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State Of Palestine Endorse SADC’s Position On Israel

PRESS STATEMENT: The State of Palestine welcomes the principled position of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) objecting to the unilateral decision taken by the African Union Commission to grant Israel Observer Status; SADC’s position is in line with international law and the shared long history of solidarity […]

Lots of IMF programmes are never completed – because they’re unworkable

Bernhard Reinsberg, University of Glasgow and Thomas Stubbs, Royal Holloway University of London The International Monetary Fund (IMF) gives loans to countries in economic trouble. In exchange, countries must implement a programme of painful policy reforms. Countries rarely complete these programmes. We set out to uncover why. IMF programmes usually last one to three years. […]

Masiyiwa reflects on significance of first female, black US Vice President

Billionaire businessman and philanthropist Strive Masiyiwa, a father of five daughters, says the historical swearing in of the first female and black US Vice President Kamala Harris is a great inspiration for millions of girls and women across the world. Masiyiwa, the founder and chairman of the pan-African Econet Group, writes: There are people who […]

Public Wants Greater Focus on Science-Based Decision-Making Says New International Survey from Philip Morris International

Philip Morris International Inc. (PMI) (NYSE: PM) today released “In Support of the Primacy of Science,” a white paper exploring international attitudes regarding the role of science in society, business, and policymaking. The white paper—presenting findings from an independent survey, conducted by Povaddo for PMI, of over 19,000 adults across 19 countries and territories—indicates that […]

Republicans to Trump: You can’t delay 2020 election

Top Republicans have rejected President Donald Trump’s suggestion that November’s presidential election should be delayed over alleged fraud concerns. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy both dismissed the idea. Mr Trump does not have the authority to postpone the election, as any delay would have to be approved by Congress. […]

US firms create record 4.8 million jobs in June

The US economy created jobs at a record pace in June as firms took on more staff after the coronavirus downturn. Payrolls surged 4.8 million, the most since the Labor Department began keeping records in 1939, helped by the reopening of factories and restaurants. It follows May’s jobs rebound, when 2.5 million joined the labour […]

Major Boost For Experimental COVID-19 Treatment Research

About 4,000 recovered Covid-19 patients from South Korean-based Shincheonji Church of Jesus will donate their blood, also known as convalescent plasma, for use in the research and development of a new therapy that could reduce deaths related to the illness. Antibodies found in the blood of recovered Covid-19 patients could help fight off the disease. […]

Coronavirus: why South Africa needs a wealth tax now

Aroop Chatterjee, University of the Witwatersrand; Amory Gethin, and Léo Czajka The consequences of the COVID-19 lockdown are yet to be fully determined and understood. But one thing we can be fairly certain of – in South Africa its impact will be shaped by the country’s inequalities. Our study reveals that half of the adult […]