Pandemic

The Pandemic and the Fate of Freedom in Bangladesh

So how did we reach this point where freedom is so fragile?  I argue that the problem goes beyond the government and its multimodal efforts of suppressing critics by force, law and through promoting fear. The problem is deeply rooted in the society, and in some sections of the international community; they too are very …

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A Norwegian feminist’s view on the pandemic

Norway is known to be one of the most equal countries in the world. Still, even here, we have received reports that the pandemic has pulled gender equality in the wrong direction. Surveys conducted by the Norwegian Gender Equality Centre concluded that the traditional gender role pattern has been strengthened. When a considerable part of …

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The onus is more on trade to energise economies

Many economists, also outside the WTO, warn that the notion that less interdependence makes economies more resilient is wrong: autarky in food and other essentials would make countries more, not less, vulnerable to the economic consequences of localised crises such as droughts, hurricanes and earthquakes. Supply chain diversification, a more reasonable objective, would be better …

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Redefining globalisation in time of new normal?

It is well over two decades since the global value chain (GVC) has earned the distinctive attribute of being the most influential factor in mapping pathways for countries — rich or poor alike — to not only grow but, more than anything, to survive in the thickly connected globalised world.   Now that many people across …

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