Jeffrey D. Sachs

Jeffrey D. Sachs

Jeffrey D. Sachs is the Director of The Earth Institute, Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals, having held the same position under former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He is Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. He is co-founder and Chief Strategist of Millennium Promise Alliance, and is director of the Millennium Villages Project. A recent survey by The Economist Magazine ranked Professor Sachs as among the world’s three most influential living economists of the past decade. Sachs is the author, most recently, of The Age of Sustainable Development," 2015 with Ban Ki-moon.

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Worshippers wearing face masks have their temperature taken as they attend a prayer ceremony entitled 'overcoming and healing the COVID-19 coronavirus', while marking Buhha's birthday at the Jogye buddhist temple in Seoul on April 30, 2020. Views
Sunday, May 03, 2020
What Asian Nations Know About Squashing Covid
The number of Americans who have died from Covid-19 now significantly exceeds the total US troop fatalities during the Vietnam War . While the coronavirus continues to ravage the country, with confirmed cases exceeding 1 million and deaths rising by the day, some states are lifting stay at home...
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Trump said that he never saw these reports and memos. I believe Trump on this. He is an absentee president, other than for his rallies, reality TV "briefings," and golf games. (Photo: Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images) Views
Monday, April 13, 2020
Why the US Has the World's Highest Number of Covid-19 Deaths
The US now has the world's highest number of deaths from Covid-19 , with at least 21,692 losing their lives to the virus as of Sunday afternoon. Americans will continue to die in large numbers until our country mounts a coherent response to the epidemic. President Donald Trump has failed. The US...
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Every city, every community, needs to scale up the capacity to test, trace and isolate infected individuals. (Photo: Marco Cantile/LightRocket via Getty Images) Views
Friday, April 03, 2020
How US Can Keep Death Toll Far Below the 100,000 Projection
On Tuesday, the White House projected an alarming possibility: Between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans could die from the Covid-19 pandemic , despite the efforts in place to minimize the spread of the disease. Yet these 100,000 to 240,000 deaths are not inevitable. Far from it. As of Thursday night...
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We have a system that works for the rich, instead of a public health system for all Americans that readily anticipates and controls new pathogens through testing, contact tracing, and quarantine.  (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Friday, March 27, 2020
Why America Has the World's Most Confirmed Covid-19 Cases
On Thursday, we hit a grim watershed. The US overtook Italy and China as the country with the highest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases. This is a dire crisis and an extraordinary failure of President Donald Trump. Americans are suffering and dying because the Trump administration failed to act...
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Medical workers at Kaiser Permanente French Campus test a patient for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, at a drive-thru testing facility in San Francisco, California on March 12, 2020. - Between 70 to 150 million people in the United States could eventually be infected with the novel coronavirus, according to a projection shared with Congress, a lawmaker said March 12, 2020. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Monday, March 23, 2020
Global Cooperation and a National Lockdown: Our Best Hope for Fighting Coronavirus
Covid-19 is a pandemic of remarkable ferocity. The global population lacks immunity because this is the first time in known history that we are confronting this coronavirus. The virus is also highly transmissible. To add to the problem, many people who have been infected experience mild, if any...
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Sending checks to individual Americans may have its role, but it is a secondary role to sending money directly to governors and mayors without another day's delay. (Photo: John Williams/flickr/cc) Views
Friday, March 20, 2020
Congress Should Immediately Give $100 Billion to Cities and States to Fight Coronavirus
As America struggles to confront the coronavirus outbreak, Washington has been consumed with getting money to households and businesses -- but the most urgent need is money in the hands of first responders: the health system, the emergency support personnel (police and others) and the social...
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It is vital to understand the generational divide both to address America's glaring crises and to peer ahead to the future of American politics. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Views
Friday, March 13, 2020
The Generational Divide Between Biden and Sanders
The main lesson of the Democratic primaries is the growing generational divide in US politics, one that reflects the deep and disruptive shifts taking place in the US economy. Former Vice President Joe Biden has captured the votes of older Democrats; Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders the votes of...
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Even in the midst of the most serious epidemic of recent times, Azar's thoughts at his press conference signify he's comfortable with a system that puts corporate profits over public health. (Photo: CNN/Screenshot) Views
Thursday, March 05, 2020
Trump's Ludicrous Handling of the Coronavirus
The recent statements by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar show the distorted mentality of America's ruling elite. Azar is a typical Trump administration appointment : a drug industry lobbyist and former drug company manager put into a position of responsibility—or perhaps better said,...
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This disdain is both telling and absurd. In Europe, Sanders would be a mainstream social democrat. (Photo: Angel Zayas/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Even Wall Street Plutocrats Can't Burn Bernie
The narcissism and Panglossian cluelessness of the Wall Street elite is a marvel to behold. Sitting on their perches of power, and enjoying tax breaks, easy money, and soaring stock markets, they are certain that all is best in this best of all possible worlds. Critics must be fools or devils. When...
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The US has willfully and recklessly created an enemy for no reason other than its own misguided actions. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Friday, January 10, 2020
America’s Dangerous Iran Obsession
US President Donald Trump’s order to assassinate Iran’s General Qassem Suleimani while on an official mission to Iraq was widely hailed in Trump’s jingoistic Republican Party. Government-sanctioned murders of foreign officials, clerics, and journalists are commonplace nowadays. Yet there is...
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