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USA Today (August 10)

2020/ 08/ 10 by jd in Global News

“The planet recorded its 20 millionth coronavirus case Monday and U.S. lifestyle continues to face changes, restrictions and cancellations.” The real number is probably much higher, “given testing limitations and the fact that as many as 40% of all those who are infected have no symptoms.”


Hindustan Times (June 23)

2020/ 06/ 25 by jd in Global News

“India is a case in point because it imposed the earliest and strictest lockdown.” Unfortunately, the nation “eased restrictions before cases peaked.”


Bloomberg (May 19)

2020/ 05/ 21 by jd in Global News

“Australia’s success in curbing Covid-19 infections is allowing it to slowly ease some restrictions even as it remains largely closed off from the rest of the world, taking its economy back to the pre-globalization era.” Stimulating domestic consumption prove essential “to drive any rebound,” but complicated by consumer worries. “Even before Covid-19, Australian households were among the most indebted in the developed world, with debt almost double disposable income.”


Washington Post (May 13)

2020/ 05/ 14 by jd in Global News

As countries around the world “explore ways to end stay-at-home orders, countries that had already opened up are closing down again after renewed spikes in infections. Lebanon on Tuesday became the latest country to reimpose restrictions after experiencing a surge of infections, almost exactly two weeks after it appeared to contain the spread of the virus and began easing up.”


Wall Street Journal (May 26)

2016/ 05/ 28 by jd in Global News

“The European Commission wants to apply local-content quotas to streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime’s video offering.” They might also impose other restrictions and taxes. This is the wrong principle. “Brussels is showing that its main concern whenever a new technology comes along will be how to hobble it with the same overregulation that afflicts old technologies.”


The Economist (November 23, 2013)

2013/ 11/ 23 by jd in Global News

Impatient with European dithering, “the Federal Reserve will soon publish rules governing the operations of big foreign banks that will, in effect, throw up a wall around America’s financial markets.” This is understandable, but likely to lead badly as the Europeans retaliate with their own restrictions, fragmenting the global banking system. Instead, “America should give global banking rules—and Europe’s dilatory regulators—one last chance.”


New York Times (October 6)

2013/ 10/ 07 by jd in Global News

“Tablets and other devices have been around for years. It’s time regulators issued common-sense rules for their use aboard planes.” A recent recommendation from an expert panel suggests the Federal Aviation Administration (F.A.A) might loosen regulations on the use of electronic devices. The panel’s “sensible recommendation would allow passengers to read e-books, listen to music or watch movies without causing interference during takeoffs and landings.” Partial restrictions against using cell phones and Wi-Fi would, however, remain in place if the F.A.A. follows the panel’s recommendation.


Euromoney (November issue)

2012/ 11/ 16 by jd in Global News

“Restrictions and outright bans on short-selling shares, government bonds and credit derivatives were applied across Europe on November 1…. If it is a victory of the European Commission, it is potentially a disaster for Europe’s financial markets. Instead of a positive force for good, as was seemingly intended, negative consequences abound.”


Wall Street Journal (October 11)

2012/ 10/ 12 by jd in Global News

“Jordan last month amended its already restrictive press-and-publications law to include Internet firms and organizations. The move risks chilling business development in what had been a promising site of economic progress in a changing region” The new restrictions are bad for Jordan. “Emerging markets have a unique opportunity to embrace the Internet as their central business platform. Singapore, South Korea and Israel did so and became world-class technology players.” By embracing “open, globally competitive access to technology,” these countries could get ahead in ways that Jordan will not be able to under the new restrictions.


Economist (April 14)

2011/ 04/ 15 by jd in Global News

India should promote foreign direct investment (FDI). Restrictions barring or limiting foreign investment in certain industries are the main barrier. Railways, legal services, insurance and domestic airlines are areas where foreign investment is unnecessarily restricted. “Given the huge benefits that liberalisation could bring to India’s 1.2 billion people, the government should pluck up courage and fling wide the gates.”