November 20, 2017 nº 1,922 - Vol. 14

"Although our intellect always longs for clarity and certainty, our nature often finds uncertainty fascinating."

Karl von Clausewitz

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  • Top News

We cannot incorporate the EU Charter into UK law or else it will be chaos

This week Parliament will be asked to vote on whether to incorporate the EU's Charter of Fundamental Rights into UK law. If Labour, acting with others, manage to force this through there will be legal chaos. Not only will it hand new and long-lasting powers to UK courts to strike down UK laws over the head of Parliament on woolly interpretations of EU 'rights', but it will oblige them to continue to follow the EU's Court. Few outside the legal profession have heard of the innocuous sounding EU Charter. Firstly it is not the Human Rights Convention that underpins the controversial European Court of Human Rights. Jealous of its rival the EU was determined to have its own Human Rights powers. Secondly, by rights the EU Charter should not even exist. Fearing this EU power grab, Tony Blair fought it all the way, from its conception in 2000 to its eventual incorporation in the Lisbon Treaty.

AT&T + Time Warner

In this article, the communication lawyer of Meister Scorsim AdvocaciaEricson M. Scorsim talks about the Brazilian Antitrust Authority analysis of the AT&T and Time Warner merger agreement. (Click here)


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Chinese shadow banking has slowed — but that's not as good as it seems

China is on a drive to reduce its reliance on debt, a habit that some experts warn could lead to a global financial crisis. New data suggests that the growth in the risky "shadow banking" sector is slowing this year. But that might not be as good news as it seems on first blush: The credit is just moving to more regulated areas, keeping overall lending activity high.

China's top economic risk? Education.

Xi Jinping recently laid out a bold vision for transforming his country into a fully developed economy by 2050, with a particular emphasis on spurring innovation and technology. Given China's current level of human capital -- and some looming changes in the world economy -- that may be harder than he expects. A widely held view in the West is that China's schools are brimming with math and science whizzes, just the kind of students that companies of the future will need. But this is misleading: For years, headline-grabbing studies showing China's prowess on standardized tests evaluated only kids in rich and unrepresentative areas. When its broader population was included, China's ranking dropped across all subject areas.


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  • Brief News

US nuclear chief would resist 'illegal' presidential strike order

The top nuclear commander in the US says he would resist any "illegal" presidential order to launch a strike. Air Force Gen John Hyten, said as head of the US Strategic Command he provided advice to a president and expected that a legal alternative would be found. His comments come just days after US senators discussed a president's authority to launch a nuclear attack. Some of them expressed concern that President Donald Trump might irresponsibly order such a strike. Others though said a president must have the authority to act without meddling from lawyers. It was the first such hearing in more than 40 years. In August, Trump vowed to unleash "fire and fury like the world has never seen" on North Korea if it threatened the US. (Click here)

Ruling party sacks Mugabe as leader

Zimbabwe's Zanu-PF removes Robert Mugabe and gives him a day to resign as president. Mugabe - hero or villain? 'Crocodile' who snapped back.

Israeli president rejects pardon for soldier

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has rejected an appeal for a pardon for a soldier jailed for 18 months for killing a wounded Palestinian attacker. Elor Azaria was found guilty in January of manslaughter over the March 2016 shooting of Abdul Fatah al-Sharif, 21, in Hebron, in the occupied West Bank. In January, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for Azaria, a sergeant, to be pardoned. Azaria submitted a formal request last month. The case has divided Israeli opinion.

Ankara bans all gay rights functions

The Turkish capital Ankara has banned all gay festivals, screenings, forums and exhibitions on security grounds. The governor's office said on Sunday that it also wanted to protect public order and sensitivities. The announcement follows a move last week to ban a festival of German-language gay films also due to have been held in the city. Homosexuality is legal in Turkey but activists say homophobia is rampant. (Click here)

Spain's attorney general dies aged 66

Spain's attorney general José Manuel Maza has died suddenly in Argentina, where he was attending a conference. He was 66. Earlier on Saturday he had been reportedly taken to an intensive care unit with a kidney infection. Last month, Maza called for charges to be brought against Catalan leaders, following a banned independence referendum in the region.

Brexit: EU gives May two weeks to act on divorce bill and Ireland

Theresa May has been told she has two weeks to put more money on the table if the EU is to agree to begin Brexit trade talks before the end of the year. EU Council President Donald Tusk said he was "ready" to move onto the next phase of Brexit talks, covering future relations with the UK. But he said the UK must show much more progress on the "divorce bill" and the Irish border by early next month. May said "good progress" was being made but more needed to be done. The talks are currently deadlocked over the UK's financial settlement, citizens' rights and Ireland with Irish PM Leo Varadkar accusing the UK of not "thinking through" the implications of Brexit for his country. (Click here)

Women testify against Mexican police for sexual torture in international court

In 2006, police sexually abused and beat women following a confrontation between protesters and state forces. Eleven years later, the Women of Atenco have taken the case to an international court.

Will EU clamp down on tax avoidance

The European Parliament called an urgent debate on the so-called Paradise Papers - where 13 million documents reportedly link major companies and political figures to secretive overseas financial arrangements.

New numbers on child labor are not encouraging

A report from the U.N.'s International Labour Organization looks at how many children work, what kind of jobs they perform — and how to stop it.

  • Weekly Magazine Review

The 25 Best Inventions of 2017

Trump inflated his company's revenue, reports suggest

Business Week
The US Flooded One of Houston’s Richest Neighborhoods to Save Everyone Else

The Economist
Negative-emissions technology: What they don't tell you

Der Spiegel
"Wer bist du Ratte, dass du der Türkei drohst?"

Indietro Popolo


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