The Judgment of Aleppo

by Bernard-Henri Lévy Added 28.09.2016
PARIS – We must halt the massacre in Aleppo. Whatever the cost, we must stop the massive, random, indiscriminate bombings – and, worst of all, the discriminate ones aimed chiefly at civilians, humanitarian convoys, and hospitals – that the...

Trump Through Russian Eyes

by Nina L. Khrushcheva Added 27.09.2016
NEW YORK – I am an American, Moscow-born. And because of that, my Americanness, unlike that of Saul Bellow’s Augie March, once triggered something of a national debate back in Russia. In some places, school textbooks asked students whether it...

Trump struggles in first debate with Clinton – will it cost him?

by Adam Quinn Added 27.09.2016
The big question going into the first debate of the presidential election was whether Donald Trump would decide to tone down the cartoonish, belligerent alpha male shtick that has carried him this far. The debate gave him an opportunity to...

Why is the US Presidential Race So Close?

by Elizabeth Drew Added 26.09.2016
WASHINGTON, DC – Many people around the world are probably wondering why Hillary Clinton – who is obviously more prepared and better suited for the American presidency than her opponent, Donald Trump – isn’t waltzing to victory. Many Americans...

Desperate Central Bankers

by Stephen S. Roach Added 26.09.2016
"Central bankers desperately want the public to believe that they know what they are doing. Nothing could be further from the truth."  NEW HAVEN – The final day of the summer marked the start of yet another season of futile policymaking by two...

Why a Vote for a Third Party Cannot be an Option for Progressives

by Robert Creamer Added 24.09.2016
A small but significant group of Americans is considering casting their vote this fall for a third-party “protest” candidate.  Some are thinking they may not vote at all.  They say they don’t like any candidate enough to vote so they will “sit...

Voting for a Better US Political System

by Jeffrey Frankel Added 24.09.2016
CAMBRIDGE – The American political train has gone off the rails, and it seems farther than ever from getting back on track. There has been a lot of finger pointing, with commentators blaming issues like gerrymandering, rising economic...

Turning Off the Dividend Spigot

by Viral Acharya, Diane Pierret, and Sascha Steffen Added 24.09.2016
NEW YORK – European banks’ high litigation and restructuring costs have resulted in major losses on their books and abysmal stock-market performance. As the industry and European regulators now reflect on this dismal state of affairs and search...

The Coming Anti-National Revolution

by Robert J. Shiller Added 20.09.2016
"Oppression thrives on distance, on not actually meeting or seeing the oppressed." NEW HAVEN – For the past several centuries, the world has experienced a sequence of intellectual revolutions against oppression of one sort or another. These...

China’s Zero Sum Vision Of The World

by Daniel Wagner Added 17.09.2016
The emergence of a new global power has often profoundly shifted the geopolitical landscape and caused considerable discomfort among the established order. China’s economic and political resurgence is doing that, but apart from the inevitable...

‘Hell Is Truth Seen Too Late’

by Alon Ben-Meir Added 16.09.2016
Senator Bernie Sanders’ call during the primaries for a new approach to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was on-point and necessary. However, his plea for the US to adopt a policy of even-handedness in dealing with Israel and the...

Who Has Space for Renewables?

by Adair Turner Added 15.09.2016
[For instance] "If South Korea..... tried to meet all its energy needs with wind power, it would have to cover its entire land area with wind farms."  LONDON – This summer, an electrical power auction in Chile attracted successful bids by wind...

Trump’s Emotional Intelligence Deficit

by Joseph S. Nye Added 07.09.2016
CAMBRIDGE – Last month, 50 former national security officials who had served at high levels in Republican administrations from Richard Nixon to George W. Bush published a letter saying they would not vote for their party’s presidential nominee,...

Taking Trump Seriously About NATO

by Jacek Rostowski Added 06.09.2016
WARSAW – A Donald Trump presidency would be a catastrophe for NATO and the West. Aside from threatening to withdraw the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement and to start a trade war with China, Trump praises Russian...

