Daily Archive: May 13, 2017

May
13

China’s Xi lays out $900bn Silk Road vision amid claims of empire-building

Global leaders attend ‘Belt and Road’ infrastructure summit to praise plan Xi Jinping says will bring a new ‘golden age’ of globalisation

World’s biggest project aims to make China great again

Chinese president Xi Jinping has kicked off a two-day showcase of what some call the most ambitious development project ever by comparing his country to a peace-loving explorer set on transforming the world with treasure-laden galleys not warships, guns or swords.

Speaking at the start of a high-profile summit about China’s “Belt and Road initiative”, Xi hailed his multi-billion dollar infrastructure crusade as a means of building a modern-day version of the ancient Silk Road and a new “golden age” of globalisation.

Related: The $900bn question: What is the Belt and Road initiative?

Related: World’s biggest building project aims to make China great again

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May
13

The Hawke-Keating agenda was Laborism, not neoliberalism, and is still a guiding light | Wayne Swan

If centre-left parties wish to escape the poison of trickle-down policies, they should look to the real outcomes of policies implemented from 1983 onwards

Language in politics is a fraught business. Certain terms and words are thrown around so often and so easily that they can lose their punch, if not their meaning.

Guardian Australia’s recent article “Australian Labor led centre-left parties into neoliberalism. Can they lead it out?” had at its core a grossly erroneous claim – that the Hawke-Keating governments were the tip of the arrow for neoliberalism, globally and at home.

Related: Neoliberalism ‘has run its course’, says ACTU boss Sally McManus

Related: As the trickledown juggernaut rolls on, it’s time to rejuvenate the middle class |

Related: Flogging the dead horse of neoliberalism isn’t going to improve the economy | Greg Jericho

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May
13

May to appeal to low-paid voters with new social housing pledge

May is announcing the proposal to create a new generation of housing to rent as Labour reveals its Robin Hood tax

Theresa May will vow to “fix the broken housing market” and arrest a decline in social housing by announcing a scheme designed to boost the number of new council homes for rent.

In an attempt by the prime minister to reach out to low-paid workers, she will announce a plan to offer funds, loans and new powers to councils and housing associations to help them build a new generation of social housing for renters. She will also pledge to give the new tenants the option to buy the property after 10 to 15 years.

Related: Tories ahead by 15 points despite gain for Labour, poll finds

Related: Labour hints that it will pledge to abolish university tuition fees

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May
13

Designer Carolina Herrera laments murder of nephew in Venezuela

Designer Carolina Herrera laments murder of nephew in VenezuelaVenezuela-born fashion designer Carolina Herrera on Saturday lamented the killing of her nephew in the crisis-torn country, in what authorities called an apparent kidnapping. State prosecutors said the bodies of businessmen Reinaldo Herrera, 34, and Fabrizio Mendoza, 31, were found late on Thursday in a vehicle abandoned along the highway connecting Caracas to the Caribbean coast. “Our only hope is that the tragic assassination of our young nephew, Reinaldo and his colleague, Fabrizio will serve to mitigate the terrible carnage and murders that are committed against our youth in Venezuela,” Herrera, 78, wrote on the Instagram account of her fashion label.


May
13

FBI: Tad Cummins Had Sex With Elizabeth Thomas 'Most Nights'

FBI: Tad Cummins Had Sex With Elizabeth Thomas 'Most Nights'The 50-year-old teacher said the two began having a sexual relationship the night they disappeared.


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