Better late than never, but act now – Global Issues

Opinion by Jomo Kwame Sundaram (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) Tuesday, October 12, 2021 Inter Press Service KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Oct. 12 (IPS) – The world should now be more aware of the likely devastation from COVID-19 unless urgently addressed. Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that $8 Billion Subscription to quickly vaccinate many more … Read more

Progressive Taxation for Our Time—Global Problems

Opinion by Jomo Kwame Sundaram (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) Tuesday 21 September 2021 Inter Press Service KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Sept 21 (IPS) – As developing countries struggle to cope with the pandemic, they risk being pushed back further by restrictive fiscal policies. These were imposed by rich countries who no longer apply them if they ever … Read more

End Vaccine Apartheid – Global Problems

End Vaccine Apartheid – Global Problems

Opinion by Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Anis Chowdhury (Sydney and Kuala Lumpur) Tuesday 07 September 2021 Inter Press Service SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Sept. 7 (IPS) — Vaccination costs have pushed many developing countries to the end of the COVID-19 vaccination queue, with most low-income earners not even lining up. Worse, poor countries that are less … Read more

Privatized Health Services Worsen Pandemic – Global Problems

Privatized Health Services Worsen Pandemic – Global Problems

Opinion by Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Anis Chowdhury (Sydney and Kuala Lumpur) Tuesday 17 August 2021 Inter Press Service SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Aug. 17 (IPS) — Decades of public health cuts have quietly taken a huge human toll, now even more pronounced by the pandemic. Austerity programs by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the … Read more

Central Banks Must Address Pandemic Challenges – Global Issues

Central Banks Must Address Pandemic Challenges – Global Issues

Opinion by Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Anis Chowdhury (Sydney and Kuala Lumpur) Tuesday 03 August 2021 Inter Press Service SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Aug. 3 (IPS) — Hopes for an inclusive global economic recovery are rapidly fading. Since rich countries have done little to ensure poor countries’ access to vaccines and fiscal resources, North-South”fault lines” will … Read more

Rich countries’ hypocrisy exposed by vaccine inequalities – Global Issues

Rich countries’ hypocrisy exposed by vaccine inequalities – Global Issues

Opinion by Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Anis Chowdhury (Sydney and Kuala Lumpur) Tuesday 13 July 2021 Inter Press Service SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, July 13 (IPS) – ‘No one is protected from the global pandemic until everyone is’ has become a popular mantra. But vaccine apartheid worldwide, as a result of rich countries’ policies, has made … Read more

Solidarity in developing countries needed to overcome pandemic – global issues

Solidarity in developing countries needed to overcome pandemic – global issues

Opinion by Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Anis Chowdhury (Kuala Lumpur and Sydney) Tuesday 06 July 2021 Inter Press Service KUALA LUMPUR and SYDNEY, Jul 06 (IPS) – As wealthy nations postpone contagion containment, including mass vaccination, in developing countries, much weaker fiscal efforts in the South have exacerbated the growing global pandemic apartheid. Lessons from the … Read more

Myths, lobbies block international tax cooperation – global issues

Myths, lobbies block international tax cooperation – global issues

Opinion by Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Anis Chowdhury (Sydney and Kuala Lumpur) Tuesday, June 29, 2021 Inter Press Service SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Jun. 29 (IPS) — Too many people have swallowed the myth that lowering corporate taxes (CIT) is necessary to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) for growth. Though contradicted by their own research, this … Read more