All the President’s Little Men

by Andrei Kolesnikov Added 06.09.2016
MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin has been methodically purging his closest and longest-serving advisers. The latest – but surely not the last – victim is Sergei Ivanov, a former KGB operative (like Putin himself) and defense minister...

The Case Against Cash

by Kenneth Rogoff Added 06.09.2016
CAMBRIDGE – The world is awash in paper currency, with major country central banks pumping out hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth each year, mainly in very large denomination notes such as the $100 bill. The $100 bill accounts for almost 80%...

Brexit and the Future of Europe

by Jean Pisani-Ferry Added 01.09.2016
PARIS – No one yet knows when the United Kingdom will present an agenda for negotiating its withdrawal from the European Union. But it is already clear that Brexit will reshape the map of Europe. And, especially given Britain’s stunning...

How to Fight Secular Stagnation

by Michael Spence Added 31.08.2016
MILAN – Much of the world, especially the advanced economies, has been mired in a pattern of slow and declining GDP growth in recent years, causing many to wonder whether this is becoming a semi-permanent condition – so-called “secular...

Global Growth – Still Made in China

by Stephen S. Roach Added 31.08.2016
NEW HAVEN – Despite all the hand-wringing over the vaunted China slowdown, the Chinese economy remains the single largest contributor to world GDP growth. For a global economy limping along at stall speed – and most likely unable to withstand a...

May’s Day

by Chris Patten Added 31.08.2016
LONDON – Britain’s new prime minister, Theresa May, has a monumental task ahead of her: fulfilling British – or, more accurately, English and Welsh – voters’ demand to “Brexit” the European Union, and managing the far-reaching consequences of...

Europe’s Last Chance

by Joschka Fischer Added 29.08.2016
BERLIN – Most of Europe’s history has been marked by conflict. The American historian Robert Kagan wrote in 2003 that “Americans are from Mars and Europeans are from Venus”; but Europe was for centuries home to the Roman god of war, not the...

Trump’s Train Wreck

by Elizabeth Drew Added 29.08.2016
WASHINGTON, DC – Donald Trump, the US Republican Party’s presidential nominee, has again shaken up his campaign organization. In doing so, he is revealing more about himself and his so-called management style than he may want people to see. Few...

Theresa May and the Three Brexiteers

by Robert Harvey Added 26.08.2016
LONDON – “Brexit means Brexit,” Britain’s new prime minister, Theresa May, has declared. So it must: the wishes of the electorate, expressed by however narrow a margin, must be respected, even though referendums have no place in Britain’s...

Trump’s Pro-ISIS Foreign Policy

by Fawaz A. Gerges Added 24.08.2016
LONDON – Donald Trump’s recent claim that his opponent in the US presidential race, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and President Barack Obama founded the Islamic State is vicious nonsense. But it is also an ironic charge for Trump to...

A Cyber-Attack on a U.S. Election is Inevitable

by Daniel Wagner and Pedram Gholipour Added 24.08.2016
Since Direct Recording Electronic voting machines first came into vogue in the U.S. in 2002, a team of cyber-academics (known as the Princeton Group) has been busy demonstrating how easy it is to hack these machines, to remind American citizens...

The Hidden Danger of Big Data

by Carlo Ratti and Dirk Helbing Added 18.08.2016
CAMBRIDGE – In game theory, the “price of anarchy” describes how individuals acting in their own self-interest within a larger system tend to reduce that larger system’s efficiency. It is a ubiquitous phenomenon, one that almost all of us...

Demystifying Monetary Finance

by Adair Turner Added 11.08.2016
LONDON – Eight years after the 2008 crisis governments and central banks – despite a plethora of policies and approaches – have failed to stimulate enough demand to produce sustained and strong growth. In Japan, so-called Abenomics promised 2%...

