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Islands of climate ambition

Small island developing states like ours are barometers of the world’s commitment to climate action and sustainable development.

Your driver is waiting – for a raise

Last May, just before Uber’s USD 82.4 billion initial public offering, the company’s drivers, together with those for its fellow ride-hailing platform Lyft (many drive for both), participated in an international day of industrial action, holding demonstrations in 24 cities – from London to Melbourne to New York City – to demand higher pay and better working conditions.

The pros and cons of privatization

Privatization has long been considered as a strategy for continuous economic growth and improvement. At different points of history, countries turned to privatization to raise funds and encourage citizens and foreign investors to support local and national enterprises.

The power of cash for refugees

The world is experiencing the highest levels of forced migration on record. Conflict, natural disasters, and other emergencies have driven more than 70 million people from their homes, about 26 million of whom have become refugees.

Planetary thinking

The Swedish climate truthsayer Greta Thunberg has set sail for the United States in a zero-emissions racing yacht to generate waves in a different part of the world – including at next month’s United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York.

Social policy starts at home

Political economy has come a long way. Many figures and institutions that have long embraced neoliberalism increasingly recognize the failures of markets and acknowledge that states may have a role to play in improving socioeconomic outcomes.

Managing the next gold rush

The International Seabed Authority (ISA) sits perched above the concrete boardwalk of Jamaica’s Kingston Harbor, across the bay from the spot where “Calico Jack” Rackham was once gibbeted as a warning to other eighteenth-century pirates.

How banks create money

“Banks are allowed to loan USD 10 for every dollar they actually possess, which means that 90 percent of all the money in our bank accounts is not covered by actual coins and notes.” (Harari, 2015).