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Im-Politic: A World Trade Organization Pull-Out Proposal that Falls Sadly Short

Im-Politic: A World Trade Organization Pull-Out Proposal that Falls Sadly Short

I can barely describe how much I wanted to like Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley’s May 6 op-ed piece in The New York Times calling for a U.S. withdrawal from the World Trade Organization (WTO). That’s why I can also barely describe the growing disappointment I felt as I read through it.  At best, it deserves only an “A for effort” grade.

First, let’s give Hawley (considerable) credit where it’s due. As I’ve been arguing since it went into business at the start of 1995, and in fact was predicting during the national debate preceding Congress’ approval of the idea the fall before, the WTO has gravely harmed crucial American economic interests. (This recent post briefy summarizes my views.)

Let’s also give The Times op-ed page credit for running an article that’s even more strongly opposed to the pre-Trump U.S. trade policy status quo than President Trump has been –

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And now for a world government

And now for a world government

I have never believed that there is a secret United Nations plot to take over the US. I have never seen black helicopters hovering in the sky above Montana. But, for the first time in my life, I think the formation of some sort of world government is plausible.

A “world government” would involve much more than co-operation between nations. It would be an entity with state-like characteristics, backed by a body of laws. The European Union has already set up a continental government for 27 countries, which could be a model. The EU has a supreme court, a currency, thousands of pages of law, a large civil service and the ability to deploy military force.

So could the European model go global? There are three reasons for thinking that it might.

First, it is increasingly clear that the most difficult issues facing national governments are international in nature: there

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World Future Society – Community

World Future Society – Community

Founded in 1966, the World Future Society is recognized as the largest, most influential, and longest-running community of future thinkers in the world. WFS members established the foundations of future thinking as we understand it today. Historical members and contributors included legendary minds such as Carl Sagan, Buckminster Fuller, Alvin Toffler, Herman Kahn, Peter Drucker, Arthur C. Clarke, Gene Roddenberry, and Margaret Mead.

💪 We at the World Future Society believe that we are experiencing a turning point in our civilization and going back to the status quo is unacceptable. 

💪 We believe that our organization must play a vital role in developing the new systems that will be required. 

💪 If you also believe in this, please join us and help us co-create and architect a better future and a better world.


Step 1: Educate and bring together as many people in as many countries in the world

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UW Press – : Landscape, Nature, and the Body Politic From Britain’s Renaissance to America’s New World Kenneth Robert Olwig Foreword by Yi-Fu Tuan

UW Press – : Landscape, Nature, and the Body Politic From Britain’s Renaissance to America’s New World Kenneth Robert Olwig Foreword by Yi-Fu Tuan

Landscape, Nature, and the Body Politic
From Britain’s Renaissance to America’s New World
Kenneth Robert Olwig
Foreword by Yi-Fu Tuan

A masterful work of scholarship with implications for geography, literature, theater, history, political science, law, and environmental studies

Landscape, Nature, and the Body Politic explores the origins and lasting influences of two contesting but intertwined discourses that persist today when we use the words landscape, country, scenery, nature, national. In the first sense, the land is a physical and bounded body of terrain upon which the nation state is constructed (e.g., the purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain, from sea to shining sea). In the second, the country is constituted through its people and established through time and precedence (e.g., land where our fathers died, land of the Pilgrims’ pride). Kenneth Robert Olwig’s extended exploration of these discourses is a masterful work of scholarship both broad and deep, which

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A week in PNG politics, kicked off by an arrest warrant served on the PM | World news

A week in PNG politics, kicked off by an arrest warrant served on the PM | World news

Seven days is a long time in Papua New Guinea politics.

In the space of one week an investigation by the country’s anti-corruption taskforce has led to an arrest warrant served on the prime minister and then stayed, the sacking of both the attorney general and the deputy police commissioner, and the arrest of the police commissioner on his first day after replacing his predecessor who was convicted of contempt last Friday and then knighted. Then the taskforce was disbanded.

Amid calls for restraint from senior politicians and police, the prime minister, Peter O’Neill has threatened to “terminate” the position of anyone going against the government.

Thursday

The most recent events are understood to have begun last Thursday, when then police commissioner Tom Kulunga signed off on an arrest warrant for O’Neill, in relation to a long-running investigation into illegal payments made by the government to a Port Moresby law

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AI World Government 2020

AI World Government 2020

AI World Government Conference & Expo provides a forum to educate and inform public sector agencies (federal, state, and local governments) and their supply chain on the strategic and tactical benefits of deploying AI
and cognitive technologies.

With technology at the forefront of our everyday lives, data-driven government services are now possible from federal, state, and local agencies. This has led to the rapid rise in availability and use of intelligent automation solutions. AI World Government gathers business and technology leaders from across government, technology innovation, business process and research for in-depth analysis and successful case studies on leveraging advanced intelligent technologies to enhance government
services. Special focus is given to the challenges, solutions, and opportunities that lie in the agency mission, and in the deployment and use of intelligent automation.

Government and public sector agencies face a myriad of challenges
and opportunities somewhat different than commercial enterprises:

  • As trustees
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World Association for Medical Law

World Association for Medical Law

Medicine and Law is an international publication
dealing with medico legal issues. It consists of original articles, court
decisions, and legislation on: Medical Law, forensic medicine, sexology and
law, psychiatry and law, psychology and law, dentistry and law, nursing law,
pharmaceutical law, medical ethics, clinical criminology, drugs, alcohol, child
abuse, medical experimentation, genetic engineering, organ transplantation,
abortion, contraception, sterilization, euthanasia, religion, AIDS, etc.

The journal (Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Roy Beran) has been
in publication since 1980 and has been recognized by the renowned Kennedy
Institute of Ethics as a “priority journal”.

The Journal accepts electronic submissions at jmedlaw@research.haifa.ac.il.
All submissions must include abstract and keywords.

Information for authors can be found at http://wafml.memberlodge.org/sys/website/?pageId=1841471

The membership fee for The World Association for Medical
Law includes a free subscription to the Electronic version of the Journal and
access to previous issues (See: Members-only/Medicine and Law Journal). 

You can purchase access to the journal

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A Humane World

A Humane World

Mexico took a giant step toward ending animal testing for cosmetics yesterday, with the Senate voting unanimously to ban such testing in the country. The bill would also ban, with some exceptions, the manufacture, import and marketing in Mexico of cosmetics animal-tested anywhere in the world.

The bill will next be considered in the lower house in the Mexican legislature, the Chamber of Deputies. If it becomes law, Mexico would join an elite group of 40 nations worldwide—and become the first nation in North America—to outlaw such testing.

The Senate bill and its passage are partly the result of years of campaigning and negotiation by Humane Society International/Mexico and its local partner, ONG Te Protejo. It also reflects growing awareness about the cruelty of animal testing among Mexican consumers who, polls show,

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The World Aquaculture Society

The World Aquaculture Society

World Aquaculture Society News

Editor’s Note – Black Swans and Aquaculture

A Black Swan is an event that is rare, unpredictable and has profound and disruptive impacts, something random with a large deviation from normal. The current global disease pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus is an exemplary Black Swan event. An influential book published in 2007 on the subject of Black Swans, written by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, was subtitled “the impact of the highly improbable.” In 2012, the US National Intelligence Council published Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds that identified eight Black Swans, with a severe pandemic disease outbreak topping the list. New terms like flattening the infection curve and social distancing have entered popular lexicon. [More..]

The successes of the reinvigoration and the vision for the next four years

The Journal of the World Aquaculture Society (JWAS) is a special publication among the aquaculture literature. It is a

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