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Iceland achieved economic recovery 'without compromising its welfare model' of universal healthcare and education
 
Iceland’s finance minister has announced a 39 per cent tax on investors looking to take their money overseas.
 
Iceland also allowed bankers to be prosecuted as criminals – in contrast to the US and Europe, where banks were fined, but chief executives escaped punishment.
 
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/imf-data-shows-icelands-economy-recovered-after-it-imprisoned-bankers-and-let-banks-go-bust-instead-of-bailing-them-out-31292885.html
Iceland’s finance minister has announced a 39 per cent tax on investors looking to take their money overseas.
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A Poll some time ago showed that Muslims identify themselves as more British than often others do in the UK including “white” people. When the Government talks about “British Values” then maybe it is in the Muslim community that they will find it most embedded.  If so then the Government is preaching to the converted!

In Britain today there is a mismatch between how non-Muslims often perceive Muslims and how Muslims typically perceive themselves. This disconnect is down to a tendency by non-Muslims to assume that Muslims struggle with their British identity and divided loyalties. These concerns were challenged a few days ago,in a report by the University of Essex that found Muslims actually identify with Britishness more than any other Britons. For example

• 83% of Muslims are proud to be a British citizen, compared to 79% of the general public.
• 77% of Muslims strongly identify with Britain while only 50% of the wider population do.
• 86.4% of Muslims feel they belong in Britain, slightly more than the 85.9% of Christians.
• 82% of Muslims want to live in diverse and mixed neighbourhoods compared to 63% of non-Muslim Britons.
• 90% of Pakistanis feel a strong sense of belonging in Britain compared to 84% of white people.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/belief/2012/jul/03/muslims-integrated-britain
Leon Moosavi: British Muslims often express a stronger sense of belonging than other citizens, so why are they still seen as outsiders?
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#sanctionsUK  In the UK 1 million jobseekers had their unemployment benefits stopped last year with claimants being penalised for capricious, cruel and often absurd reasons. Here are ten examples of the injustice being done. We should broadcast them as they happen.

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/mar/24/benefit-sanctions-trivial-breaches-and-administrative-errors
MPs’ inquiry heard copious evidence of claimants being docked hundreds of pounds and pitched into financial crisis for often absurd reasons
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We look on climate change as something that will impact on us through floods, drought and environmental devastation but it will have many more impacts that we are just beginning to understand. A Report published by the Lancet/UCL commission on health and climate change has made it clear that our current trajectory, going to 4C [of warming] is somewhere we just don’t want to go. According to their report,

Climate change threatens to undermine half a century of progress in global health, according to a major new report.

But the analysis also concludes that the benefits to health resulting from slashing fossil fuel use are so large that tackling global warming also presents the greatest global opportunity to improve people’s health in the 21st century.

The report was produced by the Lancet/UCL commission on health and climate change, a collaboration of dozens of experts from around the world, and is backed by Margaret Chan, head of the UN World Health
Organisation.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jun/23/climate-change-threatens-50-years-of-progress-in-global-health-study-says
But slashing fossil fuel use also presents greatest global opportunity to improve people’s health in 21st century, says Lancet and UCL commission
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Naomi Klein didn't think climate change was her issue but when she realised the close link between environmental destruction and inequality, everything changed.
 
Look at this edited excerpt from a work-in-progress. The feature length documentary This Changes Everything, directed by Avi Lewis, will be completed and launched later this year
 
In Naomi's home country, the Canadian government granted virtual free rein to companies seeking oil in Alberta's tar sands, creating a boom town in Fort McMurray. Like large numbers of activists across the world, the indigenous population in Alberta protested the environmental damage. How can we connect the dots among movements around the world to tackle climate change and inequality at the same time?
 
Naomi Klein’s book is called “This Changes Everything.”
 
http://www.theguardian.com/business/video/2015/mar/06/this-changes-everything-naomi-klein-oil-video
Naomi Klein didn't think climate change was her issue but when she realised the close link between environmental destruction and inequality, everything changed. An edited excerpt from a work-in-progress documentary by Avi Lewis
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Join the GlobalNet21 debate on Netivist as to whether having a permanent budget surplus in times of growth is good house keeping or will it increase inequalities and prevent growth?
 
https://netivist.org/debate/permament-budget-surplus
We debate the idea of having a permanent budget surplus in times of growth. Is it good house keeping or will it increase inequalities and prevent growth?
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Is this what TPP means to the very nature of our democratic society – corporations will be able to sue Governments for the democratic decisions they make?

