Daily Archive: June 8, 2017

Jun
08

Qatar and the UK

How Qatar spent £35bn investing in everything from Claridge’s to the Milford Haven LNG terminal.

Jun
08

Softbank buys robot-maker Boston Dynamics from Alphabet

Boston Dynamics is sold by Google-parent Alphabet to Japan’s Softbank.

Jun
08

Taming the giants

Five tech giants increasingly dominate the US and global economies. But what, if anything, should be done about it?

Jun
08

All sides must work to revive hope for a just Israel-Palestine peace | Letters

The region’s political leaders need to reopen themselves to dialogue, supported by the international community, writes Neil Thorns, Cafod’s director of advocacy

Peter Beaumont’s article (UN urges end to Israeli occupation, 50 years on, 7 June) highlights the pressing need to restore hope in a viable peace process. Today, there are 4.7 million Palestinians living under occupation. The current situation is unsustainable, and is a principal cause of poverty, marginalisation and denial of rights in the occupied Palestine territory. Renewed violence continues to cause civilian deaths, both Israeli and Palestinian. Political leaders on both sides fail to protect the lives and livelihoods of their people.

Hopes have risen and fallen with the fortunes of peace processes, most notably the Oslo peace accords. But the more time that passes, the more “facts on the ground” weaken prospects for peace, justice and equality. Those in positions of responsibility in the region need to reopen themselves to dialogue, reconciliation and peace. The international community and the UK government need to put their efforts into revitalising diplomatic engagement, supporting both sides to find a just peace, where human rights are assured for all peoples in the region.
Neil Thorns
Director of advocacy, Cafod

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Jun
08

UK economy falls to bottom of EU growth league

First quarter figures of 0.2% GDP growth beaten by every other nation in 28-country bloc as weaker pound after the Brexit vote fuels price inflation

The UK economy was the worst performer in the European Union in the opening months of 2017 as the Brexit vote took its toll, according to official statistics that underscore the challenge facing the next British government.

With economic growth of just 0.2% in the first three months of this year, the UK was well behind its European neighbours. Official EU figures released as Britons went to the polls on Thursday showed the growth for the whole of the EU was 0.6% in the first quarter. The eurozone single currency bloc also grew 0.6% in the opening quarter, buoyed by strong domestic demand.

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