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Next six months to be decisive after European Council eases sanctions again

first_img New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia October 15, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Uzbekistan RSF_en News to go further Help by sharing this information Organisation Reporters Without Borders said it took note of the European Council’s decision today to ease its sanctions on Uzbekistan by withdrawing four names from a list of government figures who are denied entry to the European Union.“The next six months will be decisive,” the press freedom organisation said. “We urge all human rights and press freedom organisations to remain vigilant. Uzbekistan must now give evidence of a firm commitment to improve human rights. The time for statements of good intentions is over. We appeal to President Islam Karimov to release imprisoned human rights activists and journalists.”Reporters Without Borders added: “To maintain its credibility, Europe must be ready to reinforce the sanctions if the Uzbek authorities do not adopt any measures designed to improve the human rights situation.”The EU voted to adopt sanctions against Uzbekistan after a government crackdown on an uprising in the eastern city of Andijan on 13 May 2005 left a death toll estimated at about 800 by human rights groups (and 187 by the government). Since then, the sanctions have been reexamined every six months and were already eased slightly on 13 November 2006. Uzbek blogger facing possible 10-year jail term May 14, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Next six months to be decisive after European Council eases sanctions again UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia More than six years in prison for Uzbek blogger who covered corruption News Receive email alerts May 11, 2021 Find out more February 11, 2021 Find out more News Uzbekistan must now give evidence of a firm commitment to improve human rights. As for Europe, it must be ready to reinforce the sanctions if the Uzbek authorities do not adopt any measures designed to improve the human rights situation. Newslast_img read more


71% of surveyed Europeans support UBI

first_imgThe COVID-19 crisis appears to have increased public support for radical economic solutions in Europe. A survey published by the Europe’s Stories research team at the University of Oxford, revealed that 71% of those interviewed support a universal basic income. The figure is remarkable. I think support was already growing because of a sense of inequality following the financial crisis and a sense of growing economic insecurity. This was then massively catalysed by the pandemic, partially of course because quite a few governments are already expanding their social security nets during the lockdown. First of all, I’d love to encourage all of your readers to take part in this. What is absolutely clear so far is that climate change and the complex issues around jobs and social security are on top of the list. The challenge for national governments and Europe as a whole is: can they deliver? And: how do we get from here to there? I fundamentally believe that it depends on you, your colleagues and other active citizens. Governments do ultimately respond to shifts in voters’ views. In democratic politics, you can shift ideas from the margins to the centre quite quickly – our findings on the UBI, which five years ago was seen as an eccentric and wildly utopian idea, show just that. (Link: Image Credit to: MabelAmber/Pixabay The most radical version of it was proposed by Thomas Piketty in his new book. He proposes a pretty generous public inheritance: roughly 120,000 Euros when you turn 25. The question is obviously how that would get paid for… More realistic, I think, as a starting point, is a level of £10,000, as proposed by the Institute of Public Policy Research in London. They set up a “Commission for Economic Justice” with a wide range of people on it, including the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. I think if you started with a negative income tax and a modest minimum inheritance, that’s already a lot better than what we have at the moment.  Professor Garton Ash, thank you for the interview and your time. That’s such a staggering finding. With our team, we’ve been trying to dig deeper into that. As far as I can see, what it reflects is not admiration for authoritarian regimes but disillusionment with the way democracy is working. Young people believe that democracies are so slow-moving, so vulnerable to special-interest groups, corporations and the financial-services sector that they’re simply incapable of taking the radical action needed in time. No, I don’t. Emphatically not. I think in authoritarian regimes, you end up neither with an effective answer to climate change nor with freedom. It’s a mistake that people have made again and again throughout history to think that if you give up the one you get more of the other. To give you one example: China, although it tells a good story about alternative energy, is one of the biggest sources of increasing carbon emissions without any effective control by public opinion. In a democracy, you and your generation can mobilise and democratic governments will respond – the European Commission has now made it the flagship policy of this period.  Cherwell spoke to Timothy Garton Ash, leader of the research group and Professor of European Studies and Leader of the “Europe Studies” research group at Oxford on what his findings could mean for the future after COVID-19, how we can combat economic uncertainty among young people, and whether the “Baby Boomer” generation might be more supportive of student activism than we think.  Do you think this level of support [71%] for a universal basic income has to do with heightened uncertainty during a pandemic or is it a policy Europeans have always supported? That sounds like a really interesting policy. Could you tell me a bit more about it? Is that a view you would personally agree with? This is an interesting finding from the survey. We find much more variation when we ask questions like “Would you support a ban on non-essential flying?” or “Would you ban all petrol and diesel vehicles?”. Everyone tends to support the thing that doesn’t affect them, or affects them less: young people are more likely to support giving up petrol and diesel vehicles because they’re less likely to have one. Older generations want to keep their vehicles but would give up the flying. But beyond that: climate change is the issue of your generation and it’s definitely rather encouraging to see a degree of support from older Europeans for a really ambitious target.  Why do you believe has public support for a universal basic income not been matched by a policy response in Europe? Yes, in this polling that we did, Britain is not an outlier. One of the things we discovered, ironically enough, is that just after Britain has left the EU, we see just how European the country is. The celebration of the NHS and the social care system in this country has been enormous – and what could be more European than a national health service and a strong welfare state? Does public support for policies like the universal basic income in the UK match the European response? Climate action can’t be achieved without government action. 53% of young Europeans place more confidence in authoritarian regimes than democracies when it comes to addressing the climate crisis. Are young people disappointed by their representatives, and if so, why? Your team has developed a self-interviewing facility where people can record a ten-minute interview reflecting on their own crucial European moments and hopes for Europe in 2030. What results have you been able to gather from this so far? Like all big historical moments, this one is creating very positive possibilities for us, but also very negative ones. Given the current impact of the pandemic, we could quite possibly come out of this with a much more unequal society, more nationalism and higher competition. The people who are being hit the hardest are those in low-skilled jobs and those with lower savings. The positive possibility across liberal democracies is that, with this coming on top of the financial crisis and the Eurocrisis, people finally start demanding action against inequality and insecurity for young people and poorer members of our society. The response to this in Britain could be connected to the levelling up agenda of the Johnson government, both geographically and socially – but that’s the optimistic version.  How likely is it that progressive economic policies like the UBI are going to come out of the ongoing crisis in the UK? Your study also finds that 58% of Europeans would like their countries to reduce carbon emissions to no excess emissions by 2030. Many students like myself feel a lack of support from the Boomer generation, but your findings vary little by age group. If it exists, why has support for climate action by the older generations been so quiet? A universal basic income is certainly a radical proposal and has to be thought through quite carefully. A UBI is part of a cluster of concepts for a more equitable society: even Milton Friedman, a neoliberal economist, has proposed a negative income tax – people below a certain income receive money from the state instead of paying taxes. A form that I find really interesting, especially for students entering the economy is what I call universal minimum inheritance: to level up the inequality between those who have rich parents and those who don’t, everyone would get a public inheritance at the age of 25.last_img read more


