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“At this year`s G20 Summit, held in east China`s Hangzhou on September 4 and 5, countering protectionism and stepping up international economic governance in the midst of globalization were among the hot topics for discussion. The setting of this agenda shows that the world`s major economies are all trying to safeguard and push forward economic globalization, which is regarded as the foundation for the integration and progress of human society.”
Beijing Review, Vol.59 No.36 September 8, 2016
A 11.ª Cimeira das vinte maiores potências desenvolvidas e emergentes, a nível mundial, realizou-se entre 4 e 5 de Setembro de 2016, em Hangzhou, na República Popular da China. A China como país anfitrião da Cimeira teve a grande oportunidade de mostrar-se como uma potência global face aos principais líderes mundiais. O governo chinês preparou a cidade, famosa pelas ilhas que pontilham o seu Lago Oeste, encerrando a actividade de centenas de fábricas, para garantir um céu azul e implementou medidas de segurança rigorosas.
The Sufis have a saying: Praise Allah and tie your camel to a post. This brings together both parts of practice: pray, yes, but also make sure that you do what is necessary in the world. - Jack Kornfield, Seeking the Heart of Wisdom
It’s easy to play the martyr.
We spend our lives in struggle and turmoil longing for the sweet by-and-by when everything will be fine.
Today is the sweet by-and-by.
Yes, right now.
Jorge Rodrigues Simao
Discussion Paper No. 3110
Harvard Law School
Cambridge, MA 02178
European Law Professor;
Doctor in European Constitutional Law
Doctor in Economics & Monetary Policy
Harvard Law School;
Yale Law School
Jorge Rodrigues Simao
@2016 Jorge Rodrigues Simao
Extending the structural analysis to the level of international system, we can argue that the leave vote represents a decolonialization of the UK from Europe demanded by the disenfranchised periphery against globalization. Fired up by parts of the British media and the adversarial nature of British politics, Euroscepticism has become ‘normalised’ in public discourse to an extent that it remains largely unchallenged. It did not matter whether the migrants themselves were perceived as European, nor what the logic of the colonial power was in allegedly encouraging the resettlement: what was important was the postulated encroachment by the migrants on the status and well-being of the natives, and the fact that European integration was blamed for that.
The British vote against the EU was thus no more – but also no less – democratic than the vote in favor of Chávez, Erdoğan or Putin. The EU’s ‘normative power’ (or the ability to shape the conceptions of the ‘normal’ within the Union and beyond)  has indeed suffered serious consecutive blows in the course of battling the most recent economic crisis, saving Greece and the Eurozone, handling the ongoing refugee/migrant influx along with the troubles in its ‘Eastern neighbourhood’, and now Brexit – all that against the backdrop of a rather modern power Russia, only regaining its assertiveness in Europe and the world.
Learn to say yes, and mean it.
How long has it been since you’ve said yes to someone in your life?
Yes, I’d like to do that.
Yes, that sounds good to me.
Yes, I’ll take a chance.
How long has it been since you’ve said yes to yourself?