Conflict 2021

Unable to control Tigray, Ethiopia isolates region already beset by famine and war Max Bearak Washington Post July 2, 2021

The human cost of 10 years of conflict in Syria John Washington The Nation June 30, 2021
A decade after the first shots were fired, cities are in ruins, over half a million Syrians have died, and more than ten million have been displaced.

Myanmar’s leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, is detained amid coup Hannah Beech New York Times February 1, 2021
Communications were suspended and flights disrupted as the military took power from an elected government and declared a one-year state of emergency.

Rigged: How globalization and the rules of the modern economy were structured to make the rich richer by Dean Baker

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Rigged: How globalization and the rules of the modern economy were structured to make the rich richer Dean Baker June 23, 2021 (Access a free PDF copy or purchase a paperback from this page.)
There has been an enormous upward redistribution of income in the United States in the last four decades. In his most recent book, Baker shows that this upward redistribution was not the result of globalization and the natural workings of the market. Rather it was the result of conscious policies that were designed to put downward pressure on the wages of ordinary workers while protecting and enhancing the incomes of those at the top. Baker explains how rules on trade, patents, copyrights, corporate governance, and macroeconomic policy were rigged to make income flow upward.