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The Report of the Augar Review investigating the future of post-18 education funding has finally been published. The Review was motivated by two factors. On the one hand, this was Theresa May’s desperate response to Jeremy Corbyn’s commitment to scrap university tuition fees and to bring back the Education Maintenance Allowance that David Cameron and […]

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Ontario Government Drastically Cuts Legal Aid and Ends Aid for Refugee and Immigration Matters

May 29, 2019           |                                       

There are some important changes that are going to impact refugees and even Permanent Residents in Canada. In the Ontario budget, released on April 11, 2019, Legal Aid Ontario’s funding was $133 million less in fiscal year 2019-2020 than the $456 million it had anticipated.1 In 2020 Legal Aid Ontario will somehow have to operate […]

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In general, IS-K was more attractive due to its more efficient organisational structure and discipline in military rank, where tribal-affiliations played a lesser role than in the Taliban and positions were allocated more on merit than connections or status. Moreover, IS-K provided better equipment, as well as higher and more regular salaries, ranging between 400 […]

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“Funding is…a matter of collective experimentation – and even of historical creation or invention.” This quote – from Brazilian academic and activist Marcelo Lopez de Souza – sums up one of the key lessons we’ve learnt from working with a diverse range of community development practitioners and academics from across the globe who are grappling […]

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U.S. Lawmakers Rip Trump’s Proposal For Massive State Department Funding Cut

March 28, 2019           |                                       

U.S. lawmakers from both parties have ripped President Donald Trump’s plan to drastically cut funding for the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Representative Eliot Engel, Democratic chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said on March 27 that Trump’s proposal was “dead” on arrival in Congress. “This budget…signals to the […]

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Promoting Canadian Imperialism

March 22, 2019           |                                       

Aside from government officials the dominant media is fond of quoting “experts” from foreign policy think tanks when discussing Canada’s role in the world. While presented as neutral specialists, these opinion shapers are generally entangled with powerful, wealthy, elites. Take the case of Venezuela and Canada’s leading foreign policy ‘ideas organization’. Recently Canadian International Council […]

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Has Media Literacy Been Hijacked?

March 19, 2019           |                                       

By Nolan Higdon and Ben Boyington “What are they doing here?” The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) and NewsGuard were listed as exhibitors at the 2019 International Critical Media Literacy Conference (ICMLC) in Savannah, Georgia, last month. NewsGuard is a for-profit venture aimed at tackling fake news through a browser extension (already on […]

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The Dutch education sector is in turmoil, once again. Four years after the student occupations that began in Amsterdam and swept the whole country, the totality of teachers in the Netherlands is due to strike, for the first time ever, on March 15. This sector-wide strike follows in the wake of a wave of successful […]

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With hurricane relief funding stalled in Congress due to opposition from the Trump administration, Puerto Rico has reportedly started slashing food stamps in an attempt to preserve the life-saving program. The move could harm as many as 1.4 million Puerto Ricans—including hundreds of thousands of children and elderly people. “This is not about politics—this is […]

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The State of Maryland is facing fresh allegations of failing to adequately fund Baltimore Schools, according to a brief jointly filed by parents, American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland and NAACP Legal Defense fund on Thursday, March 7. “We must invest in our future leaders, which is our children today!” Angela Gant, mother of two […]

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What has your council sold? Search our map to find out

March 5, 2019           |                                       

The local government funding crisis has become so dire that councils are being forced to sell thousands of public spaces – from libraries and community centres to playgrounds and pools – and are using some of the cash to fund further service cuts and redundancy payments. In a major collaborative investigation with HuffPost UK and […]

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Public spaces are being #SoldFromUnderYou: Why we are investigating the council funding crisis

March 3, 2019           |                                       

Last October Theresa May took to the stage at the Conservative Party conference to the tune of Dancing Queen and declared to the nation that austerity was coming to an end. Less than six months later an investigation by The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, in partnership with HuffPost UK, has found local councils across the […]

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