Real Madrid president rules out big transfers this summer

first_img Loading… In the past year, the club have sanctioned over €300m in transfer spending to bring in a host of stars including Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Ferland Mendy, Eder Militao and Reinier. When asked if Madrid would be making any statement signings this summer, Perez told Onda Cero’s El Transistor show: “No there will not be…the situation is really bad. Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has ruled out the club making any big signings this summer due to the financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic. Madrid transfer news has been dominated by the club being linked to a host of big-name arrivals this summer including Eduardo Camavinga, Paul Pogba, Kai Havertz and Kylian Mbappe. Los Blancos secured the title in La Liga on Thursday night with a 3-1 home win over Villarreal but Perez has moved swiftly to rule out the club making any statement signings this summer. “It would be difficult to ask our players to take a salary cut to help our situation and then we go out and make big signings – that can wait until the situation allows Madrid to make the best signings. “It has been a very difficult year for us because of the income being directed towards the stadium (renovation work) and we had to ask the players to lower their salaries, which is something we did not want to have to do but these are exceptional times. Read Also: Lampard cautions Chelsea stars to forget revenge talk against Man Utd “The stadium is a large source of income for the club and we lost 25 percent – no fans hits the bigger clubs more because the TV rights are not as significant to our outgoings.” This league title is Madrid’s first since 2017 and only their second title in eight seasons. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more


Lagos Media Marathon Will Enhance Ambode’s Road Race Revival, Says Alli

first_imgHe said that when media practitioners sing the gospel of walking, jogging, running, general exercise and its immense health benefits more and more citizens will embrace it thus leading to a healthier and more productive workforce and less spending by the government on healthcare.He added: “ Since Governor Ambode revived the culture of marathon in 2016 with the Lagos City Marathon, there has been an upsurge in the interest of Lagosians and Nigerians alike in road races and marathon, so with the media coming in now, that will even help further.”Alli said he would be more than willing to also help with the Lagos Media Marathon to make it a success right from its first edition.The Lagos City Marathon General Manager commended the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, and other relevant bodies that are involved in the planning of the Lagos Media Marathon fixed for May 1, 2019Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Athletics legend, Yussuf Alli, has described the decision of the Lagos chapter of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) to organise a road race as one of the best things that happened to marathon and road races since Governor Akinwunmi Ambode revived the culture in February 2016 with the Lagos City Marathon.“The media is the fourth estate of the realm because journalists set agenda and we follow. The decision to organize a road race which is open to all Nigerians with special prizes for journalists and non-journalists will make millions of Nigerians embrace the culture of running, I am so happy with the decision.”Alli who was within the Top 10 ranking in the world during his active years in the men’s long jump alongside legends like Carl Lewis and Mike Powell for a decade is now the poster face for the organisation of top road races across Nigeria, including the Lagos City Marathon which is an IAAF Bronze Label race, Okpekpe Road Race, Aba Half Marathon and others. Yussuf Allilast_img read more