The better kind of politics in the context of crisis in Ukraine

by: Jenvieve AL-Ghazi

We are young economists, entrepreneurs and change-makers in the world, we call to give spirit to the economy, and the need to stop the war, leave the weapons and return to the path of dialogue.

Our hearts are sorely afflicted by the Russian-Ukrainian crisis, and we ask everyone to abide until the time foreseen by Isaiah approaches: “They will turn their swords into plows, and their spears into pruning hooks; the people of one nation will no longer raise their sword against another nation, and will no longer practice the art of war” (Is. 2, 4).

In this webinar, Prof. Raul discussed the content of the fifth chapter of Pope Francesco’s Letter: “FRATELLI TUTTI”: “Everything, then, depends on our ability to see the need for a change of heart, attitudes and lifestyles. Otherwise, political propaganda, the media and the shapers of public opinion will continue to promote an individualistic and uncritical culture subservient to unregulated economic interests and societal institutions at the service of those who already enjoy too much power. My criticism of the technocratic paradigm involves more than simply thinking that if we control its excesses everything will be fine”.

Also, he stressed, “The world’s inability and lack of the ability to reorganize its economy in a way that would enable it to manage crises in wars.”

Where the arms industry continues to dominate our world in a similar way to the manufacture of foodstuffs and essential necessities of life.

Previously the war in Syria, Libya, Yemen and more recently the war in Ukraine reminds us of the importance of reorganizing the economy of our societies in a decent manner and innovating clear and targeted policies and procedures that protect the economy from randomness.

Since ancient times, governments have been able to set new rules to stop conflicts, and the governments of the current century can also.

So why not do so?

We have to move and start creating and inventing new rules that enable us to do something useful at this stage and be very careful to control and curb the arms industry if possible.

Until now, sanctions are still the only thing we can do, but then “we must make sure that those sanctions target specific targets” in themselves, and not include the Russian people as a whole, using a certain technology we are able to know and determine which group of those sanctions should be targeted.

Sanctions aren’t the only optimal solution to be taken, but we also welcome any idea that can curb and stop the ongoing war and conflict, and a tool for building bridges of peace.

We must also be aware of the need for community rehabilitation for the requirements of the next stage and seek to secure an educational and health infrastructure in our countries, ready to stand by whole children and women who are victims of war coming to our countries, from other wars sides in general, and now from Ukraine in particular.

In Francesco’s economy, we focus on the need to build a sustainable economy that serves the consequences of wars and reminds us of the fragility of societies and their constant need for that step.