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    Is jailing efficient?

    News, Postbag, Published on 15/10/2018

    » Re: "Death penalty taints the record", (Editorial, Oct 14). The debate on whether the death penalty for certain crimes continues unabated with both sides putting forward their reasons for keeping it or not. The editorial, obviously on the side of abolishing it, states "...life imprisonment, without a commuting term, is a more acceptable and efficient punishment choice for people committing heinous crimes". What it failed to state is to whom is it more acceptable and how is it more efficient.

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    Sometimes 'safe spaces' harbour hidden dangers

    News, John Lloyd, Published on 08/10/2018

    » Few great social changes are wholly positive. "Safe spaces", for example. Most popular in universities, they're meant to provide a feeling of security for those who feel vulnerable, a place where students can avoid issues that might cause them distress.

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    Amid the behemoths, let's hope Barnes & Noble survives

    News, David Leonhardt, Published on 09/05/2018

    » Barnes & Noble is in trouble. You hear that, in worried tones, when you talk to people in the book business. You feel it when you walk into one of the chain's stores, a cluttered mix of gifts, games, DVDs (DVDs?) and books. And you really see the problems if you dig into the company's financial statements.

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    When Asean just isn't Asean enough

    News, Johanna Son, Published on 13/09/2018

    » China's bullying may be the first of Asean's headaches to come to mind, but its weakest links are those that have been gnawing away at its insides -- and undermining its members' own "Asean-ness".

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    If incentives persist, so will slavery

    News, Ricardo Hausmann, Published on 04/09/2018

    » Have you ever wondered why business schools do not teach the proper way to whip a worker to obtain maximum effort without damaging the asset? Had business schools existed before the American Civil War, one can conceive of at least a lecture on the subject. Instead, business schools teach about corporate culture and values, on the assumption that maximum effort can be obtained from workers if they identify with the firm's mission and goals.

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    Anti-Trump op-ed boosts democracy

    News, John Lloyd, Published on 10/09/2018

    » The good news was well disguised in the anonymous cry of warning against the "amorality" of Donald Trump. A senior administration official, writing as an unnamed columnist in The New York Times, described how he and like-minded colleagues "are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of (the US president's) agenda and his worst inclinations." The message is that democratic habits -- and, crucially, civic decency and responsibility -- can, in step with free journalism, win out over degraded administrations.

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    Philippines' hollow victory over China

    News, Johanna Son, Published on 20/08/2018

    » In an Asean multilateral meeting in Cambodia in 2012, the Philippines' then-foreign secretary, Alberto del Rosario, found himself in an uncomfortable diplomatic situation.

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    China and its repression of the Uighurs

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 23/08/2018

    » Two weeks ago, Prof Gay McDougall, co-chair of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, alleged that up to a million people belonging to the Uighur and other Muslim minority groups in China's northwestern province of Xinjiang have been detained in concentration camps to be "re-educated" about religion.

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    Is Aussie political madness catching?

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 29/08/2018

    » I happened to be in Canberra last Friday, speaking to a room full of journalists at the National Press Club, when the news came in, halfway through lunch, that Australia had a new prime minister. The moderator pointed out that the year is already two-thirds gone and it is "only three prime ministers till Christmas" -- and the China Daily's headline read "Australia changes its prime minister again, again, again, again, again".

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    Wreath gaffe puts Corbyn in hot water

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 17/08/2018

    » It sounds like a tempest in a teapot, but it could bring down Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain's Labour Party -- and that could end up meaning that Britain doesn't leave the European Union after all.

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