Thursday, 26 December 2013

Thai reform plans but protesters still threaten poll - News and views for Thursday 26 December

News and views noted along the way.
26-12-2013 thaireform
  • Thai PM unveils reform plan but protesters still threaten poll
  • Why Corporations Might Not Mind Moderate Depression
  • China unveils anti-graft plans, focus on protests, reforms
  • Defiant Turkish PM Erdogan in major reshuffle - "Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced a major cabinet reshuffle after three ministerial resignations over a corruption inquiry... One of those who quit, Environment Minister Erdogan Bayraktar, had urged Mr Erdogan to step down himself. Police are investigating allegations of illicit money transfers to Iran and bribery for construction projects."
  • The NSA on Trial - "Ever since Edward Snowden’s revelation that the National Security Agency was collecting and storing data on every phone call every American makes and every text every American sends, the Obama administration has maintained that the program is fully lawful, and that it has been approved repeatedly by all three branches of government. This defense has always been misleading. Since the program was developed, approved, and applied in secret, it had never been subject to public scrutiny or adversarial judicial testing. Now it has, and it has failed dramatically. As of this week, all three branches have called for substantial reforms of the program, and a federal judge has seriously questioned its constitutionality."
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