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Preventing A COVID-19 Food Crisis

The pandemic is amplifying the risk of a world-wide food-price spike, which would trigger outright crises in many developing countries. Governments must therefore work together to address disruptions to food supply chains and prevent food protectionism from becoming the post-pandemic new normal.

Read Here – Project Syndicate

The Lure Of Fascism

Ours is the age of the rule by ‘strong men’: leaders who believe that they have been elected to deliver the will of the people. Woe betide anything that stands in the way, be it the political opposition, the courts, the media or brave individuals. While these demonised guardians of freedom are belittled, brushed aside or destroyed, vulnerable groups, such as refugees, immigrants, minorities and those living in poverty, bear the brunt. What can be done to halt or reverse this process? And what will happen if we simply stand by and watch?

Read Here – Aeon

US Job Losses Mount As Economic Pain Deepens Worldwide

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The ranks of Americans thrown out of work by the coronavirus ballooned Thursday to at least 22 million in just four weeks, an unprecedented collapse that has fuelled widening protests and propelled President Donald Trump’s push to relax the nation’s social distancing guidelines.

Read Here – APNews

Winning The Legal Argument, China Has Learnt From History Of Great Power Relations

Winning the legal argument, China has learnt from the history of great power relations, is very much part of great power jousting. The negative lessons are from the Soviet Union that dismissed the Western legal arguments during the Cold War as based on the logic of capital and empire. That did not convert many beyond the choir.

Read Here – The Indian Express

Dow Slumps 2,000 Points After Oil Shock

Wall Street’s main stock indexes plummeted and the Dow Jones Industrials crashed 2,000 points on Monday as a 22% slump in oil prices and the rapid spread of the coronavirus amplified fears of a global recession. Trading on U.S. stock exchanges was halted immediately after opening, as the benchmark S&P 500 .SPX fell 7% to its lowest since June 2019, triggering an automatic 15-minute cutout put in place after the 2008-2009 financial crisis.

Read Here – Reuters

Also Read: US Trading Halted As Shares Plunge Around The World

All You Need To Know About Latest Saudi Crackdown In 500 Words

Saudi Arabia has launched a new crackdown against senior royals and top officials, according to several reports, in what appears to be Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman‘s latest effort to consolidate control of all major levers of power inside the kingdom.

Read Here – Al Jazeera

 

India And US Have Enduring Friendship, Says Trump

 

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcoming U.S. President Donald Trump in the western city of Ahmedabad. Photo/PIB

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrived in India on Monday, for a 36-hour-long visit to India, which is likely to strengthen bilateral defence and strategic ties. Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed Trump with a hug at the Ahmedabad airport, after which the two leaders embarked on a 22-km-long roadshow from the airport to Sabarmati Ashram.

Read Here – The Indian Express

Governments Are Clamping Down On Foreign Tech Investments

State inspection of foreign investments at home isn’t novel. Probing NGOs and mandating registration of foreign lobbyists are just two decades-old examples. What’s different today is that countries are accelerating and expanding these powers where they already exist, or freshly architecting them altogether. It’s a way for governments to address two things: perceived foreign influence over their domestic technology spheres, and perceived risks of foreign governments using investments and acquisitions to access sensitive data.

Read Here – Wired

NATO Leaders Attempt United Front After Day Of Drama

U.S> President Donald J. Trump meets with President Emmanuel Macron of France and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in between separate meetings with each leader Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in London. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

NATO leaders tried to overcome the birthday blues and put on a united front as a meeting near London got under way, following a day of drama that revealed deep wounds within the military alliance.

Read Here – Al Jazeera

When It Comes To China, Local And National Priorities Don’t Always Align

The security, economic and social rationale of both central and municipal governments are understandable. However, this difference of interests on China between a capital and local governments is a not a new phenomenon and it exists globally. Such a split can also be seen in China itself, where local government priorities may differ from those mandated by Beijing.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

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