31 января, 15:55

Всемирный банк назвал основной причиной стагнации в РФ концентрацию власти

По уровню несоответствия госаппарата целям развития РФ находится на одном уровне с Руандой и Турцией и занимает низшую строчку среди всех рассмотренных в докладе ВБ стран. Как и в этих двух странах, в РФ к 2015 году нет групп, реально влияющих на политику, кроме высших чиновников.

31 января, 15:49

Экономика Евросоюза в 2016 году выросла на 1,9%

Рост экономики в странах Евросоюза несколько замедлился, однако он выше, чем в Соединенных Штатах.

31 января, 15:00

Проект «ЗЗ». Перезагрузка №4, сенатор Маккейн и «Глок-17»

В США началось обсуждение очередной «перезагрузки» с Россией. Инвесторы тем временем говорят, что Россия жива, несмотря на вопли злопыхателей и санкции. И не только жива, но и пошла в гору: американские спекулянты уже «сделали ставки» на Москву. Интерес инвесторов подогревает некоторое потепление между США и Россией, возникшее после избрания на пост президента мистера Трампа. С другой стороны, кое-кому это не нравится, и в сети словно нарочно появляются сюжеты о вероятном убийстве Трампа. Один убийца-неудачник, импортированный из Британии, уже сидит в американской тюрьме.

31 января, 13:40

Всемирный банк сравнил Россию с Руандой по качеству госуправления

Российская система государственного управления не соответствует задачам развития экономики - вся власть сконцентрирована в руках чиновников и узкой группы элит, которые живут за счет сырьевой ренты, провоцируя коррупцию, неравенство и отсталость. К такому выводу приходят эксперты Всемирного банка в докладе "Госуправление и...

