstein cast a harsh light on the plea deal Acosta helped broker in 2008 when he was US Attorney in Florida. CNN legal analyst Elie Honig, worked for eight years as an assistant US attorney in the Southern District of New York, the arm of the Justice Department that brought the new case against Epstein. He wrote that the money manager, "dodged justice the first time he … [Read more...] about He’s fantastic, tremendous and gone
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On 6 August last year, 14 immigrant farmhands in Foggia, on the ankle of the Italian boot, were coming home from a 12-hour shift picking tomatoes in 40C heat. The minibus carrying them was registered in Bulgaria; the driver didn’t have a licence or insurance. The seats inside were wooden planks, and it was so crowded that passengers couldn’t even see out. The vehicle was travelling at speed when it collided head-on with a truck loaded with tomatoes. After the crash, you could see contorted limbs through the smashed windows. The entire front third of the vehicle was concertinaed and the roof was ripped open. Bags and clothing spilled out on to the road, and there were large patches of blood on the asphalt. Twelve of the 14 labourers died. Only two days before, also in Foggia, four labourers had died in a similar accident: 16 dead in 48 hours. In the Italian south, the lives of foreign agricultural labourers are so cheap that many NGOs have described their conditions as a … [Read more...] about Are your tinned tomatoes picked by slave labour?
A parliamentary hearing will be held today to discuss claims that Universal Credit is driving desperate women to "survival sex". It has been reported that claimants who have been left with little due to the benefits system or sanctions have turned to selling themselves to pay their bills or put food on the table for their children. The hearing will be held by the Work and Pensions Committee to discuss the issue, and is the first meeting of its kind. The committee has said the investigation is in response to evidence from charities, as the latest statistics show numbers have increased in relation to women who have been forced into sex work due to poverty. Phillip Alston, an independent expert on extreme poverty and human rights for the United Nations, highlighted the situation after noting in his report that he had met people "who have sold sex for money or shelter". In the summary of his report he said that although the UK is the world's fifth largest economy, one fifth of its … [Read more...] about Universal Credit is driving desperate women to ‘survival sex’