NEW YORK – The Global Partnership for Education, a worthy and capable initiative to promote education in 65 low-income countries, is having what the jargon of development assistance calls a “replenishment round,” meaning that it is asking donor governments to refill its coffers. Yet the fact that the GPE is begging for mere crumbs – a [...]

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Published on CNN. (CNN) Americans are paying a fearsome price for global warming. The federal government’s National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration reported earlier this week that the three powerful Atlantic hurricanes of 2017 — Harvey, Irma and Maria — cost Americans $265 billion, and massive Western forest fires another $18 billion. Scientists have shown that human-induced climate change [...]

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The Chinese University and the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust yesterday hosted the launch of the Hong Kong chapter of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network. It comes under the umbrella of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and seeks to mobilize expertise, information, and resources from academia, philanthropy, government, business, and non-profit organizations to address challenges. Professor Jeffrey Sachs is the Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Mike Weeks asked him about the goals of the Network.

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Published in The Boston Globe. It is hard to see bitcoin’s price surge as anything other than a bubble that will ultimately collapse. Bitcoin’s ostensible social function as an anonymous, nongovernmental means of payment carries big risks of its demise. And while blockchain, the platform that records bitcoin transactions, may well have staying power, there [...]

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At the behest of the US, the UN regular budget for 2018-2019 has been reduced by $285 million per year. But the world receives an astounding return on its investments in the UN, and member countries should be investing far more, not less, in its organizations and programs. This Christmas, America’s gift to the world [...]

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Published on CNN. (CNN) America’s powerful corporations made a killing with the passage of the Republican tax cuts. The tax cuts will hand trillions of dollars to the companies and their moneyed owners following a massive corporate lobbying campaign. Yet the US government announced this month an even graver corporate killing. According to the Centers for Disease [...]

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December 14th, 2017

Stopping Armageddon

American arrogance and President Donald Trump’s delusional worldview have brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. Before it is too late, American citizens must make overwhelmingly clear that we do not want millions of Americans or others to perish in a reckless attempt by the Trump administration to overthrow the North Korean regime [...]

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A UN-led dialogue with governments, the private sector, civil society, and academia on how we can build a global vision on sustaining peace. Read more information here.

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December 13th, 2017

Decency Wins

Those words, tweeted by Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, perfectly describe Doug Jones’ victory in Alabama. The ballot issue was decency: would the brand of Trump-Bannon-Moore indecency triumph over the common interests of Alabamians and Americans. A coalition of mainly urban, campus, and African-American voters registered a historic No! They turned out to vote in large numbers and that made [...]

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