Civil unions for Italy?

Italian PM Matteo Renzi said: Gay rights will be the same as those for married heterosexual couples.  Many people consider Italy as a pretty conservative country. Would you say that Renzi is risking some backlash with this initiative or maybe not so much, and why? Read few comments.

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American middle class today resembles past’s poor?

Ex-president Jimmy Carter said that income gap in the US has increased to the point where members of the middle class resemble the Americans who lived in poverty when he occupied the White House.  But… Read few comment.

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Who thinks about wages and working conditions when companies are hopping around the world?

Last time we have been discussing Bangladesh labor force after the terrible tragedy in Dhaka textile company. But the textile industry is moving even from Bangladesh looking for even cheaper labor force e. g. Ethiopia. Doing this is basically pretty usual for any industry but if companies can move globally quite easily should also working standards be improved and strengthened somehow and what would be your suggestion on this? Read few comments.

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Lebanon and Syrian refugees: Problems and challenges

Read short interview with Raghda Ziadeh. She works as a project coordinator for a Lebanese non-governmental and non-profit organization DCL Foundation.

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On Chinese economic growth, corruption and ecological civilization

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Do foreign companies contribute to corruption in China?

The BBC claims that bribes are routinely paid by major foreign pharmaceutical firms operating in China,  From what we know is it possible to say how much do the foreign companies contribute to widespread corruption in China? Are they the internal part of the system or in a way they do not have choice on the Chinese market, or is it both?  Read few comments.

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Pope Francis on homosexuality: It is more about tone rather than content

Pope Francis said that he doesn’t have any problem with the inclination to homosexuality:  “Who am I to judge them if they’re seeking the Lord in good faith?” he said. Is it somehow significant statement from the Pope in your opinion or not, and why, as some people suggest that for example a previous Pope Benedict XVI would not say something like this? Read few comments.

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