Why central banks need to take human rights more seriously

Most central bankers think that there is a tenuous connection between the operations of central banks and human rights. They think that this is not a problem because, as unelected officials, it would be inappropriate for them to take policy decisions that require political judgements. Their responsibility is to concentrate on the relatively narrow set […]

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The sadism of anti-trafficking and the erasure of racial slavery

This is a response to the above debate. The editors of Beyond Trafficking and Slavery have convened a provocative debate on the question of human trafficking awareness campaigns. We are especially heartened by the commentators responding ‘no’. While some valuable points have been raised, there nonetheless remains a critical yet neglected problem of representation at […]

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The new Pacific port: beware of Colombia’s mistakes from the past

In May 2018, the Colombian Congress approved the construction of the Port of Tribugá, as part of package of improvements in connectivity linked to the four-year National Development Plan (PND) and the Multi Year Investment Plan (PPI) proposed by President Ivan Duque. This gives the project the political legitimacy it needs in the medium term, […]

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Bolsonaro’s lies

Bolsonaro leads a government built on a lie. On lies. Elected on a campaign based on fake news, insults to opponents and speeches of hatred against LGBT people, women, quilombolas (Afro-Brazilian residents of quilombo settlements) and “communists”, when he assumed the presidency Jair Bolsonaro decided to run the country using the same ingredients and surrounding […]

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The EU’s top jobs might have been stitched up, but is Britain in any place to talk?

There are many things about the European institutions that I am very proud of. The way the top jobs are distributed in a stitch-up behind closed doors is not one of them. The recent appointments do at least meet one key criteria, that more of the senior posts are going to women. Let’s begin with […]

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How did people actually clean their teeth before the modern era?

  Dental hygiene has come a long way since the days of wine-soaked toothpicks and the urine mouthwash once thought to disinfect mouths and whiten teeth. Some of the earliest tooth-cleaning artifacts archaeologists have found are ancient toothpicks, dental tools and written tooth care descriptionsdating back more than 2,500 years. Famous Greek doctor Hippocrates was one of the first to […]

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Why central banks need to take human rights more seriously

Most central bankers think that there is a tenuous connection between the operations of central banks and human rights. They think that this is not a problem because, as unelected officials, it would be inappropriate for them to take policy decisions that require political judgements. Their responsibility is to concentrate on the relatively narrow set […]

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Transfer (mis)pricing, the jewel in every multinational enterprise’s crown

This article is part of ourEconomy's 'Decolonising the economy' series. Amazon.com Inc. was brought to court by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in 2017 for transfer pricing discrepancies. In 2005 and 2006, the multinational tech company had transferred $255 million in royalty payments to its tax haven in Luxembourg, but according to the IRS […]

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