Since the end of 2014, we have been advocating a model of US governance based on the Tenth Amendment of the US Constitution, which states that, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” Increasingly, California has been exercising these constitutional rights.
At the start, let me sincerely note as a patriotic Indian citizen, and as the son of an Indian army doctor who is no more and who was in the thick of the Bangladesh independence war of 1971, that we are extremely grief-stricken and shocked at the Uri and Pulwama cold blooded murder of unsuspecting soldiers of Indian army and CRPF by terrorists funded and protected by Pakistan.
Italy’s government has approved a draft budget that would fund its expensive election promises by violating European Union fiscal rules for at least the next three years. With that, the populist coalition – comprising the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) and the far-right League party – has seemingly confirmed fears of populist-fueled instability in Europe.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who landed in Assam's Guwahati late last week amid black flag protests, tried to address people's concerns about the vexed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), saying his party is committed to protecting the culture and resources of the northeast. The Citizenship Bill, one of the key projects of the government, envisages a smoother and quicker grant of citizenship to illegal migrants from the minority communities of Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan after six years' stay in India.
Much is written and spoken about the Rafale aircrafts deal and will be done so ahead in this election season. I am no defence expert and neither do I have any expertise on the pricing of arms and aircrafts, though absence of these two is not preventing many others from commenting on these issues. However, I have some rudimentary understanding of the public mind, or, in other words, mass or electorate psycho-graphics. And my attempt here is to look at how Rafale deal and the issues surrounding it will impact upon public perceptions at large during this election season.
Should the United Kingdom go through with its withdrawal from the European Union, one of the most severe unintended consequences will probably be the exodus of a significant share of top professionals from London. In fact, Paris, Frankfurt, Dublin, Amsterdam, and other cities on the Old Continent are already competing to attract UK-based bankers, doctors, architects, and academics.
Under the Treaty of Lisbon, in effect since 2009, the European Union became a more agile and effective operator, because EU policies across a range of issues were now to be decided by qualified-majority voting instead of unanimity.
Nicolás Maduro’s term as president of Venezuela ended on January 10. Following the Venezuelan constitution, Juan Guaidó, head of the democratically elected National Assembly, declared himself interim president. The United States, Canada, and much of South America immediately recognized him as the legitimate leader of Venezuela. Several European Union countries have already done the same.
Why has Germany, the land of history-making innovators like Johannes Gutenberg and Albert Einstein, not produced high-tech giants like Google, Amazon, or Facebook? Some blame the stigma associated with failure in Germany for discouraging innovative entrepreneurship. Others point to high bureaucratic hurdles to starting a business. But there is another, more worrying reason why Germany has lost its innovative momentum: its potential pioneers from disadvantaged households are not getting the chance to thrive.
In reaction to the ongoing “Yellow Vest” revolt in France, President Emmanuel Macron has decided to hold a “grand” nationwide debate. Over the coming months, locally organized workshops, Internet-based consultations, and regional citizen conferences will assess the French public’s views on four issues: environmental policy, democracy and identity, taxes, and the organization of the state.
So, the game-changer is here. First time a quota in jobs and educational institutions on the basis of economic deprivation in lieu of socio-cultural-educational deprivation has been legislated. The Parliament has passed the 124th constitution amendment bill of Modi Government bringing in 10% quota for the economically deprived non-reserved category citizens of India.
Latin America is reaching the end of its fifth consecutive year of anemic economic growth. From 2014 to 2018, annual GDP growth has averaged just 0.5%, slower than during the first five years of the Latin American debt crisis (1981-85) and the five that followed the 1997 Asian financial crisis (1998-2002). It is safe to say that Latin America has suffered a “lost half-decade.”
After ten long years, there is an election with a contest in Bangladesh. The December 30 polls in Bangladesh offer a choice between Awami League’s authoritarian functioning and regressive approach of the Bangladesh National Party. So, you have a decidedly highhanded ruling party using its Police and armed youth forces to enforce its diktat on one side, and you have a regressive main opposition BNP, which is a part of 20-party Jatiyo Oikyo Front (National United Front) taking resort to Islamic fundamentalist forces due to its ties with Jamaat-e-Ulema-e-Islam, on the other. In between the 150 million Bangladeshis are being caught up gasping for breath.
For governments everywhere, the shadow of the gilets Jaunes (“yellow vests”), whose protests wracked France for several Saturdays before Christmas, now looms over policies to combat climate change. In the face of street violence, President Emmanuel Macron has canceled a planned increase in the diesel tax. Other countries’ officials will take note, and auto and oil industry lobbyists are – no surprise – urging them to be warier.
As the importance of being socially responsible is being recognized throughout the world, governments are aware of the national competitive advantages won from a responsible business sector. Large corporations have progressively realized the benefits of implementing CSR initiatives in the areas where there operations are located.