George Soros Views on the New Ukraine

A new, modern Ukraine that is democratic minded has been born following pro-European protest of 2014. An analysis written by George Soros and Bernard Levi in the New York Times in January 2015 reveals that the push to create a stronger and independent Ukraine is what inspired thousands of protesters to gather at Kiev’s Independence Square. Besides pushing President Viktor Yanukovich from power, Ukrainians wanted a country that was European focused and devoid of corruption. In this new Ukraine according to George Soros, most government and parliamentary workers are volunteers who have surrendered well-paying jobs to serve the nation.

Case in point, the country’s new Finance minster Natalie Jaresko is a former investment banker currently taking home a few hundred dollars a month. Volunteers are also involved in philanthropic efforts Like George Soros Ukraine, where they have been instrumental in helping the government take care of over 1 million internally displaced persons. The challenges, the new Ukraine is facing from the old Ukraine include fighting the deeply entrenched state bureaucracy and hostility towards President Vladimir Putin of Russia, following Crimea annexation. The effort to free the country from the cusp of state control is facing opposition from the known business oligarch’s.

In the latter case, the hostility towards President Putin is drawn by his desire to destabilize Ukraine. It is instructive to note that Putin is doing this by putting a lot of pressure on the country’s finances and stepping up its military by supporting the separatists. Although Russia itself is in a deep financial crisis, the country’s president is bent on destroying the new Ukraine before in order to escape the wrath of his populace. Russia’s dwindling economic fortunes come in the wake of unstable oil prices and weakening exports. Ukraine’s new president has, however, reiterated that his country will defend itself from Russia in spite of a serious financial shortfall.

The other issue the government and reformers have to deal with is implementing a far reaching reforms blue print and fighting corruption in the police force and other sectors. It is not uncommon for police to ask for bribes in Ukraine, when one wants to obtain a driver’s license. This is unlike in the Georgia of 2004 that ushered a revolutionary and transformative President, Mikheil Saakashvili. During his first year in office, President Saakashvili quickly replaced the corrupt traffic police and eliminated the roadblocks that were used by the country’s corrupt police to extort money from members of the public.

According to Soros and Levi, one major point of difference between Ukraine and Georgia, is that Ukraine is a participatory democracy while in Georgia, the monolithic leadership still pervades. To help Ukraine overcome the challenges it is facing today and in future, Soros urges the EU to support the country financially in order to strengthen its finances and guarantee a more prosperous Ukraine. Billionaire and philanthropist George Soros is a renowned supporter of freedom of expression and justice and donor to the Democratic Party. Bernard Levi, on the other hand, is a well-known public intellectual.

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Christopher Burch’s Insight on the Relation of Fashion to Technology

Many have tried to marry technology and fashion into one futuristic pot. Technology can be found in fashion in innovations as simple as light up shoes to the complicated smartwatch. The two have made an impact on each other in many ways. Recently, Christopher Burch has identified some important aspects of technology and fashion that has made a world of difference and continues to grow.
From its induction in the 70s the boom box had evolved from just a music machine to being an icon and symbol for the music industry in the 80s, says Burch. We have moved from personal CD players that were big and bulky to slim iPods that are small and convenient for wear.

Technology and fashion can be brought together to improve safety, encourage many to recycle and create energy. Still, we continue to progress in technology and fashion. Burch mentions how designers like Anouk Wipprecht, a Dutch Designer, make fashion statements using technology with pieces like her drink making dress and her self-painting dress. Safety is important to those in the fashion technology industry. Such as the neckwear made by designers Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin worn by cyclists that deploy airbags and protect their heads in the event of an accident. Many have even used technology and fashion to recycle trash into fashions. While some use them to create energy such as the creation of clothing to use the energy from movement to power electronics.

In some cases, fashion has boosted technology’s popularity and growth. Burch points out that in many ways fashion has improved technology. One example he uses is Google Glasses. They may not have been as popular if one the top designers, Diane Von Furstenberg had not used them in her fashion show. The use of fashion, in this instance, can arguably be a great reason that Google Glasses had some of its popularity.

Christopher Burch (https://www.engadget.com/2016/08/17/how-technology-gives-fashion-startups-an-edge-over-legacy-brands/) is the CEO of Burch Creative Capital, an investment company. Burch has been an investor and entrepreneur for over 40 years. He is successful due to his ability to understand consumer behavior and his experience with sourcing.
Burch’s experience is diversified and stems back to his college days at Itchica College. He started, with his brother, a company called Eagle Eye apparel which gained them $165 million after selling. Christopher Burch is a great entrepreneur who has had success in all aspects of business.

More about Chris Burch can be found in this Huffington Post article.