News & Opinion

Steep decline in manufacturing mars employment outlook

Employment in the Canada’s factories has tumbled to its lowest level on record, a shift that highlights the dramatic changes in the manufacturing sector and the impact on workers. The decline is a key reason why the Canadian economy shed a surprising 54,000 jobs last month, the most since February, 2009, in the depths of the recession. The losses moved the country’s jobless rate up two notches to 7.3%.

Papua New Guinea reporter undergoes circumcision to get the scoop

A Papua New Guinea reporter who agreed to be circumcised with bamboo sticks to secure an interview with a group of jungle rebels has won a journalism award for “best scoop." The journalist, Simon Eroro, won the annual in-house award run by News Limited -- Rupert Murdoch’s Australian arm -- for a story which required him to cross rivers and jungles to reach a group of rebels, only to be told he must first agree to the circumcision as part of a cleansing ceremony.

Eyes of Nation on Ohio Vote on Union-Limiting Law

A ballot battle in Ohio that pits the union rights of public workers against Republican efforts to shrink government and limit organized labor's reach culminates Tuesday. A question called Issue 2 asks voters to accept or reject a voluminous rewrite of Ohio's collective bargaining law that GOP Gov. John Kasich signed in March, less than three months after his party regained power in the closely divided swing state.

Interns work – and should be paid, lawyers warn ministers

Thousands of unpaid interns could be entitled to compensation after British government legal advice emerged suggesting employers are breaking the law by not following national minimum wage rules. The warning comes as growing numbers of companies turn to interns to carry out work that lasts far longer than traditional work experience placements, yet refuse to pay them. It could also embarrass the government, which has been promoting the wider use of internships as part of its drive to improve social mobility.

The question James Murdoch can't answer: will his father's empire survive?

It is difficult not to feel something for James Murdoch, as he prepares to answer questions for a second time at the House of Commons media committee. The grilling will be an ordeal because it seems entirely possible that Murdoch is holding two contrary thoughts in his head: a strategy of denial, inherited from the previous administration and tacitly blessed by his father, and the truth, which is that all the key senior figures at News International knew exactly what lay in the basement.

Elisabeth of the Murdochs

With her husband and privy counselor, Matthew Freud, the Murdochs’ prodigal daughter is trying to finally get her due.

Elisabeth Murdoch has always had to fight for her father’s attention, never easy in a family that was focused on the sons. Though she was the eldest of the three children from Rupert’s second marriage, Rupert had never taken her seriously as a possible contender to run the company some day. “Liz is the most overtly ambitious of the three kids,” a former News Corp. executive told me. “She was driven to prove to her dad that she could more than hold her own with the boys.”

Murdoch gave loyal lieutenant Rebekah Brooks £1.7m pay-off, car and office

Rebekah Brooks, the former News of the World editor who resigned as chief executive of News International at the height of the phone-hacking scandal, received £1.7m in cash, the use of a London office and a chauffeur-driven limousine as part of her severance package from the newspaper group. Records at Companies House show that she has resigned from 23 directorships related to the firm.

Government Secrecy Claims Too Broad, MU Study Finds

Mosaic theory interferes with public’s right to know, MU expert says

When the government uses mosaic theory to defend secrecy, it implies that terrorists are able to gather small bits of information from many different sources and put that information together to use as actionable intelligence, which could ultimately endanger national security. By using this broad theory, the government argues that it can keep all manner of information secret, regardless of its significance or insignificance toward national security.