A roundup of some of the content published today by Brookings.
- Preventing a nuclear-armed Iran. Robert Einhorn spells out the requirements for a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran.
- Medicare “Doc Fix”. Kavita Patel and Jeffrey Nadel react to the latest attempt in Congress to patch the broken Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate.
- Preventing/reducing childhood obesity. Darshak Sanghavi and Nawara Alawa write about the role of health insurance plans in reducing and preventing childhood obesity.
- Population decline in small-town America. William Frey examines new U.S. population estimates that show population declines in smaller areas.
- Three plausible Afghan presidents. Michael O’Hanlon and Ronald Neumann, a former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, consider the leading contenders to be Afghanistan’s next president. (O’Hanlon and Neumann participated in a panel discussion today on the same subject.)
President-elect Bolsonaro has embraced tough-on-crime measures that egregiously violate basic human rights and eviscerate the rule of law. Responding to Brazil’s 63,880 homicides in 2017, Bolsonaro calls for increasing protection for police officers who kill alleged criminals and arming citizens. He calls for further militarizing urban policing, reducing the age of criminal liability from 18 to 16, reinstating the death penalty, authorizing torture in interrogations and imprisoning more people... Brazil’s police are already notorious for being one of the world’s deadliest in the use of force. In many favelas, Brazil’s retired and current police officers operate illegal militias that extort and control local communities, murdering those who oppose them and engaging in warfare with Brazil’s highly-violent gangs and in social cleansing. Bolsonaro is simply threatening to turn the rest of the police into state-sanctioned thugs.