Corporate America Flexes Its Political Muscle – The New York Times
China Turns the Page on the Trump Era – World Politics Review
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Biden needs buy-in from the public to win back America’s global respect | TheHill – The Hill
President BidenJoe BidenBiden on Trump acquittal: ‘Substance of the charge is not in dispute’ White House press aide resigns after threatening Politico reporter Trump conviction vote exposes GOP divide MORE sounded familiar themes in his inaugural address, promising to “repair our alliances and engage with the world once again” and pledging that, by the end of his time in office, history can proclaim “America secured liberty at home and stood once again as a beacon to the world.” However, the U.S. cannot regain its leadership role in the international system without conquering the pandemic and its economic challenges, and it cannot succeed in those tasks without looking to its allies for cooperation. U.S. global engagement must serve as the centerpiece of Biden’s foreign policy agenda.
The GOP Is Now the Party of Political Violence – World Politics Review
If the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump achieves one thing, it will be a lasting historical memory of the moment that the Republican Party openly embraced political violence as its brand. As Democrats lay out their case that Trump was “singularly responsible” for the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, the “Grand Old Party” is on the verge of strangling American democracy.
Only the Left Can Save Globalization Now – New York Magazine
To most on the U.S. left, globalization is a dirty word — the name of that Frankensteinian amalgam of forces that turned America’s industrial centers into Rust Belts, its trade unions into laughingstocks, and New Deal Democrats into anachronisms. And these associations are far from baseless. The model of trade liberalization that the United States pursued in the last quarter of the 20th century favored footloose capital over landlocked labor, financialization over industrial production, and, thus, the corporate wing of the Democratic Party over the progressive one.
Trump Wants Back on Facebook. This Star-Studded Jury Might Let Him. – The New York Times
When sport, politics, business and pleasure mix – IOL
Trump impeachment lawyer says he’s going to Disney World post acquittal – Business Insider
One of Donald Trump’s lawyers reportedly said that he was “going to Disney World” after the Senate acquitted the former president following an impeachment trial over the Capitol siege.
Critics question revenue projections, labor practices of San Diego’s potential choice for ambulance provider – The San Diego Union-Tribune
A Danish company trying to take over ambulance service in San Diego is facing questions about its track record in labor negotiations and whether its plan to put 20 percent more ambulances on the road is financially viable.
The battle lines are forming in Biden’s climate push – The Japan Times
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My Pillow CEO says Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohl’s, Wayfair are dropping his products – Seattle Times
The Latest: UK hits vaccine milestone goal of 15 million – WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando
Democrats back down, reach deal to not call witnesses in Trump impeachment trial. – Slate
The Senate was thrown into disarray and chaos Saturday after senators voted to consider allowing witnesses be called during former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. The move had many in the Democratic base cheering as it brought an unexpected twist to what everyone had expected was going to be a quick acquittal on Saturday. But the excitement didn’t last long. Shortly after the vote, the House impeachment managers, Trump’s legal team, and leaders in the Senate all reached a deal to not call witnesses.
For Companies, Talking Politics or Opining on Social Issues Can Be Like Stepping on a Landmine – BU Today
An Open World Is in the Balance—and on the Ballot – World Politics Review
As Americans cast their ballots Tuesday, and indeed for the millions who already have, they are voting for the future not just of their own country, but of the open world that the United States helped create. A distinctive element of this global order, particularly since the fall of the Berlin Wall, has been the removal of many restrictions on cross-border flows of goods, money, ideas and even people. Under every American president since the Cold War, until Donald Trump, the United States championed global integration as a motor of prosperity, a bulwark of peace and—at least implicitly—a source of solidarity. It is that open world that is on the ropes today, thanks to disillusionment with globalization, Trump’s nativist and anachronistic “America First” policies and, more recently, the COVID-19 pandemic, which has dramatically curtailed cross-border exchanges.
