As the Care Bill returns to the Commons next week, the hospital closure clause isn’t the only problem with it. The Care Bill will make access to properly funded social care harder rather than easier for many – even as the government tries to strip away other lifelines. Continue reading →
India, Pak Nuclear War Could Put 2 billion People at Risk: Study
By Lalit K Jha
A nuclear war between India and Pakistan would result in a global famine that could kill over two billion people – a quarter of the world’s population – and end human civilisation, a study warned today.
South Africa’s young people today are known as the Born Free generation. They enjoy the dignity of being born into a democratic society with the right to vote and choose who will govern. But modern South Africa is not a perfect society. Full equality – social and economic – does not exist, and control of the country’s wealth remains in the hands of a few, so new challenges and frustrations arise. Veterans of the anti-apartheid struggle like myself are frequently asked whether, in the light of such disappointment, the sacrifice was worth it. While my answer is yes, I must confess to grave misgivings: I believe we should be doing far better.
The answer to my headline question is that he, Marwan Barghouti, is in an Israeli jail where he has been since his arrest in Ramallah by an IDF unit in 2002, after which, in 2004, he was sentenced to five life terms in prison. Some months before his arrest one of Israel’s security agencies tried and failed to assassinate him. A missile was fired at his bodyguard’s car and killed the bodyguard. (If the attempt on Barghouti’s life had succeeded, his killers would not have been brought to justice because as well as bulldozing Palestinian homes and stealing Palestinian land and water, Israel kills, murders, with impunity).