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June 22, 2018
Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman proceeds in stifling political dissent in exchange for the loosening of social restrictions. While the holy month of Ramadan had once been a time for pardons and royal amnesties in Saudi Arabia, the tide has turned. Instead, bin Salman adds to the 2,000 or so political prisoners detained since September. Over the past month, 17 activists were arrested: “Nine...
Jessica Lussenhop June 21, 2018
Doctors speak out against a Trump administration policy that separates children from parents attempting to cross the US border. The policy could cause long-term, irreversible harm unless the families are swiftly reunited. The new policy began in a chaotic way with empty big-box stores and tents used to shelter the children, including babies and toddlers, with the risk that some families may never...
Indermit Singh Gill and Kenan Karakulah June 21, 2018
Despite sub-Saharan Africa’s rapid population growth, the region’s income growth matches the global pace and was even negative in 2016. The Sustainable Development Goals pioneered by the United Nations in 2015 seem out of reach for the region as income inequality widens. Three factors for the region’s slow economic growth are low quality education, limited access to electricity and weak domestic...
June 21, 2018
Widespread media coverage of a south Texas warehouse sheds light on the physical manifestations of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy vis-à-vis illegal immigration. An estimated 2,000 children have been taken from their parents since US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the initiative, “which directs homeland security officials to refer all cases of illegal entry into the...
Colin Dwyer June 20, 2018
The US ambassador to the United Nations and the secretary state announced that the country is withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council. The diplomats insist withdrawal is not a retreat from human rights commitments and called some of the organization’s endeavors “hypocritical” and “self-serving.” Ambassador Nikki Haley has complained about the Council’s bias against Israel for its treatment...
Edward White, Hudson Lockett and Michael Hunter June 19, 2018
Stock markets worldwide are in decline as trade threats between the United States and China escalate. The US economy is strong, and the Trump administration’s goal is to reduce the US trade deficit with China. Trump promised $200 billion more in tariffs if China does not drop its most recent retaliatory move. The administration tries to target China but the sell-off throughout Asia reflects a...
Roland Nelles June 19, 2018
European leaders wrestle with how to deal with disruptive US policies. The G7 meeting in Canada reflected the divisions and erosion of US disdain for strongmen’s ways. Writing for Spiegel Online, Roland Nelles describes the brutish approach: disdain for agreements made by predecessors, rejection for the rules of international order or rational arguments, fawning over leaders of Russia and North...