In 2020 the IAEA did not Stop for a Single Minute!
2020 was an extraordinary year. But despite the challenges the IAEA did not stop for a single minute. We worked through extremely challenging circumstances to ensure the Agency could support ongoing operations, fulfil its mandate and assist member states.
Hopes and Fears for 2021
Yesterday was my review of the best and worst policy developments in 2020. Today, I’ll share my hopes and fears for 2021. These are not predictions (economists have a terrible track record when try to make forecasts). Instead, these are merely good and bad things that might plausibly happen. We’ll start with the positives. Gridlock […]
All primary schools in London to remain closed after U-turn
Exclusive: government bows to protests over new term amid fears of Covid-19 infection rates All primary schools in London are set to close for the start of the new term after the government bowed to protests and legal pressure from the capital’s local authorities. The U-turn comes after the government initially named 50 education authorities […]
Planned Parenthood Chief: Joe Biden Should Sign A ‘Day One’ Executive Order to Protect Abortion
Proponents of abortion access have endured a challenging four years in the United States. Since 2016, Republican-controlled state legislatures have passed hundreds of laws restricting abortion, the coronavirus pandemic led at least 11 states to temporarily suspend abortion services, and 41 independent abortion clinics have been forced to close their doors in the last two […]
Portugal to use EU presidency to bolster bloc’s vaccination drive
Foreign minister says this will be a priority as a more infectious Covid strain spreads across Europe
School leaders and councils demand clarity on primary school closures
Calls for explanation on how ‘contingency framework’ areas chosen and how future decisions will be made Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage School leaders and local authorities have demanded the government explain its decisions over which primary schools should stay open in England. Gavin Williamson revealed on Wednesday that secondary schools and […]
Trump’s Push for $2,000 Checks Flops as the GOP-led Senate Won’t Vote
WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell all but shut the door Wednesday on President Donald Trump’s push for $2,000 COVID-19 relief checks, declaring Congress has provided enough pandemic aid as he blocked another attempt by Democrats to force a vote. The GOP leader made clear he is unwilling to budge, despite political pressure from […]
Britain braces for not-so-special relationship with Biden
Boris Johnson has a problem named Joe Biden. Although the U.K. has now sealed a trade deal with the European Union, covering $900 billion in tariff-free goods and services annually, the British prime minister’s hopes for a new arrangement with the United States are confronting the reality of a transatlantic relationship that is now anything […]
UE et Chine concluent un accord « de principe » controversé sur les investissements
Cet accord, qui promet d’offrir « un accès sans précédent » aux entreprises européennes, suscite des critiques, même si Pékin se dit prêt à s’engager sur la question du travail forcé.
IAEA Informed by Slovenian Authority that Krško Nuclear Power Plant in Safe Shutdown Following Earthquake
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been informed by the Slovenian Nuclear Safety Administration (SNSA) that the Krško Nuclear Power Plant automatically shut down and is in a safe state following the earthquake in Petrinja, Croatia, that took place today at 11:19 UTC.
Anti-lockdown protests have been hijacked by conspiracy theorists
Their views are often laughable; but the consequences are serious
The Guardian view on the future of the Union: Britain faces breakup | Editorial
The combination of Boris Johnson, Covid and Brexit is creating a constitutional crash that is waiting to happen in 2021 The Covid year has intensified potentially terminal strains within the UK’s four-nation union. When Boris Johnson began to grapple with the seriousness of the outbreak, the impact on the union was probably low on his […]
Economic Growth and the “Size of the Pie”
My recent three-part series (here, here, and here) explained why policy makers should seek to reduce poverty rather than inequality. I want to expand on that point today by showing why growing the pie is more important than how it is sliced. I’ve previously opined on why economic growth is important, showing that the United […]
The world needs a better World Health Organisation
The WHO has done well against covid-19. But it needs more muscle and more money
Merry Libertarian Christmas
Since even I’m not wonky enough to write about serious topics on Christmas, I have an annual tradition (2019, 2018, 2017, etc, dating back to 2009) of sharing libertarian-themed holiday humor. Here’s this year’s version, starting with a cartoon that also belongs in my collection of socialism humor. Next we have evidence that Santa Claus […]