31 января, 10:41

How the U.S. used Soviet-style land reforms to counter communism in Asia

Over the lifespan of the Soviet Union, several dissidents and refugees reached positions of eminence in the United States. However, few of these former Soviet citizens ever managed to implement communist-inspired policies to counter communism itself. This is where Wolf Issac Ladejinsky stood out. Born in Ukraine (which was then a part of the Russian Empire) to a reasonably wealthy family in 1899, Ladejinsky lived a comfortable life until the Bolshevik Revolution, when his father’s businesses were expropriated by the government. Why doesn’t Russia return the ‘Northern Territories’ to Japan? He fled the country and entered the U.S. as a refugee in 1922. Quickly learning English, Ladejinsky enrolled in Columbia University, where he earned a BA and then did a graduate degree in economics. “His publications on the collectivization of agriculture gave the world a rare Russian perspective into the policies that were taking place at that time,” Vikas Chandran, a former agriculture specialist at the World Bank told RBTH. “His subsequent works and policies were greatly influenced by this one aspect of the Soviet Union, although he almost made it a life mission to stop the spread of communism.” In 1935, Ladejinsky joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture, choosing to focus on foreign agricultural issues. He continued to study the Soviet model, but also paid attention to agriculture in Asia, particularly Japan, India and British Malaya (which includes Singapore and the modern-day peninsular Malaysia). “He increasingly saw land distribution and redistribution as the key to political stability,” Ben Stavis, Director, Asian Studies Program at Temple University, wrote in a paper. “He had seen the power of the Bolshevik slogan, ‘peace, land, bread.’ He gauged that if more peasants owned their own land, communism would lose much of its appeal. Land ownership was profoundly political and land reform could be an anti-communist tool.” Land reforms in Japan In his pre-World War II writings, Ladejinsky stated that Japan’s occupation of Taiwan and certain parts of Northeastern China were largely on account of land hunger created by an existing feudal system in the country. In 1945, he joined the staff of General Douglas MacArthur, who was the Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers in post-war Japan.  He advocated a peaceful redistribution of land in the war-ravaged country. How Russia helped Indonesia annex Western New Guinea Under the Ladejinsky-MacArthur land reforms, more than 5 million acres were taken from large landholders and sold to former tenants. “There was no violence or element of direct force in this, unlike in the USSR of the 1920s and 30s,” Chandran said. “This has a huge impact on the lives of millions of farmers in Japan. Here, a capitalistic country managed an essentially socialist measure and kept the weaker sections of society from needing assistance from communists.” Stavis attributed the smooth transition to the fact that the landlords could not organize private armies and resist the policies of the occupation forces. The farmers who received the distributed land formed the bedrock of support for Japan’s Liberal Democratic Policy. The combination of political stability and a hard working farmer community helped Japan become an agricultural powerhouse. “As farmers, they were highly motivated to invest in agriculture and expand production,” Stavis wrote. “Japan's agriculture productivity has shown solid growth over the decades.” Similar success in Taiwan At the closing stages of the Chinese Civil War, Ladejinsky tried to help the Chinese Nationalists hurriedly implement land reforms but it was too late. He moved to Taiwan and introduced the policies on the island.  The authorities on the island welcome the idea of implementing the land reforms since it would weaken the rural power structure, which was a potential obstacle for the Nationalists. How Moscow used Bangkok as a base to win the Cold War in Indochina “As in Japan, the land reform in Taiwan was very successful,” Stavis wrote.  “It created a class of small scale farmers, with real incentives to expand farm production.  This class was inherently conservative and contributed to the social and political stability of Taiwan.” Both in Japan and Taiwan, the landlords were given industrial bonds and this helped both countries rapidly industrialize. Efforts in India Later in his career, Ladejinsky met with lesser degrees of success in India and other Asian countries.  He spent most of the last decade of his life in India as a World Bank consultant. Ladejinsky grew increasingly critical as the Indian Government's grand proposals for land reform became weakened by political convenience and competing priorities, according to a New York Times report written after his death in 1975. Badaber uprising: When Russian POWs took on the Pakistani army and the CIA “Until the peasantry begins to vote in its own interest, the chances are that integrated agrarian reforms in this part of the world by due process of law will be almost impossible” Lajedinsky wrote in 1971. More than five decades after his death, the very process of land reforms still evokes strong emotions in Asia. However, his flexible and calculated approach in the continent helped the U.S. stop the spread of communism. Tailpiece The fact that Lajedinsky was born in the Soviet Union and advocated land reforms and helping the rural poor made him a suspected communist in the eyes of U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy. Despite being an advocate against communism, Lajedinsky lost his U.S. government job in 1954. A year later, he was reinstated by Dwight Eisenhower administration, which admitted that a mistake had been made. 

31 января, 01:36

Госчиновников назвали структурной проблемой // Всемирный банк видит в концентрации власти основную причину стагнации

Концентрация власти в руках госчиновников -- основная причина, по которой законы и ведомства в РФ не в силах обуздать коррупцию, децентрализации недостаточно для роста качества муниципальных услуг, а мер бюджетно-налоговой политики -- для снижения волатильности и стимулирования долгосрочных сбережений. К такому выводу пришли авторы доклада Всемирного банка о мировом развитии в 2017 году. По степени несоответствия структуры власти потребностям развития Россия в нем ставится на одно место с Руандой и Турцией.

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30 января, 20:13

SBP to work with World Bank on supervisory framework

Central Banking Deal will see World Bank provide technical assistance on a range of projects Deal will see World Bank provide technical assistance on a range of projects as it extends its paid-for advisory services into south Asia

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30 января, 16:56

For Good Development, Governance Matters

The World Bank’s World Development Report (WDR) asks: Why are so many good policies ineffective? Policies work when they adapt to changing circumstances and when people decide together to benefit the common good. But sometimes unequal distribution of power can undermine commitment, coordination and cooperation. Watch how we can achieve change. Visit the website: http://www.worldbank.org/wdr2017 Download the report: https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/bitstream/handle/10986/25880/9781464809507.pdf How do we ensure… security & prosperity for everyone? Policies work when there is commitment to long term objectives coordination & cooperation for the common good Unequal distribution of power undermines success when that power is used to favor some exclude others Change is possible When we reshape incentives for decision makers (when we reshape) community beliefs and make participation easier for everyone

30 января, 15:41

Грузинская экономика выросла в 2016 году на 2,2%

Валовой внутренний продукт (ВВП) Грузии в 2016 году, по предварительным данным, увеличился на 2,2%, говорится в сообщении Национальной службы статистики.

