Daily Archive: December 5, 2017

Dec
05

A civilised society supports people in need, but our brutal system shatters lives | Aditya Chakrabortty

Simon’s story is a tale of 21st-century Britain. He worked, he cared for his mother, he played by the rules. But when he fell, there was no safety net

Simon’s death certificate tidies away his life in a few terse official phrases. Date of death: 12 November 2017. Causes: “a) Fatty liver” and “b) Alcohol misuse”. No bureaucratic curiosity about how a 51-year-old’s life came to be cut so short.

Which leaves his only brother, Dave, dealing with the grief and asking all the whys. Why did Simon die so young? Why did no one else try to help?

Yet there are so many people like Simon, all surplus to requirements of this shrunken economy

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Dec
05

Lawyers sue California because too many children can't read

Lawyers sue California because too many children can't readSAN DIEGO (AP) — A group of prominent lawyers representing teachers and students from poor performing schools sued California on Tuesday, arguing that the state has done nothing about a high number of schoolchildren who do not know how to read.


Dec
05

The Latest: Kuwait's emir quickly ends troubled Gulf summit

The Latest: Kuwait's emir quickly ends troubled Gulf summitKuwait's emir has quickly ended a troubled summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council amid the ongoing diplomatic dispute targeting Qatar.


Dec
05

48 Deliciously Easy Seafood Dinner Ideas

48 Deliciously Easy Seafood Dinner Ideas


Dec
05

Pentagon signals open-ended troop commitment in Syria

Pentagon signals open-ended troop commitment in SyriaThe US military plans on staying in Syria as long as necessary to ensure the Islamic State group does not return, a Pentagon official told AFP on Tuesday, as the fight against the jihadists winds down. “We are going to maintain our commitment on the ground as long as we need to — to support our partners and prevent the return of terrorist groups,” Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said. The United States currently has approximately 2,000 troops on the ground in Syria, where they have been helping train and advise Kurdish and Arab partner forces in the fight against IS.


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