Populism, Past and Present

by Shlomo Ben-Ami Added 10.08.2016
MADRID – It seems that practically no Western democracy nowadays is immune to right-wing populism. While populist rhetoric seems to be reaching fever pitch, with far-reaching consequences – most notably the United Kingdom’s vote to “Brexit” the...

Britain fails to understand the nature of globalisation at its peril

by Jennifer Johns Added 08.08.2016
There remains great uncertainty in the aftermath of the UK vote to leave the European Union. Few seem to have a plan for what Brexit will look like and how the UK’s relationship with the outside world will take shape. But while the desire for...

Putting People First in Europe

by Jean-Paul Fitoussi and Khalid Malik Added 08.08.2016
PARIS – The same type of populist discontent that fueled Brexit in the United Kingdom is on the rise throughout Europe, suggesting that policymakers have lost sight of the European project’s central objective: to ensure the wellbeing of all...

If two countries waged cyber war on each another, here's what to expect

by Bill Buchanan Added 06.08.2016
Imagine you woke up to discover a massive cyber attack on your country. All government data has been destroyed, taking out healthcare records, birth certificates, social care records and so much more. The transport system isn’t working, traffic...

Should America Entrust the Nuclear Launch Codes to Someone Who is Unhinged?

by Robert Creamer Added 03.08.2016
  I’m not a psychologist, but after watching Donald Trump’s thirteen-month Presidential campaign, it certainly appears that he is unhinged.     He is erratic, eager to pick a fight with anyone for pretty much any perceived slight or affront. He...

Saving Freedom of Movement in Europe

by Hans-Werner Sinn Added 03.08.2016
MUNICH – According to a YouGov opinion poll, conducted on the day of the referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership in the European Union, migration was the single most important issue for “Leave” supporters, second only to a general...

Hair of the Top Dog

by Ian Buruma Added 02.08.2016
NEW YORK – Much has been written about Donald Trump’s peculiar hairstyle, the kind of puffy, dyed comb-over one would associate with a downmarket nightclub manager rather than a presidential candidate. Is there really any more to be said?...

Defeating ISIS And Ending Sunni-Shiite War In Iraq

by Alon Ben-Meir Added 30.07.2016
Now that Iraqi forces, with the support of the international coalition, are gearing up to recapture Mosul—ISIS’s last major stronghold in Iraq—the question that looms high is what will be the fate of the Iraqi Sunni community following ISIS’s...

Trump the Traitor

by Bernard-Henri Lévy Added 28.07.2016
PARIS – If Donald Trump were to become President, the United States would have a problem with many dimensions. So would the world. To begin with, the problem would be his unfathomable vulgarity. America has seen many things, but not a potential...

The Globalization Disconnect

by Stephen S. Roach Added 27.07.2016
NEW HAVEN – While seemingly elegant in theory, globalization suffers in practice. That is the lesson of Brexit and of the rise of Donald Trump in the United States. And it also underpins the increasingly virulent anti-China backlash now sweeping...

Hillary Clinton and the Scandinavian-American Dream

by Bo Lidegaard Added 26.07.2016
COPENHAGEN – This week, Hillary Clinton will address the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia to accept her party’s presidential nomination and present its platform. When she does, she will define her vision of, among other things, the...

Britain in Search of a Country

by Chris Patten Added 21.07.2016
LONDON – The Brexit vote has smashed much of the infrastructure of Britain’s economic and political relations with Europe and the world. Those who campaigned for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, largely on the basis of lies and...

The Global Economy’s Hesitation Blues

by Robert J. Shiller Added 21.07.2016
NEW HAVEN – Economic slowdowns can often be characterized as periods of hesitation. Consumers hesitate to buy a new house or car, thinking that the old house or car will do just fine for a while longer. Managers hesitate to expand their...

The Strongman’s Power Trap

by Nina L. Khrushcheva Added 20.07.2016
MOSCOW – Earlier this year, when Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he was forming a 400,000-man national guard that would report only to him, many Russians wondered why a new military force was needed. After all, Russia’s army was...

