Donald Trump is not the first leader with a severe personality disorder – characterized by intolerable feelings of inadequacy and an overwhelming need for approval – to gain power. But such leaders have usually gained control in smaller countries that lack the world’s most powerful military. Read the full article on Project Syndicate.

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America’s official narrative has sought to conceal the scale and calamitous consequences of US efforts to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. That is understandable, because US efforts are in blatant violation of international law, which bars UN member states from supporting military action to overthrow other members’ governments. Read the full article on Project Syndicate.

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January 12th, 2018

A bold bid for climate justice

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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December 29th, 2017

A Trump Christmas Carol

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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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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(CNN) I am writing from Beijing, China, where forward-looking policies in infrastructure, technology and diplomacy have fueled rapid economic growth and even more remarkable technological advancement. By the mid-2020s, China will most likely lead the world in key technologies for low-carbon energy, robotics and advanced transportation, among other areas targeted in China’s long-term development strategy. Read more in CNN. 

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November 28th, 2017

The tax bill shouts, ‘Greed!’

The tax cut effort is an exercise in greed and arrogance. The nation faces a fiscal crisis (rising debt, large deficits, and major budget needs such as infrastructure), a social crisis (falling incomes for the bottom half), and a political crisis (a collapse of trust in public institutions). The public is against Donald Trump’s tax [...]

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Professor Jeffrey Sachs speaks at “Shaping the Sustainable Insurance Agenda in North America,” organized by UN Environment’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative (PSI) and Munich Re, US, discussing the crucial role of insurance companies in taking climate action.

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