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  • OPINION

    Harsh US economic blockades risk provoking war

    News, Jeffrey D Sachs, Published on 03/07/2019

    » US President Donald Trump has based his foreign policy on a series of harsh economic blockades, each designed to frighten, coerce, and even starve the target country into submitting to American demands. While the practice is less violent than a military attack, and the blockade is through financial means rather than the navy, the consequences are often dire for civilian populations. As such, economic blockades by the United States should be scrutinised by the United Nations Security Council under international law and the UN Charter.

  • OPINION

    Denuclearisation also means the US

    News, Jeffrey D Sachs, Published on 09/05/2018

    » There are two types of foreign policy: one based on the principle "might makes right", and one based on the international rule of law. The United States wants to have it both ways: to hold other countries accountable to international law while exempting itself. And nowhere is this truer than on the matter of nuclear weapons.

  • OPINION

    Factors inflaming America's political meltdown

    News, Jeffrey D Sachs, Published on 14/08/2017

    » The US is in the midst of a political meltdown, unable to manage a domestic economic agenda or a coherent foreign policy. The White House is in turmoil; Congress is paralysed; and the world is looking on in astonishment and dread. If we are to survive and overcome this collapse, we must understand its sources.

  • OPINION

    US climate stance a symptom of broken democracy

    News, Jeffrey D Sachs, Published on 02/06/2017

    » US President Donald Trump's ravings against the 2015 Paris climate agreement are partly a product of his ignorance and narcissism. Yet they represent something more. They are a reflection of the deep corruption of the US political system, which, according to one recent assessment, is no longer a "full democracy". American politics has become a game of powerful corporate interests: tax cuts for the rich, deregulation for mega-polluters, and war and global warming for the rest of the world.

  • OPINION

    Will US economic illiteracy trigger a trade war?

    News, Jeffrey D Sachs, Published on 24/04/2017

    » Nearly 100 days after US President Donald Trump took office, he and his commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, continue to commit an economic fallacy that first-year economics students learn to avoid. They claim that America's current-account deficit (or trade deficit), which is in fact the result of America's low and falling saving rate, is an indicator of unfair trade practices by Germany and China, two current-account surplus countries. Their embrace of economic ignorance could lead to disaster.

  • OPINION

    Actions of West led to blowback terrorism

    News, Jeffrey D Sachs, Published on 24/11/2015

    » Terrorist attacks on civilians, whether the downing over Sinai of a Russian aircraft killing 224 civilian passengers, the horrific Paris massacre claiming 129 innocent lives, or the tragic bombing in Ankara that killed 102 peace activists, are crimes against humanity. Their perpetrators -- in this case, the Islamic State (IS) -- must be stopped. Success will require a clear understanding of the roots of this ruthless network of jihadists.

  • THAILAND

    Gearing up for a low-carbon future

    News, Jeffrey D Sachs, Published on 08/10/2015

    » In May 1961, President John F Kennedy stirred America and the world with these words: "I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth." Just eight years later, Nasa did just that -- with astounding benefits for science, technology and the world economy.

  • OPINION

    Need for change clear as UN turns 70

    News, Jeffrey D Sachs, Published on 23/08/2015

    » The United Nations will mark its 70th anniversary when world leaders assemble next month at its headquarters in New York. Though there will be plenty of fanfare, it will inadequately reflect the UN’s value, not only as the most important political innovation of the 20th century, but also as the best bargain on the planet.

  • OPINION

    Chance to save Greece goes begging

    News, Jeffrey D Sachs, Published on 13/07/2015

    » The Greek catastrophe commands the world’s attention for two reasons. First, we are deeply distressed to watch an economy collapse before our eyes, with bread lines and bank queues not seen since the Great Depression. Second, we are appalled by the failure of countless leaders and institutions - national politicians, the European Commission, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the European Central Bank (ECB) - to avert a slow-motion train wreck that has played out over many years.

  • OPINION

    Attacks' roots are Middle East wars

    News, Jeffrey D Sachs, Published on 20/01/2015

    » French Prime Minister Manuel Valls was not speaking metaphorically when he said that France is at war with radical Islam. There is, indeed, a fully-fledged war underway, and the heinous terrorist attacks in Paris were part of it. Yet, like most wars, this one is about more than religion, fanaticism, and ideology. It is also about geopolitics, and its ultimate solution lies in geopolitics as well.

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