China’s wages on the increase

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Useful new video from the FT showing the increase in China’s wages and how they are catching up with those in the developed world. China’s labour force as a whole, hourly wage is around 70 per cent of the level in weaker eurozone countries, according to data from Euromonitor International. Has China reached the Lewis Point where the abundance of cheap labour has dried up as workers return to the rural areas? Could be used for the A2 Developing Economies topic.

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Fourth missile attack against Israel in three weeks ignored by BBC News

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In the early hours of the morning of February 27th a missile was fired into Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip.

“A rocket fired from Gaza struck an open field in southern Israel early Monday morning, causing neither damage nor injury, the army said.

The rocket hit the Sha’ar Hanegev region, northeast of the Gaza Strip, the military said.

It was launched shortly before 4:15 a.m., according to the Israel Defense Forces.”bbc-arabic-missile-27-2

Several hours later Israel responded with strikes on Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip.

There was no coverage of the missile attack whatsoever on the BBC News English language website but – in line with the pattern of reporting seen regularly over the last two years – later on the afternoon of February 27th, Israel’s response was reported in an article titled “Israeli fighter jets bombed positions of the militants in the Gaza Strip” on the…

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Transgender Texas Wrestling Star Raises Difficult Questions Over Competition Rules For Students On Steriods

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This dress would have been OK with @NZGreens if it was a burqa

As Catherine Delahunty MP said after visiting a fundamentalist religious community in New Zealand:

I looked at the gorgeous, yet regimented girls in their identical clothing and wondered how a physicist, an international lawyer or a plumber might blossom if the only role models she was exposed to were those in her own community. We agreed to disagree, because you can’t argue with religious certainty and a literal interpretation of a religious text.

This community feels they are under attack by people like me and throughout the day the women and men I met did their best to share their vision of a safe, structured and practical world led entirely by men who consult with women.

More @NZGreens fantasies about terrorism! Do non-Western terrorist murders not count?

More @NZGreens fantasies about terrorism! Do non-Western terrorist murders not count?

If it would all have been different but for a UN mandate for the Iraqi war, Secretary of State Powell simply should have worked harder. I do wonder what the Afghan based jihadists are fighting for given that punitive expedition … Continue reading

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Options for an English Parliament: lessons from existing decentralised states

The Constitution Unit Blog

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Last year the Constitution Unit began work on a project exploring the options for an English Parliament. As part of this research we are examining arrangements in other decentralised states, particularly those which are federal, to draw out lessons for the design of political institutions were an English Parliament to be established. Jack Sheldon and Meg Russell summarise some early findings.

Last autumn we began work on a research project exploring the options for an English Parliament. As outlined in a previous blog post, calls for an English Parliament have long existed, but frequently been dismissed by academics and mainstream politicians. However, in recent years the salience of questions concerning England’s constitutional status has increased and as a result the idea has gained new supporters. Despite this no detailed analysis of the design options for an English Parliament – including key questions such as its possible powers, structure and…

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