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"I think the best way to look at this is what the FBI and the Obama Administration wanted to do here was really audacious if you think about it in terms of the idea of trying to continue an investigation after a new president has come into power and is in a position to shut down the investigation -- when the president ultimately is the target of the investigation".

Trump: Obama committed the biggest political crime in American history

By: EBR | Monday, May 18, 2020

President Trump escalated his attacks on his predecessor Obama by tweeting "OBAMAGATE" and implying he is linked to the FBI’s much-criticised handling of the now-dropped Michael Flynn case

‘It is a national inspiration in Taiwan to be able to participate in the WHO and its related activities so that Taiwan’s experience can be shared and the country can receive help when it is necessary’.

US backs Taiwan’s WHO observer status, where is the EU?

By: N. Peter Kramer | Monday, May 18, 2020

Taiwan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Jaushieh Joseph Wu said in an interview with Martha MacCallum, host of “The Story” on US Fox News, it is not right for Taiwan to be excluded from the World Health Assembly’

Hong Kong International Airport is testing full-body sanitizing booths that spritz sanitizer on you for 40 seconds, while avoiding the face. The Airport Authority Hong Kong told Business Traveller Asia-Pacific that while these devices are currently being trialled for staff, it may use them on passengers in the future.

5 ways global travel will change before we find a COVID-19 vaccine

By: EBR | Friday, May 15, 2020

When nations around the globe shut their borders to try to stave off the spread of COVID-19, travel and tourism was among those industries hit the hardest

The global outlook is not positive –– the UN’s International Labour Organization predicts 1.6 billion informal economy workers could suffer “massive damage” to their livelihoods. In the second quarter of 2020, COVID-19 may cost the equivalent of 305 million full-time jobs.

How coronavirus has hit employment in G7 economies

By: EBR | Thursday, May 14, 2020

Since the pandemic hit, claims for unemployment benefits have soared in some countries – notably the US – and by far less in others, for example, Japan

The disruptions from COVID-19 have exposed vulnerabilities in the energy system. The short-term outlook for the energy transition is therefore at risk. The unprecedented speed and extent of the drop in energy demand, and the accompanying price volatilities and geopolitical implications have destabilized the global energy system.

The moment of truth for global energy transition is here

By: EBR | Wednesday, May 13, 2020

The year 2020 was supposed to be a turning point in the global energy transition. The production and consumption of energy accounts for two-thirds of annual global anthropogenic emissions, making the energy transition central to delivering the promise of the Paris Agreement

The COVID 19 pandemic is a live lesson that lack of trust in a society greatly complicates government efforts to counter the virus. We have learned that the management of public health goes to the core of the relationship between government and the people.

An Outbreak Anywhere Is an Outbreak Everywhere

By: EBR | Tuesday, May 12, 2020

There will be popular calls to put deficient health care on par with committing crimes against humanity during times of war

“Unequivocally, it never, never happened. It didn’t. It never happened,” Biden said. But 45% of all voters between 18 and 34 years said they thought Reade’s allegation was true, , according to a Morning Consult poll.

Will Joe Biden quit the White House race on charges of sexual assault?

By: EBR | Monday, May 11, 2020

A new poll and interviews with Democratic strategists indicate that the sexual assault charges immediately complicate the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee’s efforts to broaden his support

Many organisations are already well advanced in their digital journey. This must be accelerated to enable the new normal, help businesses to adapt to changed consumer behaviour and rebuild trust. Integrated digital identity solutions are key to realising touchless travel.

Here’s what travelling could be like after COVID-19

By: EBR | Thursday, May 7, 2020

COVID-19 has upended global travel and brought the world to a standstill. For the first time in history, close to 90% of the world’s population now lives in countries with travel restrictions. Airlines, travel companies and the tourism sector as a whole are among the most affected businesses

The IMF’s orthodox approach and the reforms it is likely to impose in Lebanon in exchange for financial support will likely hurt the most economically vulnerable among the Lebanese.

Lebanon, COVID 19 and the Arrival of the IMF

By: EBR | Thursday, May 7, 2020

Protesters in Lebanon have plenty of reason to bemoan the autocratic response of the government — and its inability to deal with the economic crisis

There is now an all-out civil war between the Libyan Arab Armed Forces (LAAF) of General Khalifa Haftar and the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) of Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj based in Tripoli.

