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    Apocalypse or cooperation?

    The perfect storm of COVID-19 and climate change, and the resulting economic damage, will most likely trigger much more social and political instability. Although substantially increased international cooperation can still avert this nightmarish scenario, the current state of global politics provides few grounds for optimism.

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    Vaccine apartheid

    These hopes may not last long. The announcement has sent governments scrambling to lay claim to vaccine doses, apparently realizing a bleak prediction: wealthy countries and individuals will monopolize early doses of any effective vaccine.

  • | BAKU AZERBAIJAN OCTOBER 26 FILE PHOTO Ageing infrastructure leaking crude oil and debris from decades of extraction litter an oil field October 26 2006 in Baku Azerbaijan Oilrich Azerbaijan gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 and its wealth of oil has been responsible for both its development and success as well as its status as one of the most polluted environments in the world Azerbaijan have joined the Ukraine in the construction of the Odessa Brody pipeline to provide Europe with 67 million tones of oil each year and will reduce dependence on giant Russian energy firm Gazprom Photo by Wojtek LaskiGetty Images | MR Online

    The COVID-19 debt deluge

    How long the COVID-19 crisis will last, and what its immediate economic costs will be, is anyone’s guess. But even if the pandemic’s economic impact is contained, it may have already set the stage for a debt meltdown long in the making, starting in many of the Asian emerging and developing economies on the front lines of the outbreak.

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    The growing threat of water wars

    In 2015, United Nations member states adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, which include an imperative to “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.” Yet, in the last four years, matters have deteriorated significantly.

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    Jayati Ghosh Says More…

    “Economic policy globally has become heavily distorted in favor of the rich, with governments increasingly beholden to corporate interests, and thus highly resistant to progressive policies.”

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    The IMF’s latest victims

    In 2013, the International Monetary Fund produced a report acknowledging that it had “underestimated” the effects that austerity would have on Greece’s economy. Yet the Fund has made the same mistakes in its subsequent deals with Argentina and Ecuador.

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    The exploitation time bomb

    Worsening economic inequality in recent years is largely the result of policy choices that reflect the political influence and lobbying power of the rich. There is now a self-reinforcing pattern of high profits, low investment, and rising inequality–posing a threat not only to economic growth, but also to democracy.

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    The political roots of falling wage growth

    It’s now official: workers around the world are falling behind. The International Labor Organization’s (ILO) latest Global Wage Report finds that, excluding China, real (inflation-adjusted) wages grew at an annual rate of just 1.1% in 2017, down from 1.8% in 2016. That is the slowest pace since 2008.