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This isn’t the first time fires have ravaged the Amazon

By looking back to the Amazon fires of 1989 we can see what has since been done – and undone – in terms of protecting the world’s largest rainforest, writes Kathryn Hochstetler (LSE International Development).

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    Can floods of international money put out the fires in the Brazilian Amazon?

Can floods of international money put out the fires in the Brazilian Amazon?

The G-7 has pledged millions to fight this year’s unusually numerous fires in the Brazilian Amazon. But in Brazil the real challenge is stopping fires from being set in the first place, and the Bolsonaro government has made it clear that economic development trumps environmental protection, not least by cutting ever deeper into the budgets of environmental agencies with a […]

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    Raising wages in Cuba’s budgeted state sector is risky but necessary

Raising wages in Cuba’s budgeted state sector is risky but necessary

Raising the salaries or pensions of 2.75 million Cubans comes with the possibility of higher inflation and widening budget deficits. As with Cuba’s broader economic reforms, the accompanying intensification of market mechanisms presents risks for the country’s socialist planned economy, but these are necessary concessions given renewed US aggression and deteriorating international conditions, writes Helen Yaffe (University of Glasgow).

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    The Iron Lady of the Caribbean at LSE: remembering Dominica’s Eugenia Charles 100 years after her birth

The Iron Lady of the Caribbean at LSE: remembering Dominica’s Eugenia Charles 100 years after her birth

One hundred years on from her birth in May 1919, Sonia Gomes (LSE Library) looks back at the life of Dominica’s first female prime minister Eugenia Charles, from her time studying law at LSE in post-war London to her return to the Caribbean, the beginnings of her legal practice, and her ultimate rise to national and international prominence.

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    Trump’s threats on Mexican trade and immigration negate the stability dividend of preferential trade deals

Trump’s threats on Mexican trade and immigration negate the stability dividend of preferential trade deals

There is nothing new about Trump’s linkage of trade and non-trade issues, but subjecting trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement to the whims of the US president undermines a key benefit of such arrangements: greater stability. Without this stability dividend, potential partners could begin to question whether the costs of forging complex agreements with the US outweigh the benefits, writes Ken […]

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    ¿Es el socialismo culpable de la crisis interminable de Venezuela?

¿Es el socialismo culpable de la crisis interminable de Venezuela?

Si bien el socialismo del siglo XXI está vinculado al colapso de Venezuela, también lo están muchas características del contexto, el capitalismo y la cultura del país, escribe Asa Cusack (LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre). • Also available in English • traducción de un artículo de Al Jazeera • licencia CC no aplica

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    Reforms to Chile’s Inclusion Law on school admissions go against the evidence and international human-rights law

Reforms to Chile’s Inclusion Law on school admissions go against the evidence and international human-rights law

If Chile wants to advance towards a society that gives all children equal opportunities to develop, the government should look to evidence-based educational policies that respect international human-rights law, write María Isidora Palma (LSE Social Policy) and Vicente Silva (Human Rights Centre, Essex University).

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    El sector de la salud en Cuba ofrece muchas lecciones para la seguridad sanitaria mundial

El sector de la salud en Cuba ofrece muchas lecciones para la seguridad sanitaria mundial

A pesar de sus logros extraordinarios en un entorno de recursos escasos, Cuba nunca ha sido vista como un símbolo para la seguridad sanitaria. Sin embargo, su internacionalismo médico y su sistema de salud integrado han tenido mucho éxito en la prevención y el control de las enfermedades infecciosas. Por Clare Wenham (LSE Health Policy) y Sonja Kittlesen (Universidad de Oslo).

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    As mudanças climáticas vão intensificar a disseminação da dengue no Brasil e ao redor do mundo, e os pobres serão os mais atingidos

As mudanças climáticas vão intensificar a disseminação da dengue no Brasil e ao redor do mundo, e os pobres serão os mais atingidos

Após esforços para erradicar a doença, a dengue ressurgiu na década de 1970 e os futuros aumentos de temperatura e chuvas apenas amplificarão essa tendência. Os governos precisam agir de imediato e adotar medidas preventivas para proteger seus cidadãos, principalmente os mais vulneráveis, escreve Ana de Menezes (LSE Department of Geography and Environment), vencedora do Prêmio Ensaio de Pós-Graduação LSE-BID 2018.

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    Misjudging the military: Guaidó, Trump, and the long shadow of Venezuela’s civil-military alliance

Misjudging the military: Guaidó, Trump, and the long shadow of Venezuela’s civil-military alliance

The lack of major defections from Venezuela’s armed forces reflects both the power and the perversion of their anti-imperial, developmental, and pro-social role under Hugo Chávez, writes Asa Cusack (LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre). • n.b. republished courtesy of Al Jazeera; Creative Commons licence does not apply