The Federalist Threat to Europe

by Anders Borg Added 19.07.2016
STOCKHOLM – The world is fundamentally different after the “Brexit” referendum in the United Kingdom. It will be decades before we know the full effect of British voters’ decision to leave the European Union. One thing we can know for sure,...

Obama’s Last Hurrah

by Elizabeth Drew Added 19.07.2016
"As the presidential campaign approaches the November election, the Republicans will of course continue to attack Obama. But, barring some unforeseen development, it’s possible that he will remain the country’s most popular political figure...

PRESS RELEASE: Brilliant Light Power, Inc. Announces the Validation of the Generation of over a Million of Watts of Power in the Volume of a Coffee Cup from the Conversion of Water Fuel to a New Form of Hydrogen.

by Press Release from Brilliant Light Power, Inc. Added 15.07.2016
Cranbury, NJ (July 11, 2016) — Brilliant Light Power, Inc. (BrLP) announced today that it has continuously generated over a million watts of power from a new primary source until the cell vaporized from the intense heat. The power released by...

The Nice attack and the corrosive effects of anxiety

by Mark Beeson Added 15.07.2016
The sickening carnage in Nice has become all too familiar and seemingly impossible to counter. It is unclear exactly who carried out the attack or what their motives were at this stage. Various government ministers in France have been lining up...

Remaking Britain

by Gordon Brown Added 13.07.2016
LONDON – Britain will have a new prime minister today – but the country’s post-European Union future remains uncertain. Indeed, prolonged delays are likely in implementing the voters’ decision to leave the EU. The first uncertainty is the date...

China and The Philippines’ Dual South China Sea Challenge

by Edsel Tupaz and Daniel Wagner Added 12.07.2016
China is not happy about Tuesday’s ruling at The Hague, which stated that its de facto expropriation of islands throughout the South China Sea is illegal. The Annex VII Tribunal situated at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at The Hague...

The Abdication of the Left

by Dani Rodrik Added 12.07.2016
RONDA, SPAIN – As the world reels from the Brexit shock, it is dawning on economists and policymakers that they severely underestimated the political fragility of the current form of globalization. The popular revolt that appears to be underway...

The Promise of Regrexit

by George Soros Added 09.07.2016
LONDON – Until the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, the refugee crisis was the greatest problem Europe faced. Indeed, that crisis played a critical role in bringing about the greater calamity of Brexit. The vote...

The Brexit Alarm

by Adair Turner Added 07.07.2016
LONDON – As a passionate European, the outcome of Britain’s referendum on European Union membership horrified me. It will almost certainly result in our exit from the EU. But I have feared for many years that large-scale immigration to the UK...
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Civil Rights lawyer Lisa Bloom: "Why The New Child Rape Case Filed Against Donald Trump Should Not Be Ignored"

Civil Rights lawyer Lisa Bloom writes about unconfirmed allegations of sexual misconduct made against Donald Trump. I think it to be appropriate and relevant to bring the article to the attention of the Facts & Arts readers. The link to the...

Abstract Expressionism: how New York overtook Europe to become the epicentre of Western art

by João Florêncio Added 26.09.2016
A new exhibition, Abstract Expressionism, opens at London’s Royal Academy this weekend. It is the first major survey of the movement since 1959. Abstract expressionism is often considered the first artistic movement to shift the centre of...

Fewer foreign entrepreneurs say they need the U.S. That’s a problem.

by Vivek Wadhwa Added 24.09.2016
Apple is facing accusations that it copied Chinese innovations in the iPhone 7.  Indeed, China’s smartphone manufacturers released dual-camera systems and handsets without headphone jacks long before Apple did.  And the stickers and animations...

The renegade whose dream started the latest space race

by Vivek Wadhwa Added 23.09.2016
Elon Musk’s company SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origins have grabbed the headlines in the space race, both of them building rockets and spacecraft.  But there is fascinating backstory on how this race and the private space industry came into...

