- Globalization 4.0 for whom? asks Oxfam’s Winnie Byanyima. She questions how useful the elite gathering in Davos really is. (Project Syndicate)
- Katie Hope has 10 things you didn’t know about Davos. (BBC)
- Christiana Figueres and Greta Thunberg want to know why climate change isn’t the number one priority at the confab. (Washington Post) – (Errr……maybe all those private jets have something to do with it….)
- The World Economic Forum’s Saadia Zahidi explains that Globalization 4.0 is the coming together of various trends: geopolitical shifts, inequality, climate change, and technology. These four factors are creating a new period of globalization. (Marketplace)
- The percentage of women at Davos is greater than ever before. (Quartz)
- The Davos elite should change the rules of the global economy to tackle climate change and inequality, argue Jennifer Morgan and Sharan Burrow. (Al Jazeera)
Breaking: Elmira is the new host of the Project Syndicate PS Editors’ Podcast. (Sign up on iTunes, Stitcher, and Soundcloud). In her inaugural episode, she’ll talk about Davos, inequality, Bill Gates, and more with Anand Giridharadas. It comes out on Tuesday, January 29.
Venezuela: Who’s the boss?
- Venezuelan opposition leader Guaidó Declares himself president, with U.S. backing. Daniella Cheslow and Laurel Wamsley report. (NPR)
- Trump’s declaration on Venezuela sets stage for ‘confrontational moment,’ says Nicole Gaouette. (CNN)
- Frida Ghitis writes that American support could backfire and urges the Trump administration to proceed with caution and play a supporting role. (Washington Post)
Zimbabwe: Going dark
- The government of Zimbabwe initiated a shutdown on social media, amid protests after a hike in fuel prices and discussions on a new currency. Thandekile Moyo narrates her ordeal fleeing persecution at home into exile. (Mail and Guardian)
- WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube have been blocked in Zimbabwe amid huge anti-government protests and a brutal police crackdown. Tamerra Griffin on the ensuing civil unrest. (Buzzfeed)
- Zimbabwe is burning. It’s time to act, say Michelle Gavin and Alexander Noyes. (Washington Post)