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Understanding the Pandemic Stock Market Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

The performance of stock markets, especially in the United States, during the coronavirus pandemic seems to defy logic. With cratering demand dragging down investment and employment, what could possibly be keeping share prices afloat? The more economic fundamentals and market outcomes diverge, the..

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The Coronavirus Seal: Victoria’s Borders Close Monday, July 6th, 2020

The state of Victoria is being sealed off from the rest of Australia. On Tuesday, at 11.59pm, the border with New South Wales will be shut with publicised resoluteness. It is happening at the insistence of politicians across the country with a panicked urge. On the way are reminders about the..

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After the Liberal International Order

Many analysts argue that the liberal international order ended with the rise of China and the election of US President Donald Trump. But if Joe Biden defeats Trump in November’s election, should he try to revive it? Probably not, but he must replace it. Critics correctly point out that the..

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WHY PRESENT REGIME IN CHINA SHOULD BE OPPOSED? Sunday, July 5th, 2020

For the last few decades, China has been under the control of dictatorial regime, with the country being governed by a small coterie of people who call themselves as leaders of the communist party. It is certainly not a representative government of the people, though Chinese communist leaders say..

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Building Forward with Digital Agriculture Saturday, July 4th, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping societies around the world, in part by accelerating the digital revolution that was already underway at the beginning of the year. Since then, corporations have instituted mass teleworking. International gatherings now take place online, with heads of state and..

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LIFE PRESIDENT – MOCKERY OF DEMOCRACY

People of Russia have voted ,approving a constitutional amendment that allows Vladimir Putin to nix term limits and remain President until 2036.. This means Vladimir Putin has been elected as life President of Russia for all practical purposes and will stay as President for another sixteen years..

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The Developing World Has an Alternative to Debt Friday, July 3rd, 2020

Faced with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, emerging and developing economies have been taking on massive debt backed by no more than governments’ future ability to tax their citizens directly, or to tax them indirectly by inflating away the debt’s value. Already, the International..

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A Biden Victory Could Reset Transatlantic Relations

In his opening address to the European Council on Foreign Relations’ (ECFR) annual meeting, German Foreign Affairs Minister Heiko Maas claimed that regardless of the outcome of the US presidential election this November, Europeans “will have to think about how to better contain the conflicts in..

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Why Putin Should Fear Belarus Thursday, July 2nd, 2020

President Alexander Lukashenko has been ruling Belarus with an iron fist since 1994. But his grip on the country has weakened significantly in recent months, and he may well be out after the presidential election scheduled for August 9. Such an outcome would not only shake up Belarus; it also would..

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The Recovery Plan America Needs

In just a few short months, the COVID-19 pandemic has done massive damage to the United States economy – and the workers who make it run. Unemployment has already reached its highest level since the Great Depression, with about 42 million workers – largely lower-income, less educated, and..

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Priorities for the COVID-19 Economy

Although it seems like ancient history, it hasn’t been that long since economies around the world began to close down in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Early in the crisis, most people anticipated a quick V-shaped recovery, on the assumption that the economy merely needed a short timeout...

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The Road to COVID-19 Enlightenment Tuesday, June 30th, 2020

Certainty is like a rainbow: wonderful but relatively rare. More often than not, we know that we don’t know. We may seek to remedy this by talking to people who may know what we want to know. But how do we know that they know? If we cannot ascertain whether they actually do know, we must trust..

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The COVID Class War

The euro crisis that erupted a decade ago has long been portrayed as a clash between Europe’s frugal North and profligate South. In fact, at its heart was a fierce class war that left Europe, including its capitalists, much weakened relative to the United States and China. Worse still, the..

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How Inequality Fuels COVID-19 Deaths

Three countries – the United States, Brazil, and Mexico – account for nearly half (46%) of the world’s reported COVID-19 deaths, yet they contain only 8.6% of the world’s population. Some 60% of Europe’s deaths are concentrated in just three countries – Italy, Spain, and the United..

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Stay home to stay safe from Coronavirus Sunday, June 28th, 2020

CHARACTERS IN THE PLAY Bampu is a boy of 19 years  Chintu is Bampu's cousin  Gautam is Bampu's father Mundu is Chintu's father and Bampu's uncle  The story begins with Mundu when he got infected. He was having high fever, shortness of breath, and pain in the body. Bampu: Dad, Mundu uncle..

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Hey Congress, Move the Money

The past month’s activism has changed a great deal. One thing it’s helped with is brushing aside the tired old argument over whether government should be big or small. In its place we have the much more useful argument over whether government should prioritize force and punishment, or focus on..

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