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Actions to reduce harm 2021

(Certainly governments, corporations and other organizations do take actions to reduce harm or otherwise improve the lives of the people. This is often, even typically, the result of political action by citizens. This post gives examples.)

International Criminal Court authorizes investigation into bloody Philippine drug war led by Duterte Regine Cabato Washington Post September 17, 2021

Amazon’s warehouse rules lead lawmakers to press for worker protections Jay Greene Washington Post September 10, 2021
Concerns about the high injury rate at Amazon’s warehouses are leading policymakers to push for legislative and regulatory reforms that limit the e-commerce giant’s ability to use performance metrics.

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Conflict 2021

Costs of the 20-year war on terror: $8 trillion and 900,000 deaths Brown University September 1, 2021 See also the Costs of War website, perhaps especially the Costs of War subsections.
A report from the Costs of War project at Brown University revealed that 20 years of post-9/11 wars have cost the U.S. an estimated $8 trillion and have killed more than 900,000 people.

How Myanmar’s military terrrorized its people with weapons of war Joyce Sohyun Lee, Shibani Mahtani, Meg Kelly and Attahar Mirza Washington Post August 25, 2021

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Harm through the market 2021

Renaissance executives agree to pay around $7 billion to settle tax dispute with IRS Reuters September 2, 2021

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Discrimination 2021

The sacrifice Jonathan Abrams New York Times August 8, 2021
How Curt Flood made professional baseball’s free agency possible at the cost of ending his career.

How ‘race-norming’ was built into the NFL concussion settlement Will Hobson Washington Post August 2, 2021
The NFL and lawyers for former players blame the controversial practice on doctors. But both sides negotiated a settlement that guaranteed race would affect payouts — and defended the practice long after concerns were raised.

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Harm through the government 2021

How the Trump tax law created a loophole that lets top executives net millions by slashing their own salaries Robert Faturechi and Justin Elliott ProPublica August 19, 2012

Secret IRS files reveal how much the ultrawealthy gained by shaping Trump’s “Big, Beautiful Tax Cut” Justin Elliott and Robert Faturechi ProPublica August 11, 2021
Billionaire business owners deployed lobbyists to make sure Trump’s 2017 tax bill was tailored to their benefit. Confidential IRS records show the windfall that followed.

Prospect of massive economic packages unleashes lobbying bonanza in Washington Tony Romm and Yeganeh Torbati Washington Post August 4, 2021
Nearly 2,000 companies and other groups have already engaged with Washington officials about infrastructure this year, according to filings, and the intensity is expected to pick up

Biden administration imposes a new round of sanctions on Cuban government, officials Karen DeYoung and Anne Gearan Washington Post July 30, 2021

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