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Planning for an American Bankruptcy Epidemic Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

Neiman Marcus and J.C. Penney, two of America’s retailing giants, recently failed to pay interest on their debt. We should expect one or both firms to file for bankruptcy soon, heralding a surge of US business failures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. And with most American households currently..

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The Case for Deeply Negative Interest Rates Monday, May 4th, 2020

For those who viewed negative interest rates as a bridge too far for central banks, it might be time to think again. Right now, in the United States, the Federal Reserve – supported both implicitly and explicitly by the Treasury – is on track to backstop virtually every private, state, and city..

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The Fascist Politics of the Pandemic

In stark contrast to the effective leadership shown by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and Singapore’s autocratic technocracy, the world’s far-right nationalists have met the COVID-19 crisis with something not seen in decades: the fascist politics of..

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The Rohingya in Malaysia: Coronavirus and Alibis for Paranoia Sunday, May 3rd, 2020

Rounding up undocumented workers, migrant and refugees is part of a brutal order of things in Malaysia. When matters economic are going well, authorities turn the blindest of eyes. The money pours in; development goals are being met. During times of crisis, the eye sharpens in the search for..

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The Conspiratorial Style in Pandemic Politics

Over half of the world’s population is in self-confinement as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. And though the lockdown has slowed the spread of the coronavirus, it has accelerated the progress of another insidious phenomenon: conspiracy theories. Fearing for one’s life, livelihood, and loved..

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COVID-19 UNO REMAINS AS COSMETIC BODY Saturday, May 2nd, 2020

While the world community is shaken by the ongoing COVID 19 crisis and most governments are struggling to prevent spread of virus, one organization that appears to be conspicuous by near silence on COVID 19 issue is United Nations Organisation (UNO). Criticism against WHO : World Health..

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THE CRISIS WE FACE Friday, May 1st, 2020

At present Nepal is facing three different crisis and they are interrelated. First there is the Corona virus crisis. It has created a sense of terror among the people and has led to a complete lockdown of the country. Except for essential services other activities have come to a stand still. Second..

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How Will the Great Cessation End?

Finance ministers, like restaurateurs, find the same worrisome question slapping them across their face masks: What if we open the economy and no one shows up? Like all pandemics, COVID-19 is a grave shock not only to the body, but also to the body politic – and the economy that sustains it. The..

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THE EYE WAS NEVER ENOUGH

In different countries of the world, human beings have never gathered in a common assembly without exchange of pleasantries which shows its depth in hand shakes, hugs, peck, and kisses. These signs are the apparent modes of recognition and registering of each other's warmth. Often, when winter..

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A Pledge for Africa

The world will not be free of the COVID-19 pandemic until all countries are free of the coronavirus that causes it. This simple fact underscores the urgent need for the Global Health Pledging Conference to be held on May 4. Only by acting now to support developing countries’ ability to combat the..

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The Riddle of Kashmir Thursday, April 30th, 2020

Recently there has been a debate going on about the youth of Kashmir, no I would better say educated youth of Kashmir joining militancy. One is surprised by the self-orchestrated and fabricated stories that have been cooked in the cozy cabins about the state of Kashmir. Well, perhaps they need to..

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From Lockdown to Lock-In

At first glance, COVID-19 seemed to be a shared global experience, in terms of both the incidence of the disease and how countries responded. But now it has become clear that countries are diverging significantly in terms of strategy and outcomes. This means that, as the world exits from lockdowns,..

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Reversing Turing Wednesday, April 29th, 2020

A few years ago, my (Brett’s) inbox was flooded with Facebook notifications indicating that friends had wished me a happy birthday. Annoyed, I logged in and changed the birthday to a random date in mid-summer. Six months later, my email inbox was flooded again. At first, I didn’t think much of..

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The Coming Greater Depression of the 2020s

After the 2007-09 financial crisis, the imbalances and risks pervading the global economy were exacerbated by policy mistakes. So, rather than address the structural problems that the financial collapse and ensuing recession revealed, governments mostly kicked the can down the road, creating major..

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Pandemic Diplomacy: The Gum on China’s Shoe Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

Disasters always invite blame – divine, natural, human – and the current calls of blame being directed with vengeful spleen have one target. The People’s Republic of China is being accused for everything from having shoddy and irreverent diplomats to having dubious and duplicitous scientists..

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Trump’s War on Public Health

US President Donald Trump’s administration is effectively waging war on human health. In addition to imposing tariffs on imported medical equipment and restrictions on exports, the White House has proposed cutting the budget of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by 16%, starting in..

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The End of the US-China Relationship

It didn’t have to end this way, but the die is now cast. After 48 years of painstaking progress, a major rupture of the US-China relationship is at hand. This is a tragic outcome for both sides – and for the world. From an unnecessary trade war to an increasingly desperate coronavirus war, two..

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How South Korea Stopped COVID-19 Early Monday, April 27th, 2020

South Korea experienced one of the world’s largest initial outbreaks of COVID-19 outside China. But, unlike the United States and many European countries, we have been able to contain and drastically reduce the spread of the virus, at least so far – and without imposing a nationwide lockdown...

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How to Develop a COVID-19 Vaccine for All

In the early weeks of 2020, it started to dawn on people that COVID-19 could be the long-dreaded but expected “Disease X” – a global pandemic caused by an unknown virus. Three months later, the majority of the world’s population is in lockdown, and it is clear that we are only as healthy as..

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Lockdown-stranded Nepalese neglected across border in India Sunday, April 26th, 2020

Sher Bahadur Singh, KANCHANPUR:- Buses after buses are being send from here to bring home people stranded in Kathmandu after the extension of the lockdown in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. However, no decision has been made so far to bring home the Nepalis stranded in various border towns..

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