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The Pandemic Is No Time For Fiscal Distancing, By Akinwumi Adesina

In the face of this pandemic, we must put lives above resources and health above debt. Why? Because developing economies are the most vulnerable at this time. Our remedies must go beyond simply lending more. We must go the extra mile and provide countries with much-needed and urgent financial relief…
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Between COVID-19 and Constitutional Encroachment, By Wole Soyinka

So far, the anti-COVID-19 measures have proceeded along the rails of decentralised thinking, multilateral collaboration and technical exchanges between The universal imperative and urgency of this affliction should not become an opportunistic launch pad for a sneak RE-CENTRALISATION, no matter how seemingly insignificant its appearance. Constitutional lawyers and our elected…
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COVID-19: We Will Come Through This Together, By António Guterres

No country can do it alone. More than ever, governments must cooperate to revitalise economies, expand public investment, boost trade, and ensure targeted support for the people and communities most affected by the disease or more vulnerable to the negative economic impacts – including women who often shoulder a disproportionate…
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Working Together Towards A Health Silk Road, By Zhou Pingjian

As President Xi points out, “We should step up efforts in deepening medical and health cooperation, and enhancing mutually beneficial cooperation in the alert on infectious diseases, disease control and prevention, medical assistance, traditional medicines and other areas, so as to jointly build a health Silk Road.” The COVID-19 outbreak…
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Boko Haram: A Manifestation of State Failure; Not the Nature of Islam, By Muhammad Sanusi II

Let me stress that I do not believe that every marginalised or poor Muslim is an extremist. However, I believe the point has been made that certain social and economic conditions are fertile ground for breeding violent movements — be they religious extremists or ethnic militia or just criminal gangs.…
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COVID-19: Ensuring the Safety and Protection of International Students, By Zhou Pingjian

We are trying our best to provide services for international students. The Chinese government cares about the life and health of foreign students, just as we care about those of our own children. Leading local officials have either visited foreign students in person or spoken to them through video links.…
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China’s Response To COVID-19 Responsible, Decisive, Effective, By Zhou Pingjian

Guided by the vision of a community with a shared future for mankind, China is fulfilling its responsibility for the life and health of its own people and for global public health. Containing the epidemic at the source is of essence. China’s effective response and sacrifice have averted the further…
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Who Shall Overcome?: Islamic Extremism in Northern Nigeria, By Kate Meagher

While appropriate military measures are required to end the insurgency, the importance of more inclusive statecraft and economic policy cannot be over-emphasised. It is not Islamic ideologies that have produced the tinderbox of extremism, but narrow market ideologies that have pushed the disaffected to desperation. The rise of violent Islamic…
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