COVID-19 pandemic and corruption risks. How can government and society defend against them?

During a state of emergency, it is important for the Saeima, Cabinet of Ministers, Crisis Management Council and other officials to make decisions quickly and ensure completion. However, in such a situation there is a risk of dishonest officials abusing their powers for personal gain, risking the quality of democracy. Source: COVID-19 pandemic and corruption… Read More COVID-19 pandemic and corruption risks. How can government and society defend against them?

Drug lords on global spies radar set up East Africa’s hub in Dar es Salaam, US agency says – The Citizen | + Opinion

Tanzania is East Africa’s biggest hub for drugs trafficking, a US government agency has said, putting Dar es Salaam on the radar of international anti-narcotics spies. Source: Drug lords on global spies radar set up East Africa’s hub in Dar es Salaam, US agency says – The Citizen Opinion: Another kind of ‘pandemic’ but this… Read More Drug lords on global spies radar set up East Africa’s hub in Dar es Salaam, US agency says – The Citizen | + Opinion

Handshake? No thanks: coronavirus changes global habits | World | thenews.com.pk | Pindi | + Opinion

PARIS: Say no to a handshake, refuse every peck on the cheek and definitely avoid hugging. Instead, try a direct gaze, or maybe a hand gesture. Source: Handshake? No thanks: coronavirus changes global habits | World | thenews.com.pk | Pindi Opinion: I’m usually not one to follow the crowd. I like to think for myself… Read More Handshake? No thanks: coronavirus changes global habits | World | thenews.com.pk | Pindi | + Opinion

ASIO’s counter-terrorism powers to be widened to catch foreign spies | + Opinion

Australia’s domestic intelligence agency would have the power to forcibly question foreign spies for up to 24 hours, under a plan by the Morrison government to overhaul national security laws. Source: ASIO’s counter-terrorism powers to be widened to catch foreign spies Opinion: While writing an introduction to a recent article about terrorism, I was somewhat… Read More ASIO’s counter-terrorism powers to be widened to catch foreign spies | + Opinion

Major science journal retracts study blaming climate change on the sun | New Scientist | + Opinion

Valentina Zharkova at the University of Northumbria Source: Major science journal retracts study blaming climate change on the sun | New Scientist Opinion: Another ‘heretic’ going against the Church of Climate Crisis? Punish the sinner! I wonder how many conventional Global Warming publications containing minor errors were never retracted? If you read more in that… Read More Major science journal retracts study blaming climate change on the sun | New Scientist | + Opinion

25 Years of Internet: It’s Broken, but We Can Fix It | + Opinion

In her recently published book The internet is broken. But we can fix it, Marleen Stikker, internet pioneer, philosopher, and co-founder… Source: 25 Years of Internet: It’s Broken, but We Can Fix It Opinion: Another David Bowie pic? Well, I like him and sometimes I wonder if his spirit periodically hovers around those of us… Read More 25 Years of Internet: It’s Broken, but We Can Fix It | + Opinion