My regular Sunday piece of interesting, longer, deeper stories I found during the week. It’s also a chance for you to share what you found this week too. Those stimulating links you wanted to share, but just didn’t fit in anywhere (no linkwhoring). This week: girls dying in recession, forgotten wars, and the spin of the Right.
Awfully quickly as I’m meant to be off to the beach with my kids…
What links the left in the US and Russia? The Right are managing to portray those whose job it is to defend the people, as elitist. This looks like what the Right here are trying as well… Intriguingly I looked I noticed a glimpse of what National see as important in themselves when I looked at their history this week: it’s all about how they got power and their important personalities, with about 3 lines of what they did for the country (as opposed to what the country did for them by electing them…).
Further Right spin is trying to create the divide between what they call the shirkers and the workers. Monbiot says he stands with Churchill as see the real shirkers as wealthy landowners who accept the increased roads and utilities and value of their land without doing anything or paying their share.
Girls rate of death has been pushed up at 5 times the speed of boys in the global recession. With women also suffering from lack of nutrition as they starve themselves to feed the breadwinner and the kids…
As Burma comes back into the international fold, it continues its ethnic wars.
Something to think about: our food system causes one-third of our greenhouse gas emissions globally (much more locally) – do we need to think of something more efficient? This as charities in the UK combine to push for an end to hunger worldwide forever.
Also in the UK there are calls for an investigation into the scandal that is blacklisting. Many workers unable to get a job and unaware why, but they’re on a corporate list over their union activities or some perceived slight against some former employer.
Locally Mai Chen called for us to focus on more than GDP, with other societal measures (happiness, trust etc) more important.
Of course the National point of view is very much The Lorax’s Once-ler‘s – How bad can I be? I’m just growing the economy! (although they seem to struggle to even do that…)