"My prognosis for the near future is that we will bring between five and eight million people into economic distress and endanger their livelihoods," the political scientist said. "In the coming weeks, we will take the same steps as the other countries. This means another massive collapse of an already ailing economy. Therefore I see no light at the end of the tunnel for the Rouhani government." … [Read more...] about Corona: DW laureate criticizes ‘ideological stubbornness’ of Irani leadership
Experts and politicians in China agree that 6% growth is the bottom limit to secure jobs and social harmony. So on Wednesday, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Chinese President Xi Jinping asked German Chancellor Angela Merkel for more economic cooperation during a phone call. He said that supply chains should be revived as soon as possible and "new potential for cooperation" should be identified between China and Germany. … [Read more...] about Doubts surround China’s claim to have beaten corona
As long as the pandemic continues, it seems these huge differences in numbers of infections and death rates will appear from country to country and continent to continent. Only once the worst of it has passed, will it be possible to generate reasonably reliable statistics. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Why are the death rates different?
Traditions and rituals of Ramadan Local traditions While Islam offers prescribed rituals to observe during Ramadan, many places have local traditions that coincide with the month of fasting. In Sarajevo, a cannon is traditionally fired to mark the breaking of the fast on each day of Ramadan. In Egypt, displaying a decorated lantern known as a "fanous" is part of the tradition. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Practicing Islam amid pandemic
We're beginning to juggle bigger numbers than during the global financial crisis. The US has passed a $2 trillion (€1.8 trillion) relief package, and the European Central Bank has launched a €750 billion Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme. Such packages are being announced all over the world. So now the question many are asking is, of course: Who will pay for them? Is it going to be like after the financial crisis when all states were in debt up to their necks? With the consequence that they introduced austerity measures and slashed spending with a devastating effect on social welfare, health care systems, education and investments. Credible medical studies conducted in Britain show that many thousands of people additionally died of cancer between 2008 and 2010 because they did not receive adequate treatment partly as a result of such austerity measures. … [Read more...] about Opinion: How many deaths can we afford?