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Poland drops in Economic Freedom Index – thenews.pl

Posted: February 17, 2017 at 1:14 am

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Roberto Galea 16.02.2017 13:52

Poland has dropped to 45th spot in this years Index of Economic Freedom, measuring the ease of conducting business worldwide.

Last year the country came 39th globally in the ranking issued by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal.

Among its European peers, Poland dropped to 21st place, down from the previous years 18th.

According to the Warsaw Enterprise Institute, the Polish partner of the report, Polands economic freedom levels which are one point lower than they were a year ago are in large part a result of the growth dynamics of other countries, which have allowed them to overtake Poland.

The average level of global economic freedom has increased by 0.2 points in this year’s index, reaching a record level of 60.9 points. The average for Europe was 68.0 points.

In terms of points, Polands position this year is higher than the global average and above the European average, Tomasz Wrblewski, the president of the Warsaw Enterprise Institute, said on Wednesday during the presentation of the index.

In relation to 2013, when the methodology changed, we grew by a total of 2.3 points. Since 2008, every few years Poland experienced minor hiccups on the road to full freedom. This was the case in 2009 and 2012, Wrblewski added.

High resilience

The authors of the report wrote: Polands economy has demonstrated a fairly high degree of macroeconomic resilience. Structural reforms that have included trade liberalisation, implementation of a competitively low corporate tax rate, and modernization of the regulatory environment have facilitated the transition to a market-oriented economy.

A comparatively high budget deficit is still a barrier to the economic freedom of Poland, the report added.

Fiscal consolidation and prudent management of public finance are ongoing concerns. The government needs to further reduce the budget deficit and curb the growth of public debt. In 2016, an additional tax on financial-services companies was imposed to help finance increased social spending. Continued reform, particularly in strengthening the independence of the judiciary and eradicating corruption, is needed to ensure greater economic dynamism.

At the top of the ranking were Hong Kong, Switzerland and New Zealand. (rg/pk)

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Support freedom of the press – The Missoulian

Posted: February 10, 2017 at 3:05 am

The new administration is questioning the motives and actions of legitimate news outlets as a way to prioritize its own rhetoric, distract us from unconstitutional directives and quash dissent. While we must hold the press accountable, we must also preserve their independence.

Freedom of the press is front and center in our democracy. The First Amendment clearly states this: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. But freedom of the press is dismissed routinely by totalitarian governments. Control of the media is one of the first goals of those who would control any society.

In Russia, the Kremlin controls national television, newspapers are mostly owned by those with ties to the Kremlin, and punitive laws criminalize dissent and criticism of Putins government. Even in America, freedom of the press has been challenged. Despite Jeffersons declaration that he would rather have newspapers without a government than a government without newspapers, the Sedition Act was passed in 1778.

Fortunately, the courts continue to re-affirm freedom of the press. As Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black wrote in 1971, “The Government’s power to censor the press was abolished so that the press would remain forever free to censure the Government.”

Steve Bannons attacks on the free press are attacks on the First Amendment. It is crucial for citizens to support impartial and independent reporting by reading broadly, objecting to censorship, examining and rejecting fake news and subscribing to publications that inform us about the administrations actions. The publics right to know is at stake.

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Making Sure Our Longer Lives Are Healthy Ones – Next Avenue

Posted: February 6, 2017 at 3:12 pm

(Next Avenue invited all our2016 Influencers in Agingto write essays about the one thing they would like to change about aging. This is one of the essays.)

When I was born, a person could reasonably assume a life expectancy of somewhere around 65, just two years more than the current average age of retirement. Speed forward to 2017, and life expectancy is 78.8 years, nearly a decade and a half longer.

Our longer lives a testament to the spectacular advances in public health, nutrition and medicine over the last century are something we should be able to cherish and celebrate. Yet, too often, our longer lives are blighted by financial and nutritional insecurity, ill-health and loss of independence. Indeed, it was witnessing this frustrating reality, as a social worker and a hospital and home health administrator, that prompted my creation of Partners in Care Foundation in 1997.

Another frustrating reality, one that Next Avenues 2016 Influencer of the Year Ashton Applewhite so ably discusses in her book, is a tendency in the U.S. to see aging as something that, with enough potions, lotions or medical intervention, can be fixed.

So much progress has been made in developing programs that afford older adults the opportunity to age well, increasing their independence and dignity.

Of course, it cant. Alongside death and taxes, aging is, perhaps, the only other guarantee in life.

There are currently 46 million people aged 65+, projected to rise to over 98 million by 2060. Seventy percent of people turning 65 will likely need some form of long-term care during their lives. This bonus of time must be maximized by striving to optimize health over the years.

Let the enormity of those numbers sink in for a moment. There are now more Americans 65 and older than at any other time in U.S. history. At this new epoch, what must we do as a society, and as individuals, to ensure that our longer lives are a boon to our existence, not a burden?

