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  • Why academics are losing relevance in society – and how to stop it about 10 hours ago
  • Why Cuba is an education success story and what it can teach Africa about 10 hours ago
    • Why Cuba is an education success story and what it can teach Africa   

    • Cuba takes education very seriously. It became a top priority after Fidel Castro became prime minister in 1959 and this helped the country shake its mantle as the most unequal of the Hispanic Caribbean territories during both the colonial and post colonial early 20th century periods.


      The foundations of Castro’s new social – and socialist – order were premised on the common understanding that only good-quality, empowering education could conquer Cuba’s acute poverty, ignorance and underdevelopment.


      Cuba invested heavily to make its education system world class. By the 1980s and 1990s, the country’s educational disbursements as a ratio of gross domestic product were among the highest in the world.

    • Cuba has much to teach Africa about prioritising and reforming education. Its approach to education has made a unique contribution to social change. There are valuable lessons here for the continent and, as more than a decade of my research has shown, particularly for South Africa.


      There are three major methods through which Cuba revolutionised teaching and learning after Castro’s socialist government came to government.

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  • Jeff Sessions Pushes Back Against Clinton’s Suggestion of Global Right to Immigrate about 13 hours ago
    • Jeff Sessions Pushes Back Against Hillary Clinton’s ‘Radical’ Suggestion of a Global Right to Immigrate
    • by Julia Hahn24 Sep 2016
    • Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions pushed back against Hillary Clinton campaign’s “radical” suggestion that foreign nationals living in foreign countries have a global right to immigrate to the United States.


      As Byron York first reported, earlier this week, Clinton’s campaign indicated that she believes the world has a global right to immigrate to the United States—a position that essentially dissolves the United States’ status as a sovereign nation.

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  • UCL warns archaeology pupils that 'bones can be scary' | Daily Mail Online about 13 hours ago
      • Warning to archaeology pupils that 'bones can be scary' sparks fresh fears over cosseted generation of students 

        • University College London alerted students that history can be upsetting
        • Those studying archaeologies of modern conflict 'might feel stressed'
        • If they do, they can leave class, as long as they copy someone's notes later 
        • Critics say such 'trigger warnings' mean 'health and safety is going mad'
    • For archaeology students, the opportunity to dig up important historical remains is an enticing prospect.

      But astonishingly, students at one of Britain’s leading universities have been given permission to walk out of classes if they find dealing with the past too traumatic.

      The move at University College London (UCL) is the latest example of controversial ‘trigger warnings’, where academics caution students about some potentially disturbing material. 

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  • European Union: EU trade with Africa and Caribbean, plus TTIP and CETA, in Brexit peril | World | News | Daily Express about 14 hours ago
    • ‘Not worth it anymore!’ HAMMER BLOW for Juncker as nations dump EU trade deals post-Brexit
    • DEVELOPING countries are set to dump controversial trade agreements with the European Union en masse following the Brexit vote, leading economists have said.

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  • No Fortune 100 CEOs Back Republican Donald Trump - WSJ about 14 hours ago
    • No Fortune 100 CEOs Back Republican Donald Trump


      Democrat Hillary Clinton has 11 contributors and 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney had far more

    • By 
        Rebecca Ballhaus and  
        Brody Mullins
    • Sept. 23, 2016

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  • Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems | Books | The Guardian about 18 hours ago
    • Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems
    • Financial meltdown, environmental disaster and even the rise of Donald Trump – neoliberalism has played its part in them all. Why has the left failed to come up with an alternative?
    • George Monbiot

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  • American capitalism’s lousy, lousy week - The Boston Globe about 19 hours ago
    • American capitalism’s lousy, lousy week
    • By Dante Ramos  Globe Columnist  
    • When Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf went before a Senate committee the other day, Elizabeth Warren turned him into sashimi. Or at least she handed him the knives with which he sliced and diced himself. As the Massachusetts senator pressed him on a massive fraud scandal at his bank, he downplayed the problem; he minimized his ability to fire the executives who let it happen; he passed the buck to his company’s board — a board that, by the way, he leads.

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  • Liberals say media is failing because public still supports Donald Trump - Washington Times about 19 hours ago
    • The apoplectic liberals

      The media is failing, they argue, because it can’t convince the public that Trump is Lucifer

    • -     The Washington Times -       Thursday, September 22, 2016   


      Is it journalistic malpractice to quote each side of the argument and leave it to readers to draw their own conclusions?

      Apparently to liberals — who are fretting Hillary Clinton could lose this presidential contest to Donald Trump — the answer is yes.

      How could a man who tells lies, and promotes conspiracy theories, even still be competitive, they ask. Isn’t it obvious he’s a know-nothing buffoon?

    • Apparently not. So they’ve turned against the one institution that’s always been on their side: The media. The press obviously is failing, they argue, because it isn’t convincing the American public that Mr. Trump is, indeed, Lucifer.

      Pulitzer-winning New York Times columnist Nick Kristof wrote the media shouldn’t be treating Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump the same — that there’s a so-called “false-equivalence.”

      One you see, is a reasonable, but flawed politician. The other is a monster who will take down the Republic.

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  • Angela Merkel’s Legacy: Incompetent Leadership of Germany & Europe | National Review about 19 hours ago
    • Germany Can Do Better than Angela Merkel
    • Despite her reputation for competence, Merkel has led her country (and Europe) into one crisis after another.

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