The Redistribution Games

2020 Oct 02

Life is not the Olympics, where talent and training determine an athlete’s performance. It’s more like a Roman arena in which well-armed gladiators vanquish unarmed ...


The Main Street Manifesto

2020 Jun 28

The historic protests sweeping America were long overdue, not just as a response to racism and police violence, but also as a revolt against entrenched plutocracy.


A Chronicle of a Lost Decade Foretold

2020 May 31

Many on the left still cling to the hope that the COVID-19 crisis will translate into the use of state power on behalf of the powerless. But those in authority have never hesitated to harness government intervention to the preservation of oligarchy...


Flattening the COVID-19 Curve in Developing Countries

2020 Mar 25

The more contained you want the novel coronavirus to be, the more you will need to lock down your country – and the more fiscal space you will require to mitigate the deeper recession that will result.


The Pandemic Stress Test

2020 Mar 17

The COVID-19 crisis has exposed the underlying weaknesses in national economies, health systems, and even political ideologies.


In deprived areas, depression hits men harder

2019 Dec 01

One study suggests in low income areas, males have poorer mental health than women.


How World Bank Arbitrators Mugged Pakistan

2019 Dec 01

Wall Street hedge funds and lawyers have turned an arcane procedure of international treaties into a money machine, at the cost of the worlds poorest people.


No Country for Poor Men: How Lebanon’s Debt Has Exacerbated Inequality

2019 Oct 13

After Lebanons civil war ended in 1990, it began rapidly expanding the public debt. This debt has exacerbated widening socioeconomic inequalities, now threatening the countrys stability.


Should We Worry About Income Gaps Within or Between Countries?

2019 Sep 15

The rise of populist nationalism throughout the West has been fueled partly by a clash between the objectives of equity in rich countries and higher living standards in poor countries.


Recent Official Figures Suggest That 32 Percent of Egyptians Live in Poverty. What Are the Likely Impacts of This?

2019 Aug 25

A regular survey of experts on matters relating to Middle Eastern and North African politics and security.


Improving the Sustainability of Development Finance

2018 Mar 09

Trillions of dollars will be needed to fund the world s human development goals, and domestic banking sectors in rich and poor countries will be part of the solution


Egyptians react with anger as petrol prices double, but are scared to show dissent

2017 Jul 02

Terms of new IMF loan dictate that fuel subsidies have to be scrapped, meaning costs are increasing yet again


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