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7/27/15

Digital Revolution: What Impact Does The Digital Revolution Have On Work And Inequality? - by Michael A Osborne

The link below will take you to a transcript of a Social Europe podcast in which Social Europe Editor-in-Chief Henning Meyer discusses the impact of the Digital Revolution on the nature of work and inequality with Michael A. Osborne, Associate Professor in Machine Learning and Co-Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Technology and Employment at the University of Oxford.

Read more: What Impact Does The Digital Revolution Have On Work And Inequality? » Social Europe

Middle East: Turkey denies targeting Syrian Kurdish group

The Syrian Kurdish YPG group on Monday accused Turkey of targeting its positions inside Syria, a charge Ankara denied amid growing tensions between Turkey and Kurdish groups in the region.

In a statement released Monday, the Syrian Kurdish YPG (Kurdish People's Protection Units) said the Turkish army targeted one of the group’s vehicles in the border village of Til Findire, east of the border town of Kobane, where the Kurds handed a major defeat to the Islamic State (IS) group earlier this year.

The YPG, a Syrian group affiliated with the banned Turkish PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party), has been one of the most effective groups battling Islamic State militants in Syria, but Turkey fears they could revive an insurgency against Ankara in pursuit of an independent state.

Read more: france 24 - Turkey denies targeting Syrian Kurdish group - France 24

China: What's fueling the frenzy in China stocks? - by Dhara Ranasinghe

China's benchmark stock market slid 8.5 percent on Monday, suffering its biggest daily loss since 2007, indicating that there is seemingly no reprieve to the violent selling rocking the country's equities.

A sharp fall in commodity prices, weak Chinese economic data and concerns that Beijing may be reluctant to dole out further measures to support beaten-up shares all contributed to the sell-off, analysts said.

Data released earlier on Monday showed China's industrial profits declined 0.3 percent year-on-year in June, compared with a 0.6 percent rise in May.

Read more: What's fueling the frenzy in China stocks?

7/26/15

Turkey calls for NATO meeting to discuss security threats - by Suzan Fraser

Turkey on Sunday called for a meeting of its NATO allies to discuss threats to its security and its airstrikes targeting Islamic State militants in Syria and Kurdish rebels in Iraq.

The move came as Turkey's state-run media reported that Turkish F-16 jets again took off from the country's southeastern Diyarbakir air base to hit Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK targets across the border in northern Iraq.

There was no immediate confirmation of the report by TRT television, which came hours after authorities said PKK militants detonated a car-bomb near Diyarbakir, killing two soldiers and wounding four others.

NATO announced that its decision-making body, the North Atlantic Council, will convene Tuesday after Ankara invoked the alliance's Article 4, which allows member states to request a meeting if they feel their territorial integrity or security is under threat.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry said Turkey would inform allies about the airstrikes which followed an IS suicide bombing near Turkey's border with Syria that left 32 people dead, and an IS attack on Turkish forces, which killed a soldier.

Turkey requested the meeting, which includes ambassadors of all 28 member countries, "in view of the seriousness of the situation after the heinous terrorist attacks in recent days," NATO said.

NATO itself is not involved in operations against the Islamic State group, although many of its members are. As an alliance, however, NATO is committed to helping defend Turkey.

Read more: Turkey calls for NATO meeting to discuss security threats - US News

EU: On the Road to a Tallinn Treaty? - by Stuart Parkinson

ou’ve probably never heard of the “Tallinn Treaty,” have you? There’s a good reason for it, though, which is that it doesn’t actually exist yet.

But if I’m right, the Tallinn Treaty of 2018 will be the successor to the Lisbon Treaty, and it will solve just about all of the European Union’s current panoply of problems, including Greece.

Ten years ago, in 2005, the European Union was in disarray, coming to terms as it was by the recent referendum defeats in both France and the Netherlands on the question of the ratification of the draft EU Constitution.

Back in those days, (i.e. in contrast to the recent Greek referendum), it took relatively more time for policy-makers to ignore the will of their people.

Indeed it wasn’t until two years later, on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the original Treaty of Rome, that the so-called Berlin Declaration resolved to seek a “renewed common basis” for the European Union in time for the European Parliamentary elections that were scheduled for 2009.

It was called the Berlin Declaration because, as fate would have it, it was issued during Germany’s turn in the rotating EU Presidency. By the time its Presidency was wrapping up in June 2007, the main parameters of the next Treaty change were all but agreed, and an Intergovernmental Conference was launched.
By December, the work of the Conference was done.

