Imagine, if you can, what it’s like to make decisions on which the lives of tens of thousands of other people depend. If you get things wrong, or delay deciding, they die.
Your decisions affect the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people, resulting in huge economic disruption, mass layoffs and business closures. Imagine you must act quickly, without having complete certainty your decisions will achieve what you hope.
Now imagine that turning your decisions into effective action depends on winning the support of millions of people.
Estamos sufriendo la primera pandemia global de la historia. Ha irrumpido en nuestras vidas como un huracán inesperado e irresistible. Se inició en la ciudad china de Wuhan a finales de 2019 y en tres meses se ha extendido por todo el mundo.
Todos los grandes poderes políticos y económicos están desconcertados y han tenido que improvisar apresuradamente respuestas extremas, contradictorias e inciertas. Lo mismo les ha ocurrido a las escuelas, empresas, hospitales, municipios y familias. Y a cada uno de nosotros, que hemos debido interrumpir nuestra rutina y recluirnos en casa.
Vivimos bajo un acontecimiento que nos sobrepasa por la potencia, amplitud y complejidad de sus múltiples consecuencias: sanitarias, políticas, económicas…
Most Australians - Indigenous people under the protection acts were an exception - have long taken for granted their right to cross state borders. They have treated them much as they do the often unmarked boundaries dividing their suburbs. Not any more.
Australia has closed its international borders to non-residents. South Australia has announced it will close its borders, New South Wales is moving closer to lock-down over the next two days, with Victoria set to follow suit. The Tasmanian government is fo…
Thirty years ago, on 2 February 1990, a speech was delivered by then President FW de Klerk that marked the beginning of a radically new political landscape for South Africa.
In his opening address to parliament, De Klerk unbanned the exiled liberation movements, notably the African National Congress (ANC), Pan-Africanist Congress (PAC) and South African Communist Party (SACP). All had been embroiled in a fight against white minority rule. He also announced a moratorium on the death penalty, the end of the state of emergen…