keep up with soaring prices of medications and medical instruments, doctors tell CNN.
European banks, fearing secondary US penalties, are reluctant to do business with Iranian companies even those not blacklisted b
y the US. Medical companies have had to resort to paying intermediaries exorbitant sums to secure ne
eded supplies, including imported medicines and medical instruments which have more than tripled in value du
ring Iran’s rapidly dropping currency, health professionals explain.Sanctions is the first problem in our country and in ou
r system. We can’t transfer the money and make the preparations for surgery. It’s a big problem for us,” says Dr. Mo
hammad Hassan Bani Asad, managing director of the Gandhi Hotel Hospital. “We have the procedures, but we don’t hav
e the instruments. It is very difficult for patients and maybe leads to death of some patients.”
Though most of Iran’s medicines are domestically manufactured, much of the primary materials, m
any of them imported, are in short supply. And while the state provides universal healthcare, so
me of the treatment needed for critical cases cannot be covered by state insurance.
expressing deep regret over the incident and saying that he is collaborating with authorities to determine what happened.
”I have taken the decision to permanently close the restaurant until the cause of what happened ha
s been established and we can reopen with the necessary guarantees for the safety of staff and customers.”
Riff holds one Michelin star, a prestigious award in the restaurant business.
”The owner-chef, who despite being German considers himself Valencian, conju
res up innovative cuisine,” reads the Michelin Guide entry for the restaurant.
”This is based around the highest quality, seasonal, local produc
ts to create successful culinary combinations and interesting set menus.”Crippling sanc
tions in Iran have seen its effect in the medical sector. CNN’s Fred Pleitgen reports on medical shortages in Tehran.
If Europe’s leaders, diplomats and security professionals had a vote in the 2020 US presidential elections, it doesn’t see
m likely they’d give it to President Trump. At least, that’s how it seemed at the 2019 Munich Security Conference.
Hundreds of dignitaries crammed into tight corridors, moving between the modest meeting halls of Munich’s Bayerischer Hof Hotel.
The event has grown in recent years. As prime ministers and presidents rub shoulders wit
h CEO’s and policy wonks, conversations straddle global differences and attempt to shape the world order.
Biden says US should remain committed to its allies abroad
It is an odd, almost old-fashioned mix. It’s rare at global summits these days that repo
rters can mingle with the people they cover and even engage them in casual conversation.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg surprised me, praising my sturdy weather-beating boots and trou
sers. He laughed when I told him he was lucky inside. I was outside, the sun was blazing and, frankly, I was baking.
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Ahead of the game, much had been made of Ronaldo’s return to Madrid, the city w
here he spent nine years with Real, winning the Champions League on four occasions.
His reported $117million move to Juventus last July brought an end to his glorious ti
me in Spain and opened an exciting new chapter with a club desperate to win Europe’s top prize.
But that chapter may have to wait for a happy ending if this result is anything to go by.
Atletico, which was deprived of the lead by a contentious refereeing dec
ision following a review by the Video Assistant Referee, will surely be favorite to pr
ogress to the quarterfinal.Alvaro Morata’s thumping header appeared to have given the home side the lead only for
the referee to rule out the effort for a foul after watching a replay on the pitchside screen.
The decision riled Atletico, though it need not have worried as Gimenez fired home from close range with 12 minutes remaining.
Godin added a second five minutes later, his shot taking a slight deflection off Ronaldo on its way into the net.
For instance, Trump urged NATO members to increase defense expenditures, while the EU is seeking more strategic independence by devel
oping a European army. But with a slowly recovering economy, Central and Eastern European countries are unable to
cover defense expenses and are not as supportive of the EU’s common defense plan as previously expected.
Meanwhile, with France and Germany signing the Aachen Treaty, the two will engage in more in-d
epth cooperation. Considering the continuous threat allegedly posed by Russia and di
vergences within the EU over defense cooperation, the US can provide a security shield for the Central and Ea
stern European region, such as deploying more troops and upgrading equipment which would gain support fro
m regional countries. Currently, these countries are more prone to NATO as the supplier of public security goods.
Besides public security goods, the US also provides the region with institutions and regu
lations facilitating Western democratic freedom. Actually, the US has never stopped its democratic pervasion and assistance. For example, projects fu
nded by the National Endowment for Democracy have spread across Central and Eastern Europe.
