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Helen C. Epstein

Helen C. Epstein

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Helen C. Epstein, Visiting Professor of Human Rights and Global Public Health at Bard College, is the author of Another Fine Mess: America, Uganda and the War on Terror and The Invisible Cure: Why We Are Losing the Fight Against AIDS in Africa. She has consulted for UNICEF, the World Bank, and Human Rights Watch, and has written for The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, The Nation, The New Yorker Online, and other publications. Her recent writings can be found here.

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  1. Dishonoring Uganda’s Refugees
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    Dishonoring Uganda’s Refugees

    Jun 26, 2017 Helen C. Epstein criticizes the UN secretary-general for enlisting the help of President Yoweri Museveni.

  2. The Plagues of Transition

    The Plagues of Transition

    May 18, 2001 Helen C. Epstein

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    Let the WTO Referee Carbon Border Taxes

    Jeffrey Frankel shows how a revived World Trade Organization can play a central role in combating climate change.
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    Elon Musk’s Not-so-Hidden Agenda

    Jason Stanley thinks the mogul's takeover of Twitter reflects his interest in destroying all democratic information spaces.
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    Saadia Zahidi on government spending, debt distress, the Iran protests, and more

    Saadia Zahidi argues that social-safety nets must be customized and targeted to ensure efficiency, advocates a more responsible approach to deficit reduction and fiscal consolidation, describes the complex recipe for helping countries reap the benefits of greater female labor-force participation, and more.
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    The Birth of a New International Order

    Joschka Fischer sees global great-power relations taking shape around a Sino-American dominated pentarchy.
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    The World Cup Syndrome

    Raj Persaud reflects on the effects that loving the “beautiful game” can have on one’s health and finances.
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    Rebooting the World Bank

    Suma Chakrabarti & Chris Humphrey outline key reforms that could help the institution regain the trust of developing countries.
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    No Easy Exit from Zero-COVID

    S. Alex Yang & Angela Huyue Zhang propose a strategy for loosening China's pandemic restrictions without triggering a nationwide health crisis.
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    Faking It, Making It, Losing It

    Harold James

    The spectacular rise and fall of FTX and its founder Sam Bankman-Fried were driven by effective marketing, trickery, and financial speculation. In that, they bear a striking resemblance to the disastrous eighteenth-century experiment that fueled the Mississippi Company bubble and created the template for all future Ponzi schemes.

    draws parallels between the FTX collapse and economist John Law’s infamous eighteenth-century scheme in France.
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    The Regulators’ Revolt

    Howard Davies traces the rise and fall of the UK government's recent effort to wield the power to rewrite financial rules.

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