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Above and beyond the knotty question of how best to regulate newspapers, as well as how to preserve the freedom of the press, possibly by turning our attention to individual journalists, through some form of licensing, lurk two bigger issues.
Last week German TV programme Monitor on Das Erste ran a piece on NATO. Central to the ten minute report was my latest NATO Defence College/Wilton Park report “NATO’s Post-2014 Strategic Narrative”.
London has raised its flag as a hub for Islamic finance. A clear signal of intent was outlined at the 9th World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF), held in London towards the end of 2013, by David Cameron, Baroness Warsi, and Boris Johnson.
After the debilitating financial crisis, the opprobrium heaped upon bankers and taxpayers obliged to bail out the banks, you would be forgiven in thinking that the banking sector was now open, transparent and offering good deals to customers.
Today is World Humanitarian Day. The event commemorates the 19 August 2003 bombing of the UN Headquarters in Baghdad. Among the dead was the UN’s top envoy Sergio Viera de Mello with whom I had spent a day in Geneva shortly before he left for Iraq.
T.E. Lawrence wrote, “In fifty words: granted mobility, security in the form of denying targets to the enemy, time and doctrine (the idea to convert every subject to friendliness), victory will rest with the insurgents, for the algebraic factors in the end are decisive, and against then perfection of means and spirit struggle quite in vain”.
Is journalism a profession or a trade? Either way, should professional journalists, who seek to earn their living from the reporting of news and current affairs, be required to hold some form of accredited licence?
As Sam Fankhauser has said elsewhere on this blog, natural gas will be a useful ‘bridge’ fuel in our transition away from coal and oil, and could balance the intermittent supply from renewables by providing a more adaptable form of electricity supply.
It is widely agreed that the NHS is in the midst of a crisis. As a result of Government funding pressures and a rise in complex and long-term conditions, the NHS faces a potential affordability gap of £30 billion by the end of the decade.
Honesty, integrity, and ethics – would you feel comfortable using these words to describe the banking and finance industry? In Australia, the answer would probably be ‘no’. Despite the fact that the Australian banking and finance industry had fared better than most following the Global Financial Crisis, it was evident that the dominant public response to the crisis seemed to be to abandon trust in many (if not all) of the industry’s members and to increase the level of regulation and surveillance.
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