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Do the math, and it’s clear that a majority of publicly funded services are now delivered by private or-ganisations.
Trump’s threat of mass arrests is probably intended to no small degree as spectacle and gesture.
Landlords complain of “class warfare” and are threatening to hike rents ahead of the proposal coming into force in 2020, which doesn’t seem a good way to win friends. The policy will probably stop them spending on property upkeep, yet I wonder whether most Berliners will care.
What it is about finance that invites these terrible, vapid pronouncements? Do these trivialities reflect a lack of intellectual rigour, or are they merely a refuge for those who do not want to get pinned down?
While we can and must encourage more people to dig into our past and work to better understand it, we also must understand how critical the specialised toolbox of historians is to getting the past right.
Finding our way on our own – using perception, empirical observation and problem-solving skills – forces us to attune ourselves to the world.
Forecasts more than a decade in the future are easy to make and break, but the same does not go for shorter-term promises to investors.
There are indications that the Caribbean may again see this year unusually large amounts of sargassum seaweed washed up on its shores.
Newton formulated gravity as an invisible force between massive objects. Einstein’s replaced it with the notion that objects warped space-time and deflected the paths of other objects. Most people did not understand Einstein’s theory, but they appreciated it nonetheless.
Despite his biggest mistakes – the media are not the “enemy of the people” and should not be labelled thus; his indifference to staffing the government is sometimes maddening and a few of his appointees were simply not qualified – Trump has generally kept the promises he made during the campaign.
The loud messages from the European elections were not limited to the UK. Indeed, they could even carry some insights for US politics in the run-up to the November 2020 elections.
China and the US now appear to be moving beyond skirmishing over trade towards what could very easily become an economic war.
I wish to be placed on record as stating that the pace and scope of development which your articles describe are unsustainable and bring no long-term benefits to the proverbial ‘little man’ in Caymanian society.
Last week, the United Nations published a document which indicated that historically unprecedented levels of human activity were causing dramatic changes to the variety of plant and animal life in the world.
The majority of modern peace agreements fail within five years. What is causing these negotiated peace settlements to collapse?
Whether you call them safety features or not, indicators telling pilots that something unexpected is happening to the aircraft can make the difference between life and death.
Astute Caribbean governments clear about their national interest and sovereignty ought to be doing more to explore the flexibility and innovation the new European Communication offers them.
A free media protects our right to speak out and our right to information. It enables society to be free, fair and open and can be the foundation for economic prosperity.
No matter what the Chinese company does, the current US administration will keep going after it for a mix of national security, trade and competition-related reasons which are hard to separate from each other.
He was in a hurry. West Indian society, he said, had no time to waste.
The Trump administration came into office betting that Cuba’s government would buckle under pressure, but Havana has withstood much worse than this.
Sudan’s courageous protesters need more than words: They need strong international action for real change to have a chance.
Determined to act before it’s too late, the Marshall Islands are transforming themselves into a real-life laboratory for preparing for the effects of climate change.
No one’s weeping for big tech, but the war on Silicon Valley will not solve the region’s housing crisis, either.
Fortunately, Venezuela’s neighbours are better prepared to deal with dangerous outbreaks.
Government will continue to push for still-greater strides to be made in this fundamental field of healthcare.
This should not - and probably will not - look like a formal military alliance encompassing the world’s democracies, or even America’s existing democratic allies.
Progress will depend on whether the key interests in the economy and the society are capable of making deals which will address the problems.
Water is an essential building block of life.
But not all at Davos were impressed with the charismatic, liberal and young - Ardern is just 38 - world leader.
Some folks have argued that direct indexing is the next innovation that will disrupt the financial industry.
Without good measures of what makes a college good, we fall back to the power of popularity and exclusivity. The more applications a school gets and the more students it rejects, the better it seems.
The not-for-profit Global Wellness Institute estimates that international wellness visitors spent 53 per-cent more than the average international tourist in 2017 ...
If China can be first and build a blockchain system it controls, such as its own state-controlled internet, Beijing will be able to use the technology to repress its people, expand its influence and subvert the Western rule-of-law based system.
Media portrayals of young people compound the problem and are rife with discriminatory language.
Contrary to the defeatist narrative that many on the left will surely advance, this economic success is a direct result of the president’s pro-growth policies.
María Isabel Alfonso Cuba has rejected a proposal to legalize same-sex marriage in its new and revised constitution, a move that disappointed some gay rights...
Folks on the left have accused me of “trading with the enemy” for supporting these jurisdictions, but the real story is that we should emulate rather than prosecute these low-tax jurisdictions.
