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Capitalism Without Accountability at Root of Suez Canal Shipping Crisis, Says Scholar Laleh Khalili

A Suez Canal service agency now says the large container ship blocking the canal has been refloated and is on the transfer. The 200,000-ton ship, the Ever Given, bought caught on March 23, blocking one of many world’s most vital commerce routes, which is used for about 12% of all world commerce.

The impression of the canal shutdown has raised new questions on world commerce practices, together with the reliance on large cargo ships, the situations of employees on the vessels, and environmental degradation.

“As years have gone by, the ships have gotten bigger and bigger and bigger,” says Laleh Khalili, professor of worldwide politics at Queen Mary University of London. She notes that it was an earlier closure of the canal, in the course of the Suez Crisis within the 1950s, that led delivery firms to construct ever bigger “megaships” just like the Ever Given.

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