British workers unite in largest strike in a generation

Al Jazeera English – 2-2-2023

Up to half a million British teachers, civil servants, train drivers and university lecturers have walked off their jobs to demand better pay and working conditions in the largest coordinated strike action in a generation as wages fail to keep pace with soaring inflation.

About 300,000 people on strike on Wednesday are teachers, according to the Trades Union Congress.

Teachers at schools across England and Wales formed picket lines as they called for higher salaries in demonstrations that have divided public opinion.

Al Jazeera’s Nadim Baba reports from the British capital, London.

The Brexit effect: how leaving the EU hit the UK

The Brexit effect: how leaving the EU hit the UK | FT Film

Financial Times – 18-10-2022

The UK’s recent disastrous “mini” Budget can trace its origins back to Britain’s decision to leave the European Union. The economic costs of Brexit were masked by the Covid-19 pandemic and the crisis in Ukraine. But six years after the UK voted to leave, the effect has become clear. In this film, senior FT writers and British businesspeople examine how Brexit hit the UK economy, the political conspiracy of silence, and why there has not yet been a convincing case for a ‘Brexit dividend’.

Họ tưởng chúng tôi là con nít

TƯỜNG ANH 25/08/2022 06:17 GMT+7

TTCTHơn 1.000 tác phẩm văn học đã bị đưa khỏi chương trình hoặc loại khỏi danh sách đọc bắt buộc của sinh viên nhiều đại học Anh.

Họ tưởng chúng tôi là con nít - Ảnh 1.

Hơn 1.000 tác phẩm văn học đã bị đưa khỏi chương trình hoặc loại khỏi danh sách đọc bắt buộc của sinh viên nhiều đại học Anh. Trong số này có các kiệt tác của William Shakespeare, Charles Dicken, Jane Austen, Charles Bronte… và cả của những tác giả hiện đại mà sách của họ vừa được vinh danh, theo tường thuật hôm 10-8 của The Times.

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Brexit: Cuộc ly hôn xấu xí?

SÁNG ÁNH 7/2/2020 11:02 GMT+7

TTCTAnh quốc rốt cuộc đã rời Liên minh châu Âu (EU) vào ngày 31-1. Trong buổi họp cuối cùng tại Nghị viện EU, ông Nigel Farage – đại biểu Anh và là chính trị gia lãnh đạo cốt cán của phe Brexit – đọc một diễn văn máu lửa ăn mừng việc thoát khỏi “ách thống trị độc tài và hà hiếp” của EU, rồi cùng các bạn đại biểu Anh của ông đứng dậy phất lá cờ Union Jack. Chủ tọa lúc đó là bà Mairead McGuinness, phó chủ tịch Nghị viện EU và tình cờ là người… Ireland, đã cắt ngang câu phát biểu cuối của ông Farage và nói: “Đề nghị quý vị cất cờ lại và mang theo ra đi… Tạm biệt”.

Ảnh: Redbubble
Ảnh: Redbubble

Hoạt cảnh này giống như tại một phiên tòa ly dị. Trong cuộc chia tay Brexit, Ireland có lẽ lại là quốc gia có nhiều vấn đề nhất với Anh vì là nước duy nhất có biên giới chung trên bộ, thông thương và trao đổi thường xuyên. 

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Too little, too late? Britain introduces rules to protect tech firms from overseas takeovers

TECH

PUBLISHED FRI, NOV 13 202010:19 AM EST UPDATED FRI, NOV 13 202012:10 PM ESTSam Shead@SAM_L_SHEAD CNBC

KEY POINTS

  • The U.K. government has rolled out new rules to protect Britain’s innovative companies from being snapped up by other nations.
  • But is it too little, too late? Arm was sold to Japan’s SoftBank in 2016 and DeepMind was sold to Google in 2014.
  • Even though DeepMind and Arm are no longer British in some people’s eyes, there are a number of other fast-growing tech companies that very much are.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson giving a statement in Downing Street in central London on April 27, 2020 after returning to work following more than three weeks off after being hospitalized with the Covid-19 illness.

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson giving a statement in Downing Street in central London on April 27, 2020 after returning to work following more than three weeks off after being hospitalized with the Covid-19 illness.DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS

LONDON – The U.K. government introduced new rules this week that are designed to protect Britain’s best and brightest companies from being gobbled up by other, potentially hostile, nations.

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Silk Road route back in business as China train rolls into London

After 16 days and 7,456 miles, the locomotive’s arrival heralds the dawn of a new commercial era

East Wind freight train
The East Wind freight train prepares for its journey at Yiwu station in Zhejiang province of China. Photograph: VCG/Getty Images

When the East Wind locomotive rumbles into east London this week, it will be at the head of 34 carriages full of socks, bags and wallets for London’s tourist souvenir shops, as well as the dust and grime accumulated through eight countries and 7,456 miles.

The train will be the first to make the 16-day journey from Yiwu in west China to Britain, reviving the ancient trading Silk Road route and shunting in a new era of UK-China relations.

