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Mwenda wrong on free speech

  No society has absolute freedom of speech but criticising Western liberal societies is lazy journalism COMMENT | JACK PINTO | Refer to: “The illusion of free speech: How the war in Ukraine demonstrates the poverty of freedom of the press and speech in Western liberal democracies” (The Independent Oct.11). …

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Leveraging data for the public good

  Governments need to stop using a one-size-fits-all approach when planning investments or designing policies COMMENT | CHRISTOPHER PISSARIDES, FADI FARRA AND AMIRA BENSEBAA | The digital age has taught businesses to see people as individuals rather than just as members of certain demographic cohorts. On social media, we receive …

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Why services need an industrial policy

It would ensure a supply of good jobs and brighter career prospects for bottom and middle skilled COMMENT | DANI RODRIK | Good jobs have become a top priority worldwide. Policymakers in advanced and developing economies alike are stressing the need for well-paying employment opportunities with job security and career …

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Ebola: Don’t repeat COVID mistakes

The international response to the Ebola outbreak has been limited, leaving Uganda more isolated than it should be COMMENT | IRENE ATUHAIRWE DUHANGA | With news of Uganda announcing a three-week lockdown in two districts and the first Ebola death in Kampala — the capital city of over 3 million …

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The West’s role in the global food crisis

A staggering 345 million people face acute food insecurity, with more going to bed hungry COMMENT | ANA PALACIO | Actions speak louder than words. That adage explains why Russian President Vladimir Putin’s depiction of his brutal and senseless war in Ukraine as a noble fight against Western imperialism comes …

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Women, life, freedom, and the Left

The trends toward political violence, religious fundamentalism, and the oppression of women are accelerating COMMENT | SLAVOJ ŽIŽEK | Four events centering around women have made headlines over the past month: Giorgia Meloni’s electoral victory in Italy, Queen Elizabeth II’s death and funeral, the release of the film The Woman …

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Is the job market ready to absorb the thousands who graduate every year?

n Invest in structured graduate training programs to scale-up employment opportunities COMMENT | SHIRLEY BIRUNGI  |  Every year, the education news headlines usually focus on the tens of thousands graduating from the various universities. This, after the graduands receive their certificates, diplomas, bachelors, and any other form of accreditation upon completing …

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The stagflationary debt crisis is here

Distress in markets shows central banks efforts to lower inflation will cause economic and financial crash COMMENT | NOURIEL ROUBINI | For a year now, I have argued that the increase in inflation would be persistent, that its causes include not only bad policies but also negative supply shocks, and …

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