What a Biden Win Would Mean for the Future of Multilateralism – World Politics Review
Should Joe Biden win the American presidency on Nov. 3, the world will experience whiplash, as the United States performs a second about-face in its posture toward multilateralism in only four years. Although the U.S. has oscillated through cycles of internationalism and isolationism before, it has never executed such a swift and dramatic double-reverse. A Biden triumph would repudiate the “America First” platform on which Donald Trump won the White House in 2016, and the hyper-nationalist, unilateralist and sovereigntist mindset that undergirds it. Such a stunning shift in America’s global orientation would have major implications for global cooperation on everything from climate change, health and nuclear proliferation to trade and human rights, as well as for U.S. relations with its Western allies.
Business and World Leaders Move On as Trump Fights to Reverse Election – The New York Times
Covid-19 Can Change International Politics Forever – The Nation
As Trump fights for his political future, the outcome could affect his company, which owes more than $400 million – Seattle Times
When It Comes to Soft Power, China Is Already Outpacing the U.S. – World Politics Review
The coming crisis of American power that is sure to follow the November election will be unique in U.S. history. Competing with China, Russia and whatever other major rivals may emerge will be less about aircraft carriers, fighter jets, nuclear submarines and stealth bombers than ever before, and more about helping other governments meet the vital needs of their citizens. Although the United States suddenly has much less of a hard power edge than it once did, due to China’s rapid and ambitious modernization of its military, and particularly its navy, Americans should treat skeptically the calls that are bound to begin multiplying soon to match Beijing ship for ship. It should focus instead on soft power and public goods.
World watches the US vote: Why the election matters everywhere – NBC News
It isn’t just Americans who care — the whole world is watching the race between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. Through an interactive map and articles from around the globe, we look at who the world’s citizens would vote for if they could.
‘Extraordinary’ corporate revolt over campaign donations shakes political world – CNN
Jack Ma’s Disappearance and the Dangers of Doing Business in an Autocracy – World Politics Review
The last time China’s most famous billionaire, Jack Ma, was seen in public was October. It was an appearance that did not please the regime in Beijing. The founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba—something of a Chinese Jeff Bezos—may have grown too confident and too powerful for the Chinese Communist Party, which may have decided it was time to not just silence him and limit his power, but to send a message to other potential critics with wealth and influence.
A Political Crisis Threatens to Derail Guyana’s Oil Boom – World Politics Review
Despite growing signs of a dramatic and global economic downturn stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, the small South American country of Guyana appears poised for a period of spectacular economic growth. In its recent semiannual report on Latin America and the Caribbean, the World Bank forecasts a 4.6 percent contraction for the region’s economy in 2020, followed by an expansion of 2.6 percent in 2021. However, the World Bank sees Guyana’s economy skyrocketing by 51.7 percent in 2020, before leveling off to 8.7 percent in 2021.
Cote d’Ivoire’s Post-Election Political Crisis Shows Little Sign of Abating – World Politics Review
DAKAR, Senegal—Mohammed Ouattara, an activist from Cote d’Ivoire who lives in exile in Senegal, doesn’t mince words when speaking about his country’s recent presidential elections. “It’s a constitutional coup d’état,” he told me, as we sat in a café along the corniche in Dakar. “He doesn’t have the right to be a candidate,” he said, his eyes wide and intense. “He stole the elections.”
For China, Pandemic Containment Leads to Economic Growth and Opportunity – World Politics Review
Following shutdowns of factories and lockdowns due to COVID-19, China’s economy shrank by 6.8 percent in the first three months of this year compared to 2019—its first economic contraction on record since 1976. But in the months since then, China seems to have bucked the trend of pandemic slumps hitting other countries, as it posted 4.9 percent year-on-year growth in the third quarter, according to data released Monday by the National Bureau of Statistics.
Could the Coronavirus Pandemic Revive International Cooperation? – World Politics Review
When does a global catastrophe stimulate a revival of international cooperation, rather than accelerate fragmentation and disorder? When does a crisis become a turning point in international relations, rather than just augur more of the same? These questions loom large in the COVID-19 pandemic, the biggest shock to world politics and the global economy since 1945. While history provides no definitive answers, it hints at three preconditions for resurrecting international cooperation from the ashes: new thinking, enlightened leadership and a favorable distribution of power.
