Daily Archives: November 4, 2015

USA | Capitalism and mortality: Death rate soars for middle-aged US workers

A study published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences documents a sharp rise in the mortality rate for white, middle-aged working-class Americans over the past fifteen years. The report’s authors are Nobel laureate Angus Deaton and Anne Case, both economists at Princeton University.

Ireland | Ireland to ‘decriminalise’ small amounts of drugs, including heroin, cocaine and cannabis, for personal use

Ireland will move towards decriminalising substances including heroin, cocaine and cannabis as part of a “radical cultural shift”, the country’s drugs minister has said.

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, the chief of Ireland’s National Drugs Strategy, told a lecture at the London School of Economics on Monday that drug users will be able to inject in specially designated rooms in Dublin from next year.

Germany | Menschenrechtskommissar kritisiert humanitäre Lage in Ostukraine

Ob Wasserversorgung, Kliniken, Schulen oder Kindergärten: Der Menschenrechtskommissar des Europarates hat mehr humanitäre Hilfe für die kriegsgeschädigte Ostukraine gefordert. Mehr als fünf Millionen Menschen seien wegen des Konflikts prorussischer Separatisten mit ukrainischen Truppen in Not geraten. Sie bräuchten dringend Unterstützung, schrieb Nils Muiznieks in seinem Bericht.