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Bill Gates lays out three‑point plan for US on brink of coronavirus catastrophe

Posted by hkarner - 2. April 2020

Date: 01‑04‑2020

Source: South China Morning Post

Subject: Ÿ    Gates introduced a three‑point plan that includes a ‘consistent nationwide approach’ to lockdowns

Ÿ    He urged leaders to help by ‘not stoking rumours or panic buying’

Microsoft co‑founder Bill Gates urged world leaders to prepare for a pandemic in 2015.

Microsoft co‑founder and philanthropist Bill Gates, who urged world leaders to prepare for a pandemic situation in 2015, laid out a three‑point plan on how the US could make it through the coronavirus pandemic.

Gates penned an op‑ed for The Washington Post on Tuesday, making recommendations based on expert consultations he has had through his work with the Gates Foundation, which is funding research for a treatment for the virus, which causes a respiratory disease known as Covid‑19.

“There’s no question the United States missed the opportunity to get ahead of the novel coronavirus,” Gates wrote. “But the window for making important decisions hasn’t closed.”

“The choices we and our leaders make now will have an enormous impact on how soon case numbers start to go down, how long the economy remains shut down and how many Americans will have to bury a loved one because of Covid‑19.”

As of April 1, the coronavirus has infected nearly 190,000 in the US, and the countrywide death toll has surpassed 4,000.

Gates said the first point is calling for a “consistent nationwide approach” to lockdowns that are being imposed to contain the spread of the disease in the country. He called the fact that some states are not being shut down completely a “recipe for disaster”. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Amazon Seeks to Question Trump Over Pentagon Contract

Posted by hkarner - 12. Februar 2020

Date: 11‑02‑2020

Source: The Wall Street Journal

E‑commerce and technology giant says president steered huge cloud‑computing contract away from Amazon

The Defense Department said there were no external influences in awarding the pact, which is valued at as much as $10 billion over the next decade.

WASHINGTON— Amazon.com Inc. asked a judge to allow it to depose President Trump in the company’s legal battle to overturn a Pentagon decision awarding a huge cloud‑computing contract to rival Microsoft Corp.

The Amazon motion, made public Monday, says that Mr. Trump’s bias against Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos “is a matter of public record. Even before taking office, President Trump campaigned on a promise that Amazon would ‘have problems’ if he became President.”

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Absolutely UNREAL – bullies like Putin act like this

Posted by hkarner - 8. April 2018

Date: 07-04-2018
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Subject: What’s Driving Trump’s Attacks on Amazon? It’s Personal

President’s attacks on e-commerce company stem from its CEO Jeff Bezos’s ownership of the Washington Post, which Trump says covers him unfairly, say people close to the White House

Early in President Donald Trump’s term, when White House officials heard him complain vociferously about Amazon.com Inc. they arranged private briefings in the Oval Office to make sure that he would talk knowledgeably about the company.

Gary Cohn, his top economic adviser, and other officials gave PowerPoint presentations and briefing papers they believed debunked his concerns that Amazon was dodging taxes and exploiting the U.S. Postal Service.

It made little difference. Mr. Trump persisted in attacks that ran counter to the material they had showed him.

“It’s not the narrative he wants,” one person familiar with the matter said of the White House briefings.  “He clearly didn’t find it persuasive because he keeps saying it’s untrue.” Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Chaos Theory of Donald Trump: Sowing Confusion Through Tweets

Posted by hkarner - 28. Dezember 2016

Date: 27-12-2016
Source: The Washington Post

US President-elect Donald Trump follows a pattern, confounding global media and world leaders with provocative statements on Twitter, at rallies or during television programs. His staff then attempts to reassure the public with interpretations and insistence that social media messages do not reflect official policy. “But nothing has created more consternation for many foreign policy experts than Trump’s assertion Thursday on Twitter that the country should ‘greatly strengthen and expand’ its nuclear capability,” write John Wagner and Abby Phillip. Trump supporters suggest the new style is more transparent, that the world must adjust to them. Others question if the president-elect understands the issues he is writing about. They describe the communication style as “confusing” and “governance by chaos.” A former assistant secretary of defense for public affairs suggests there can be benefits in strategic unpredictability and disruptions, but not in erratic behavior when global challenges require cooperation. US officials and global leaders alike have little choice but to study the patterns and determine how they might respond to future crises. – YaleGlobal

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Trump isn’t Hitler. But the United States could be another Germany.

Posted by hkarner - 6. Dezember 2016

Here’s what President-elect Donald Trump has been doing after the election

Opinion writer, Washington Post

December 5 at 7:21 PM
Last week on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes,” a guest mentioned the new unmentionable: Weimar. The guest was Bob Garfield, a liberal media critic, and he was discussing Donald Trump. Hayes was mildly disapproving of the reference. “I tend to stay away from Weimar comparisons for a variety of reasons,” he said. That would make sense if only Trump himself did not constantly bring them to mind.
I must stop right here to emphasize what I will not be saying. I will not be calling Trump a fascist. I will not be saying he’s an anti-Semite because, manifestly, he is not. I will not be smearing him with the clear bigotry of some of his supporters, although I fault him for not slapping down the haters with more energy. Still, the reference to Weimar is apt, not because Trump is another Hitler but because the United States might be another Germany.Weimar is the charming German city that gave its name to the parliamentary democracy that was created following World War I and which Hitler crushed in 1933. It was never a robust democracy, but it nevertheless was the government of Europe’s most important — and, in many ways, advanced — country. Berlin in the early 1930s was a tolerant and liberal city. Many a Hollywood filmmaker got a start in Berlin. I cite Billy Wilder — “Some Like It Hot,” “Double Indemnity,” “Sunset Boulevard” — for one. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The Presidential Candidates Get Globalization All Wrong

