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    The Xinjiang Genocide Allegations Are Unjustified

    Jeffrey D. Sachs & William Schabas

    US President Joe Biden's administration has doubled down on the claim that China is mounting a genocide against the Uighur people in the Xinjiang region. But it has offered no proof, and unless it can, the State Department should withdraw the charge and support a UN-based investigation of the situation in Xinjiang.

    urge the US to withdraw a grave and unsubstantiated charge leveled at the end of the Trump administration.
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    Productivity After the Pandemic

    Laura Tyson & Jan Mischke

    After years of disappointing productivity growth, the COVID-19 pandemic has shaken something loose, with surveys of business executives showing most reporting increased investments in technology. The danger now is that the pandemic-era acceleration of automation and digitalization impedes growth in labor income and consumption.

    argue that crisis-induced supply-side improvement could be jeopardized by demand-side risks.
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To help finance its massive post-pandemic infrastructure investment package, US President Joe Biden’s administration plans to increase corporate taxes and reduce the scope for profit-shifting by US-based multinationals. Although the proposed tax changes are likely to face opposition from congressional Republicans and big business, are any of the alternatives better?

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Myanmar Explodes

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After a gradual decade-long democratization process, Myanmar’s military seized power again in February and is waging a ruthless crackdown against unarmed civilian protesters. A major escalation of the ongoing turmoil – civil war is a growing possibility – would have implications far beyond the country’s borders.

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Economics Must Build Back Better, Too

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As the world strives to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, economists’ efforts to devise strategies to generate inclusive and sustainable prosperity have taken on greater urgency. But those efforts will not succeed unless the profession itself becomes more inclusive – in terms of gender, ethnicity, national origin, and the intellectual assumptions and methods it employs.

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