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UK-BRITAIN: What Brexit Did to Boris Johnson — And Britain – Opinion

The prime minister’s fake populism led to his undoing—and will keep haunting his country. 

By Anne Applebaum | The Atlantic

Not too long ago, I heard one of the leading Brexiteers describe his political philosophy in a room full of CEOs and senior politicians. He started by talking to this elite group about the great division between “elites” and “the people”, the victors and the victims of globalization, the haves and the have-nots of modernity. The longer he spoke, the more his words began to seem rote, remote, and stale. The energizing slogans of the Brexit campaign of 2016 sounded hollow and clich​​éd in 2022. 

PARTLY, this is because the slogans were NOT true. Boris Johnson was the standout example of this phenomenon:             Continue reading

Sanders: Corbyn Surge in UK Shows World Rising Up Against Austerity, Inequality

“People in the U.K., the U.S. and elsewhere want governments that represent all the people, not just the 1%,” Sanders said

Responding to the results of the U.K. election, which commentators have already deemed a “political upset” for the ages and a stunning backfire for Prime Minister Theresa May, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Thursday congratulated Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and the British people for “rising up against austerity and massive levels of income and wealth inequality.”

Why Brexit happened — and what to do next – by Alexander Betts – TED video

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Why Brexit happened — and what to do next – TED video by Alexander Betts
 
We are embarrassingly unaware of how divided our societies are.
Brexit grew out of a deep, unexamined divide between those that fear globalization and those that embrace it, says social scientist Alexander Betts.
How do we now address that fear as well as growing disillusionment with the political establishment, while refusing to give in to xenophobia and nationalism?
Join Betts as he discusses four post-Brexit steps toward a more inclusive world.

Shipping Containers – The humble hero – The Economist

Shipping Containers – The humble hero

Containers have been more important for globalisation than freer trade

THE humble shipping container is a powerful antidote to economic pessimism and fears of slowing innovation. Although only a simple metal box, it has transformed global trade. In fact, new research suggests that the container has been more of a driver of globalisation than all trade agreements in the past 50 years taken together.

Containerisation is a testament to the power of process innovation. In the 1950s the world’s ports still did business much as they had for centuries. When ships moored, hordes of longshoremen unloaded “break bulk” cargo crammed into the hold. They then squeezed outbound cargo in as efficiently as possible in a game of maritime Tetris. The process was expensive and slow; most ships spent much more time tied up than plying the seas. And theft was rampant: a dock worker was said to earn “$20 a day and all the Scotch you could carry home.”       Continue reading

Success is Transitory – by Rosaliene Bacchus

Thanks for a really insightful story of life in this insecure age of “Globalization”. We look forward to your next chapter. Thanks!!

Cyril Bryan. Guyanese Online

Three Worlds One Vision

Bairro Varjota - Fortaleza - CearaBairro Varjota – Fortaleza – Ceará – Brazil
Photo by Macilio Gomes (www.panoramio.com)

 

As Import Manager at Ceará Importers,* a successful and expanding young medium-sized company in Fortaleza, I thought that I had finally made it in Brazil. Gone were my days of struggle to raise the rent and my sons’ high school fees. We dressed better, frequented the cinema, and enjoyed holiday week-end outings. I also began looking for an apartment closer to my workplace and my sons’ school.

After relocating to his farm 52 miles away from the capital, a good friend offered to rent me his apartment in Bairro Varjota, an upscale neighborhood in Fortaleza. An evening after work, my sixteen-year-old son and I visited the apartment. Located on the eighth floor of a ten-story apartment building, it had a master bedroom with bathroom, two other bedrooms sharing another bathroom and self-contained quarters for a…

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How Containerization Shaped the Modern World – video

Uploaded by on Mar 11, 2012

Sometimes a single unlikely idea can have massive impact across the world. Sir Harold Evans describes about how frustration drove Malcolm McLean, a small-town truck driver, to invent the shipping container. Containerization was born, and it transformed the modern global economy. (Launching a series on Inventions that Shaped History)

“How Containerization Shaped the Modern World” was animated by Sunni Brown (http://www.sunnibrown.com)

How Containerization Shaped the Modern World  – video

 

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