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Of peanuts and monkeys

Of peanuts and monkeys

A famous French businessman named James Goldsmith was quoted for the outstanding expression: “If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys.”

What’s the point of Olympics?

What’s the point of Olympics?

Tokyo in 2021 surely doesn’t need the Olympic Games. And yet, even during a pandemic, the Olympic army marches on, upholding its only ideal: making enormous amounts of money for itself, sponsors, and property developers

G7’s billion vaccine plan counts some past vows, limiting impact

G7’s billion vaccine plan counts some past vows, limiting impact

A G7 plan to donate a billion Covid-19 vaccine doses to poorer countries will have limited impact because it includes some previous pledges, but it still offers a small lifeline to a global vaccine buying system, according to some experts.

The paradoxes of the Bangladesh miracle

The paradoxes of the Bangladesh miracle

Ravaged periodically by natural calamities, long dependent on foreign aid and remittances, and a perennial source of refugees and emigrants, Bangladesh was once “a basket case of misery,” as Zia Haider Rahman put it in his great debut novel, In the Light of What We Know.

Air traffic rebound dependent on easing global restrictions

Air traffic rebound dependent on easing global restrictions

Aviation has been devastated by the pandemic. Globally, airlines have lost in excess of $126bn in 2020. Last year, passenger traffic globally fell by 66%.

Remittance firms cautious about getting into crypto

Remittance firms cautious about getting into crypto

El Salvador may be touting bitcoin’s use to help its citizens living abroad send funds back home, but the biggest remittance firms are cautious about offering cryptocurrency services.

Vaccines for all or vaccine apartheid?

Vaccines for all or vaccine apartheid?

The G7 summit starting yesterday will mark the first time that world leaders have met in person for almost two years. It is Joe Biden’s first such meeting as US president and Angela Merkel’s last as German Chancellor.

Turkish envoy’s formula for success: set attainable goals

Turkish envoy’s formula for success: set attainable goals

Diplomat, scholar, philanthropist, entrepreneur, sport enthusiast, avid runner, and committed family man. Dr M Mustafa G?ksu, Turkish ambassador to Qatar, is a multi-faceted and talented personality who leaves an enduring impression wherever he goes.

School reopening can’t wait

School reopening can’t wait

The long-term costs of closures – both for individual children and society – are simply too large to justify on a continuing basis

Biden ambitions on infrastructure, voting, guns in eye of storm

Biden ambitions on infrastructure, voting, guns in eye of storm

President Joe Biden has embarked on his first foreign trip, leaving behind an uncertain domestic agenda with many of his most ambitious pledges on the US economy, civil rights and climate change facing massive challenges.

The great lockdown and global trade

The great lockdown and global trade

Trade is recovering robustly alongside the upticks in growth in major economies. This good news deserves more attention.

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