News from 02/2014

28 February 2014

German Chancellor in London

In a rare address to both Houses of Parliament Angela Merkel says "we need to reform the political shape of Europe in keeping with the times" The political shape of Europe needs reforming, German chancellor Angela Merkel told MPs and peers in a rare speech made to both Houses of Parliament.



25 February 2014

NZ Election News - The adult minimum wage is going up to $14.25 from 1st April this year

More than 100,000 low-paid workers will get a pay rise in little more than a month after the National Government yesterday said the minimum wage would rise by 50c an hour to $14.25 from April 1.

Labour's policy is to lift the minimum wage to $15 within 100 days of taking power and to lift it further within nine months. Labour MP Darien Fenton said the Government had "once again blown an opportunity to give Kiwi workers on the minimum wage a decent pay rise".

Council of Trade Unions economist Bill Rosenberg said the increase was "unfair…Read

13 February 2014

Karl Marx: the most influential thinker ever?

A study suggests that Marx is the most influential scholar in the west, followed by Freud. (Guardian Newspaper)

Karl Heinrich Marx (1818-1883) was born on May 5, 1818 in the city of Trier, Germany. He studied at the University of Bonn and the University of Berlin, where he became interested in the philosophical ideas of the Young Hegelians. In 1841 Marx earned his doctorate at Jena with his work on the materialism and atheism of Greek atomists.  After his studies, he wrote for a radical newspaper in Cologne, and began to work out his theory of dialectical materialism.…Read

2 February 2014

Bangkok Elections

Explosions and heavy gunfire have rattled Bangkok as pro- and anti-government protesters clashed on the eve of Thai elections seen as unlikely to end a cycle of violence in the kingdom after months of opposition rallies.

At least seven people were wounded, including an American photojournalist in the gun battle.

Source: Al Jazeera and agencies

The BBC's John Sudworth reports. 





A Brief History of Sociology

This video explores the significance of three events to the creation of the field of academic sociology: the Enlightenment, the Industrial Revolution and the French Revolution. It also makes connections between these events and the development of conflict theory.

By Debra Marshall, PhD