30 января, 15:03

Siberian scientists discover the depression gene in Europeans

According to the World Health Organization, about 350 million people suffer from depression, and about 30-40 percent of these become ill due to genetic factors. Scientists from the Institute of Cytology and Genetics in Novosibirsk discovered a gene that leads to the development of depression in Europeans. The gene is called NKPDI. The study used genetic material from Europeans, and experts said that Mongoloids, that is, Asians, and Negroids, people with black color skin, do not have this gene. The gene responsible for their depression still has to be found. Scientists hope that this discovery will help create medicine for this common illness. The genetic analysis methods for this study were developed in the Siberian institute. A gene to control depression When looking for the "depression gene" the Siberian researchers analyzed genetic information from more than 2,000 people that was provided by the Dutch Erasmus Center in Rotterdam, which studies depression. Russian-born scientist awarded world's most prestigious prize in medicine "We did not look at each genetic variation separately, as it is usually done in such studies," said the research project's director, Tatyana Aksenovich. "Instead, we took the gene in its entirety and looked only at those genetic variations that change the structure of the corresponding protein. One of our other peculiarities is that we focused on the so-called depression symptoms and not on the confirmed diagnosis." In order to identify the gene that participates in controlling depression, Nadezhda Belonogova developed the FREGAT program. It includes both "regional association analysis" methods that analyze the gene in its entirety, and new methods developed in the research process. The Siberian scientists say that thanks to this program, the information is processed very quickly, and the search for the NKPDI gene took only a few hours. It had taken the Dutch Erasmus Center much longer to confirm the result on an independent selection of people. FREGAT battling illnesses Scientists said that from the viewpoint of genetics, depression is a unique illness. The genotype's contribution to the development of depression is about the same as in schizophrenia. Dozens of genes have already been found that control the appearance and development of schizophrenia. But not one has been well established for depression. Helping themselves by helping others: Russia’s disabled psychologists "Our study is the first to identify the gene that changes the protein's structure," said Aksenovich. "Until now scientists have only identified loci, that is, pieces of protein. This opens possibilities for target therapy and the development of medicine, which in some way will correct these defects." The Siberian scientists do not plan to continue research in this field. Their main specialization is the development of statistical analysis methods and new program packages. The scientists published the information they obtained on depression in Biological Psychiatry magazine so that it could be at their colleagues' disposal. The FREGAT research is now stored in an international program archive called CRAN (the Comprehensive R Archive Network), which has open access. Any scientist can download and use it. According to the developers, the program can also be used to identify genes responsible for other illnesses. Read more: World Bank urges Russia to invest in education and health care>>>

30 января, 12:13

A new narrative for a complex age

Eric Beinhocker, Executive Director, The Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School If 2008 was the year of the financial crash, 2016 was the year of the political crash.  In that year we witnessed the collapse of the last of the four major economic-political ideologies that dominated the 20th century: nationalism; Keynesian […]

30 января, 04:25

Is Soros On The Ropes?

