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Fish stock recovery given a fighting chance by European parliament

Fish stock recovery given a fighting chance by European parliament

Strasbourg, France: On Oct. 23, the European parliament plenary voted on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and decided against the reintroduction of subsidies for the building of new boats. Parliamentarians also included a package on jobs for young fishermen and training for sustainable fishing practices that is essential for fishing communities.

World Bank report indicates US women still have a way to go to achieve equality

A suffrage parade in the United States in 1912. Image: National Archives and Records Administration .

Tuesday, World Bank released the 2012 World Development Report on Gender Equality and Development. The United States is referred to many times, often as a benchmark to foster understanding of recent gains for women in other parts of the globe. At the same time, United States women still lag behind US men in a number of areas.

COMMENT: We do not need a lex Breivik

COMMENT: We do not need a lex Breivik

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Anders Breivik's application to the University of Oslo for admission to the political science study programme created interest worldwide. Breivik did not qualify for the full programme, but will be able study specific topics. Here the university's rector explains the decision to grant him access to the course.

Through the atrocities he committed, Anders Breivik put to test our democracy and our legal institutions. The calm and reasoned way in which the Norwegian judiciary, the audience in the court room, and indeed the population in general dealt with Breivik, allowing him to be heard, indicates to me that we passed the test.

Why should we not trust our system when it comes to access to education? Our rules say that an inmate, like any other citizen in this country, has a right to pursue higher education on the basis of merit. The fact that his application is dealt with in accordance with extant rules and regulations does not imply that Norwegians lack passion or that anger and vengefulness are absent. What it demonstrates is that our values are fundamentally different from his.

By sticking to our rules and not clamouring for new ones we send a clear message to those whose misguided mission it is to undermine and change our democratic system. We do acknowledge that there are moral dilemmas in this case, but the last thing we need is a "lex Breivik". We keep to our rules for our own sake, not for his.

It falls on our universities to take responsibility for upholding democratic values, ideals and practices, including when these are challenged by heinous acts. We are on a slippery slope should we change the rules and adjust them to crimes committed. Having been admitted to study political science, Breivik will have to read about democracy and justice, and about how pluralism and respect for individual human rights, protection of minorities and fundamental freedoms have been instrumental for the historical development of modern Europe. Under no circumstances will Breivik be admitted to campus. But in his cell he will be given ample possibilities to reflect on his atrocities and misconceptions.

This column originally appeared in the Guardian. Reprinted with permission. Thanks to Andre Carrel for obtaining permission.

Ginsburg becomes first United States Supreme Court justice to officiate a same-sex marriage

Ginsburg becomes first United States Supreme Court justice to officiate a same-sex marriage

On Aug. 31, Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the first United States Supreme Court justice to officiate a same-sex marriage. The ceremony took place in the District of Colombia, in the atrium of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The centre's president, Michael M. Kaiser, married economist John Roberts before a group of around 200 guests.

OP/ED: Syria: Israeli Foreign Policy by Proxy

OP/ED: Syria: Israeli Foreign Policy by Proxy

What’s happening in Syria has nothing to do with the supposed use of chemical weapons, and everything to do with the imperial ambitions of the state of Israel, which is wielding its power through its infamous lobby, to use American might by proxy to carry out its objectives in the region.

OP/ED: Ottawa lines up with Washington against rest of hemisphere

OP/ED: Ottawa lines up with Washington against rest of hemisphere

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird’s recent mission to Latin America cannot mask Canada’s unprecedented diplomatic isolation in the hemisphere. Despite shifting ‘aid’ to the region and claiming to have made Latin America a priority, Ottawa is increasingly offside with a region breaking free from centuries of Western imperialism.

NSA accused of spying on United Nations headquarters

NSA accused of spying on United Nations headquarters

German weekly publication Der Spiegel yesterday accused the United States'

First couples celebrate same-sex marriage in New Zealand

First couples celebrate same-sex marriage in New Zealand

New Zealand yesterday legalised same-sex marriage, with a surge in marriage applications, according to New Zealand’s Department of Internal Affairs

Ireland's Ryanair sue Associated Newspapers, Mirror Group

A Ryanair Boeing 737 pictured in 2006.

Irish budget airline Ryanair have added newspaper publishers Associated Newspapers and Mirror Group to their legal targets in a High Court defamation action filed yesterday in Dublin that also targets Channel 4.