Duterte’s theology: Wipe out evil, help the poorThe outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great, and their sin so grave, that I must go down and see whether or not their actions fully correspond to the cry against them that comes to me. I mean to find out.— God in the Book of Genesis, 18:20-23, 32 We are our own tormentors — addressing the Filipino people — we are our own demons; we are as rapacious predators preying on the helpless, the weak and the voiceless. We find corruption everywhere in government …— President Duterte, State of the Nation Address Is Rodrigo Roa Duterte acting like God? Yes and no.In his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) last Monday, the President fumed against corruption in government and wanted to eradicate this evil, even making his signature death threats against grafters in the Bureau of Customs (BoC). To many, Duterte sounded like the Lord Yahweh incensed over the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, as recounted in … [Read more...] about Duterte’s theology: Wipe out evil, help the poor
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Raf Casert, Associated Press Updated 2:22 am CDT, Wednesday, May 22, 2019 FILE - In this Friday May 17, 2019 file photo, France's President Emmanuel Macron visits Biarritz, southwestern France. The European Parliament elections have never been so hotly anticipated or contested, with many predicting that this year’s ballot will mark a coming-of-age moment for the euroskeptic far-right movement. The elections start Thursday May 23, 2019 and run through Sunday May 26 and are taking place in all of the European Union’s 28 nations. less FILE - In this Friday May 17, 2019 file photo, France's President Emmanuel Macron visits Biarritz, southwestern France. The European Parliament elections have never been so hotly anticipated or contested, with ... more Photo: Bob Edme, AP Photo: Bob Edme, AP … [Read more...] about Big question for EU vote: How well will the far-right do?
By Simon Johnson STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's Social Democrat-led government will outline tax cuts for top earners on Wednesday, widening the gap between rich and poor in a country that has long enjoyed a reputation for social equality. The boost for wealthy Swedes is part of a compromise deal, struck between centre-left and centre-right parties after a September election resulted in a hung parliament, aimed at excluding the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats from government. It mirrors a dilemma facing politicians in other European countries such as Germany and Denmark where mainstream parties have faced a choice between papering over left-right animosity or giving populist parties a taste of power. But with many Swedes increasingly unhappy with public services such as policing, schools and care for the elderly, analysts warn the tax cuts in fact risk fuelling xenophobia and populist sentiment, widely seen as rooted in growing inequality. The policy, which will be outlined in a … [Read more...] about Egalitarian Sweden getting more unequal as tax cuts help the rich
This story is part of The Privacy Divide, a series that explores the fault lines and disparities–social, cultural, philosophical–that have developed around digital privacy and its impact on society. In 1969, a woman named Barbara James walked into a neighborhood legal services office in New York City and obtained welfare benefits to support herself and her 2-year-old son Maurice. Her case worker told James that she would have to allow a home visit as part of the welfare verification process. James didn’t want welfare officials searching her home and offered instead to provide documentation to demonstrate her eligibility. Her refusal eventually led the city to terminate her benefits. The case of Wyman v. James would make it all the way to the Supreme Court, where the court upheld the home visit policy. Decades later, another mother seeking welfare benefits had her home searched twice in unscheduled visits by officials in San Diego. She received her benefits, but … [Read more...] about Trading privacy for survival is another tax on the poor
Two months ago, Nancy Pelosi was battling an internal Democratic rebellion trying to bar her from the speakership. Pelosi faced doubts over whether she was the right person to lead the new Democratic majority, despite shepherding her party to victory on Election Day, and some colleagues demanded she step down after 16 years in power.Story Continued Below Now — just weeks after reclaiming the speaker's gavel — the California Democrat has already bested President Donald Trump in a gut-wrenching fight that may help define the 116th Congress, while strengthening her hold over rank-and-file lawmakers. Trump surrendered to Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in astonishing fashion Friday after insisting for 35 straight days that he would never reopen the government without winning on his central 2016 campaign promise: a big, beautiful border wall between the United States and Mexico. But just as she did with her Democratic critics weeks ago, Pelosi waited Trump … [Read more...] about ‘She’s not one to bluff’: How Pelosi won the shutdown battle