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Pandemics don’t cause riots. They do, though, create the perfect conditions for turmoil in fragile societies that are already powder kegs of sky-high unemployment, and where Covid-19 has inevitably hit the poor hardest.

Five years ago, Microsoft and Google agreed to cease using their substantial lobbying firepower against each other. That truce, forged at the time by two new CEOs wanting a fresh start, expired in April.