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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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    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.

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    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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    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.

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    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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    US must end dangerous policy of Middle East meddling

    News, Jeffrey D Sachs, Published on 05/09/2013

    » As the US Congress considers whether to authorise American military intervention in Syria, its members should bear in mind a basic truth: While Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has repeatedly used extreme violence to retain power, the United States _ and other governments in the Middle East and Europe _ share responsibility for turning Syria into a killing field.

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    Military must reinstate Morsi to ensure Egypt stability

    News, Jeffrey D Sachs, Published on 17/07/2013

    » Putting an end to Egypt's deepening polarisation and rising bloodshed requires one urgent first step: the reinstatement of Mohamed Morsi as Egypt's duly elected president. His removal by a military coup was unjustified. While it is true that millions of demonstrators opposed Mr Morsi's rule, even massive street protests do not constitute a valid case for a military coup in the name of the "people" when election results repeatedly say otherwise.

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    Jim Kim is what World Bank needs

    News, Jeffrey D Sachs, Published on 30/03/2012

    » Last month, I called for the World Bank to be led by a global development leader rather than a banker or political insider.

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