When it comes to taxes and government services, people’s feet tell more than their mouths.
With her FAQ, Ocasio-Cortez has inadvertently exposed the neo-socialist lie that you can get something for nothing. The Democratic Party’s embrace of that lie is going to get President Trump re-elected.
Greece provides us with a good example of what happens when government spending grows faster than income, and debt reaches an unsustainable level.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, averse to government by arrested-development teenagers, dismissed the Green New Deal (GND) as a “suggestion.” Its enthusiasts, buffeted by gales of derision, responded with gusts of dissembling as implausible as the GND: Their fact sheet was a mere draft, or a dirty trick (“doctored”), or something.
A good deal of campaign reporting is an attempt to take the repetitive events of the campaign trail and not only find something new in them but use the mundane goings-on of the moment as a symbol of something larger and more revealing.
Wealth always begins with savings from income and new ideas.
He reached across the aisle, appealed to persuadable voters in the center and asked them to consider his reasonable proposals.
The cascade of Western democracies recognizing Guaido sends a strong message to the Venezuelan military, too. It’s telling that Maduro did not give the order this past weekend to disperse crowds of protesters with violence. It suggests that he knows that most of his army would not follow it.
The exorbitant price tag of the painting has helped fuel the increasingly unhinged conspiracy theories surrounding the painting.
Peter Morici With the fall of France in 1940, Britain and America were left to defend democracy and capitalism – systems built on the ideas...
Civil libertarians and others were correctly outraged about the heavy-handed tactics.
Klobuchar, who will be 59 in May, is the daughter of a newspaper columnist. Surmounting this handicap, she went to Yale, then to the University of Chicago Law School, then to a law firm.
It is important to recognize Trump is negotiating with a repressive criminal regime.
With the understanding that an educated populace is a country’s most important resource and that developing human potential is arguably the most significant responsibility of every society, UNESCO is calling on “governments and all partners to make universal quality education a leading priority.”
During the government shutdown, Graham’s tergiversations – sorry, this is the precise word – have amazed.
The problem is that since the 2000s U.S. long rates have been suppressed by foreign investors. Europeans stuck in a lethargic economy, and Latin Americans and Asians fearful that their corrupt governments will ignite inflation to solve their debt problems, have been buying up U.S. real estate and long bonds.
Even the New York Times is reporting that Moon’s statist agenda is not working.
Restrictions on who was allowed to vote, based on property ownership or literacy, were over time viewed as unfair and eventually abolished, leading to the current crop of elected officials – no more needs to be said.
European unification was conceived in fear – Europeans’ fear of themselves, a residue of wars produced by various atavisms, including unhinged nationalism.
Over time, tax abuse by governments is corrected either by violent revolts (e.g. the American Revolution) or by passive resistance (tax avoidance or evasion).
Britons should read the Declaration of Independence, and get a new prime minister – pronto!
The open borders movement is not just a child of the American left but also has many adherents among libertarians.
Impeachment would not only raise Trump’s approval with the very suburban voters Democrats just peeled away from the GOP in the 2018 midterms, but it would also energize his base as never before.
Business students are taught, when making an investment decision, that what is important is the expected after-tax rate of return after adjusting for risk and uncertainty.
The truth is that Japanese auto makers can sell sedans at a profit, and GM cannot. And GM is struggling to compete on its home turf in SUVs too.
It is important to recognize Mr. Trump is negotiating with a repressive criminal regime.
In his Iowa interview, Bloomberg talked about the possibility of selling his business. Here’s hoping he does – at least the part that is engaged in newsgathering.
The British noticed that being part of the EU was making them relatively poorer with a great loss in national and individual freedom – so they revolted by voting to leave.
The story is appalling, and it appeared at a moment when it is clear that our obsession with elite education is out of control. America’s deification of schools like Harvard, Princeton and Yale distorts everything in their orbit – and far too much is.
By 1971, the BVI was in a deep recession and the Government remained dependent upon Britain to fund its large budget deficit. However, through prudence and determination, the coalition Governments ... steered the territory out of recession and into a robust economic recovery from 1974 onward.
Average life expectancy is a good proxy for how effective a healthcare system is.
Faced with tight budgets and pressures to absorb inadequately qualified applicants, colleges and universities lowered standards.
Many Swiss are sufficiently alarmed about the loss of their sovereignty that they recently voted on a referendum that would have required Swiss law to take precedence over international law and treaties.
Theresa May was not a Brexit supporter. She failed to play some very strong cards and she basically worked to come up with a fake Brexit.