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. Sachs is the author, most recently, of "A New Foreign Policy: Beyond American Exceptionalism" (2020). Other books include: "Building the New American Economy: Smart, Fair, and Sustainable" (2017)  and The Age of Sustainable Development," (2015) with Ban Ki-moon.

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Supporters of US President Donald Trump take over stands set up for the presidential inauguration as they protest at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 6, 2021. - Thousands of Trump supporters, fueled by his spurious claims of voter fraud, are flooding the nation's capital protesting the expected certification of Joe Biden's White House victory by the US Congress. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Friday, January 08, 2021
The Truth About Trump’s Mob
The storming of the US Capitol on January 6 is easily misunderstood. Shaken by the ordeal, members of Congress have issued statements explaining that America is a nation of laws, not mobs. The implication is that the disruption incited by President Donald Trump is something new. It is not. The...
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 Let us enter 2021 with real yet cautious optimism. (Photo by Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, January 06, 2021
Five Reasons for Optimism in 2021
The year 2020 was a harrowing one, with the COVID-19 pandemic, worldwide economic reversals, widespread climate-related disasters, pervasive social unrest, and even US President Donald Trump’s phony claims about massive electoral fraud and calls among his backers for martial law. Yet, despite the...
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Politicians voiced their opinions, but they didn't listen to the public's opinions in any systematic manner.  (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, December 24, 2020
The Ugly Part of the $900 Billion Stimulus Bill
The new Covid-19 stimulus package will be a great relief for tens of millions of Americans, but the process of getting to it exposed the need to overhaul our broken budget politics. Both parties have been at fault in creating a process that is chaotic, undemocratic and ultimately reckless. The late...
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Thousands attend the wedding of the grandson of Satmar Rabbi Aaron Teitelbaum in Brooklyn, NY on November 8, 2020 Views
Sunday, November 29, 2020
Supreme Court's Scientifically Illiterate Decision Will Cost Lives
Last month, I wrote that Amy Coney Barrett would help to usher in a new post-truth jurisprudence on the Supreme Court. While I had cited her anti-science statements on climate change, her arrival on the court has created a new 5-4 majority against public-health science at the height of the Covid-19...
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo admitted on Wednesday that he was on the phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensy in July, in which Trump asked Zelensky to investigate 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's son. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, August 05, 2020
Beware Biblical Literalists Like Pompeo Seeking War With China
Many white Christian evangelicals in the United States have long believed that America has a God-given mission to save the world. Under the influence of this crusading mentality, US foreign policy has often swerved from diplomacy to war. It is in danger of doing so again. Last month, Secretary of...
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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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