Germany may have done the heavy lifting, but it was Portugal’s turn as President by then, and so the final treaty would be known as the Lisbon Treaty.

Wrapping things up in March 2018, EU leaders will gather in Estonia to sign the Tallinn Treaty, the Lisbon’s Treaty successor.

There will be something in it for everyone. It’s actually more or less the only positive way forward for Europe, if you think about it.

Read more: EU: On the Road to a Tallin Treaty? - The Globalist

BREXIT: Opinion: On UK ′Brexit,′ Obama is thinking US - not EU

The UK has to stay in the EU, Barack Obama says. Only then will it be able to continue to play a role on the international stage. More than anything, he has US interests in mind, Gero Schliess writes in Washington.

Some observers may have rubbed their eyes in disbelief: For the longest time, the Americans had gone out of their way to avoid EU matters. Yet, suddenly US President Barack Obama (right in photo) is concerned about the unity of Europe, urgently advising the British that they should not turn their backs on the "Group of 28."

 It remains to be seen whether Obama has done himself any favors with his unusually public plea. Euroskeptics in Britain have already said they will not tolerate his meddling.

The president has repeatedly stated that he cannot imagine a European Union without Britain. However, he has never expressed himself so directly in public. Has Obama become a convinced European? Has he come to appreciate a strong and unified Europe in light of the increasing gravity of global crises? That is only part of the truth.

The rest is that he is concerned with US interests.

Read more: Opinion: On UK ′Brexit,′ Obama is thinking US - not EU | Europe | DW.COM | 25.07.2015

US Presidential #Elections: Bernie Sanders: Racism, Economic Inequality are 'Parallel Problems' - by Carrie Dann

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said recently that economic inequality and institutional racism are "parallel problems" that both must be addressed at the same time.

"We have to end institutional racism, but we have to deal with the reality that 50 percent of young black kids are unemployed, that we have massive poverty in America, that we have an unsustainable level of income and wealth inequality," he said on NBC's Meet the Press.

"We have to address both," he added, referencing the efforts of Martin Luther King Jr. to combat poverty in America.

Sanders was lambasted by some black activists last weekend at progressive conference Netroots Nation, where critics accused him of focusing on economic issues over racial inequality.

"My view is that we have got to deal with the fact that the middle class in this country is disappearing, that we have millions of people working for wages that are much too low impacts everybody, impacts the African American community even more," he said on Sunday. "Those are issues that do have to be dealt with, and just at the same time as we deal with institutional racism."

Read more: Bernie Sanders: Racism, Economic Inequality are 'Parallel Problems' - NBC News

Mobile Phone Security: The top 10 countries with the most phone voyeurs

Do you ever get the feeling that you’re being peeped?

If you live in one of the following countries then your intuition might be right, as there are dozens of snoopers around you!

Cheetah Mobile recently conducted a survey of 10 million phone users all over the world to find out which countries had the biggest phone voyeur problem. The top 10 are Brazil, Mexico, US, Russia, Turkey, Columbia, India, Korea, Italy and Germany!

According to the survey, about 25% of Brazilian users have had problems with people snooping on their phones. Mexica follows with 22%, US 21% and Russia 18%. The average figure among all countries is roughly 13%, which means that wherever you live, your phone privacy is at risk!

Read more: The top 10 countries with the most phone voyeurs - The world’s leading mobile tools provider

7/25/15

America the beautiful? - Gun violence is much worse in the US than in any other advanced nation in the world

In an interview with the BBC,US President, Mr Obama said it was "distressing" for him not to have made progress on the issueof gun control "even in the face of repeated mass killings".

He vowed to keep trying, but the BBC's North America editor Jon Sopel said the president did not sound very confident.

Hours after the interview, a gunman opened fire at a cinema in the US state of Louisiana, killing two people and injuring several others before shooting himself.

President Obama said that America should be "ashamed" of the "off the charts" amount of gun violence in the country and chastised lawmakers who are not willing to take on the gun lobby

."My biggest frustration so far is that this society has not been willing to take some basic steps" to curb gun violence, Obama said during a question-and-answer Tuesday. All queries were submitted through the social network Tumblr.

Obama said the country needs to "do some soul searching" about a culture where mass shootings have become pervasive."We're the only developed country on Earth where this happens," Obama said. "And it happens now once a week. And it's a one-day story. There's no place else like this."

Figures show that more people in America are killed yearly by gun violence than by terrorism around the world.

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