Submitted by Wayne Madsen via The Strategic Culture Foundation, Although multi-billionaire hedge fund tycoon and international political pot-stirrer George Soros lost big with the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States and the victory of the Brexit referendum in the United Kingdom, he stands to lose further ground, politically and financially, as the winds of political change sweep across the globe. Soros, who fancies himself as the master of placing short put options on stocks, often cleaning up to the tune of billions of dollars in the process when the stock values collapse, has been dealt a few financial body blows. Recently, the Dutch securities market regulator AFM «accidentally» revealed on line all of Soros's short trades since 2012. Soros's trades were revealed on AFM's website and were removed after the regulator realized the «error». However, the Soros data had already been captured by automatic data capturing software programs operated by intelligence agencies and brokerage firms that routinely scour the Internet looking for such «mistakes». Among the bank shares targeted by Soros was the Ing Groep NV, a major institution and important element of the Dutch economy. After campaigning against Brexit, Soros bet against the stock of Deutsche Bank AG, which he believed would fall in value after Britain voted to leave the EU. Deutsche Bank stock fell 14 percent and Soros cleaned up. But Soros’s celebration was temporary. With Trump's election, Soros lost a whopping $1 billion in stock speculation. Surrounded by his fellow financial manipulators, Soros explained his recent losses while attending the recent World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Soros’s mega-wealthy cronies placed their own bets against smaller Dutch firms. Those firms included Ordina, an information technology firm; Advanced Metallurgical Group; and the real estate group Wereldhave N.V. Beware the Ides of March The Soros data release comes at a particularly sensitive time in Dutch politics. The center-right government led by Prime Minister Mark Rutte is on the political ropes as it tries to fend off, in an election scheduled for March 15, a serious challenge by the right-nationalist Party for Freedom (PVV) of anti-migrant and anti-European Union leader Geert Wilders. An ally of Donald Trump, Wilders is likely to make political hay out of the fact that Soros, the champion of European open borders and mass migration, bet against Dutch banks. The Ides of March looks favorably upon a Wilders victory, an event that will drive another nail into the coffin of the European Union and Soros’s mass migration and open borders dream. The Netherlands has not been particularly friendly to Soros and his goals. In November 2016, Soros's Open Society Foundations, and two groups funded by Soros - the European Network Against Racism and Gender Concerns International - advertised job openings for Dutch youth «between the ages 17-26» who are Muslim immigrants and the children or grandchildren of Muslim immigrants to campaign against parties like those of Wilders and Rutte. Prime Minister Rutte recently issued a warning to migrants who refuse to assimilate into Dutch society. Of course, Rutte was not referring to the thousands of migrants from former Dutch colonies in the Dutch East and West Indies who had no problem adopting Dutch culture, religion, and social manners. Rutte, who faces a 9-point lead by Wilders’s PVV, had some pointed words for the Muslim migrants in the Netherlands. In an interview with «Algemeen Dagblad», Rutte, in what could have been a speech by Wilders, said: «I tell everyone. If you don’t like it here in this country, get out, get out! That’s the choice you have. If you live in a country where the ways of dealing with others annoys you, you have a choice, go away. You do not need to be here.» Rutte had particular disdain for those who «don’t want to adapt… who attack gay people, shout at women in short skirts, or call ordinary Dutch people racist».   Rutte left very little doubt about to whom he was referring, the recently-arrived Muslim migrants, «There have always been people who exhibited deviant behavior. But something has come to pass in the last year where we, as a society, should have an answer. With the arrival of large groups of refugees, the question arises: will the Netherlands still be the Netherlands?» Coming from a one-time committed Euroatlanticist supporter of NATO, the EU, and the World Bank, Rutte’s words about migrants must have come as a complete shock to Soros and his minions. The exposure of Soros's financial manipulation of the Dutch economy is sure to enrage Dutch citizens already weary of migrants and diktats by the European Union. In April 2016, Dutch citizens overwhelmingly rejected the EU-Ukraine treaty that called for closer ties between the EU and the Kiev regime. The outcome enraged Soros, who is one of the Kiev regime's principal puppet masters. NGO 'Santa Claus' now faces many closed doors Europe once praised Soros as some sort of benevolent «Santa Claus,» who handed out millions for «good deeds» to one-world government proponents and other starry-eyed utopians. However, the veneer of Soros is wearing thin. Russia was the first to call out Soros for his interference in Russian politics. The Soros plan to destabilize Russia, dubbed the «Russia Project» by Soros's Open Society Institute and Foundation, foresaw the outbreak of Ukrainian-style «Maidan Square» uprisings in cities across Russia. In November 2015, the Russian Prosecutor-General's office announced the proscription of activities of the Open Society Institute and the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation for endangering Russia’s constitutional order and national security. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban now leads the anti-Soros groundswell in Europe. The optics of Orban becoming the first European Union leader to go after the Hungarian-born Soros and his destabilization operations has not been lost on other EU leaders, including those in Poland and the Czech Republic. Orban has accused Soros of masterminding the migrant invasion of Europe. In retaliation for these and other moves by Soros, Orban has warned that the various non-governmental organizations (NGOs) backed by Soros risk being expelled from Europe altogether. Orban has been joined in venting his anger about Soros by former Macedonian prime minister Nikola Gruevski, who was forced from office and an early election after Soros-inspired demonstrations in his country took place amid a massive influx of Muslim migrants from Greece. Referring to Soros's global political operations, the former Macedonian prime minister said in a recent interview, «He is not doing that just in Macedonia, but in the Balkans, across Eastern Europe, and now, most recently, in the United States. Secondly, from what I’ve read about him, in some countries he does it for material and financial reasons, to earn a lot of money, while in others for ideological reasons». In Poland, where Soros has been very influential, a Member of Parliament for the ruling right-wing Law and Justice Party (PiS), Krystyna Paw?owicz, recently demanded that Soros be stripped of Poland's highest honor for foreigners, the Commander with Star of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland. Paw?owicz considers Soros's operations in Poland to be illegal. She also believes that Soros's organizations are «financing the anti-democratic and anti-Polish element with a view to fight Polish sovereignty and indigenous Christian culture». Czech President Milos said, in a 2016 interview, «some of his [Soros's] activities are at least suspicious and they strikingly remind of interferences in [countries'] internal affairs. The organizing of what is known as color revolutions in individual countries is an interesting hobby, but it brings more harm than benefit to the countries concerned». Zeman claimed Soros was planning a color revolution for the Czech Republic. Aivars Lembergs, the mayor of Ventspils, Latvia and a leader of the Union of Greens and Peasants, wants Soros and his NGOs banned from Latvia. Lembergs argues that two Soros publications in Latvia - Delna and Providus – have propagandized in favor of Latvia receiving Muslim migrants. Lembergs sees the migrants and Soros's support for them as endangering Latvian state security. The mayor believes that «George Soros must be outlawed in Latvia. He must be banned from entering the country». In neighboring Lithuania, the Labor Party has also questioned Soros's activities in the country. The party and its parliamentary allies have asked Lithuania's security services to investigate the «financial schemes and networks» of Soros because of the threat they pose to national security. The Lithuanian parties claim that Soros groups specialize at «not consolidating, but dividing, society». It is no longer easy being a meddlesome multibillionaire who overthrows governments with the snap of a finger. Soros has not only alienated the President of Russia and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom but now the President of the United States. Soros is also enemy number one among the leaders of China. With such an array of enemies, it is doubtful Soros will have any more political successes like Ukraine or Georgia. With all of his billions, Mr. Soros now only commands a «paper doll army».

