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Wirtschaftswetter Internationalthank you for visiting Wirtschaftswetter. Wirtschaftswetter-International, our English-language section, offers you themes, information, tips and services. The next edition of Wirtschaftswetter goes online in April 2022. If there is anything you would especially like to see in the magazine or if you would like to leave us a message with your suggestions, interests, wishes or questions, we will be glad to receive your e-mail: international@wirtschaftswetter.de

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Research - Eurofound on COVID-19, latest: Mental health and trust decline across EU as pandemic enters another year

The one and only - The New York Review of Books

Viviane Westwood - Climate Revolution

Aurora Borealis 2Themes: WTO: The Global Impact of War. According to a new WTO secretariat note the war costs in terms of reduced trade and output are likely to be felt by people around the world through higher food and energy prices and reduced availability of goods exported by Russia and Ukraine. Europe could experience the brunt of the economic impact, but Africa and Middle East are the most vulnerable regions, as they import over 50 per cent of their cereal needs from Ukraine and/or Russia. The Secretariat note warns "the current crises is likely to exacerbate international food insecurity at a time, when food prices are already historical hight due to the Covid-19 pandemic and other factors." Furthermore the current development could trigger disintegration of the global economy with income losses that likely reduce GDP in the long run about 5 per cent. In Addition the GDP decline could be much more servere than these first estimates that used only a limited set of simulation models. Read on, WTO, extern site: The Crisis in Ukraine - Implications of the War for Global Trade and Development

Like function promoting false friends and fake news. The Royal Institute of Philosophy's essay prize 2021 has been awarded to Dr. Lucy McDonald who decribes the "like" function on social media as a "pseudo-engagement" that "plays an instrumental role in fostering political polarisation" while it's "quantifying social capital". She gets to the heart of the issue, portaying "Likes" as creating "the bare minimum of human connection" - in a kind of phatic communion that entails a careless handling of factual truths, what makes "social media users more vulnerable to manipulation". McDonald's essay focuses on Facebook, that defines itself as a possibility finding friends. In Germany the social media platform has recently found a new business friend in the Axel Springer SE media group. Read on, cam.ac.uk: Philosophers's thumbs-down to social media "likes" gets award thumps-up from Royal Institute

Loans: Different Times - Other Result. Surely you know the recommondations for when to refuel, because petrol prices vary depending on the time of day. Did you know that this applies not only to gas stations, but also to banks if you want to apply for a loan? Following a new study by researchers from Cambridge you should prefer to visit your bank credit officer either early in the morning or in the afternoon. Because around midday he or she might otherwise suffer a "decision fatigue" - and will reject your application. This implicates the importance of regular breaks during working hours. The study is published in the journal Royal Society Open Science Read on, cam.ac.uk: Rejected

+++ News +++ +++ UN Human Rights Council - Resolution +++ . The 49th session of the Human Rights Council has ended yesterday. It has adopted the Resolution against Russia March 2022, votes: 32 to 2 (Russia, Eritrea), 13 abstentions, PDF: A/HRC/RES/49/L.1 - Situation of human rights in the Ukraine stemming from the Russian aggression

+++ General Assembly - Aggression against Ukraine +++ The outcome of the 11th Emergency Special Session of the General Assembly from March 2022: A/ES-11/L.1 - Aggression against Ukraine

+++ Asthon Kutcher and Mila Kunis +++ . In an Interview with CNN Asthon Kutcher and Mila Kunis who have collected about 35m$ for Ukraine are speaking about what they are thinking, what have to be done, extern site, youtube: Asthon Kutcher and Mila Kunis - Ukraine

+++ Letter to Putin - Stop the War! +++ 44 top Russian chess players have published an open letter to Putin in March 2022, extern site, championat.com: Ведущие шахматисты России написали обращение к президенту РФ

Wirtschaftswetter accompanying commentary - To Russia with Love 2022: I'll never gonna fall in Love again

Background is "the correct direction of progress" the government(s) of Russia and China are working on - worldwide, read on, extern site, cbsnews.com: Russia says it's building a new "democratic world order" with China

+++ War against Ukraine - Second Speech - Gregor Gysi to Russian People +++ Prominent left-wing politician Gregor Gysi speaks to Russian people in their language, to stop Putin's devasting war, via Youtube: Прошу вас: Противодействуйте этой войне!

+++ War against Ukraine - Arnold Schwarzenegger Speaks to Russian People +++ Since the 24th of February 2022 russian president Putin is bombading Ukraine to death. Now sportsman, Hollywood star and former politican Arnold Schwarzenegger is telling the truth to russian people on Twitter: A Message for the Russian People with Russian subtitles.
The only thing missing is hearing that sort of lectures in Russian language too and - if possible - once a week as in the tradition of Thomas Mann, who sent his messages under the title "Deutsche Hörer!" via BBC-radio through the Second World War to German People. In his last speech on the 10th May 1945 Mann said:
"I say it is a great hour in spite of everything: Germany's return to humanity."
With this in mind we invite Russia to return back to humanity and stop this ugly war against ukrainian people immediately.

+++ Travelling as a Solution +++ . New York Times lists 52 places around the globe where travellers can be a part of the solution instead of being a problem, take a look here, extern site, nytimes.com: 52 Places for a Changed World

+++ Populismus isn't hip anymore +++ . As Cambridge-researchers found, support for populists is declining worldwide during the pandemic. They found a "techncratic shift" in political authority worldwide, with increased trust in government, and in experts such as scientists and civil servants, read on cam.ac.uk: Support for populist politics 'collapsed' during the pandemic - global report

+++ Chronic loneliness can lead to mental illnesses +++. As researchers of the Universities of Bonn, Haifa and Oldenburg reported, the painful feeling of loneliness can lead to mental illnesses such as despression or anxiety disorders, if loneliness persists that is associated with reduced level of trust in others. This is reflected in changes in activity and interaction of various brain structures, mainly in the insular cortex, more, uni-bonn.de: Lack of trust exacerbates loneliness spiral

+++ Lack of knowlegde of Using AI +++ . A new Report from Corinium and FIico shows AI Use is putting most companies at risk. The researchers find that 65 % of respondents' companies can't explain how specific AI model decisions or predictions are made, read on, press release: New Report - Lack of Urgency around Responsible AI Use. +++


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