Opinion

No One Is Safe Until Everyone Is Safe

Recognising that “no one is safe until everyone is safe,” the G7 recently announced additional steps to facilitate globally more “affordable and equitable access to vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics” to combat COVID-19. But translating stated intent into effective action will require both bold political leadership at home and support for developing countries that goes well beyond financial aid. Getting it right won’t be easy, but the effort is essential if rich countri

24 February 2021
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Rebuilding Democracies From The Ground Up

All over the world, democracy is in retreat. In 2020, the Democracy Index, published by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) since 2006, fell to its lowest-ever global level.

23 February 2021
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Is Bitcoin About To Explode Or Implode?

On 8 February, Elon Musk’s electric-car firm Tesla announced that it had invested US$1.5 billion of its cash reserves in Bitcoin back in January. The news helped to boost the cryptocurrency’s already skyrocketing price by a further 10 percent, to a record high of more than US$44,000. But, especially in Bitcoin’s case, what goes up can just as easily come crashing down. Bitcoin was invented in 2008 and began trading in 2009.

22 February 2021
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Philippines: End Of The Road For The VFA?

The bilateral relations between the United States (US) and the Philippines are currently at a critical juncture. This is because of the latest tirades of President Rodrigo Duterte telling the Americans that the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the US and the Philippines is a “shared responsibility,” therefore, the US must pay or kiss it goodbye.

21 February 2021
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EXCLUSIVE: Bill Gates – No Time To Waste

Connie Hedegaard sits down with Bill Gates, the American business magnate and Microsoft co-founder to talk about climate change.Connie Hedegaard (CH): Let me start with a confession: For years, I thought you were not particularly interested in climate change. I vividly recall a closed session at Davos some years back. The discussion turned to climate, instead of other sustainability issues, and you left the room.Now you powerfully and emphatically make the case for urgent climate action.

18 February 2021
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How to Save Local News

The COVID-19 crisis has confirmed, yet again, the importance of broad access to clear, reliable, and accurate information.

17 February 2021
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Tackling Indonesia’s Poverty With Palm Oil

Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous nation, and 10th largest economy in terms of purchasing power parity, has made enormous gains in poverty reduction – cutting the poverty rate by more than half since 1999, to 9.78 percent in 2020. Nevertheless, out of a population of 270.2 million, an estimated 26.42 million Indonesians still live below the poverty line.

16 February 2021
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Trusting The Health System Again After COVID

The arrival of COVID-19 vaccines is giving the world hope of ending the pandemic, but many countries remain consumed by the virus’s spread. So, as we wait for widespread availability and distribution of the vaccines, preventive health measures such as social distancing, mask-wearing, and hand-washing will remain critical to containing the disease. For some, following this guidance is not feasible.

16 February 2021
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