30 января, 04:00

The Death of TPP: The Best Thing That Ever Happened to China

Earl Anthony Wayne, Oliver Magnusson Economics, Asia Welcome to the trade wars. President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership weakens America’s strategic-economic position in East Asia. Unless the Trump administration presents a strategy that can create the kind of economic opportunity and influence that the TPP would have generated, the decision may effectively leave the field of action to China. China is actively pursuing its own geostrategic economic agenda by creating regional institutions and programs in an effort to expand its international role. President Trump and his advisors have made very clear their intention to take on those of China’s trade practices that harm the United States, but they also need to advance a strategy for the Asia-Pacific region. That strategy must go beyond China and create opportunities for U.S. industries to expand exports. It must also create U.S. jobs. The United States has been losing its trading position relative to China. China increased its trading partnerships in Asia-Pacific markets at America’s expense between 2000 and 2015. World Bank data show that at least seventeen countries in the Asia-Pacific increased imports from China and decreased imports from America—including every member nation of the TPP. The TPP economies comprise 40 percent of the global GDP and one-third of world trade. Countries where the trade balance shifted include Canada, Japan and Mexico, which are the United States’s largest trading partners outside of China. The U.S. trade deficit with China, one of President Trump’s campaign issues, ballooned in the same period from $84 billion to $367 billion. The TPP offered the prospect of reinvigorating American trade and economic influence with partner countries in the Asia-Pacific. It set high-standard, science-based norms, rules and procedures to help the United States regain trade momentum. By defining standards for all member countries, the TPP would also have influenced the practices of nonmembers, including China. Read full article

