Please see below key recent developments concerning trade:
- At least 80 countries and territories enforced export restrictions on medical equipment such as face masks and ventilators in early 2020. This protectionist trend is threatening global supply chains and ramping up prices for much-needed gear, the World Trade Organisation warned.
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During these dark days of worsening refugee crises, can we still imagine reaching a state of "xenophilia"...overcoming our "homophily", i.e. the love of that which is like us, and reaching the love of that which is different?
Indeed, if we're ever going to care enough about conflict, genocide, poverty, hunger etc. enough to act on them properly, then we need to try much harder to avoid conflict with people we might not yet fully understand.
It will cost $300 billion to rebuild Syria, according to the UN. Even as the carnage continues, Iran and Russia are already quietly waging an uncivil war to get in on those lucrative construction contracts, argued Eurasia Group in February 2018.
Living, as I have done for the past 14 years, just 5km or so from the battlefields of Waterloo, means that I have visited the site often.
Only now, however, following last year's commemorations of the 200th anniversary of the battle, and a visit in March 2016 to the excellent new visitor centre, does its full ongoing significance become clearer to me, not least the suffering of the wounded and dead, many of whose final resting places have never been discovered...RIP all who fought there.
The next revolution - World War III - will be waged inside your head. It will be a guerrilla information war fought not in the sky or on the streets, not in the forests or even around the scarce resources of the earth, but in newspapers and magazines, on the radio, TV and in "cyberspace". It will be a dirty, no-holds-barred propaganda war of competing worldviews and alternative visions of the future - Marshall McLuhan, Culture is our Business, 1970
It's sometimes almost worth having a brutal argument with someone to taste the joys of reconciliation - Alain de Botton