Category: The Guardian

Guantánamo force-feeding amounts to punishment, detainee’s lawyers argue

The Guardian Sondra Crosby, School of Medicine Lawyers for a Guantánamo detainee argued in court on Monday that the US military’s forcible feedings of hunger-striking detainees were a method of punishment, not the medically viable procedure the government has long claimed… Expert quote: “It looks like medical care is being withheld because of disciplinary status and that […]

Bitcoin shakes up remittances as poorer people offered digital deals

The Guardian Mark Williams, School of Management Social entrepreneurs in developing countries are using mobile phones and the controversial digital currency bitcoin to increase the speed, and slash the price, of international money transfers, raising the prospect of a revolution in the $600bn annual global remittance market… Expert quote: “Consumers learned a hard lesson [from Mt Gox]. […]

Debt and housing costs make young worse off than past generations

The Guardian Laurence Kotlikoff, College of Arts & Sciences Young people face a steeper climb to achieve the lifestyle of today’s baby boomer generation, according to an index measuring intergenerational fairness which recorded a rise from last year… Expert quote: “Like an adult report card, the Intergenerational Foundation’s vitally important intergenerational index makes it clear […]

US prosecutors investigate businesses dealing in bitcoins

The Guardian Mark Williams, School of Management Manhattan US attorney Preet Bharara’s office is seeking information from businesses dealing in bitcoin on how some of them handled cyber-attacks that hamstrung several exchanges in recent weeks, a source familiar with the probe told Reuters on Wednesday… Expert quote: “If bitcoin is going to be a currency […]