Historic But Inadequate: Joseph Stiglitz on G7 Deal to Back a 15% Global Minimum Corporate Tax Rate

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: Finance ministers from seven of the world’s wealthiest nations have backed a plan to set a global minimum corporate tax rate of at least 15% on multinational companies. The agreement was reached during a meeting in Britain of the G7. …
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Unemployment rate soars to highest level for more than four years

Britain’s jobless rate has soared to its highest level for more than four years as official figures showed nearly 830,000 workers have been dropped from UK payrolls since the start of the pandemic. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed the unemployment rate reached 5% for the first time since early 2016 in the three …
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Rich countries hoarding vaccines could increase the global death rate

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned of “real danger” as it raises fears vaccines will not get to poorer countries. At a WHO board meeting, director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he was worried about the ability of the WHO’s vaccine initiative to provide the doses it aimed for. Dr Tedros said: As the …
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The Johnson government’s vaccine triumphalism masks the true coronavirus death rate in the UK

This week, the Boris Johnson government’s PR machine went into hyperdrive to announce the UK regulatory approval of a vaccine to combat coronavirus (Covid-19). Meanwhile, government figures revealed there have been more than 60,000 coronavirus deaths in the UK. The only problem there is that the statistical agencies, including the Office for National Statistics, have …
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People with learning disabilities had higher death rate from COVID-19

The report, Deaths of people identified as having learning disabilities with COVID-19 in England in the Spring of 2020 examined data from The English Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) and NHS England’s COVID-19 Patient Notification System (CPNS) which records deaths in hospital settings. It found 451 per 100,000 people registered as having a learning disability …
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Coronavirus infection rate down from last week as mass testing pilot begins

Hundreds of people have been tested as part of a pilot mass coronavirus (Covid-19) testing programme while new data showed the rate of infections across England and Wales appears to be slowing down. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said an estimated 618,700 people in England – one in 90 – had coronavirus between October …
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