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The Human-Rights Imperative

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    A Pact for People and Planet

    Anne-Marie Slaughter, et al. propose an agreement that aligns existing climate commitments and accelerates progress toward a net-zero future.
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    Keeping Climate Justice Alive

    Joyce Banda explains why advanced economies must do more to finance adaptation and resilience in poor countries.
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    British Conservatives’ Contempt for Human Rights

    Gordon Brown condemns the party’s attacks on – and clamor for withdrawal from – the European Convention on Human Rights.
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    Protecting the World’s Forests Means Protecting Indigenous Rights

    Juan Carlos Jintiach explains why defending local communities in the Amazon is essential to combating against climate change.
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    Righting Imperialism’s Wrongs, Past and Present

    Nani Jansen Reventlow explains why rectifying historical injustices necessarily means fixing problems in the here and now.
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    Winning the Fight for Women’s Land Rights

    Tarja Halonen & Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim call attention to a widespread problem that threatens food production and the health of the planet.
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    Uganda’s State-Sponsored Homophobia

    Sarah Kihika Kasande decries the country’s new anti-gay law, which will have a devastating impact on the entire society.
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    Sexism and Statelessness

    Ottoline Spearman calls attention to the human-rights violations and hardships caused by gender-discriminatory nationality laws.
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    Internet Scammers and Political Tricksters

    Chris Patten highlights the link between rampant online fraud and the invulnerability of contemporary demagogues.
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    American Tactics vs. Chinese Strategy

    Stephen S. Roach

    For decades, US policymakers have preferred piecemeal tactical actions, while the Chinese government has consistently taken a more strategic approach. This mismatch is the reason why Huawei, to the shock of sanctions-focused American officials, was able to make a processor breakthrough in its flagship smartphone.

    warns that short-termism will never be enough to offset the long-term benefits of strategic thinking.
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    Will a Visa Scandal Sink Poland’s Populists?

    Sławomir Sierakowski wonders whether the ruling party’s base will hear or care about the most recent example of its hypocrisy.
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    Democracies Are Not “Backsliding”

    Jan-Werner Mueller

    With a democratic recession underway in many countries, one now commonly hears talk of democratic “backsliding” on a global scale. But not only is that term misleading; it also breeds fatalism, diverting our attention from potential paths out of the new authoritarianism.

    thinks the language commonly used to describe the shift toward authoritarianism is hampering solutions.
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    Christine Lagarde’s Gifts to Populists

    Yanis Varoufakis worries that the European Central Bank's blunders have revived the far right's political fortunes.
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    Bridging the Climate-Development Gap

    Dani Rodrik & Ishac Diwan explain how to free up fiscal space for sustainable development in many low- and middle-income countries.
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    Lower Transaction Costs for Greater Innovation

    Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng highlight the link between access to global markets and investment in research and development.
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    Ashoka Mody on Indian corruption, growth, jobs, and more

    Ashoka Mody explains the roots of the lack of accountability in India, highlights shortcomings in human capital and gender equality, casts doubt on the country’s ability to assume a Chinese-style role in manufacturing, and more.
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    Why India’s Women Are More Vulnerable to Disasters

    Joyita Roy Chowdhury & Prarthna Agarwal Goel call attention to gender inequalities that exacerbate the effects of floods and other natural catastrophes.

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