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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

  • 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.

  • OPINION

    China takes over as new global leader

    News, Jeffrey D Sachs, Published on 29/11/2014

    » The biggest economic news of the year came almost without notice: China has overtaken the United States as the world's largest economy, according to the scorekeepers at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). And, while China's geopolitical status is rising rapidly, alongside its economic might, the US continues to squander its global leadership, owing to the unchecked greed of its political and economic elites and the self-made trap of perpetual war in the Middle East.

  • OPINION

    Let the Middle East govern itself

    News, Jeffrey D Sachs, Published on 05/09/2014

    » It is time for the United States and other powers to let the Middle East govern itself in line with national sovereignty and the United Nations charter. As the US contemplates yet another round of military action in Iraq and intervention in Syria, it should recognise two basic truths.

  • OPINION

    One step closer to global disaster

    News, Jeffrey D Sachs, Published on 23/07/2014

    » Karl Marx famously wrote that history repeats itself, “the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce”. Yet when we look around nowadays, we can’t help but wonder whether tragedy will be followed by yet more tragedy.

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