Tuesday, August 16

Day: January 8, 2016

A no strings basic income? If it works for the royal family, it can work for us all
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

A no strings basic income? If it works for the royal family, it can work for us all

    My first response to the notion of a universal basic income (UBI) was: “Well, really. That is never going to happen! I mean, it’s completely unaffordable. I mean, it would be political suicide for any progressive party suggesting it.” And then I may have started to froth at the mouth slightly and ask if it would be paid to refugees. Yet this year will see a UBI paid to residents of Utrecht and 19 other Dutch municipalities. Everyone will get about £150 a week, whether working or not. The unemployed won’t find themselves penalised for finding work, and the hope is that the state will spend less money snooping on benefit claimants, moving on the homeless or locking up those driven to crime. Advocates of this radical idea are keen to quash any notion that recipients of free m...
Cameron closing in on four years deal on in-work benefits to deter EU migrant workers
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Cameron closing in on four years deal on in-work benefits to deter EU migrant workers

    British Prime Minister David Cameron is poised to do a deal with Europe that would strip away incentives for EU workers to come to Britain - a move that could hand him a big "win" ahead of next summer's planned referendum on Britain's EU membership, The Telegraph has learned. The outlines of a deal acceptable to all sides have emerged following December's European Council summit where Mr Cameron made an impassioned case for Britain's need to curb the wave of migration that has hit the country since it opened its doors to new EU states in 2004. Mr Cameron had demanded the right to make non-British EU workers wait four years before claiming in-work benefits, but was roundly rebuffed at the summit on the grounds that it would infringe the core EU principle of non-discriminati...
Saudis will not allow war with Iran as says deputy crown prince
Arab world, ENGLISH

Saudis will not allow war with Iran as says deputy crown prince

    - Deputy crown prince says crisis will not lead to war - New Saudi leadership seen as more willing to take risks - Saudis see Iranian response to execution as proof of meddling The diplomatic rupture with Iran triggered by the execution of a Shia cleric was probably a side effect of a deci-sion taken by Saudi Arabia for domestic reasons, rather than the outcome of a deliberate ploy to enrage its regional opponent. But whether or not they intended to raise the heat in a tense rivalry that already underpins wars across the Middle East, Saudi Arabia's new rulers have shown no sign of regret. Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is also defence minister, reassured the world on Thursday the crisis would stop short of an all-out war between the Gulf region's main powers....
Biswa Ijtema begins today
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

Biswa Ijtema begins today

    The first phase of Biswa Ijtema, one of the biggest congregations of Muslims in the globe, begins today on the bank of the Turag River at Tongi, on the outskirt of the capital, reports UNB. The congregation, also called the World Muslims’ Congregation, will start formally with religious ser-mons after Fajar prayers today and it will end with Akheri Munajat (final prayers) on Sunday. Several lakhs of Muslims are expected to join the Jum’a prayer at the Ijtema venue on Friday. The second spell of Ijtema is scheduled to be held from January 15-17 on the same venue. Sources at Biswa Ijtema in Tongi said thousands of devotees from home and abroad started congregat-ing on the Turag bank to take part in the 72-hour religious event since Thursday morning. Tight security measures h...
Great British Bake Off star Nadiya Hussain’s home placed under police guard after anti-Muslim threats
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Great British Bake Off star Nadiya Hussain’s home placed under police guard after anti-Muslim threats

    Great British Bake-Off winner Nadiya Hussain has revealed that she was targeted by an anti-Islamic hate mob on social media. The mother of three and her family needed a police guard at their home after she received racist threats on Twitter following her win. The 31-year-old, who won the nation's hearts as much with her inventive bakes as her witty one-liners, was speaking on ITV's Loose Women when she revealed that she was bombarded with abuse and insults for being a hijab-wearing Muslim. Nadiya, who is of Bangladeshi origin and a practising Muslim, frequently demonstrated her pride in both her British roots and her Muslim faith, drawing on both influences in creating her spectacular bakes. And while she remained undeterred by the online abuse, the police took the threats...