Many governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations, including Partners in Care, are actively seeking answers to this question. And Im happy to say they are coming up with some pretty compelling answers.

Here are just three of the innovations emerging from the imperative presented by the Triple Aim (patient satisfaction, better health of populations and lower per capita cost of health care), a model by the nonprofitInstitute for Healthcare Improvement.Thesehave made demonstrable improvements to the way we think about the process of aging and care for our older adult population:

We at Partners in Care hope that in its rush to repeal The Affordable Care Act, the new administration is not tempted to throw the proverbial baby out with the bath water.

So much progress has been made in developing programs that afford older adults the opportunity to age well, thus increasing their independence and dignity. We have unprecedented opportunities to redefine the aging experience through prevention, through more coordinated, person-centered care that respects the uniqueness of aging and through personal empowerment to take greater responsibility for our own health.

Now is the time to respect, support and celebrate our extended lifespans. If care delivery systems, community organizations and individuals work together, we can reshape the journey of aging so it better serves us all.

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Nihilism – Conservapedia

Posted: March 21, 2016 at 8:44 pm

Nihilism (IPA pronunciation: “na.lzm”) is the belief that life is, overall, meaningless. A true nihilist would have no loyalties, and no purpose. Friedrich Nietzsche argued that moral, religious, and metaphysical convictions lead to nihilism’s corrosive effects; cause the collapse of meaning, relevance, purpose, and precipitate the greatest crisis in human history.[1] An example of nihilism would be the question reportedly posed by Jared Loughner to a congresswoman whom he allegedly later shot:[2]

German political philosopher Leo Strauss argued that modern liberalism has within it a tendency towards nihilism. Faith in God is the opposite of nihilism. In government and politics, another example of the opposite of nihilism is the concept of natural rights, as formulated in the Declaration of Independence.

Major types of nihilism include:

In his book, The Decline of the West, German philosopher Oswald Spengler observes that pattern of nihilism was a feature shared by all civilizations on the verge of collapse.

Friedrich Nietzsche saw two kinds of nihilism in the world; pessimistic and joyous. Pessimistic nihilism was that created by the death of God in the minds of men, and corresponds to the idea that life is without meaning or value. Joyous nihilism was that experienced by those few who, like him, experienced the loss of an externally created and imposed moral structure as a liberation and not a great loss, and was the seed that let the herald Nietzsche proclaim the coming of the bermensch.

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Censorship in Turkey – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Posted: July 11, 2015 at 5:41 pm

Censorship in Turkey is regulated by domestic and international legislation, the latter taking precedence over domestic law, according to Article 90 (“Ratification of International Treaties”) of the Constitution (so amended in 2004).[1] Despite the protections presented in article 90, Turkey ranked 138 in the Reporters Without Borders’ 2010 Annual Worldwide Press Freedom Index.[2] In 2011-2012 Turkey ranked 148 out of 169 countries in the Reporters Without Borders list. In 2012 the Committee to Protect Journalist (CPJ) ranked Turkey as the worst journalist jailer in the world (ahead of Iran and China), with 49 journalists sitting in jail.[3] Twitter’s 2014 Transparency Report showed that Turkey filed over five times more content removal requests to Twitter than any other country in the second half of 2014.[4]

Within the framework of negotiations with the European Union, the EU has requested that Turkey issue various legal reforms in order to improve freedom of expression and press.[when?]

Regional censorship predates the establishment of the Republic of Turkey. On 15 February 1857, the Ottoman Empire issued law governing printing houses (“Basmahane Nizamnamesi”); books first had to be shown to the governor, who forwarded them to commission for education (“Maarif Meclisi”) and the police. If no objection was made, the Sultanate would then inspect them. Without censure from the Sultan books could not be legally issued.[5] On 24 July 1908, at the beginning of the Second Constitutional Era, censorship was lifted; however, newspapers publishing stories that were deemed a danger to interior or exterior State security were closed.[5] Between 1909 and 1913 four journalists were killedHasan Fehmi, Ahmet Samim, Zeki Bey, and Hasan Tahsin (Silah).[6]

Following the Turkish War of Independence, the Sheikh Said rebellion was used as pretext for implementing martial law (“Takrir-i Skun Yasas”) on March 4, 1925; newspapers, including Tevhid-i Efkar, Sebl Reat, Aydnlk, Resimli Ay, and Vatan, were closed and several journalists arrested and tried at the Independence Courts.[5]

During World War II (19391945) many newspapers were ordered shut, including the dailies Cumhuriyet (5 times, for 5 months and 9 days), Tan (7 times, for 2 months and 13 days), and Vatan (9 times, for 7 months and 24 day).[5]

