Exactly back-asswards

I see, in a report in The Guardian, that former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown "has urged world leaders to create a temporary form of global government to tackle the twin medical and economic crises caused by the Covid-19 pandemic ... [and] ... The former Labour prime minister, who was at the centre of the international efforts … Continue reading Exactly back-asswards

More on the impact of the pandemic

Sticking with the subject of the COVID-19 pandemic and the future of our (shaky) liberal, global socio-economic 'order,' I saw this article in Foreign Affairs, by Professors Henry Farrell and Abraham Newman of George Washington University, in which they say that "The new coronavirus is shaping up to be an enormous stress test for globalization … Continue reading More on the impact of the pandemic

A fundamental shift?

Professor Branko Milanović, formerly lead economist in the World Bank Research Department, writes, in Foreign Affairs, that "As of March 2020, the entire world is affected by an evil with which it is incapable of dealing effectively and regarding whose duration no one can make any serious predictions. The economic repercussions of the novel coronavirus … Continue reading A fundamental shift?

Another “exactly right” notion

David Staples, an award-winning journalist, writing about a week ago in the Edmonton Journal, got it exactly right. After noting, correctly, that "There are a good number of sober, sensible actions that will change the world from a smoggy and smoky place into a clean and prosperous home for us all ... [but] ... Lashing out … Continue reading Another “exactly right” notion

Trudeau & Guilbeault plan to give Trump a stick with which to beat Canada

So, I see that Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault has, once again, promised, despite denials in February, that he will introduce legislation that will aim to regulate the news media and define "trusted sources." This worries Professor Michael Geist who holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law at the University of Ottawa’s … Continue reading Trudeau & Guilbeault plan to give Trump a stick with which to beat Canada

Afghanistan in retrospect (3) (the Future?)

Following on from the other day, Dr Carter Malkasian writes, in Foreign Affairs, that in 2015 and 2016 the war in Afghanistan went from bad to worse for the US-supported Afghan government. That rejuvenated Taliban went from victory to victory, from strength to strength. Then, "When President Donald Trump took office in January 2017, the … Continue reading Afghanistan in retrospect (3) (the Future?)

Divisions

Mark Joseph is an American multimedia producer (I'm not exactly sure what that means, I know what the words mean, I just don't know how a multimedia production differs from, say, a film or a TV show), talk-show host, columnist, author and publisher, about whom I knew absolutely nothing until I stumbled upon an article … Continue reading Divisions