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Raj Persaud

Raj Persaud

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Raj Persaud is a psychiatrist and author of The Mental Vaccine for COVID-19 (Amberley Publishing, 2021).

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  1. What Motivates Killer Nurses?
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    What Motivates Killer Nurses?

    Aug 24, 2023 Raj Persaud considers why health-care professionals like Lucy Letby, whose case has haunted the UK, murder their patients.

  2. The World Cup Syndrome
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    The World Cup Syndrome

    Nov 29, 2022 Raj Persaud reflects on the effects that loving the “beautiful game” can have on one’s health and finances.

  3. The End of Boris’s Illusion
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    The End of Boris’s Illusion

    Jul 8, 2022 Raj Persaud thinks the outgoing British prime minister owes both his rise and his fall to excessive positivity.

  4. An Interview with Raj Persaud
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    An Interview with Raj Persaud

    Jul 27, 2021 Raj Persaud considers how to counter Donald Trump’s sophisticated psychological techniques, explains how lockdowns can fuel risky behavior, and offers advice for navigating the post-pandemic transition.

  5. Requiem for the Stiff Upper Lip
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    Requiem for the Stiff Upper Lip

    Apr 17, 2021 Raj Persaud & Adrian Furnham wonder if Prince Philip's signature stoicism still has a place in contemporary society.

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    Putin’s Silk Road Around Sanctions

    Robin Brooks & Simon Johnson urge Europe and the G7 to stop the re-export of Western goods to Russia from Central Asia and the Caucasus.
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    To Fight Climate Change, End Fossil-Fuel Subsidies

    Günther Thallinger & Ludovic Subran urge policymakers to recognize the true costs of a policy that harms the planet and does not help the poor.
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    Banking on the World Bank’s Knowledge

    Wempi Saputra identifies three areas in which the organization’s client countries could use more guidance.
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    The Algorithm and Its Discontents

    Mariana Mazzucato & Ilan Strauss

    Deploying algorithms to maximize user engagement is how Big Tech firms maximize shareholder value, with short-term profits often overriding longer-term business objectives. Now that AI is poised to supercharge the platform economy, new rules and governance structures are urgently needed to safeguard the public.

    propose five principles to ensure that the digital economy serves the public good before short-term profit.
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    Judgment Days for Democracy

    Nicholas Reed Langen suspects that judges will play an increasingly central role in protecting democracy against populist assaults.
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    A Global Cash-Transfer Fund Could End Extreme Poverty

    Cina Lawson & Rory Stewart

    Cash transfers offer a transformative solution to multidimensional poverty, by enhancing dozens of outcomes simultaneously. They have already proven effective, adaptable, and replicable, and now they are becoming more attainable every year with growing mobile coverage and improved digital infrastructure.

    show that the conditions are ripe for deploying lump-sum payments to the world’s poorest people.
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    The Drums of US-China Cyber War

    Stephen S. Roach worries that irrational Sinophobia has become America's new bipartisan political orthodoxy.
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    Japan as Number Four

    Takatoshi Ito hopes the news that the economy has slipped from third place globally will serve as a wake-up call.
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    The Financial March to War

    Harold James explains how currency wars and speculation could feature in today’s great-power conflicts.

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