When the Democratic Party under Adnan Menderes came to power in 1950, censorship entered a new phase. The Press Law changed, sentences and fines were increased. Several newspapers were ordered shut, including the dailies Ulus (unlimited ban), Hrriyet, Tercman, and Hergn (two weeks each). In April 1960, a so-called investigation commission (“Tahkikat Komisyonu”) was established by the Grand National Assembly of Turkey. It was given the power to confiscate publications, close papers and printing houses. Anyone not following the decisions of the commission were subject to imprisonment, between one and three years.[5]

Freedom of speech was heavily restricted after the 1980 military coup headed by General Kenan Evren. During the 1980s and 1990s, broaching the topics of secularism, minority rights (in particular the Kurdish issue), and the role of the military in politics risked reprisal.[7][7]

Article 8 of the Anti-Terror Law (Law 3713), slightly amended in 1995 and later repealed,[8] imposed three-year prison sentences for “separatist propaganda.” Despite its name, the Anti-Terror Law punished many non-violent offences.[7]Pacifists have been imprisoned under Article 8. For example, publisher Fatih Tas was prosecuted in 2002 under Article 8 at Istanbul State Security Court for translating and publishing writings by Noam Chomsky, summarizing the history of human rights violations in southeast Turkey; he was acquitted, however, in February 2002.[7] Prominent female publisher Ayse Nur Zarakolu, who was described by the New York Times as “[o]ne of the most relentless challengers to Turkey’s press laws”, was imprisoned under Article 8 four times.[9][10]

Since 2011, the AKP government has increased restrictions on freedom of speech, freedom of the press and internet use,[11] and television content,[12] as well as the right to free assembly.[13] It has also developed links with media groups, and used administrative and legal measures (including, in one case, a $2.5 billion tax fine) against critical media groups and critical journalists: “over the last decade the AKP has built an informal, powerful, coalition of party-affiliated businessmen and media outlets whose livelihoods depend on the political order that Erdogan is constructing. Those who resist do so at their own risk.”[14]

Turkeys Journalists Union estimated that at least “72 journalists had been fired or forced to take leave or had resigned in the past six weeks since the start of the unrest” in late May 2013 due to pressure from the AKP government. Kemal Kilicdaroglu, head of the Cumhuriyet Halk Partisi (CHP) party, said 64 journalists have been imprisoned and We are now facing a new period where the media is controlled by the government and the police and where most media bosses take orders from political authorities. The government says most of the imprisoned journalists have been detained for serious crimes, like membership in an armed terrorist group, that are not related to journalism.[15][16]

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9 ways in which Nehru was a bad pioneer

Posted: April 13, 2015 at 11:50 am

1. The first snooper: So Indias first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru is also the allegedmastermind for Indias first #Snoopgate when it appears that the family of Netaji SubhasChandra Bose was spied upon for the whole of his term as PM.

Information was also exchanged with British intelligence about Netaji and it is clear that Nehrufeared that Netaji was his rival and also may have known that Netaji did not die in a plane crashin 1945. This is an ongoing case and the results are eagerly awaited.

2. The first to suppress dissent: Nehrus rivals like Sardar Vallabhai Patel and CRajagopalachari were suppressed by Mahatma Gandhi before Independence. However after 1947the attitude continued.

Nehru introduced the First Amendment curbing free speech and saw more than half of hisCabinet quit on him. He suppressed regional leaders at the State level too.

3. The first to lose land: After Independence Kashmir was in limbo land and Field MarshallSam Manekshaw has gone on record saying that while Nehru dithered, it was only Patel whoforced the situation for India to take control of Kashmir.

We failed to get the land that is now called Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.

4. The first to lose a war: You can defend Nehru for the above saying that in 1947-48 we hadjust won our Independence or that our defence forces were led by British or that the Mahatmawent on a fast unto death to release Pakistani funds which would have been a great bargainingchip.

However 1962 was nothing but disaster. The Chinese first officially asked to buy Aksai Chin andwhen we refused they made moves to take it forcefully. Nehru ignored the plans and woreblinkers even when the Chinese invaded our territory.

Finally at that time the Indian Air Force was far superior to the Chinese Air Force and still Nehrurefused to use it!

5. The first scams: Its not that we have suddenly become corrupt today or after liberalization.Nehrus Licence Raj festered corruption right from Day 1. Nehru and VK Krishna Menon werebest friends.

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Ron Paul on Israel: Zionism is Based on Independence and Self-Reliance – Video

Posted: March 14, 2015 at 4:48 am



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NATO boosting tangible support for members fearful of Russia – Video

Posted: March 12, 2015 at 7:50 pm



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Sol 0 – Mars Colonization – Season 2 – Part 15 – Brand New Start! – We Explore our Independence! – Video

Posted: February 19, 2015 at 6:45 am



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Sol 0 – Mars Colonization – Season 2 – Part 14 – Brand New Start! – Independence! – Video

Posted: February 14, 2015 at 3:49 pm



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