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Public-private partnerships fad fails

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, May 21, 2019 (IPS) — After the failure and abuses of privatization and contracting-out services from the 1980s, there has been renewed appreciation for the role of the state or government. Earlier promoters of privatization have taken a step backward, only to take two more forward to instead promote public-private partnerships (PPPs). Comment

Banning fur bad for New York

A ban on any of fur products is unacceptable. The bill, which was just introduced in late March, is being inexplicably fast tracked to the hearing stage, which was scheduled for May 15. This does not allow our industry ample time to prepare or accurately study the implications of this decision. Comment

America First as a threat to mulitlateralism

Immigration: STOCKHOLM / ROME, May 13, 2019 (IPS) — On 25 April, Joseph Biden announced his candidacy for the US presidency, declaring that his decision was based on fears of Trump being re-elected: Comment

Caribbean-Americans will not collectively benefit from the census

National: Article 1, Section 2, the U.S. Constitution provides, “Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States ... according to their respective Numbers ...The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct.” Comment

After the rain: The lasting effects of storms in the Caribbean

UNITED NATIONS, April 24, 2019 (IPS) — Sustainability is constitutive of the concept of development. Just as economist Amartya Sen has argued that there is no point in discussing the relationship between development and democracy, because democracy is constitutive of the concept of development, there is no point of trying to disentangle sustainability from the notion of development itself. Comment

Raising minimum wage is recipe for success

In the last eight years, I’ve opened two restaurants: The Rieger in 2010 and Ça Va in 2014. Throughout that time, the federal minimum wage remained stagnant at $7.25 despite the rising cost of living. To me that seems profoundly unfair. Comment

NYC gifted, talented programs under threat

New York: The destruction of our city’s gifted and talented programs, especially in black and brown communities, is one of the main reasons we see a lack of diversity in our specialized high schools. A high quality education for our accelerated learners must be available at the earliest ages. Comment

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