Due to arrive on Wednesday, the train will have passed through China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Belgium and France before crossing under the Channel and arriving in the east end of London at Barking rail freight terminal.
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UK political elite used poverty & immigration fears to secure leave vote

BRUEGEL: The bulk of UK Leave voters come from disadvantaged areas, and perceive immigration as a threat. But significant exceptions to this trend in England and most importantly in Scotland make it hard to draw a simple causal link between wealth, immigration, and voting patterns.

BY: DATE: JUNE 29, 2016

One of the dominant explanations of the UK’s Leave vote in the EU referendum is that the most disadvantaged parts of the country voted against EU membership to express their discontent against the ruling elite, as a headline inThe Guardian recently read: ‘If you’ve got money, you vote in… if you haven’t got money, you vote out.’

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Viet Nam, UK eye further bilateral trade

Updated  September, 12 2015 08:46:37
 LONDON (VNS)— The Vietnamese Government will create optimal conditions for British businesses to strengthen co-operation and invest in Viet Nam, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh said at the Viet Nam Economic Forum in London on Thursday.

Viet Nam was striving to finalise its market economic institutions, change its growth model and improve its competitive edge, Ninh said. The country’s economy had maintained high growth rates and curbed inflation, he said, citing the expected national gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 6.5 per cent, the highest pace since 2011. Tiếp tục đọc “Viet Nam, UK eye further bilateral trade”

Nợ công trong vòng xoáy lịch sử – 8 kỳ

Calm and storm: The South China Sea after the Second World War

AMTI – In the early hours of 4 February 1945 two Australian commandos, Alex Chew and Bill Jinkins, paddled away from an American submarine, the USS Pargo, and landed on Woody Island in the Paracels. In the weeks beforehand, American airmen had reported seeing a French tricolour flying on the island and ‘Z Force’ had been tasked to investigate. Chew and Jinkins discovered there were indeed French people on the island but also Japanese sailors and so retreated to the sub. The Pargo surfaced and shelled the buildings for several minutes. The first ‘Battle of the Paracels’ was a one-sided affair.[1] Tiếp tục đọc “Calm and storm: The South China Sea after the Second World War”

Climate threat as grave a risk as nuclear war

Climate threat as grave a risk as nuclear war

Climatenewsnetwork – An international scientific report commissioned by the UK government says the risks of climate change are comparable to those posed by nuclear conflict.

LONDON, 18 July, 2015 – The UK government says that climate change poses risks that demand to be treated as seriously as the threat  of nuclear war.

Scientists from the UK, US, India and China say in a report commissioned by the UK that deciding what to do about climate change depends on the value we put on human life, both now and in years to come. Tiếp tục đọc “Climate threat as grave a risk as nuclear war”

The Impact of Lower Gas and Oil Prices on Global Gas and LNG Markets

OIES – The aftermath of warmer than normal 2013/2014 winters in Europe and Asia, evidence of slowing Asian LNG demand growth through 2014 and the collapse of the oil price in late 2014 has resulted in a painful ‘new normal’ for key players in the global gas system, specifically LNG project investors and Russia/Gazprom. Although this paper has used a similar approach to previous work by the author relating to global LNG interactions, the context in mid 2015 has changed markedly and while the gas industry has in the past experienced and weathered periods of low prices, this time ‘it really does feel different’. At one level we can rationalise the slowdown in Asian LNG demand and stagnant European gas demand as having a direct causal impact on European hub and LNG spot prices. The oil price fall has in parallel brought oil – indexed gas and LNG contract price levels down to levels unimaginable just two years ago. With project economics challenged and cashflows crimped, investors in new gas supply projects, especially LNG, will inevitably hold back, cut costs and await a more positive market outlook.At a more fundamental level however, what we may be about to witness is a significant disruption to regional gas equilibria as a wave of new (Australian) LNG supply meets a slowing Asian market and a significant regional component (US/North America) re-connects with the global system in the form of 77 bcma (and counting) of new LNG export projects. Europe will be a passive recipient of excess supply at a time when its gas demand growth is at best tepid, but its import requirement may be rising due to declining domestic production.
This paper has addressed the following questions:

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China pushes ahead with high risk, high cost nuclear

Paul Dorfman 20.05.2015

Chinadialogue.net – China accounts for almost half of the world’s new-build of nuclear reactors but recent delays, cost overruns and safety scares are challenging the country’s plans for atomic energy, writes Paul Dorfman

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The Qinshan nuclear power plant under construction in Haiyan County in China’s eastern province of Zhejiang. China could have around 50 such stations hooked up to the grid by the end of the decade (Image by baike)

Nuclear power has had a makeover. What was once seen as a futuristic source of limitless energy has been reframed as a response to global warming, an ideal solution for countries looking for a continuous source of low-carbon power. But who are these countries? Tiếp tục đọc “China pushes ahead with high risk, high cost nuclear”

UK: Human Rights and Democracy 2014-2015 – Vietnam

Vietnam

This is one of 27 Countries of Concern included in the latest annual FCO Human Rights Report. Updates are published on the GOV.UK website every three months to highlight key human rights events in these countries, and to report on actions that the UK has taken.

Comments on the main report report or quarterly updates can be made below. They will be monitored and moderated by staff at the Human Rights and Democracy Department at the FCO who will also try and answer as many questions as possible.

Corporate report

Vietnam – Country of Concern

Updated 13 March 2015

Contents

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