Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Much of last week was spent in Rome, which is overwhelming in its sights, though the highlight for me was the peace of the Appian Way. Rome is also rich in lessons on civilisation, politics and strategy – many of which appear to be lost on leaders today. In that respect it is a good place to consider the rise and fall of nations, a phenomenon that is gathering pace. More broadly if we consider the biggest, most powerful cities in the history of the world, Rome stands out. Many of these great cities— Babylon, Nimrud (south of Mosul), and Alexandria—were the focal points of great civilizations but, sadly, have been in the news for the wrong reasons. It is surprising how many Chinese cities have been “the biggest” through time, with cities like Nanjing, Xi’an, Hangzhou, and Beijing dominating the period from AD 600 to AD 1800. London briefly took over during the nineteenth century, and the biggest-city baton was then passed to … [Read more...] about Is China In Decline?
Germany urges russia to maintain kiev pipeline role
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Do you remember a time when you could buy fizzy drinks in large glass bottles, and then, when they were empty, you would take them back to the corner shop and get a shiny coin for your troubles? Of course, most of those coins were promptly spent on more fizzy drinks and/or sweets, but that’s another story for another day. The point is that deposit return schemes are not a new idea. They have been around for decades. In many countries, they have been hailed for both improving the quality of recycling materials and reducing litter rates at the same time, but not every nation or municipality operates one. Nobody is pretending that such schemes are a “silver bullet” and will solve the plastic waste crisis on their own, but they do have a role to play in a large and complicated issue. And as pressure grows for the world to move to a more circular economy, surely deposit return schemes are a no-brainer? Wolfgang … [Read more...] about Deposit Return Schemes Are A Win-Win For The Environment, So Why Isn’t Everyone Doing Them?
A man walks as a restaurant gets ready at the croisette at the Croisette in Cannes, southeastern France, on May 16, 2022, ahead of the 75th Cannes Film Festival. The festival will take place from May 17 to 28. Image: AFP/Patricia de Melo Moreira The red carpet is ready for the opening of the 75th Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday, with Oscar winner Forest Whitaker as the first guest of honor and a French zombie comedy to kick off proceedings. The masks are off, health passes are no longer needed and the world’s leading cinema get-together is ready to party after two years in which the pandemic put a dampener on proceedings. Whitaker, the 60-year-old star of “The Last King of Scotland” and cult films such as “Ghost Dog” and recent TV hit “Godfather of Harlem,” will pick up an honorary Palme d’Or at the opening ceremony on the Cote d’Azur. Image: Twitter/@forestwhitaker He won an acting award at the festival back in 1988 for his role as jazz legend Charlie Parker in Clint … [Read more...] about Cannes film fest launches with veterans and zombies