Conditions for homeless residents in San Francisco are among the worst in the world, with many living in crowded camps filled with trash, faeces, and discarded needles. In September, United Nations Special Rapporteur Leilani Farha released a report calling the crisis a “human rights violation.” Business Insider spoke with Farha about the root causes of homelessness – and what she sees as the most viable solutions. Farha doubled down on her previous comments, arguing that San Francisco’s homelessness crisis suggests a “cruelty that is unsurpassed.” When Leilani Farha paid a visit to San Francisco in January, she knew the grim reputation of the city’s homeless encampments. In her four years as the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Adequate Housing, Farha has visited the slums of Mumbai, Delhi, Mexico City, Jarkarta, and Manila. The crisis in San Francisco, she said, is comparable to these conditions. While New York City and Los … [Read more...] about UN expert: San Francisco’s homelessness crisis is a human rights violation and suggests ‘a cruelty that is unsurpassed’
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By Muhammad Yamin Published: November 9, 2018 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email The birthright citizenship clause comes from the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution, introduced in the latter half of the 19th century. PHOTO: ISTOCK Donald Trump sure knows how to keep things exciting. Even as president, he keeps making statements to rile up his base and aggravate his opponents, making people outside the US wonder how a country’s leader can openly make such claims. Whether he truly believes in his own spiel or not, one thing is for certain – he is a marketing genius. He knows exactly what to say and who to say it to. Before the midterm elections, Trump revealed that his team is working on a legislation that will end birthright citizenship for babies born on US soil. Trump’s logic was that the US ends up paying for the welfare and education of these babies from birth till death, which takes a toll on the social services of the country. As is the norm, … [Read more...] about Birthright citizenship is a constitutional right and cannot be taken away by mere election rhetoric
By: Alex Rankine 30/09/2018 Labour wants to nationalise the trains as soon as it comes to power. The Tories are fighting back with yet another review of privatisation, just five years after the last one. Alex Rankine reportsWhat has happened? The government has announced a “root and branch” review into the operation of Britain’s rail network. The consultation, to be headed by former British Airways boss Keith Williams, is expected to last a year and has been billed as the biggest review of the system since privatisation in the 1990s under John Major’s government. It is only five years since the Brown Review declared that Britain’s railway franchising model was “not fundamentally flawed”. Yet a catalogue of recent scheduling and business fiascos suggest that there are indeed systemic problems. How are the railways organised? Though the rail network is often described as privatised, Britain’s railways are … [Read more...] about Wanted: a plan to fix Britain’s railways
Sweden faces political uncertainty after the election in twelve days. What sort of government could emerge? For a political scientist, this is a fascinating situation. Among much else, it reminds us that the rules of the political game are vitally important in shaping political outcomes. But they are not the whole story. The rise and decline of bloc politics Sweden, like most European countries, is a parliamentary democracy. Its voters elect the members of parliament, and they, in turn, choose the head of government, the prime minister. If one party has won a majority of the seats in parliament, as often happens in Britain, the leader of that party is the obvious prime ministerial choice. Thanks to the proportional electoral system, only very rarely has any Swedish party won its own majority. In practice, though, the designation of a prime minister has usually been easy. The months of post-election wrangling that we see in Belgian and Dutch parliaments, for instance, have never been … [Read more...] about What sort of government might Sweden have after the election?
By Catherine Ho Updated 5:00 am PDT, Sunday, August 12, 2018 Photo: Santiago Mejia / The Chronicle Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Buy photo Genentech, with headquarters in South San Francisco, has filed appeals in San Mateo County, where most of its operations are, and in Solano County, where it has manufacturing plants. Genentech, with headquarters in South San Francisco, has filed appeals in San Mateo County, where most of its operations are, and in Solano County, where it has manufacturing plants. Photo: Santiago Mejia / The Chronicle Buy this photo Want a lower tax bill? So do Apple and Genentech 1 / 1 Back to Gallery For-profit companies don’t typically downplay the value of their assets. But when it comes to paying property taxes, some of Silicon Valley’s largest companies are going head … [Read more...] about Want a lower tax bill? So do Apple and Genentech