The leaders of America’s cities at times felt all alone in the world in the past year. The challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic often fell from the top levels of government and landed on mayors’ desks. Without much guidance from federal leaders, mayors did not have the luxury of playing politics. We had too many problems to solve, too many lives at stake, too many livelihoods that were endangered and upended. Cities have demonstrated their ability to act decisively in the face of a global crisis. As mayors, we had to make tough choices to get through unprecedented times. We canceled large, popular events, restricted our businesses that generate tax revenue for critical city services, and told residents to stay at home. We became public health aficionados, test and vaccine distributors, and disaster coordinators. This was a global group project, but cities did the bulk of the work. And as America returns to some semblance of normalcy, it is clear that cities need a more prominent … [Read more...] about Biden’s State Department needs an office to help local governments
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The recent deployment of tens of thousands of Russian troops to Ukraine’s border, along with an array of equipment necessary for an invasion , fundamentally threatened Ukraine’s territorial integrity and political independence. Although Russia reportedly has returned the troops to their barracks, the equipment remains forward-based as prepositioned stocks, available on short notice should Moscow decide to invade at some future time. Given this potential for a swift Russian fait accompli invasion, as well as the West’s interest in a stable, independent Ukraine, the United States and its NATO allies should make its response to a Russian invasion crystal clear to Moscow. Ambiguity, although sometimes useful in national security, is counterproductive in this situation. Instead, NATO can use the upcoming June summit to convey the kinds of steps Western countries could take following any incursion into Ukraine, such as cutting off Russian access to international finance, pulling the … [Read more...] about Ukraine and Russia: NATO should clarify its deterrent approach, while it still can
Rodong Sinmun , an official state newspaper in North Korea, reportedly warned residents against the use of vaccines to fight the Chinese coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday, claiming that some “caused severe side effects, including even death.” The South Korean news service Yonhap translated the commentary dismissing the effectiveness of the currently available vaccines and vaccine candidates on the international market. As of Tuesday afternoon press time, Rodong Sinmun’s English-language website did not appear to carry the commentary. North Korea commenting on vaccines for the Chinese coronavirus belies its repeated assurances it has not documented a single case of the disease within its borders. North Korea is surrounded by coronavirus hotspots including Russia, Japan, South Korea, and the nation where the virus originated, China. Yet the communist regime insists it successfully prevented all citizens from contracting the disease. Pyongyang raised suspicions in January … [Read more...] about North Korea – Still Claiming Zero Cases – Says Coronavirus Vaccines ‘Cause Death’
Olympics athletes will not be allowed to wear “Black Lives Matter” apparel during ceremonies at the upcoming Tokyo Olympic games, according to new rules posted by the International Olympics Committee (IOC). The IOC revealed its newest policy changes last month, noting that no political demonstrations will be allowed on the field of play. And IOC officials have since confirmed that the rules also ban any use of Black Lives Matter imagery, logos, apparel, slogans, and activism, according to TMZ Sports. Athletes will also be barred from political activism and sloganeering during official ceremonies and at the winner’s podium. Olympians are not banned from all activism, however. Contestants will be allowed to use BLM slogans during team meetings, interviews, and press conferences. The IOC claimed that its prohibitions on athlete activism came after a poll found that a “majority” of the 3,500 athletes polled favored the ban. “A very clear majority of athletes said that they … [Read more...] about Olympic Committee Bans Athletes from Wearing BLM Apparel at Ceremonies
How politically realistic are the climate action goals that European governments are setting in lockstep with the United States? Some analysts are warning that the rich can afford the necessary changes, but the burdensome costs of a green transition for middle-class and poorer voters could trigger a backlash and prompt electoral reversals. Others worry European governments have still not fleshed out in practical terms how to meet their ambitious climate action and emissions reduction goals and that a failure to deliver solutions, as happened after the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference, risks undermining an emerging public consensus about the danger of climate change and a recognition action is required. “If you create a deadline that is unrealistic, which we will not be able to actually achieve, you put it completely beyond the bounds of possibility — that doesn’t mean you can’t have a high bar, you should be aiming for a high bar — but it can’t be unrealistic,” Jamie … [Read more...] about Are Europe’s Climate Action Goals Realistic?