What Are Biden’s Actual Prospects for Reviving Trans-Atlantic Relations? – World Politics Review
International expectations are high for Joe Biden’s presidency, but perhaps nowhere more than in Europe, where political leaders and observers see an opportunity to revitalize the trans-Atlantic relationship after years of drift and then downright antagonism under Donald Trump. They have reason to be optimistic. Biden and his pick for secretary of state, Antony Blinken, are confirmed Atlanticists. They recognize that, despite Asia’s rise, the United States and Europe are still the load-bearing pillars of any open and stable international system. The president-elect has pleased Europeans so far by pledging to return to the Paris Agreement on climate change, remain in the World Health Organization despite Trump’s attempt to leave it, reengage in diplomacy with Iran, deescalate trade conflicts and generally follow the path of multilateralism.
The Center Holds in Romania, but a New Far-Right Party Spells Trouble – World Politics Review
The results of Romania’s parliamentary elections earlier this month were thought to be something of a foregone conclusion, with a victory expected for the ruling center-right National Liberal Party, or PNL. However, record-low voter turnout of just 32 percent saw the leftist opposition pull off an upset, with the Social Democratic Party, or PSD, taking 30 percent of the vote to the PNL’s 25 percent. That makes the PSD the largest party in Parliament, with 110 seats in the lower house, though it will remain in the opposition, as the PNL have agreed to form a governing coalition with two smaller parties. Still, Prime Minster Ludovic Orban, of the PNL, resigned the day after the polls to take responsibility for the disappointing results. The PNL-backed president, Klaus Iohannis, named Finance Minister Florin Citu, a former economist and investment banker, as the new prime minister-designate this week.
‘Trump political base hit hardest by coronavirus’ – BBC News
By Simon Jack and Kirsty Mackenzie
The Companies Cutting Ties With Trump – The New York Times
A Controversial Omnibus Law Could Spell Trouble for Indonesia’s Democracy – World Politics Review
In early November, Indonesian President Joko Widodo approved a controversial omnibus law that is meant to bolster Indonesia’s economy by reducing regulations and bureaucracy in areas from mining to forestry and labor to business licensing. Jokowi, as the president is known in Indonesia, has touted such reforms for years; he has claimed the new, landmark Job Creation Law, which clocks in at nearly 1,200 pages, will “create an additional 1 million jobs a year and increase worker productivity, which is below average in Southeast Asia.”
AMLO Promised a ‘Transformation.’ It’s Been a Disaster for Mexico’s Economy – World Politics Review
Around the world, the blunt measures imposed by central governments to fight the COVID-19 pandemic are causing widespread economic hardship. In its latest report on the state of the global economy, the International Monetary Fund forecasts that most advanced and emerging economies will experience their worst downturns since the Great Depression, as global GDP is set to contract by an estimated 4.9 percent this year. The recovery will not come fast, it warns, with growth expected to be sluggish in 2021.
To Counter China Online, Regulate Big Tech – World Politics Review
The heads of Amazon, Google, Apple and Facebook fended off tough questions from lawmakers last month at a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust subcommittee. To help allay concerns about monopolistic business practices, each CEO sought to portray his company as representing American values and serving American interests. They all did so in part by pointing to a threat supposedly bigger than their own companies: China.
The Rise of Twitter Diplomacy Is Making the World More Dangerous – World Politics Review
In mid-July, 130 high-profile Twitter accounts were hijacked by a small group of hackers, apparently led by a teenager in central Florida. They were able to take over some of the social media service’s most prominent handles—including those of Kanye West, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk—and use them to scam hundreds of people out of a combined $118,000 in bitcoin. It was the biggest security breach in Twitter’s history, and a stunning embarrassment for the company.