Libya Needs European Boots on the Ground

By: EBR | Wednesday, May 6, 2020

The EU must seize on the strategic opportunity presented by the coronavirus pandemic to take the initiative away from Russia and Turkey in Libya

Trump enjoyed only a short-lived and shallow bounce. According to the bets placed on electionbettingodds, his probability of being re-elected on November 3 stands at 49.1%, back to where it was on December 29.

Trump Threatens China

By: EBR | Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Will Trump unleash a new trade war that could seriously impede the post-corona recovery?

The UN cites examples of good practice, including provision of emergency water supplies to slum areas and suspension of housing evictions. But more, it says, is needed as part of a wider human rights-focused risk prevention strategy.

6 ways to protect human rights during lockdown – according to the UN

By: EBR | Monday, May 4, 2020

“A human crisis that is fast becoming a human rights crisis.” That’s how United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, describes the response of many governments to the COVID-19 pandemic

New economic values are emerging as a result of the pandemic. Governments and businesses alike have been forced to reconsider what the priorities of the future global supply chain should be.

After COVID 19: Asian Countries and Investing in the US

By: EBR | Thursday, April 30, 2020

COVID 19 will change trade relations among Asian countries themselves, as well as between the U.S. and Asia

You can’t look at Europe these days and wonder what were they thinking initially, to face Covid19 unprepared; the whole continent looked like ravaged by a medieval pandemic. However, these extraordinary conditions that make us unhappy but keep us safe are forcing Europeans to reconsider certain positions of their foreign relations and their global leadership.

In covid19 era, Singapore and the EU should build their "finest hour"

By: EBR | Thursday, April 30, 2020

It is becoming a cliche to say the world is changing fundamentally amid a covid19 driven "mother of all crisis"

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” In times of crisis, leaders who lead by example or personal sacrifice are likely to inspire loyalty from their employees.

How Virus-Hit China Manages Its Sprawling Gig Economy

By: EBR | Tuesday, April 28, 2020

When it comes to employee satisfaction in these extraordinary times, Alibaba and other Chinese e-commerce players leave Amazon in their trail

We need ’a more resilient and fair system that protects the most vulnerable’ - Jennifer Morgan, Greenpeace.

COVID-19 is an unmissable chance to put people and the planet first

By: EBR | Friday, April 24, 2020

This is a moment that is testing our very humanity. It is also a moment when, if we are not on the frontlines of this pandemic, we can take a moment to look a bit further into the distance to imagine what the world will look like in the coming weeks and months, which will help form our longer-term future

Social science research shows us that social practices change as a result of a crisis when three conditions are met: First, the practices in question must be seen as the cause or at least the aggravation of the crisis.

The Death of Globalization?

By: EBR | Friday, April 24, 2020

The temptation to forecast the end of globalization is large, but very premature

Tracing the Iranian side’s comparative ineptness, the Ayatollahs prove their ability to match Trump blow-by-blow. While Trump has called it the “China Virus,” Khamenei referred to it, predictably enough, as an American creation.

COVID 19: Trump and Iran’s Ayatollahs

By: EBR | Wednesday, April 22, 2020

How the supreme leaders of Iran and the U.S. handled the COVID 19 challenge: A short comparative study

Why did a country so deeply religious and so proud of being the birth place of Islam, a country which has assumed the leadership role of Sunni Muslims worldwide, wait five years to declare a ceasefire in an effort to end the world’s worst humanitarian crisis since World War II?

The Saudis’ War in Yemen Is a Crime Against Humanity

By: EBR | Wednesday, April 22, 2020

For Saudi Arabia, which leads the Sunni Muslim world, to act as brutally as it has in Yemen is a gross violation of Islam and constitutes crimes against humanity

Disease knows no borders. In response to the threat of the COVID-19 epidemic, Taiwan has implemented dynamic plans concerning border quarantine measures, including onboard quarantine, fever screening, health declarations, and a 14-day home quarantine for passengers arriving from nations it has listed under Level 3 Warning.

Global Health Security—A call for Taiwan’s inclusion in the WHO

By: EBR | Tuesday, April 21, 2020

The threat of emerging infectious diseases to global health and the economy, trade, and tourism has never abated

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