29 января, 08:04

Разбор темы о "голодающей Кошарель"

Разбор основных мифов антисоветчиков, возникших ранее при обсуждении.Миф первый: о тотальной бедности населения в СССР и богатстве населения сейчас. Если отбросить субъективные, зачастую эмоциональные оценки, основанные на фобиях и обидах антисоветчиков, и обратиться к объективным оценкам, основанных на прожиточном минимуме, то получится такая картина:Число бедных в РСФСР в 1988 году равнялось 2,2 млн. человек (1,51%). В 1993-95 году выросло до 74,2 млн. человек (50% населения) по данным WORLD BANK.Число бедных сейчас основана на оценках Росстата. На самом деле это численность нищего населения, а не бедного, т.к. нынешний прожиточный минимум обеспечивает уровень физиологического выживания, а не просто бедность.В свете этих цифр полезно взглянуть на материалы исследования, которое провел Финансовый университет при правительстве РФ. Результаты их исследования я преобразовал в наглядную диаграмму, где видна динамика процессов, происходивших с 2003 года:Они красноречиво свидетельствуют, что в 2015 году у 13% населения едва хватает денег на еду, а 42% могут купить предметы первой необходимости. То есть более 50% населения России действительно бедны.Эти данные дают подсказку к ответу на следующий миф о тотальном дефиците в СССР. Проблема дефицита в СССР безусловно была, но причина кроется в двух понятиях: "спрос" и "платежеспособный спрос". В СССР удовлетворялся спрос населения, что удовлетворить гораздо сложнее, а сейчас, при рынке, удовлетворяется платежеспособный спрос. Вот разница между ними на двух наглядных картинка на примере платного пляжа:И, на контрасте, бесплатного:На первой картинке показан ситуация сейчас, а на второй ситуация в СССР.И поскольку платежеспособность населения сейчас резко снижена, что видно представленным выше фактам, то возникает иллюзия продуктового изобилия при объективно меньшем производстве продуктов питания и потребления.Плюс нужно понимать, что сейчас из-за пониженной платежеспособности населения прилавки заполнили многочисленные суррогаты молочных и мясных продуктов, изготовленных из пальмового масла и растительных белков. У бедного населения средств хватает только на них, а на продукты из натурального мяса и молока изготовленным по советским ГОСТам у них денег просто не хватает.