“An ambitious 12-nation trade accord pushed by President Obama would allow foreign corporations to sue the United States government for actions that undermine their investment "expectations" and hurt their business, according to a classified document.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership -- a cornerstone of Mr. Obama's remaining economic agenda -- would grant broad powers to multinational companies operating in North America, South America and Asia. Under the accord, still under negotiation but nearing completion, companies and investors would be empowered to challenge regulations, rules, government actions and court rulings -- federal, state or local -- before tribunals organized under the World Bank or the United Nations.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dave-johnson/now-we-know-why-huge-tpp_b_6956540.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000015
A key section of the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement has been leaked to the public. The New York Times has a major story on the contents of the leaked chapter, and it's as bad as many of us feared. Now we know why the corporations and the Obama administration want the TPP kept secret from the public until it's too late to stop it.
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This is a useful site for explaining the sanctions culture of our present troubled welfare system in the UK. This Round-up by the Rowntree Trust considers how effective welfare conditionality is, what the impacts are, how different groups fare, and to what extent it can be morally justified. The full summary can be downloaded as a pdf
 
http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/welfare-sanctions-and-conditionality-uk
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United Nations Association UK has released a major report on the new climate framework, due to be agreed by UN member states in December this year.

Together, the articles provide a source of ideas, practical actions, analysis and case studies on how to develop a climate framework that is equitable, achievable and able to deliver long-term benefits to all.

Check out their Storify

https://storify.com/UNAUK/climate-2020-facing-the-future
Major report by UNA-UK on the new climate framework, with over 60 expert contributors
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Today we hold our session on Citizen Journalism Through Digital Stories & Social Reports where we will look at how citizens can get their messages, reports and passions onto the public domain through developing Video digital stories and social reports.

We will discuss how citizens can tell us about their locality, the problems and opportunities there, your personal experiences of living in a community. Using Video Journalism we look at how we can become active citizens.

http://www.meetup.com/GlobalNet21/events/222232091/
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Thanks to all those who attended or registered for the webinar last night on engaging communities through discussion and debate.  And thanks to Jose Javier Olivas Osuna who took us through the Netivist site he founded and explained how it could be used for GlobalNet21 and other organisations as well.
 
If you missed the webinar or would like to watch it again then you can find the recording at
 
https://onsync.digitalsamba.com/play/fs@globalnet21.org/22058-netivist  
Jose would welcome debates started on his site and we would be happy to discuss with you hosting it through the GlobalNet21 section of the site. So let us know if you are interested in starting a debate.
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In relation to the Netivist debate on deficit or surplus watch this short video where Paul Mason explains George Osborne's plan to make balancing the books a legal requirement in the UK.
 
https://youtu.be/A02ajx4Qz28
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I am the co-founder of GlobalNet21, which was set up to discuss some of the great issues of our millennium and bring back the hope that we can do something about it. We have taken the idea of citizen discussion and tried to develop it by using social network sites as a way of getting more citizen involvement and introducing another audience to the issues of the 21st century. We have held many meetings (some in the House of Commons) on a wide variety of issues affecting us in the century.

In our work it is clear that there are many people and groups who are hidden or who have voices that are unheard. In the past year we have worked hard to give a platform to some of these groups and particularly the homeless, the disabled and those who have been exploited and trafficked. We have also linked them with decision makers to create better understanding and to encourage positive action.

In creating this virtual “public square” GlobalNet21 has emerged now as a vast social networking system that brings new audiences together to discuss and seek solutions for critical issues of the day – issues that divide and threaten the stability of our society and our planet. We are now one of the biggest groups on the meetup site with over 3400 members as well as a large group on linkedin and other sites including Facebook and Twitter. We have enjoyed success in achieving our original aim and now regularly hold well-attended meetings with diverse groups of people from across the political, economic and religious spectrum. With the use of webinars and podcasts our discussions have also now gone global.

GlobalNet21 is a group for those who believe that we need to develop a new form of humanism that includes people of all religions and none but who embrace humanistic values as the basis of their actions. These are values of global compassion, personal self-discovery, shared development, planetary concern and a love of community.

You can find out more about us at our GlobalNet21 meetup site athttp://www.meetup.com/21stCenturyNetwork/

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