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Recent and archived work by Michael Collins for The Bull:

China and the US are headed towards a ‘decoupling’

But any rupture is likely to fall short of the separation the word implies. (Reading time: 4 min) The ‘Line of Actual Control’ is the name for the unformalised border that separates Indian-controlled and Chinese-controlled territory in the disputed area where the Asian neighbours meet and where in 1962 the pair fought a war. In…

A looming political fight due to the pandemic?

The young will want to be compensated for protecting the elderly from covid-19. But their quest will come with risks Tom Moore of Bedfordshire sought to raise 1,000 pounds to help the UK’s National Health Service cope during the coronavirus pandemic. He decided to walk 100 times back and forth across his backyard of 25-metres…

China: The world’s consumer of last resort

China, rather than the US, could soon be the world’s ‘consumer of last resort’. To earn that status, China must avoid a ‘trap’ among other challenges. La Samaritaine department store in Paris that was founded in 1870 is of such majestic art deco and art nouveau styling it was declared a national monument in 1990….

The populations of key countries are shrinking

This new, yet largely ignored, trend comes with underrated economic and social costs. Released by US film producer Mike Moore and timed for the 50th Earth Day in April, the documentary Planet of the Humans tells how renewable sources of energy are flawed replacements for fossil fuels as a way to mitigate the dangers of…

Apps, backed by ‘dark kitchens’, are changing food delivery

Even though the platform attack is hobbled by poor economics, restaurants are under threat – especially during a pandemic. In 2004, Matt Maloney and Mike Evans were working in Chicago as web developers for appartment.com, a platform that allows people to find rental flats online. The pair often worked late enough to order takeaway. “We…

The psychological effects of the pandemic

These social, political and economic changes can be grouped into four categories; new, accelerated, busted and possible trends. In 1930, 1,028 economists signed a letter to Herbert Hoover urging the US president to veto a bill that would raise tariffs once it became law. Hoover refused and the US raised taxes on about 20,000 imports…

Covid-19 tearing at the fragilities of Italy and Eurozone

Solutions to appease the crisis face political hurdles. A default or euro exit are possible. ‘il Boom’ is how Italians describe the ‘great transformation’ of Italy over the 1950s and 1960s when a poor country turned itself into a modern industrial powerhouse with a stable currency, the lira. During those decades, rural southern Italians flocked…

Covid-19 is posing ethical challenges for policymakers

In France, to leave their houses, people must fill in a form that allows them to perform essential jobs, attend medical appointments or go shopping for daily needs, an errand for which people have one hour only and must stay within one kilometre of their homes. The certificates must be shown on demand. Breaching ‘confinement’…

Technology is reshaping modern medicine

But ethical and economic challenges could limit the benefits medtech brings to healthcare. The Nobel Prize in Medicine 2019 was awarded to three men for “their discoveries of how cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability”. The Nobel Prize in Medicine 2018 was given to two men “for their discovery of cancer therapy by inhibition…

The Gig Economy Faces a Crackdown

In 2004, Dynamex Operations West, a California-based courier company, suddenly reclassified its permanent full-time employees as independent contractors, depriving them of entitlements such as minimum wages, overtime, paid sick days and workers compensation. The reclassified drivers had to use their own vehicles and pay for all expenses including petrol, tolls and insurance to earn a…