Why China won’t own next-generation manufacturing

by Vivek Wadhwa Added 22.09.2016
After three decades of dramatic growth, China’s manufacturing engine has largely stalled. With rising salaries, labor unrest, environmental devastation, and intellectual property theft, China is no longer an attractive place for Western...

College For Convicts:  The Need Is Great, the Time Is Now

by Charles J. Reid, Jr. Added 17.09.2016
  America faces a humanitarian disaster. It is a disaster that remains invisible to most middle-class Americans, though it is a disaster that blights millions of lives. It is the crisis of the American gulag. America has a higher incarceration...

Stop making health and well-being a moral issue

by Rafael Euba Added 17.09.2016
Applying a human moral construct to nature by dividing foods and lifestyles into good and bad is misleading. In reality, nothing in nature is either good or bad. For instance, our bodies need cholesterol for a variety of important purposes,...

How universities boost economic growth

by Anna Valero Added 16.09.2016
In 1900, just 1% of young people in the world were enrolled at university. Over the course of the next century this exploded to 20%, as recognition of the value of such an education became widespread. And it turns out that the expansion of...

The Anti-American

by Robert S. McElvaine Added 13.09.2016
“I am, have been, and will be only one thing—an American.” — Charles Foster Kane “WAKE UP AMERICA; WAKE UP!” Those words, spoken by John Lewis just before he ended his speech at the 1963 March on Washington, are as imperative today as they were...

Lessons from Argentina for Europe's newly-impoverished middle class

by Daniel Ozarow Added 12.09.2016
Leading economic think-tank the institute of Fiscal Studies has warned that “middle-income families are the new poor” – a damning indictment of the way poverty in Britain has spread far beyond groups that are traditionally considered poor. It’s...

The Settlements: Self-Entrapment of Existential Proportions

by Alon Ben-Meir Added 10.09.2016
Israel’s continued settlement activity—whether retroactively approving ‘unauthorized’ outposts or advancing plans for new units as was recently announced—represents yet another nail in the coffin of the peace process. The settlements have become...
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The man behind Matilda – what Roald Dahl was really like

by Pojana Maneeyingsakul Added 13.09.2016
It is 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl – considered by many to be the world’s number one storyteller. His books have received enthusiastic responses from millions of children all around the world. And his tales of the unexpected continue...

Three alternative romantic fiction authors that will heat up any beach trip

by Zoe Strimpel Added 04.07.2016
There’s no better way to escape the stresses and strains of work and – for many at the current juncture – the acute anxiety of geopolitics, than to put your reading into “romance” gear. Britain versus the world is a gloomy real-world problem;...

What grammar pedants and fashion victims have in common

by Rob Drummond Added 05.03.2016
Language pedants who take pleasure in policing other people’s use of grammar often have an air of respectability about them, but it’s usually a sheen hiding something more pernicious. Rather than actual rules of language, pedantry deals in...

War and Peace: a user's guide

by Sarah Hudspith Added 09.01.2016
War and Peace is more than a novel. It’s a reflection of Leo Tolstoy’s strongly held beliefs – a philosophical tract, not just about politics, war, love, marriage and property, but about history itself and the way the affairs of society are...

How does autobiography work in fiction?

by Mary L. Tabor Added 08.12.2015
You know the line: Truth is stranger than fiction? I have a twist on that. I’ve learned through the writing of three books and a fourth in process as I write this essay that the fictional account of my stories have greater emotional truth and...

Alexievich’s Achievement

by Nina L. Khrushcheva Added 23.10.2015
NEW YORK – It was 1985, and change was in the air in the Soviet Union. Aging general secretaries were dropping like flies. Elem Klimov’s cinematic magnum opus “Come and See” depicted World War II without the heroics on which we were reared,...

Why Satin Island should win the Man Booker Prize

by David Rudrum Added 25.09.2015
How many novels can truly be called epoch-defining? Ulysses, obviously. Don Quixote, War and Peace and maybe The Sorrows of Young Werther. Beyond Europe’s insular frontiers, The Tale of Genji defined its epoch way back in 11th century Japan....
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“Just Call Her ‘Tailleferre’ ”

by Michael Johnson Added 01.09.2016
We have come a long way since the day when female composers suffered denigration for their supposed inability to compose anything of substance. That battle is over, and the women have won. There is no longer any such thing as “women’s music,” if...

