OECD

Trump says the US pays too much to the UN. Well, it's complicated.

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump not-so-subtly jabbed world leaders Monday when he said the United Nations needs to make sure "no member state shoulders a disproportionate share of the burden."<p>The United States has long contributed the most to the United Nations regular budget -- but has …

Politics

Our hurricane-hit islands deserve aid. The rules that block it are wrong

Hurricane Maria has wrought terrible destruction in the Caribbean, yet OECD guidelines say that the islands are ineligible for assistance • Hurricane Maria – live updates<p>In a manner reminiscent of Stephen King’s Bazaar of Bad Dreams, dark clouds of despair and destruction hover yet again over the …

Opinion

5 facts about government debt around the world

Public debt has increased sharply in many countries in recent years, particularly during and after the Great Recession. Globally, the total amount of …

Economics

UAE unveils plan to be among world elite for gender equality

Gender Balance Guide: Actions for UAE Organisations is launched to promote equality in the workplace

Middle East

The Sanders Single-Payer Plan Is No Miracle Cure

Last week, Senator Bernie Sanders introduced “Medicare for all” legislation, which would enroll all Americans into the nation’s Medicare program within four years. Senator Sanders, the Vermont independent, argues that his proposal would create a system that “works not just for millionaires and …

Health Care

Gigaba is selling off SA's development future to pay for today's power game

State-owned enterprises are vital to many economies, but are particularly vital to those seeking economic development.<p>This is true in South Africa …

News (South Africa)

An EU Turnover Tax on Tech Giants Is a Bad Idea

There's a right way and a wrong way to solve this multibillion-dollar problem.<p>Ten European Union countries' finance ministers have signed a letter calling for a tax on the revenues of multinational tech companies that have been hiding away their European profits. But European leaders should proceed …

Economics

Trump's U.N. Speech

Summary<p>In his first speech to the U.N. General Assembly, President Donald Trump reprised misleading talking points on everything from job growth to …

Economy

Equal Pay for Women Supported by the U.N.—Trump, Not So Much.

×<p>usbotschaftberlin<p>Invanka Trump visits Siemens Technical Academy, Berlin, April 2017. A self-described advocate for women, she supports a block on …

Gender

Why Canadian cell phone bills are among the most expensive on the planet

To tourists or newcomers, it can be one of the most shocking things about Canada. In our developed, first-world, G7 country, the cell phone rates …

Canadian News

America: not such a great place to grow old

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org.<p>The U.S. has a long way to go in becoming a truly age-friendly society, according to a new international scorecard — the most comprehensive assessment to date of how nations across the world are responding to their aging …

Business

Speaker Ryan’s fuzzy math on the nation’s ‘terrible tax system’

<i>“It is a terrible tax system that was written in ’86. … The headlines write themselves: We tax our corporations at 35 percent, and successful small businesses are taxed as high as 44.6 percent. The average tax rate in the industrialized world for businesses is 22.5 percent.”</i><p><b>— House Speaker Paul D.</b> …

Politics

EU Chamber warns China: Open economy faster or risk backlash

BEIJING – A foreign business group appealed to China on Tuesday to move faster in carrying out promises to open its state-dominated economy and warned that inaction might fuel a backlash against free trade.<p>Beijing faces mounting complaints from Washington and Europe about barriers in industries …

Business

Israel’s population tops 8.7 million on Rosh Hashanah eve

Growth rate stands at 1.8% for the year, with Jews now numbering over 6.5 million and Arabs over 1.8 millionThe post Israel’s population tops 8.7 …

Israel

The Long and Short of India’s Bullet Train

From ruling out competitive bidding to fighting against low-cost airlines, there are many economic factors that will determine the success of the …

Economics

Antidepressant use linked to higher risk of premature death: study

Canadians rank among the most prolific users of antidepressants in the world, but new research has linked the widely-prescribed medications to an …

Canadian News

South Korea exempts women from the draft. Is that fair?

SEOUL — “You just don’t get it; you’ve never served.”<p>Most South Korean women probably have heard this line. It speaks to a core gender divide here — between men, who serve two years’ mandatory military service called “gundae,” and women, who don’t.<p>Military service is required for most men between …

News

Europe's 'turnover tax' threat to US digital giants is knee-jerk politics from the French

The Eurocrats may be talking tough on forcing firms like Amazon and Google to pay a ‘turnover tax’, but the US giants don’t need to panic just yet as …

Brexit

Polish Workers Punch Out of Cheap Labor Era, Threatening Profits

In a cavernous hall at Danwood SA three hours east of Warsaw, a worker in gray overalls hunkered over a keyboard, making computer-driven cuts into a …

Economy

OECD's Gurria Says Nothing’s Happened on U.S. Tax Reform

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Secretary General Angel Gurria previews President Trump’s speech to the United Nations and …

Business

Bloomberg Markets: Balance of Power 9/18/2017

Guests include: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Secretary General Angel Gurria, Congressman John Delaney, a Democrat from …

Business

A growing movement for single-payer health care

What a difference a movement makes. From a candidate who famously declared that single payer will “never ever come to pass” and branded it as …

Health Care

Uproar in Turkey over removing evolution from biology class

ISTANBUL — Students in Turkey are returning to school Monday where they will be taught evolution for the last time in their biology classes. Next fall, evolution and Charles Darwin will be scrapped from their textbooks.<p>Turkey has announced an overhaul of more than 170 topics in the country’s school …

Turkey

U.S. Spends Less as Other Nations Invest More in Education

The world's developed nations are placing a big bet on education investments, wagering that highly educated populaces will be needed to fill …

Education

European Tax on Digital Giants Faces Resistance Led by Ireland

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told colleagues at a meeting in Tallinn, Estonia, that the bloc should agree to a tax on the digital industry …

Bruno Le Maire

College in the U.S. is More Expensive Than in Any Other Country in the World

The price of a college degree is more expensive in America than anywhere else in the world, according to a new report from the Organization for …

Liberal View

Estonia wants more EU members to be accepted to OECD

TALLINN - Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser expressed a wish that more European Union member states would be accepted to the Organization for …

European News

Swiss universities loved by foreign students

More than half of those doing a doctorate in Switzerland come from abroad, according to a new global education report. Foreign students are …

Education

Bad for business

The proposed changes by the federal government to passive income taxation within small businesses will have a negative effect on the sustainability …

Business (Canada)

EU Finance Ministers Cautiously Support Push to Toughen Tech Taxes

European Union finance ministers on Saturday expressed cautious support to pursue new tax rules for technology giants like Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc., though they stressed it would be necessary to find a permanent, global solution that includes the U.S.<p>At a meeting in Tallinn, …

Brexit