Posted by hkarner - 20. Juli 2016

Date: 19-07-2016
Source: The Washington Post

Globalization has become the scapegoat for inequality, poor jobs, reduced wages and other economic problems – real and perceived – during the US presidential election. “What’s lost in the obsession with globalization is the fact that the American economy is driven mainly by domestic factors,” writes Robert Samuelson in a column for the Washington Post, adding that about 75 percent of the US economy is domestic whereas other countries have higher trade dependence. The subprime crisis of 2007 that triggered global recession was a domestic challenge for the country. A strong US dollar and not trade agreements are a reason for trade deficits. US politicians should focus on encouraging corporate investment, business start-ups, productivity and reducing government debt. – YaleGlobal

70 percent of US economy is based on domestic factors; government debt, slowed corporate investment – not globalization – contribute to economic woes

Robert J. Samuelson is a columnist for the Washington Post.Samuelson

Can we get globalization right? It has emerged as an all-purpose scapegoat for our economic woes — lost jobs, depressed wages, large trade deficits, greater income inequality, anxieties about the future. The reality is otherwise: Although globalization is genuine, it has been distorted and its ills exaggerated. I have written about this before, but because the issue is so central to the campaign debate, it’s worth revisiting.

There can be no doubt that globalization has been cast as an economic villain. Donald Trump recently gave a major address on the economy. It was almost exclusively devoted to the alleged evils of globalization. Here’s a sample: Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Electric cars and the coal that runs them

Posted by hkarner - 24. November 2015

Date: 24-11-2015
Source: The Washington Post

POWER PLAY | Cheap electricity, a changing climate This is part of a series exploring how the world’s hunger for cheap electricity is complicating efforts to combat climate change.

ROTTERDAM — In this traffic-packed Dutch city, electric cars jostle for space at charging ­stations. The oldest exhaust-spewing vehicles will soon be banned from the city center. Thanks to generous tax incentives, the share of electric vehicles has grown faster in the Netherlands than in nearly any other country in the world.

But behind the green growth is a filthy secret: In a nation famous for its windmills, electricity is coming from a far dirtier source. Three new coal-fired power plants, including two here on the Rotterdam harbor, are supplying much of the power to fuel the Netherlands’ electric-car boom. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Sometimes it’s not enough to give poor countries lots of foreign aid, study finds

Posted by hkarner - 2. November 2015

Understanding foreign aid is crucial to understanding the way the international system works. Unfortunately, while it may be easy to quantify the amount of goods or expertise governments or multilateral institutions give out, measuring the amount of real change that development assistance creates is a whole lot harder — especially now that aid is often designed to strengthen policy and institutions rather than deliver a direct service.

This situation makes those skeptical of the value of foreign aid (of which there are many) uneasy. It’s understandable that many in countries that give out aid might start to wonder: What good are we actually doing with our money?

In an attempt to address this, a new report by AidData, a research lab based at the College of William & Mary, does something surprisingly rare: It asked those working in the poor nations that receive foreign aid. The initiative interviewed 6,750 policymakers and practitioners in 126 low- and middle-income countries about their experiences with development assistance from Western and non-Western sources between 2004 and 2013. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Globalization at Warp Speed

Posted by hkarner - 8. September 2015

Date: 08-09-2015Samuelson
Source: The Washington Post by Robert J. Samuelson

Globalization thrives in financial markets and may even control them. Much focus is on the world’s fastest-growing economies. For example, China’s consumes near half of the world’s aluminum, copper, lead, nickel and zinc, up from 13 percent in 2000, writes economist Robert J. Samuelson for the Washington Post. Reduced demand for oil due to slowed growth in China and an increased US supply has caused oil prices to plummet. Investors act en masse on news of financial events: “Huge amounts of money can shift in a digital instant among countries, currencies and various financial markets,” Samuelson writes. He adds that most countries have removed controls on individuals or companies moving funds across borders. As a result, many countries no longer have control over their interest rates, as suggested by economists with the Bank for International Settlements. Investors quickly cross borders for the best deals, and any nation that tries to renew such controls could be at a disadvantage. – YaleGlobal

Countries struggle to control interest rates as investors react en masse to market events and shift funds across borders

A fascinating but little-noted aspect of the recent financial turmoil is how much it’s been an international event. It started with doubts about China’s economy, symbolized by a tumbling stock market and a surprise devaluation of the renminbi. But the worry quickly spread to all major stock markets, along with a growing unease that the global economy suddenly faced new — though not well-defined — perils. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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China, The New Indispensable Nation?

Posted by hkarner - 21. November 2014

Date: 20-11-2014
Source: The Washington Post

China is adapting to its role as an indispensable nation, argues Steven Mufson in an opinion essay for the Washington Post. The world’s second largest economy, also the largest emitter of greenhouse gases, is indispensable on a number of fronts, particularly climate change: “while America still possesses unparalleled military superiority and bears a unique burden in intervening in foreign conflicts or humanitarian crises, China has grown into an indispensable nation on issues such as climate change, trade, and peace and stability in the Asian Pacific.” China expects the United States to do more to increase China’s voting share at international organizations like the International Monetary Fund, Mufson notes, as China’s IMF voting share is smaller than France’s even though its economy is more than three times larger. Otherwise, the world can expect China to organize its own global instituions. Both the United States and China are nervous about the other’s role in setting rules, military priorities and agendas for domestic reform. Both countries confront divided interests at home, always a factor that can deter grand strategies on foreign policy and global reach. – YaleGlobal

The world has two indispensable nations for resolving global challenges, China and US, and each are nervous about the other

Maybe there are two indispensable nations. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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