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New debt crisis a threat to global stability

Global debt has jumped alarmingly to RM631tril and as capital flows out from developing countries, some are facing new debt crises.

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Leaders pledge action to control superbugs

World leaders at the Summit of the UN General Assembly spoke on the need to save millions of lives by controlling the crisis of antibiotic resistance and adopted a landmark political declaration calling for global action.

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Prioritise health and nature

A rethink of our development paradigm is in order as problems like Zika and floods rise.

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What if the United States fails to ratify TPP?

How should other TPP countries like Malaysia respond as the American political dynamics unfold?

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TPPA under serious threat

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement has become a political football in the US presidential elections and with the public mood so anti-FTA, this trade deal faces the real possibility of being discarded.

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Shaky state of North-South relations

The UN’s leading development organisation just got a renewed mandate for its work, but not without difficulty because the developed countries are tighter with their concessions to the developing countries.

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Blair’s ‘mistakes’ devastated Iraq

Tony Blair led Britain into the Iraq war on false premises, with devastating effects on Iraqis and the world.

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Brexit: What happens next?

The shock of Britain voting to leave the European Union is wearing off. What happens next, and what are the effects on Malaysia, Britain and Europe?

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A toast to the right to development

Many problems threatening the world can be addressed through the lens of the Right to development – that should be celebrated on its 30th anniversary.

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Facing up to the world’s health crises

The recent World Health Assembly discussed the manifold global health crises that the world is unprepared for, and adopted resolutions to act on many issues.

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Free trade in rhetoric, not in practice

Western countries are fond of preaching ‘free trade’ to developing countries, but their own practice is often protectionist instead.

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Super drug-resistant gene raises new health alarm

A recently discovered gene that is resistant to an antibiotic used as a last resort, and which can spread easily among bacteria , has raised fresh concerns about the coming end of the use of antibiotics - if action is not taken immediately.