The Turning Spiral

Monthly Archives: September 2014


TPP No Certification | The US withholds the steps that are necessary to bring a free trade treaty into force until the other party has changed its relevant domestic laws and regulations to meet US expectations of its obligations under the agreement. In the past, US ‘expectations’ have gone beyond what is in the actual text.

What is ‘Certification’?The US withholds the final steps that are necessary to bring a trade and investment treaty into force until the other party has changed its relevant domestic laws and regulations to meet US expectations of its obligations under the agreement. In the…

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World Conference Outcome Document: States Win – ICTMN.com

If the most important part of any United Nations world conference or high level plenary meeting is the Outcome Document, then states were the beneficiaries of the document adopted at the High Level Plenary Meeting to be known as the…

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Early career academics would be better off working in ‘less prestigious’ unis | Higher Education Network | The Guardian

….Joining a former polytechnic was eye-opening; I know of peers who have made similar moves who speak in exactly the same terms. I have never felt so welcomed and valued within an academic role, and while I have only been…

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Metrics: An Addendum on RAE / REF

Originally posted on The Disorder Of Things:
We have had overwhelming support from a wide range of academics for our paper on why metrics are inappropriate for assessing research quality (200+ as of June 22nd). However, some have also posed…

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Paul Little: Flag debate shields dirty House – Politics – NZ Herald News

Sick of hearing about dirty politics? Me, too. During the campaign I started to take note of allegations that came to light after publication of Nicky Hagers book of the same name, but stopped because I was running out of…

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Canada sets lowest standard at World Conference on Indigenous Peoples – Aboriginal – CBC

Matthew Coon Come is the Grand Chief of the Grand Council of the Crees Eeyou Istchee and the chairperson of the Cree Regional Authority.The World Conference on Indigenous Peoples WCIP, an historic two-day meeting, began on Sept. 22 at the…

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Leaders under fire for failure to attend post-UN climate summit meetings | Environment | The Guardian

David Cameron’s former top climate change aide has lambasted world leaders for failing to show up to the crucial informal dialogue session following Tuesday’s climate summit at the UN in New York.After a day of set-piece speeches by leaders including…

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Ottawa buries official statement criticizing UN conference for giving Indigenous people too much power » APTN National News

Jorge Barrera APTN National News.  Ottawa didn’t think much of the high-profile UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples’ outcome document and quietly posted an official statement outlining its displeasure in a back corner of its website.The statement is posted under…

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Picking Up the Pieces: A Community-School-Based Approach to First Nations Education Renewal | Northern Policy Institute

First Nations Education has been the focus of a great deal of controversy and discussion in recent months. The latest proposed “solution” put forth in Bill C-33 was built around an enhanced federal financial contribution. The bill was, however, ultimately…

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Canada – Tsilhqot’in Nation Declares Tribal Park on Site of Proposed Taseko Mine

Originally posted on ICCA Consortium:
Article from: https://www.culturalsurvival.org/news/campaign-update-canada-tsilhqotin-nation-declares-tribal-park-site-proposed-taseko-mine On October 4th, the Tsilhqot’in First Nation of British Columbia will hold a totem pole-raising ceremony to inaugurate 3,000 square kilometers of land as a tribal park, just a few months after…

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