Earlier this month, US, British and French forces pounded chemical weapons sites in Syria with air strikes in response to an alleged poison gas attack that killed dozens in the rebel-held town of Douma last week.

The strikes were the biggest intervention by Western powers against President Bashar al-Assad in the country’s seven-year-old civil war, which has pitted the US and its allies against Russia.

Jeffrey Sachs, the world renowned economist and UN advisor, argues for the United States to end its military engagement in Syria.

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Published in Financial Times. Letters to the Editor Despite the pleading by Gerson Zweifach, group general counsel of 21st Century Fox, UK regulators would be ill-advised to agree to Fox’s bid for Sky News (“Fox’s bid for Sky deserves a swift and fair decision,” April 17). Rupert Murdoch’s media empire has had several notorious brushes [...]

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April 17th, 2018

The Monocle Daily

We hear from leading thinker Jeffrey Sachs about the US’s foreign-policy objectives in Syria, learn why the UK government has been called out for prejudiced immigration policies, discuss a clash of culture and politics in Austria and check in with the Salone design fair in Milan.

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President Donald Trump fails to understand that the key factor behind the trade deficit is that U.S. consumption exceeds production, according to Columbia University economist Jeffrey Sachs. Read the full article in Fox Business.

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Columbia University professor Jeffrey Sachs on why he disagrees with President Trump’s proposed tariffs against China and the problems he sees with the president’s tax reform plan.

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Every year, more than 1 million people come to the United States in hopes of living the American dream. With so many people striving to live in the U.S., you might think it’s the happiest country on earth. Not so. The U.S. is the No. 18 happiest country in the world while Finland is No. [...]

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Populism is on the rise across the western world — we saw its effect in the outcome of the Brexit referendum, Donald Trump’s election as US president and in the Italian polls. So why are so many voters unhappy? Featuring Jeffrey Sachs, Diane Coyle and David Goodhart.

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Oil seems to make politicians lose their bearings. The get-rich-quick mentality or too-much-to-lose thinking is very hard to overcome. Thus, two of Canada’s most progressive leaders, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, have both doubled down recently on Alberta oil sands and the pipelines to carry them to world markets. Whether Kinder [...]

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The executive committee of the World Coffee Producers Forum (WCPF) has agreed to start the process to formalize the structure of the forum as a not-for-profit organization that will address and raise awareness of the challenges of the coffee value chain, especially those related to the economic and social situation of coffee growers. Read the [...]

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