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Los yihadistas detenidos preparaban una atentado en Catalunya. Barcelona.

Los yihadistas detenidos preparaban una atentado en Catalunya

(Redacción y agencias).- El conseller del Interior, Ramon Espadaler, ha concedido este miércoles la máxima importancia a la operación de los Mossos d'Esquadra que ha acabado con la detención de once presuntos yihadistas en varias localidades de Catalunya. Espadaler ha asegurado que los miembros de esta célula "completa y estructurada" estaban "abiertamente vinculados" a la organización del Estado Islámico y que además "tenían la voluntad explícita de atentar" en Catalunya. Además, el grupo se dedicaba a captar a jóvenes islamistas para radicalizarlos y enviarlos a combatir con el Estado Islámico en Siria e Iraq.

China castigará los comportamientos incívicos de sus turistas. Pekín.

China castigará los comportamientos incívicos de sus turistas

(EFE).- El Gobierno chino penalizará los comportamientos "incívicos" de los turistas chinos tanto dentro como fuera del país, después de que varios incidentes aislados hayan deteriorado la imagen de los viajeros de la potencia asiática. Todos aquellos turistas chinos que muestren un comportamiento poco decoroso y sean denunciados entrarán en una "lista negra" durante un año o dos y, además, recibirán un castigo, aunque el Gobierno no ha dado más detalles de las sanciones en su página web. La Administración Nacional de Turismo de China promulgó ayer un reglamento en el que insta a los ciudadanos a cuidar su comportamiento y mostrarse educados cuando viajen al extranjero.

Switzerland’s Proposal to Pay People for Being Alive. This fall, a truck dumped eight million coins outside the Parliament building in Bern, one for every Swiss citizen.

Switzerland’s Proposal to Pay People for Being Alive

It was a publicity stunt for advocates of an audacious social policy that just might become reality in the tiny, rich country. Along with the coins, activists delivered 125,000 signatures — enough to trigger a Swiss public referendum, this time on providing a monthly income to every citizen, no strings attached. Every month, every Swiss person would receive a check from the government, no matter how rich or poor, how hardworking or lazy, how old or young. Poverty would disappear. Economists, needless to say, are sharply divided on what would reappear in its place — and whether such a basic-income scheme might have some appeal for other, less socialist countries too. The proposal is, in part, the brainchild of a German-born artist named Enno Schmidt, a leader in the basic-income movement.

Photo When we spoke, Schmidt repeatedly described the policy as “stimmig.” Rethinking the Idea of a Basic Income for All. Bruce Bartlett held senior policy roles in the Reagan and George H.W.

Rethinking the Idea of a Basic Income for All

Bush administrations and served on the staffs of Representatives Jack Kemp and Ron Paul. He is the author of “The Benefit and the Burden: Tax Reform — Why We Need It and What It Will Take.” In October, Swiss voters submitted sufficient signatures to put an initiative on the ballot that would pay every citizen of Switzerland $2,800 per month, no strings attached.

Similar efforts are under way throughout Europe. And there is growing talk of establishing a basic income for Americans as well. The recent debate was kicked off in an April 30, 2012, post, by Jessica M. She cited a paper by the philosopher Matt Zwolinski of the University of San Diego in the December 2011 issue of the journal Basic Income Studies, which also contained other papers by libertarians supporting the basic income concept. Ultimately, Johnson rejected the negative income tax but appointed a commission that later recommended one. Let Them Eat Cash. Photo A CHINESE millionaire tried to give $300 (and lunch) to homeless men and women in New York last week.

Let Them Eat Cash

This didn’t sit well with the nonprofit New York City Rescue Mission. The Rescue Mission offered to help with lunch, but wouldn’t cooperate in handing out cash. So midway through a meal of sesame-crusted tuna and filet of beef, some 200 homeless people discovered that they would not be getting money. Instead, the Rescue Mission would accept $90,000 on their behalf. The millionaire, a recycling tycoon named Chen Guangbiao, wanted to set an example of generosity in the world’s financial capital. The executive director of Rescue Mission said he was worried that people might spend the handout on drugs or alcohol. Globally, cash is a major tool to fight extreme poverty. In Uganda, my colleagues and I worked with a nonprofit that offered $150 and five days of business planning to 900 of the poorest women in the world.

The poor do not waste grants. I used to believe this.