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EsadeGeo Daily Digest, 21/10/2020

EsadeGeo Daily Digest, 21/10/2020

The New York Times – Emily Cochrane and Nicholas Fandos / McConnell moves to head off stimulus deal as Pelosi reports progress

  • Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, privately told Republican senators on Tuesday that he had warned the White House not to strike a pre-election deal with Speaker Nancy Pelosi on a new round of stimulus.
  • Mr. McConnell’s remarks, confirmed by four Republicans familiar with them, threw cold water on Mr. Trump’s increasingly urgent push to enact a new round of pandemic aid before Election Day.
  • They came just as Ms. Pelosi offered an upbeat assessment of her negotiations with Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, telling Democrats that their latest conversation had yielded “common ground as we move closer to an agreement.”
  • The cost of their emerging compromise on a new round of aid to hard-pressed Americans and businesses has steadily climbed toward $2 trillion, inching closer to Ms. Pelosi’s demands even as it far exceeds what most Senate Republicans have said they can accept.
  • Financial Times – Lauren Fedor and Christine Zhang / US voters turn against Donald Trump’s economic policies

The Washington Post – Sam Olukoya / Nigeria’s anti-police protesters storm prison, free inmates

  • Nigeria’s protests against police brutality turned violent Monday when a crowd stormed a prison and freed inmates in Benin City in southern Nigeria. Nigerian officials have not announced if there were casualties from the prison break.
  • Some prisoners jumped from a high fence of the institution while others were seen running away on the street, according to videos from the scene. Local media reports say as many as 200 prisoners may have escaped.
  • Protesters also attacked police stations and police trucks in other parts of the country. For more than two weeks Nigeria has been rocked by demonstrations by many young people protesting alleged police brutality.
  • The demonstrations began in response to a video that circulated online showing a man being beaten, apparently by members of the police Special Anti-Robbery Squad, known as SARS. The Nigerian government announced that it would disband the SARS unit.
  • The Guardian – Emmanuel Akinwotu / Nigeria protests: security forces open fire on protesters in Lagos

Financial Times – Martin Wolf / The threat of long economic Covid looms

  • Covid-19 has left many patients with debilitating symptoms after the initial infection has cleared. This is “long Covid”. What is true of health is likely to be true of the economy, too.
  • The pandemic is likely to give the world not just a deep recession, but years of debility. To meet the threat of a “long economic Covid”, policymakers must avoid repeating the mistake of withdrawing support too soon, as they did after the 2008 financial crisis.
  • This danger is real, even if there remains much uncertainty about how the crisis will unfold. Not least, we do not know how soon or completely Covid-19 will be brought under control.
  • Yet we do already know many things about the economic impact of the pandemic. We know it has inflicted a huge global recession; that the economic costs have been greater for the young, the unskilled, minorities and working mothers; and that it has badly disrupted education.
  • Foreign Policy – Michael Hirsh / Moving beyond a post-pandemic world

The Guardian – Fiona Harvey / Polluted air killing half a million babies a year across globe

  • Air pollution last year caused the premature death of nearly half a million babies in their first month of life, with most of the infants being in the developing world, data shows.
  • Exposure to airborne pollutants is harmful also for babies in the womb. It can cause a premature birth or low birth weight. Both of these factors are associated with higher infant mortality.
  • Nearly two-thirds of the 500,000 deaths of infants documented were associated with indoor air pollution, particularly arising from solid fuels such as charcoal, wood, and animal dung for cooking.
  • The discovery is reported in the State of Global Air 2020 report, which examined data on deaths around the world alongside a growing body of research that links air pollution with health problems.
  • Project Syndicate – José María Figueres / Getting to low carbon high seas

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