29 января, 05:45

The Trump Doctrine

Submitted by Matthew Jamison via The Strategic Culture Foundation, The Inauguration of the billionaire property developer and businessman Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States has ushered in a new era in American politics and international standing. It was a surreal moment due to the fact so many believed it would never happen. Mr. Trump must be credited with the fact he possess unique political and charismatic skills that a man with zero experience of running a political campaign, running for political office or having ever served in government, could have got himself elected President at the outset of his very first political campaign, is quite remarkable. What is more remarkable is that Mr. Trump largely drove his campaign and success with the capturing of the Republican nomination and subsequently the White House, largely through the sheer force and theatrical, flamboyant personality of his character, a deep understanding of his audience/market and an uncanny ability to utilise and harness mass media to attract attention to himself and his campaign. He did all this in the face of stiff resistance from many within his own party and the Establishment and mainstream media. As a performer he is extremely captivating and this in many ways fuelled his rise to the Presidency.  President Trump's inaugural address was quite unlike any in recent American Presidential history. He returned to the dark and pessimistic vision of America and the world originally outlined with vigour at the Republican National Convention. President Trump dubbed the state of America in graphic terms as an «American carnage», in which the nations elite Establishment in Washington DC had allowed the country to rot as they themselves flourished. It was a full scale onslaught against the members of the DC political Establishment both Republican and Democrat and the ushering in of a so-called new way of getting the best for the American people from their political institutions. What was must striking in policy and political terms was the overtly nationalist doctrine that President Trump enunciated in his Inaugural Address. It would seem for the first time in decades an American administration will be openly and philosophically Protectionist in its actions, policies, rhetoric and thinking advocating for «smart trade» not «free trade» and moving away from free trade type agreements such as NAFTA or the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership. The nationalism is striking for its isolationism.  There is no place in the Trump Doctrine for George W. Bush style messianic, neoconservative interventionism in the name of democratic nation building around the world. The Trump Doctrine is neither liberal internationalist nor American exceptionalism or neoconservative hawkishness rather a traditional form of nationalist isolationism redolent of the 1930s Republican Party of Wendell Willkie who opposed US involvement in the European World War II. The Trump Doctrine emphasizes American greatness through a heavy focus on nationalism to express the pride in national power and is hostile towards attempts at or achieved restrictions upon national sovereignty to act as an independent nation state rather than in a collective, multi-lateral fashion through organisations such as NATO, United Nations, the Paris Climate Agreement, the Iran Nuclear Agreement etc. This nationalist isolationism is most starkly revealed and will have the most radical impact in terms of international trade policy. It will be fascinating to see just how far under the Trump administration America moves away from Free Trade in the international economic architecture of the Western IMF/World Bank system and embraces protectionism with the possibility of trade wars and an undermining of organisations such as the World Trade Organisation and the globalized framework of manufacturing. In terms of Great Power Superpower politics the Trump Doctrine will position American global leadership as more of a Chairman of the Board style of leadership rather than the activist World Policeman CEO figure of past administrations post-World War II. Trump wants America to remain dominant and number one but refuses to follow a set of international policies which could bankrupt America for paying for Global hegemony of the Kennedy/Reagan/Clinton/Bush administrations.  At home a brand of patriotism will be used to attempt to create greater internal cohesion and unity despite the profound divisions within the country and large opposition to the Trump victory. Be prepared to see a wave of America First hyperbole and hyper-nationalism unleashed in an attempt to quell dissent and wrap the Trump Presidency in the American flag in a powerfully emotional appeal to the countries most sensitive sensibilities. This will in all likelihood be abused for political purposes of the Trump administration to silence critics and dilute opposition and it is likely to widen the gulf between small town middle America and the coastal big city liberal metropolises stoking even greater social tensions. The Inaugural Speech was a tour de force in raw emotion powered by a fiery and telegenic, charismatic and motivational, persuasive though hyperbolic public personality and speaker. It was a master class act in mass manipulation and it remains to be seen whether a policy platform for Government fashioned out of this individual driven political insurrection will indeed cure some of the problems facing the United States or whether they will in fact create even bigger problems both for Americans and the rest of the world.

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POPULATION IMPLOSION: Desperately seeking young people. The number of 20- to 29-year-olds in Japa…

POPULATION IMPLOSION: Desperately seeking young people. The number of 20- to 29-year-olds in Japan has crashed from 18.3m to 12.8m since 2000, according to the World Bank. By 2040 there might be only 10.5m of them. Cities like Tama are therefore playing not a zero-sum game but a negative-sum game, frantically chasing an ever-diminishing number […]

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В прошлые годы общие потери федерального бюджета от неточных прогнозов погоды оценивались в 60 млрд рублей. Правда, эта цифра выглядела взятой с потолка.

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TCdata360: Your Source for Open Trade and Competitiveness Data

TCdata360 is an open data platform that offers more than 1800 indicators on trade and competitiveness from over 20 sources. If you are wondering where to start a business, how a country ranks on innovation, or what countries are the world’s top exporters, TCdata360 is your source for answers. Try it: http://tcdata360.worldbank.org *** VIDEO TRANSCRIPT Who are the world’s top exporters? In which countries is it easiest to start a new business? How does your country rank on innovation? Where are women a significant portion of the labor force? Answers to these and other development questions are just a click away with TCdata360 - the World Bank Group’s one stop shop for global trade and competitiveness data. Browse over 1800 indicators from more than 20 sources on one platform. With TCdata360, you can Research Visualize Interact And share Trade & competitiveness data across countries and regions. TCdata360 is Comprehensive Visual Current…. Try it today.

