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Brazil's Pioneering Solution to Vaccine Shortages

Joseph E. Stiglitz , Achal Prabhala , Felipe Carvalho Project Syndicate
A proposal for the WTO to waive intellectual-property rights on pandemic-related pharmaceuticals is still languishing due rich countries companies reaping monopoly profits. A public-health bill in Brazil points to a promising bottom-up solution.

Fighting the Inflation Profiteers

David Dayen The American Prospect
Companies are raising prices well above increases in their costs. The only antidote is to finally take action against corporate power.

Who Owns Our Data?

Aziz Z. Huq Boston Review
We need a model of ownership that recognizes the collective interest we have in how personal data is used, avoids the costs of private exploitation by individual firms, and does not slip into authoritarian forms of state control.

Big Pharma’s Covid-19 Profiteers

Matt Taibbi Rolling Stone
How the race to develop treatments and a vaccine will create a historic windfall for the industry — and everyone else will pay the price.

NBA Players Face the Question: To Boycott or Not to Boycott

Dave Zirin The Nation
A debate heats up among NBA players over whether to return to the court amid nationwide protests against racist violence. Many players feel the issues of racial justice and stopping police violence are pressing, now is not the time for pro basketball

In a Strong Economy, Why Are So Many Workers on Strike?

Noam Scheiber New York Times
Last year, the number of workers who participated in significant strikes soared to nearly 500,000, its highest point since the mid-1980s, while the total duration of such strikes reached a 15-year high.

The Exploitation Time Bomb

Jayati Ghosh Project Syndicate
Worsening economic inequality in recent years is largely the result of policy choices that reflect the political influence and lobbying power of the rich. There is now a self-reinforcing pattern of high profits, low investment, and rising inequality
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