Thanks to the Legal and Governance Affairs Committee, now this proviso has been amended and the maximum period of retention has been made just a year. But, it is still pity that the drafters – or re-drafters, failed to provide the minimum period of retention which would have been equally important, writes Kinfe Micheal Yilma.
The backlash against globalization has been with us for two decades. In the late twentieth century, it looked as if the world was moving toward convergence, with people everywhere consuming the same products, writes Harold James.
The US currently spends around five percent of GDP, or roughly USD 900 billion per year, on military-related spending (for the Pentagon, the CIA, veterans, and others). It could and should transfer at least USD 90 billion of that to development aid, writes Jeffery D. Sachs.
Even where autonomy is being exercised under the power-sharing arrangement, particularly in the case of language policy, this appears to be contributing to sub-national conflict and also to be producing significant residual costs.
Fashionable projects such as providing laptops to pupils attract a lot of financial support, but it is not always money well spent. Peru, which has received a third of all laptops provided through the organization One Laptop per Child, hosted the first randomized controlled trial to test whether children with a computer did better than those without, Bjørn Lomborg.
The issue of shrinking and closing spaces for civil society must be added to the agenda of national parliaments, multilateral organizations, and international negotiation processes. Freedom of opinion, association, and assembly are the essence of democracy, writes Barbara Unmüssig.