What do experts see as the biggest risk to the world in 2020? American politics – CNN
Say goodbye to 2020, a historic and consequential year in politics – NBC News
WASHINGTON — No matter what happens in the next 13 days, we can safely say that this year will join 1968, 1941, 1929 and 1918 — as a historic, consequential and likely transformational year in this country.
Kyrgyzstan’s Descent Into Mob Rule Bodes Ill for Its Future – World Politics Review
Kyrgyzstan is in the midst of historic political upheaval, spurred on by nearly three decades of government misrule, a frustrated civil society and the rise of unsavory criminal groups to positions of power. With the resignation last week of President Sooronbai Jeenbekov amid mass protests, and his shocking replacement by a convicted felon freshly sprung from jail, the Central Asian nation looks set for more volatility—and the Kyrgyz people will pay the price.
Trump’s Trade Wars, and Now COVID-19, Are Unraveling Trade as We Know It – World Politics Review
The global economic map is reshuffling, and predictions abound on where the pieces will land. As companies scramble to protect themselves from U.S. President Donald Trump’s trade wars, the growing technology rivalry between the United States and China, and the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, will the long-promised “reshoring” of manufacturing back to higher-wage countries finally take place? Will the U.S. and China “decouple” their economies, particularly for the technologies of the future? If so, how will Europe, Japan and others respond?
The sick politics at the heart of this week’s US crisis go deeper than Donald Trump – ABC News
By International Affairs Analyst Stan Grant
The Trump effect in Palm Beach County: His presidency altered business and politics; his personality affected the people – Palm Beach Post
In early 2017, Kelly Smallridge was flipping through a PowerPoint presentation at a luncheon when she stopped on a slide with photos of the new president, Donald Trump, and other Palm Beach County-connected members of the administration.
Global political and business leaders on the economic impact of COVID-19 – World Economic Forum
The Global Rise of Anti-Lockdown Protests—and What to Do About It – World Politics Review
The wave of anti-government protests that roiled global politics over the past decade initially seemed to be an early casualty of COVID-19. Lockdown measures, especially stay-at-home orders and restrictions on mass gatherings, halted protests almost everywhere. Yet as the pandemic has dragged on, the increasingly strained relationship between governments and citizens in many countries has brought demonstrators back into the streets. While many renewed protests reflect anger over familiar issues like corruption, political repression and economic hardship, a striking new trend is afoot: citizens openly challenging the public health measures governments have taken to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Will Historic Protests in Bulgaria Dislodge an Entrenched Oligarchy? – World Politics Review
Karate coach, firefighter, bodyguard, Interior Ministry chief and now prime minister. Boyko Borissov has had an eclectic career, and if the protesters on the streets of Bulgarian cities have their way, he’ll soon leave the prime minister’s office for the third time. The burly, pugnacious politician is accused of presiding over a state that has been captured by a cabal of oligarchs and corrupt officials. Antigovernment demonstrators say the situation should shame the European Union, which Bulgaria has been a member of for over a decade and which provides billions of euros in development funds each year.
Hold Those Obituaries for the Liberal World Order – World Politics Review
Documenting the demise of the liberal international order has become a growth industry in the foreign policy sector. In a terrific new book, “A World Safe for Democracy,” G. John Ikenberry, the premier analyst of liberal internationalism, contends that reports of its death are greatly exaggerated. The rules-based, international system may be in crisis, but its strategic and normative logic is as compelling as ever.
Talk Radio Giant Tells Hosts to Stop ‘Stolen Elections’ Rhetoric – The New York Times
Hong Kong’s Darkening Future, Through the Eyes of Unbowed Protesters – World Politics Review
More than a year ago, months into the escalating protests in Hong Kong, a reporter with a local television station, Tsang, put on a bulletproof vest for the very first time.* She had gone for a drink the night before, wondering if it would be her last. A few days earlier at a protest, a reporter standing next to her was hit in the eye and permanently blinded by a police projectile; on another occasion, her cameraman had yanked her from the spot right before a Molotov cocktail exploded at her feet.