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    Myanmar Explodes

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    4. Thitinan Pongsudhirak Thitinan Pongsudhirak ,
    5. Lee Jong-Wha Lee Jong-Wha ,
    6. Yuriko Koike Yuriko Koike

    After a gradual decade-long democratization process, Myanmar’s military seized power again in February and is waging a ruthless crackdown against unarmed civilian protesters. A major escalation of the ongoing turmoil – civil war is a growing possibility – would have implications far beyond the country’s borders.

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Agents of Automation

Sami Mahroum

Bold, specific, and usually alarming predictions about automation and coming job losses obscure a basic fact: the future remains uncertain. Whether technology is used to liberate or enslave us is always ultimately the responsibility of the humans in charge.

pushes back on the emerging consensus that whatever new technologies can do they inevitably will do.
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Myanmar Explodes

Featured in this Big Picture
  1. Achim Steiner Achim Steiner ,
  2. Shashi Tharoor Shashi Tharoor ,
  3. Brahma Chellaney Brahma Chellaney ,
  4. Thitinan Pongsudhirak Thitinan Pongsudhirak ,
  5. Lee Jong-Wha Lee Jong-Wha ,
  6. Yuriko Koike Yuriko Koike

After a gradual decade-long democratization process, Myanmar’s military seized power again in February and is waging a ruthless crackdown against unarmed civilian protesters. A major escalation of the ongoing turmoil – civil war is a growing possibility – would have implications far beyond the country’s borders.

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Economics Must Build Back Better, Too

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  1. Dani Rodrik,
  2. Arvind Subramanian,
  3. Devesh Kapur,
  4. Lisa D. Cook,
  5. Elmira Bayrasli,
  6. Ricardo Hausmann,
  7. Roman Frydman,
  8. Michael D. Goldberg,
  9. Diane Coyle

As the world strives to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, economists’ efforts to devise strategies to generate inclusive and sustainable prosperity have taken on greater urgency. But those efforts will not succeed unless the profession itself becomes more inclusive – in terms of gender, ethnicity, national origin, and the intellectual assumptions and methods it employs.

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Mission: Recovery

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  2. Joseph E. Stiglitz,
  3. Jayati Ghosh,
  4. William R. Rhodes,
  5. Stuart P.M. Mackintosh,
  6. Mohamed A. El-Erian,
  7. Mariana Mazzucato,
  8. Laurie Macfarlane,
  9. George Dibb

Many fear that sharp differences in the speed of vaccine rollouts and the scale of stimulus measures will result in a K-shaped global economic recovery, with much of the developed world booming while poorer countries continue to struggle. But if policymakers are not careful, advanced economies also could experience highly uneven post-pandemic growth.

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