For over fifty years now the UK has been losing a war that should have never been declared in the first place. A war in which countless lives have been turned upside down and thousands of people across the world have had to suffer. A war that not only could never be won but also indirectly hands control of one of the biggest and most profitable markets on the planet to violent criminals.
Theresa May's Conservative Government has come under fire recently due to recommendations from its legal advisers to overhaul the Official Secrets Act to include a raised maximum sentence from two to 14 years for leaking documents and data as well as expanding the definition of espionage to include obtaining or receiving sensitive data.
Terrorism, it would seem, is everywhere right now. The threat of terrorism is something many of us have had to live with for a long time, and, despite various wars, bombing campaigns and military interventions, we’ve had little success in quelling these forces of terror. But what role do we play in their perpetuation? Are … Continue reading Are We Manufacturing Weapons to Fight Wars or Manufacturing Wars to Sell Weapons?
As much as they may like to give off the impression they can, we all know our government can’t do everything itself. Often what will happen is governments will contract private companies and corporations to deal with certain things for them. Take the IT company, Hewlett-Packard, for example. In 2013, they took in over £1.6 … Continue reading SERCO: The Dark Underbelly of Government Contracting
“Like every number you have ever heard regarding the potential of fracking, these numbers are essentially plucked out of thin air. What we do know, regarding jobs, is that the vast majority will be short-term, relatively low skill, relatively low pay jobs involved in delivery driving and security.”
Whether you agree with the use of armed military drones or not, it is hard to escape the reality that these machines are becoming a more and more popular deadly accessory to the armed forces of the world. China, France, Germany, Iran, Israel, Italy, Russia, Turkey, the US and the UK all have their own drone programmes and all but Iran posses “heavy” drones such as the MQ-9 Reaper or MQ-1B Predator. These are the ones capable of firing those nifty Hellfire missiles in order to obliterate anything or anyone within its blast radius.
For thousands of years, human beings have sought after and experienced altered states of consciousness. Meditation, sleep deprivation, fasting and the use of psychedelic substances have all been used in order to alter the mind and body’s regular functions and bring about these altered states. Until fairly recently, the physiological changes in the body underlying these effects, especially in regards to psychedelic substances, were largely unknown due to a significant lack of thorough research into them.
There are several issues affecting the youth labour market. To start with, there seems to be an apparent skills mismatch. The Futuretrack Stage 4 Report (FS4R) from the Warwick Institute For Employment Research concluded that, in winter 2011-2012, 32% of graduates had jobs that did not require the graduate skills they had gained.
Corruption is a long-standing issue for companies all over the world. The case of Douglas Linares Flinto involves the same countries and industry. He was fired in 2001 by Eni do Brazil (Eni’s Brazilian subsidiary) after reporting several cases of misconduct. Flinto strongly believes that his firing was the result of a retaliation, thus he decided to fight back against the company, a fight which has lasted nearly 15 years.