Australia was in a world-leading position on managing COVID last year and squandered it.
And now continues to do so with small-minded, inward-looking debate while the world moves forward.
Fortress Australia is not just physical, in the form of all but closed borders, but mental and emotional, as we and our leaders choose to reinvent processes and debate that have already been had elsewhere.
Instead of taking advantage of international advances and knowledge that may allow us to accelerate towards normality, we choose to argue among ourselves.
Source: Zoe Daniel: How Australia squandered its world-leading pandemic position
Covid-19 in Australia
14.1% fully vaccinated
17.8% only one dose
37/38 ranked in OECD
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Trump was not the only rightwing populist on the world stage. A combination of unregulated social media disinformation, backlashes against modernism, efforts to retain undue privilege by domestic ethnic majorities at the expense of disadvantaged minorities, and the elevation advantage-taking con artists have all contributed to the a disturbing global alliance of incompetent authoritarians. Nations as diverse as Brazil, Hungary, India, Russia, Turkey, Poland, Israel, the United Kingdom and the Philippines have all empowered far-right leaders, most with clownish conservative temperaments and a habit of doing more to troll the orthodoxy of international decency than to serve their own people.
Source: Trump Is Gone (For Now), But Right-Wing Populism Is Still a Global Curse | Washington Monthly
Whether this is true or not, I think we can all agree that it’s an amazing achievement by an Australian PM to have almost achieved the remarkable accomplishment of announcing a target for 2050. With the current rate of progress we may actually have one before the year itself!
Source: When You Reduce Emissions By Preferring Your Own Milkshake! – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Morrison’s overly dependant narrow focus is fast catching up with him.
If the Prime Minister thought 2021 was about to get a little easier, he should think again. At US President Joe Biden’s Climate Leaders Summit to be held next week, Australia will come under unprecedented pressure to join global efforts to stop global warming. So far though, the Prime Minister looks to be turning up to the summit empty-handed.
Source: The world running out of patience with our excuses on climate change
United States – 503,594 cases, 19,701 deaths
Spain – 161,852 cases, 16,353 deaths
Italy – 147,577 cases, 19,468 deaths
France – 125,942 cases, 13,216 deaths
Germany – 122,855 cases, 2,736 deaths
China – 83,014 cases, 3,343 deaths
The total includes 44 cases in Macau and 765 cases – four deaths – in Hong Kong.
United Kingdom – 79,841 cases, 9,891 deaths
Iran – 70,029 cases, 4,357 deaths
Turkey – 47,029 cases, 1,006 deaths
Belgium – 28,018 cases, 3,346 deaths
Switzerland – 24,900 cases, 1,015 deaths
Netherlands – 24,565 cases, 2,652 deaths
via Coronavirus: Which countries have confirmed cases? | News | Al Jazeera
For decades, Washington had a habit of using the Central Intelligence Agency to deep-six governments of the people, by the people, and for the people that weren’t to its taste and replacing them with governments of the [take your choice: military junta, shah, autocrat, dictator] across the planet.
Source: Is America Poised to Become the Most Dangerous Country on Earth? | The Nation
Politicians all over the world are reacting as Donald Trump has become president-elect of the United States. Some are congratulating him, while others are in shock.
Source: ‘Congratulations’ vs ‘shock’: Politicians react to US election results — RT News
The week will be dominated by politics, not economics, which will make it harder to hear the messages coming through about the future of our economy, and indeed that of the wider world. But if you are looking into the UK from the outside, there is one particularly troubling thing to look for. That is what is happening to long-term interest rates.
Source: The economic threat facing the world is bigger than Brexit | Voices | The Independent