The year 2018 saw China’s monetary policy carefully sail through the “reefs,” as economic slowd
own and surging exchange rate risk left little room for adjustment. However, since the be
ginning of this year, major internal and external changes have broken the dilemma.
From the internal perspective, in January 2019, the “loose credit s
upply” saw improvement in terms of both volume and structure, barriers to implem
enting monetary policy removed, which is expected to guide the Chinese economy to stabilize in the first quarter.
First of all, China’s outstanding broad money supply, or M2, grew 8.4 percent year-on-year in January, while new yuan loans and social fina
ncing both soared to historic monthly highs at 3.23 trillion yuan ($478 billion) and 4.64 trillion yu
an, respectively. The figures showed that “loose fiscal policy” has had a positive effect on credit supply to the pri
vate sector, thus pushing up the growth rate for total social financing. It is expected that in the first quarter of 2019, wi
th the gradual implementation of “loose fiscal policy,” the volume of “loose credit supply” will remain at a high level.
one hand, Modi wanted to push forward the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in South Tibet where it may help New Delhi assimilate local
population and convert it demographically into a more “Indianized” one; on the other, Modi sought to pacify irritated and alienated local comm
unities by introducing more developmental projects and pro-growth schemes. In addition, by sending out a strong signal that China’s fierce protests woul
d not deter him from visiting the frontier region, Modi also sought to appeal to nationalistic voters before the election.
Following the passing of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Lok Sabha on January 8, South T
ibet had been hit by waves of protests across the region. A large number of Hindu immigrants from Bangladesh have been sent into South Tib
et since the 1950s, but have no citizenship. However, if the Bill is enacted, these refugees would likely get Indi
an citizenship, which poses a threat to the local community as their swelling population in the long run may well crowd out and eat up the indigenous pop
ulation. For example, Hajong people – a Hindu group originally residing in former East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) which fled to India due to religious persecu
tion – have been migrating to South Tibet since the 1960s, but their presence since then has been a constant source of conflicts.
It was against this backdrop that Modi trod on the soil of South Tibet. Signaling that his governm
ent gives a lot of importance to the region which has been neglected by previous governments, Modi sought to
pacify annoyed locals by giving them a long list of gifts. The Indian prime minister laid the foundation stone of several developme
In recent years, a rising number of people have realized “the world is undergoing profound changes unseen in a century.” It was more pronounced in 20
18. Some phenomena that people are familiar with are changing direction. The head winds globalization is facing is one example.
Implied meanings of certain words describing key concepts are going the opposite way. For exam
ple, public opinion in some countries is moving against globalization and globalism. Why does this happen?
In the UN General Assembly in September 2018, almost the whole world heard US President Donald Trump’s comp
laint on globalism, which was hard to imagine previously. Terms like “globalism,” “global governance”, which wer
e popular in Western politics, are not hot any more in their birthplace. Is this a time to abandon globalism?
It is expected that “globalization,” “globalism” and “global governance” will see a winter prior to their revival. Not lo
ng ago, World Bank President Jim Yong-kim abruptly resigned, three years before the end of his term. The reason w
as said to be Trump’s dislike for the World Bank and his belief that the international lender is
unified global political will, which is difficult to find amid large sovereign nations. Hence, there is a huge gap between ideal globalism and its practice. Sovereign states should try to spare room for g
lobalism. Globalization is required by people and cannot be reversed at will. On the other hand, globalization has to take i
nto account the political reality of mass sovereign countries. The goals and agenda need to be limited within the flexible boundary of sovereign nations. Ot
herwise, it would disrupt some countries’ political and economic setup, breeding social antagonism.
In the era of exacerbating confusion, globalization may be not as appealing as before, but it is u
ndesirable to discard globalism, which has boosted the development of global economy and fought
common problems. In a highly connected and almost irreversible world, simply retreating to nationalism will generate nothing but disaster. We can
hold a selective attitude toward globalization. The part of judging from the perspective of strong nations’ i
nterests and submitting to capital is not advisable. The globalization we desire is to serve the interest of all people and
match the political system of sovereign countries. On the whole, what we need is a revised globalization.
Thailand’s Election Commission rejected Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya’s candidacy for next month’s general elec