Monthly Archives: December 2012

BBC – Trust in police damaged by controversies – Vaz

Public confidence in the British police has been hurt by a “dangerous cocktail” of controversies including the critical Hillsborough report and Andrew Mitchell “plebgate” row, a senior MP has warned. Labour’s Keith Vaz, who chairs the Commons Home Affairs Committee, … Continue reading

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The East German secret service, the Stasi, loved to keep records. It built up a library of hundreds of thousands of files on its own people. When the order came to destroy those files, in late 1989, there was so … Continue reading

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Seasons Greetings

Seasons greetings and a happy new year to everyone. As we move into another year lots more adventures to come.    

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Press Statement: report of the Commission on a Bill of Rights | British Institute of Human Rights

Press Statement: report of the Commission on a Bill of Rights | British Institute of Human Rights. In the UK the government has been proposing not following the international human rights act but that the UK should have it’s own … Continue reading

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Contrasts in Punishment

Why do some modern societies punish their offenders differently to others? Why are some more punitive and others more tolerant in their approach to offending and how can these differences be explained? Based on extensive historical analysis and fieldwork in … Continue reading

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Putting the “Evolution” in Revolution

How do we maintain our own well being when the ‘movers and shakers’ around the world take actions that invade our lives? The most important part of our lives is ‘now’.  Our path in life crosses that of others so … Continue reading

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Rule of Law Challenges in East and South East Asia

East and South-East Asia is well known as a global source, transit and destination region for human trafficking.  It is the world’s second largest source of heroin, and has become a key centre for the manufacture and trade of amphetamine … Continue reading

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Fields on fire: making farming more sustainable in India – in pictures

The northern Indian state of Punjab feeds 500 million people each year with rice and wheat, but traditional farming methods that clear fields by burning plant residue release carbon dioxide and other gases. If global agriculture is to reduce its … Continue reading

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Why Newly-Released Prisoners Make Great Entrepreneurs

Jeff Smith, a former Missouri State senator, spent a year in prison for conspiracy and attempt to obstruct the Federal Election Commission during his 2004 campaign. He describes prison as “teeming with smart, ambitious men whose business instincts were in many cases … Continue reading

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Motivation from CA Club India

Success & Failure often go hand in hand. This was a man who failed in business at the age of 21 Was defeated in a legislative race at age 22 Failed again in business at age 24 Overcame the death … Continue reading

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