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Is the US facing an epidemic of 'deaths of despair'? These researchers say yes. In 2015, the Princeton economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton’s groundbreaking paper in the National Academy of Science’s magazine reported that mortality rates among a section of Americans were suddenly surging – something unheard of in previous decades.

Is the US facing an epidemic of 'deaths of despair'? These researchers say yes

Mortality was only rising in a certain group: middle-aged non-Hispanic whites without a college degree. Case and Deaton have returned with a new paper published last week by the Brookings Institute. It paints a grim picture of two Americas, in which one has recovered from the 2008 economic crisis and the other hasn’t. The latter, once called “blue-collar aristocrats”, consists of families who were previously able to get by with jobs not requiring college degrees. Economist. THE new nationalists are on the march in Europe and America.

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They argue that globalisation has benefited the elites and penalised the ordinary workers and that governments should put America/Britain/France first. That means favouring domestic producers and restricting global flows of people, goods and (this gets mentioned less often) capital. The latest proposal came from the Trump White House last night—a threat to ignore World Trade Organisation rules and impose tariffs on countries with “unfair” trade practices.

Globalisation once made the world go around. Is it about to grind to a halt? His speech was like one normally expected of an American president.

Globalisation once made the world go around. Is it about to grind to a halt?

Countries must resist the temptation to retreat into harbour, the world leader said to a packed and admiring audience, but instead have the courage to swim in the vast ocean of the global market. This was the kind of paean to free trade that might have come from John F Kennedy, George W Bush or Bill Clinton – all occupants of the White House who saw it as the United States’s role to defend the open international trading system set up at the end of the second world war.

This, though, was China’s president, Xi Jinping, in Davos last week, making it clear that he was prepared to fill the vacuum if Donald Trump went ahead with the sort of protectionist policies he had proposed in his election campaign. Theconversation. With almost half the world’s population now online, attempts to spread the internet continue unabated.

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The likes of Facebook and Google offer data services for “free”, while satellites, drones, and balloons are used to cover those places that traditional technologies have not been able to reach. Underlying this agenda is a rationale that the spread of the internet leads directly to economic growth and development. It may be unsurprising to hear such an argument from Silicon Valley types. G4S should be a failed company by now. But the government won’t allow it. When is a private sector company not a private sector company?

G4S should be a failed company by now. But the government won’t allow it

When it is repeatedly bailed out by government as soon as it finds itself in a fix. And G4S is not any old private sector company. It is, according to its own website, “the leading global integrated security company”. With 610,000 employees it is the world’s third-largest private sector employer, and the largest in Europe and Africa. Neoliberalism turned our world into a business. And there are two big winners. Tomorrow, Silicon Valley leaders will sit down for a summit with Donald Trump.

Neoliberalism turned our world into a business. And there are two big winners

Larry Page, Tim Cook, Elon Musk, and Sheryl Sandberg are all expected to attend. The agenda is unknown, but the mood is likely to be tense. After all, tech executives overwhelmingly backed Hillary Clinton and loudly railed against the dangers posed by a Trump presidency. Pills that kill: why are thousands dying from fentanyl abuse? Natasha Butler had never heard of fentanyl until a doctor told her that a single pill had pushed her eldest son to the brink of death – and he wasn’t coming back.

Pills that kill: why are thousands dying from fentanyl abuse?

“The doctor said fentanyl is 100 times more potent than morphine and 50 times more potent than heroin. I know morphine is really, really powerful. I’m trying to understand. Welcome to the age of anger. The election of Donald Trump as president of the United States is the biggest political earthquake of our times, and its reverberations are inescapably global.

Welcome to the age of anger

Urban health: major opportunities for improving global health outcomes, despite persistent health inequities. Report: World Urbanisation Prospects 2014 Highlights. PLOS Medicine: Trans-Pacific Partnership Provisions in Intellectual Property, Transparency, and Investment Chapters Threaten Access to Medicines in the US and Elsewhere. Citation: Baker BK (2016) Trans-Pacific Partnership Provisions in Intellectual Property, Transparency, and Investment Chapters Threaten Access to Medicines in the US and Elsewhere.

PLOS Medicine: Trans-Pacific Partnership Provisions in Intellectual Property, Transparency, and Investment Chapters Threaten Access to Medicines in the US and Elsewhere

PLoS Med 13(3): e1001970. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001970 Published: March 8, 2016 Copyright: © 2016 Brook K. Baker. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. Opinion: TTIP and the power of corporations. Opinion: globalisation - implications of TTIP for weaker economies. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Trans-Pacific Partnerhsip (TPP) are quickly becoming the subject of increased interest and criticism.

Opinion: globalisation - implications of TTIP for weaker economies