The racist police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and the widespread protests and riots it has caused all across the US, has rightly attracted universal attention. But it is crucial to understand why this specific one among the routine killings by American cops of black Americans has ignited an unprecedented movement of protest within…

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Two huge coronavirus shocks The coronavirus is literally a life and death issue for millions of people – this is why it is totally dominating mass attention and the media. It has also simultaneously produced a gigantic global economic shock. It is impossible to separate these two issues because the coronavirus’s impact on the global…

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‘At least two other organizations have more power over [US financial] markets than the White House. They are the US Federal Reserve and the Chinese Communist Party. Trump does not directly control either of them.’ This brutal analysis is particularly significant as it is by one of the most senior and accurate Western specialists on…

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‘People centred development’, including special emphasis on ‘green growth,’ was a central theme of this year’s annual China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) – its legislative body. The focus of the NPC, together with the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) which is held simultaneously, is always primarily domestic. However, China’s domestic agenda necessarily impacts on…

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