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A grant from the Chinese government will make way for a multimillion-dollar fishing port complex in Accra, Ghana. Nipah Dennis/AFP via Getty Images

COVID-19 further exposes inequalities in the global financial system

Global economic policy excludes low-income countries from the spending options that developed nations use to buffer their economies in times of crisis, and the pandemic has inflamed that inequality.
Demonstrators at Philadelphia International Airport protest President Trump’s executive order clamping down on refugee admissions on Jan. 29, 2017. Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images

Refugees don’t undermine the US economy – they energize it

Refugees hinder the US economy, the Trump administration has said as it cuts refugee admissions to record lows. But data show that they boost economies, revive neighborhoods and expand tax bases.
Hungarian police officers check cars at the closed Austria-Hungary border, March 18, 2020. Alex Halada/AFP via Getty Images

Coronavirus versus democracy: 5 countries where emergency powers risk abuse

National emergencies allow for the purest expressions of sovereign power, testing the government’s commitment to human rights. Some leaders are failing the coronavirus test, experts say.

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