Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Money for Everyone?, Politicians Should Watch Their Words, Will Conflict between Palestinians and Israelis Be Resolved?, the Direction of Singapore's Economy, How Trump Is Seen Abroad

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Money for Everyone?, Politicians Should Watch Their Words, Will Conflict between Palestinians and Israelis Be Resolved?, the Direction of Singapore's Economy, How Trump Is Seen Abroad

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The Sydney Morning Herald / Sydney, Australia

Money for everyone?

"The idea of paying every citizen a universal basic income is in fashion in a range of developed countries...," writes Peter Hartcher. "[N]o government has ever introduced a universal basic income. It's impractical. So why is it in vogue? The idea has been revived by the rising panic over the future of work. If robotics and technology wipe out whole employment categories, how will people survive? The answer, however, isn't a universal payment. The answer is for governments to foster innovation and entrepreneurship, so disappearing jobs are replaced by new ones. And this is exactly what has happened after every other similar jobs panic since the dawn of the industrial revolution."

Standard Digital / Nairobi, Kenya

Politicians should watch their words

"A foreigner visiting Kenya for the first time would find our politics quite peculiar," writes Henry Munene. "A visitor would no doubt be taken aback by our kind of politics. He or she would be at a loss as to why leaders rarely electrify us with moving speeches on what they would do if we elect them, but score more points when they cast invectives at the other side.... [W]hile propaganda is an integral part of political battle, leaders on both sides of the political divide must weigh their words carefully. They must realise that those on the lower rungs of the social ladder may be taking their word too seriously."

The National / Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Will conflict between Palestinians and Israelis be resolved?

"[A]ny diplomatic effort to end the status quo in Israel and Palestine will need teeth," states an editorial. "The French initiative [a meeting involving more than 20 countries that took place in Paris in early June] is widely seen as the start of several diplomatic events that will increase international pressure on Tel Aviv. These efforts could culminate in a binding UN Security Council resolution on Israel's settlement project. …

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