Così Fan Tutte: racial and sexual abuse should shock audiences, not the titillation

by Eleanor Smith Added 30.08.2016
The new production of Mozart and Lorenzo da Ponte’s classic opera Così Fan Tutte has attracted no shortage of controversy. After its premiere in Aix-en-Provence in France in July, the organisers of the Edinburgh International Festival wrote to...

Interview with Serge Bulat: Grappling with the concept of time

by Michael Johnson Added 26.08.2016
A new sound in the realm of electronic music is evolving from the mind of a transplanted Moldavan avant-garde composer now struggling to make his way in New York. He has based his recent work on “lounge electronica” but, he adds, “with a...

How to negotiate the tricky territory of 'fascist music'

by Ian Pace Added 10.08.2016
Certain musicians or pieces of music, for one reason or another, will always carry unsavoury associations. Wagner, whose music was co-opted by the Nazi party, is the obvious example. The overture of his opera Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg was...

Music day and night: a summer festival in France

by Michael Johnson Added 26.07.2016
France is a favorite European venue for summer music festivals, attracting international artists and audiences from throughout the world. Somehow, despite the often-predicted dropoff in classical concert attendance, the festivals all seem to...

Drawing on musical emotion --- it’s all in the eyes

by Michael Johnson Added 28.05.2016
For the past few years I have focused my critical sense mainly on piano music and my artwork on the performers who struggle to play it. The faces of some pianists mirror the creative process and thereby inspire my approach to their portraits. My...

Sendak restorations highlight “The Magic Flute” in Portland Opera production

by James Bash Added 14.05.2016
Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” sounded better than ever in Portland Opera’s opening night performance (May 6th) because of the sets that were designed by Maurice Sendak, the beloved children’s book illustrator and author who created “Where the Wild...

Big hair: Classical pianism meets show business

by Michael Johnson Added 06.05.2016
Many young pianists, increasingly desperate to draw attention to themselves, are resorting to new levels of flamboyance at the keyboard – sometimes in their interpretations, more often in excessive showboating antics. It would seem that everyone...

Prokofiev on fire in Bordeaux

by Michael Johnson Added 29.04.2016
“Alexander Nevsky”, the cantata version of Sergei Prokofiev’s film score from 1938, captivated a full house at the Bordeaux Auditorium last night (Thursday, April 28) with a degree of fire and heart that other orchestras often lack. Paul Daniel...

The pianist’s hidden secret: a great tuner -- man or woman

by Michael Johnson Added 07.04.2016
Tanglewood chief piano technician Barbara Renner once won a $50 bet by proving to a male tuner that she could manipulate the nine-foot Steinway Model D as well as any man. And she has gone on to thrive in this man’s world of piano tuning, never...
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Five films that Donald Trump should watch

by Andrew Dix Added 08.08.2016
Strange to say, but Donald Trump might have been a filmmaker rather than real estate magnate. As he informs us in The Art of the Deal, his book of autobiographical recollection and business advice, he “flirted briefly with the idea of attending...

When life imitates art, and believable fiction inspires national politics

by Simon Willmetts Added 12.07.2016
A curious detail to emerge from the Chilcot Inquiry was the revelation that the film The Rock may have been the inspiration for some of the dubious intelligence provided to MI6 detailing Iraq’s chemical weapons capabilities. It detailed how a...

Versailles, a new ten-part drama serial about Louis XIV by Canal Plus on the BBC

by Guy Rowlands Added 01.06.2016
Versailles, the new ten-part drama serial about Louis XIV of France, is to begin showing on UK television on BBC Two on June 1. Made by French group Canal Plus to mark the tercentenary of the legendary Sun King’s death in 1715, it tells the...
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