27 января, 20:37

How Trump’s Executive Orders Could Set America Back 70 Years

The president is taking the United States back to the nightmares of the world before the Second World War: closed borders, limited trade, and a go-it-alone national race to the bottom.

27 января, 19:22

Sheryl Sandberg Comes Out Swinging Against Trump's Anti-Abortion Policy

Sheryl Sandberg is finally leaning in for the Trump era.  The Facebook chief operating officer and author of the corporate feminist tome Lean In, is known for speaking up for women’s rights in the workplace. Yet she has been relatively silent as the Trump administration’s anti-women agenda takes shape. She was conspicuously absent from last weekend’s women’s marches. “She wishes she could have gone,” a spokesperson told The Huffington Post on Friday. Sandberg supported the march but couldn’t attend for personal reasons, the spokesperson said. Then this Thursday, after less than a week of President Donald Trump, Sandberg spoke up. In a post, she warned against the horrors of the Trump administration’s reinstatement of the Reagan-era anti-abortion Mexico City rule, known by opponents as the global gag rule.  “[The] policy could have terrible consequences for women and families around the world,” Sandberg writes, sharing a long New York Times piece that explains how the Trump rule would ripple throughout the developing world, leaving women without health care and endangering lives. The global gag rule prohibits health care providers around the world who receive funding from the United States from even talking about abortion as a component of family planning. Even if the funding for the abortion counseling comes from another source, a clinic would still lose the money under the Trump rule, which he signed on Monday ― surrounded by men. Sandberg said she supported a bill proposed by two congresswomen that would permanently get rid of the rule. “[The] policy could have terrible consequences for women and families around the world,” Sandberg writes. “I started my career working at the World Bank on health care in India. I saw firsthand how clinics funded by foreign aid are often the only source of health care for women. When women are given even the most basic health care information and services, they live longer, healthier lives ― and they give birth to children who live longer, healthier lives.” Trump’s reimagining of the gag rule is even more severe than the original prohibition devised by President Ronald Reagan, which was limited to clinics that provide family planning services. The Trump gag extends to any health care providers around the world ― which would cut an estimated $8.5 billion in aid.  “And this ban is harsher and broader than past orders by past presidents,” Sandberg writes, “because it covers every program that falls under global health assistance. That means it’ll hurt more people.” The rule is even more absurd, as Sandberg notes, because it has proved to be ineffective and counterproductive. Abortion rates doubled the last time the rule was in place, one study showed.  Corporate feminism is a tricky thing. An executive at a public company is ultimately accountable to her shareholders and can’t just say whatever is on her mind politically. Other prominent female executives (there aren’t many) have been quiet on Trump. Although Sandberg is outspoken about the need for more women leaders, she’s said nothing about the conspicuous lack of women in Trump’s cabinet ― he’s appointed the whitest and most male cabinet since Reagan. Sandberg’s also kept mum about Trump’s effort to make women’s health care in the U.S. more expensive by getting rid of the Affordable Care Act or Congress’ moves to make abortion more expensive. Still, some hoped she’d say something. The Facebook executive endorsed Hillary Clinton during the presidential race and was rumored to be under consideration for Treasury secretary had the Democrat won the election. There are also rumors that Sandberg, who has a book coming out soon about how she coped with the unexpected death of her husband in 2015, is considering a run for the presidency herself. In December, she showed up for a meeting with Trump along with several other tech executives at Trump Tower. She’s reportedly reached out to Ivanka Trump about women’s issues.   The gag rule perhaps is a less touchy subject. Though over the years, it’s been a political hot potato. Reagan put it in place, Clinton removed it, George W. Bush reinstated it and then Obama got rid of it. In a Facebook post, right after Trump won, Sandberg wrote about a “divisive election” and the need for women to keep fighting. “We must encourage more women to run for office across every party at every level of government until our representation matches our share of the population,” she wrote. “History is on our side – and we will get there.” Maybe so ― if leaders like Sandberg keep talking. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.