G4S-run prison in South Africa investigated over abuse claims

G4S-run prison in South Africa investigated over abuse claims Jail operated by UK security firm allegedly used forced injections and electric shock treatment to subdue inmates.
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Letters: Multinationals are exploiting R&D tax breaks

The unstated story about Apple and taxes (How one Irish woman made $22bn for Apple, 29 May) is the problem of determining where value accrues in a digital transaction. If I import a novel in a country that charges duty, VAT or sales tax, the postal service may intercept it and charge me the taxes. […]
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How to end foreign aid and not alienate people | Duncan Green

The issue is not whether aid partnerships sometimes have to end, but how. Britain hasn’t done a great job with South AfricaThe spat between South Africa and Britain over ending its (very small) aid programme has sparked another round of debate about whether British aid should be going to middle-income countries (the last round was […]
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UK should revisit its decision on South Africa and its concept of aid | Jonathan Glennie and Siân Herbert

Ending support for middle-income countries shows a misunderstanding about the role aid can play in increasingly better-off areasThe UK ending its bilateral, grant-based aid programme to South Africa from 2015 apparently came as an unwelcome shock to the South African government.But for those monitoring the Department for International Development’s (DfID) shrinking aid country portfolio, it […]
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South Africa warns aid cut means change in relationship with UK

Pretoria unhappy at decision to halt aid worth £19m a year, despite its recently enhanced economic and political statusSouth Africa has rebuked the British government for stopping direct aid to the country after two decades, describing it as “tantamount to redefining our relationship”.Justine Greening, the international development secretary, announced that the UK’s aid programme to […]
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South Africa still has to overcome the enduring legacy of Thatcherism | William Gumede

Not all black South Africans at the time were opposed to Thatcher, but her economic policies helped sustain apartheidDepending on which side of South Africa’s struggle for liberation one wason, one either loved or loathed Margaret Thatcher. Her legacy, particularly the question of whether she prolonged apartheid or brought the system to an earlier end, […]
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Ending global poverty: the fight goes on

Before a pioneering series of documentaries under the banner Why Poverty? is released globally, we ask experts how they would alleviate the plight of the destitute’Focus on the concrete steps we can take now’ABHIJIT BANERJEE AND ESTHER DUFLOProfessors of economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and co-authors of Poor Economics, which won the Financial Times […]
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South African’s goldmines beset by simmering resentment

For 150 years, the mines have divided rich and poor. Now the conflict looks as if it could blow up any timeDown the mine there is pain, oppression and the cold fear of never coming back. But worst of all, said rock driller Mbuzi Mokwane, is the day he gets his pay cheque. “My pay […]
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Clegg appoints former South African MP as Lib Dem strategy director

Ryan Coetzee, key figure behind success of Democratic Alliance party, stresses importance of projecting ‘coherent message’As Britain’s most pro-European politician, Nick Clegg probably never thought he would turn to South Africa for inspiration. But the deputy prime minister has entrusted Ryan Coetzee, one of the key figures behind the success of South Africa’s Democratic Alliance […]
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It is obscene for bosses to continue to take big bonuses | Deborah Hargreaves

What is wrong with business leaders working for a salary – like everyone else?It is no surprise that bonuses were down slightly in the City last year – the shock is that they continue to be paid at all. Many banks have seen their share prices collapse and their reputations shredded in the past year, […]
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