Ron Lauder: Governments must prioritize the fight against antisemitism
Ronald S. Lauder has served as president of the World Jewish Congress since 2007. An international philanthropist, investor, art collector and former public servant, Lauder also demonstrates his deep commitment to his Judaism through a wide range of other philanthropic endeavors that reach around the world.As president of the WJC, Lauder meets regularly with heads of state, prime ministers and government representatives to discuss and advance causes of concern to Jews and Jewish communities internationally. He advocates for the importance of supporting Israel, especially in times when the stat...
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Governments must learn from Lebanon’s catastrophe
A few weeks ago, I wrote: “Lebanon is in the news yet again” after the explosions in Beirut’s port on Aug. 4, in which close to 200 people passed away and 300,000 were left homeless. Just over a month later – on Sept. 10 – all TV channels and news outlets focused on the same country, the same city, the same port once more.A fire broke out last Thursday and we all witnessed billowing black smoke on TV and social media networks, we all saw the courageous firefighters trying to control the blaze, we all watched, shocked and appalled, as this all too familiar image repeated itself.Last month, many...
Govt’s Covid stimulus could all be in vain
The greatest mistake the world is making is believing that governments will save us from the Covid-19 economic disaster. Even the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is encouraging governments to spend more to counter the downturn.In light of this, the IMF has prepared US$250 billion (7.85 trillion baht), about 25% of its lending capacity, for emergency loans. Governments around the world have spent more than 10% of GDP to lessen the effects of lockdowns. Financial support to the public comes in all forms such as universal cash handouts, selective cash handouts, household debt holidays, soft loa...
The Bangkok Post
The OAS must condemn repressive measures taken to combat the pandemic
The Organization of American States (OAS) was founded in 1948 to achieve an order of peace and justice, to promote solidarity, to strengthen collaboration and to defend states' sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence. Traumatised by the horrors of the Second World War, the international community sought to consolidate human rights law as a check against state power.Now we face a new global threat: a pandemic that does not respect borders, gender or social class and that disproportionately affects vulnerable groups. Governments can of course take exceptional measures to combat the b...
Governments and businesses must wake up to the threat of global warming
Last month Greenpeace International said that since the start of this year, fires in Siberia have destroyed nearly 21 million hectares of virgin forest. But it is not only Siberia that is going up in flames.With other major fires reported in Greenland, Alaska and northern Canada, the entire Arctic region has been burning at record levels, exacerbating the problems caused by global warming and climate change. Extensive fires have also been reported in the Amazon basin, Europe and Asia.The full scale of the damage caused by forest fires this year obviously will not be known for another five mont...
World’s Best Chess Player: Bitcoin Empowers Individuals to Be More Than Just Pawns to Reckless Governments
Image by Gage Skidmore on Flickr | CC BY 2.0Bitcoin’s finite supply compares favorably to agenda-driven printing of money by governments, noted the Avast security ambassador, who also chairs the Human Rights Foundation and the Renew Democracy Initiative.Speaking to Forbes on the intersection of human rights and new technologies, Kasparov said cryptocurrencies enable the public to regain control of personal finances at a time when unilateral moves by government and institutions are on the rise.“The good thing about bitcoin is that you know exactly the number – the magic number of 21 million. An...
Foundation for Economic Education
Exports nightmare in 2020: A 21.4% plunge
THIS is the worst time to be an exporter, even worse than in the 2008 financial crisis.Just as China and the United States are beginning to settle their trade conflict, the coronavirus pandemic erupted this year to thwart all hopes of stabilizing the global economy. Governments had to order people to remain home to contain the spread of the virus, leaving factories shut down, their workers locked in homes, many without pay and at the mercy of government doles—if they come at all.Shipments in the process were interrupted and supply chains were severed, as vessels arriving in docks were placed i...
Opinion: Governments must support a just transition for oil workers and their communities
Illustration by Kelsey KingAugust 4, 2020 —Editor’s note: A version of this article originally appeared on the Natural Resource Governance Institute blog, and is republished here with permission.Since worldwide coronavirus-related lockdowns began in early February, the global demand for oil has evaporated. This huge drop in demand, coupled with an already overinflated supply, has depressed oil prices to historic lows. There has been justifiable attention on how to use this moment to help bolster low-carbon transitions. However, it is also important to address the negative impacts of this much-...
FAAC Shares N651.184bn To FG, States, Local Governments
Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) at the weekend shared a total of N651.184 billion as of June 2020 to the three tiers of government for June 2020.This was contained in a communiqué issued by FAAC after its monthly meeting for July 2020 held through virtual conferencing and chaired by the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris.Gross statutory revenue was N524.526 billion; gross revenue from the Value Added Tax (VAT) was N128.826 billion and the revenue from the exchange rate gain was N42.832 billion thus bringing total revenue for the month to N696.184 billion.From thi...
Pre-ticketing may be the way amid Covid-19
Governments across the world have abandoned the optimistic approach of waiting for a COVID 19 cure to be found.As some restrictions on different sectors of the economy are sparingly being eased to allow for movement of goods, people and transactions to take place.In Botswana, Government has experienced a challenge with the local public transport sector as to how to ensure the sector remains self-sustainable while complying with COVID 19 protocols and safety measures.The public transport sector since the introduction and easing of the State of Public Emergency has seen commuters having to wait ...