Immunotherapy drugs could herald new era in cancer treatment

by Justin Bryans Added 28.03.2015
Pembrolizumab, an immunotherapy treatment initially approved for advanced melanoma, recently became the first drug to be approved through the UK’s early access to medicine scheme, which gives patients with life threatening or serious conditions...

Are Equities Overvalued?

by Michael Spence Added 26.03.2015
MILAN – Since the global economic crisis, sharp divergences in economic performance have contributed to considerable stock-market volatility. Now, equity prices are reaching relatively high levels by conventional measures – and investors are...

Europe’s Easy-Money Endgame

by Hans-Werner Sinn Added 26.03.2015
MUNICH – The euro has brought a balance-of-payments crisis to Europe, just as the gold standard did in the 1920s. In fact, there is only one difference between the two episodes: During today’s crisis, huge international rescue packages have been...

Entrepreneurialism and National Security

by Daniel Wagner and Dante Disparte Added 26.03.2015
Entrepreneurs are often thought of as risk-takers and visionaries who sometimes pursue lofty goals well beyond their financial resources. Revered for their ability to either enhance the value of existing businesses, or create entirely new...

Likud’s Victory Is Israel’s Defeat

by Alon Ben-Meir Added 25.03.2015
Those of us who regularly observe and try to make sense of the madness sweeping the Middle East often find ourselves, perhaps out of desperation, engaging in wishful thinking, hoping that in the end, reason will prevail over lunacy. We analyze...

Is Jobless Growth Inevitable?

by Sami Mahroum and Elif Bascavusoglu-Moreau Added 25.03.2015
ABU DHABI – Ever since the industrial revolution, humans have been ambivalent about technological progress. While new technology has been a major source of liberation, progress, and prosperity, it has also fueled plenty of agony – not least...

What the Islamic State Is Teaching the West About Social Media

by Daniel Wagner Added 24.03.2015
The Islamic State (Daesh) was initially written off by numerous governments as a disparate group of lunatics with little direction or focus, who relied on a range of illegal activities for their financial and military livelihood. That...

Bridge-burning Netanyahu can't walk back his election rhetoric

by Jacob Eriksson Added 24.03.2015
When new Israeli elections were announced in December 2014, Benjamin Netanyahu was confident of victory. The campaign proved to be a very rocky road, but in the end, he and his Likud party survived a significant scare from Isaac Herzog’s Zionist...

The Battle for Russia

by Dominique Moisi Added 23.03.2015
PARIS – When I heard the news about the assassination of the Russian politician Boris Nemtsov in Moscow, I was reminded of a conversation I once had with a Soviet dignitary before the fall of the Berlin Wall. We were walking alone in the park at...

A Raisin in the Israeli Sun

by Anne-Marie Slaughter Added 23.03.2015
WASHINGTON, DC – Decades of efforts to reduce the death toll from drunk driving in the United States produced the mantra, “Friends don’t let friends drive drunk.” After Israel’s election last week, the country’s friends around the world should...

Probable Consequences of the Recent Israeli Election

by Lawrence Davidson Added 23.03.2015
The Israeli Public Speaks Elections are public windows onto national hopes and concerns, and this was certainly the case with the March 2015 voting in Israel. You just have to look through that window with analytical eyes to assess those...

Naked Bibi

by James J. Zogby Added 23.03.2015
In the lead up to Israel's March 17th election, Prime Minister Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu, fearful that he might lose his reelection bid, threw caution to the wind making blatant appeals to scare voters into returning him to office. He did so not...

Israel’s Victory of Fear

by Shlomo Ben-Ami Added 19.03.2015
TEL AVIV – Binyamin Netanyahu is probably the most deficient prime minister in Israel’s history. His blunders and vices have been laid bare in great abundance during his nine years in power. When he embarked on his most recent campaign for...

Lee Kuan Yew's Legacy

by Daniel Wagner Added 19.03.2015
Any expatriate who has lived in Singapore over the past 15 years (as I have) knows how spoiled they can get by its efficiency, security, and the ease with which everything seems to work. Whether the traffic, subway, airport, pedestrian movement,...

Slowdown of brain's waste removal system could drive Alzheimer's

by Cheryl Hawkes Added 19.03.2015
Since it was first identified more than a century ago, we still have no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Among the various avenues that researchers have been working on to try and understand the causes and potential treatments for the disease, the...

Making Space for China

by Jim O’Neill Added 19.03.2015
LONDON – When the United Kingdom announced earlier this month that it had agreed to become a founding member of the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), most of the headlines focused not on the news itself, but on the friction...

Netanyahu Reveals His Duplicity, Demagoguery And Deceit

by Alon Ben-Meir Added 18.03.2015
In a follow-up question to the statement that Prime Minister Netanyahu made during an  interview  with the Israeli website NRG–in which he stated that “I think that anyone who moves to establish a Palestinian state and evacuate territory, gives...

Killing Off Myths

by James J. Zogby Added 17.03.2015
Some of the myths that drive Arab discourse about American behavior in the Middle East are fascinating for what they say about our relationship with the region. Though often profoundly wrong, they are nevertheless frustratingly persistent. I am...

India’s Political Influence in Asia

by Daniel Wagner Added 17.03.2015
"No one should underestimate India’s strategic capabilities and commitment to gaining even greater regional and global influence in international affairs" China’s gradual political, economic and military rise continues to be a primary focus...

Japan’s Accounting Problem

by Adair Turner Added 16.03.2015
TOKYO – Over the next few years, it will become obvious that the Bank of Japan (BOJ) has monetized several trillion dollars of government debt. The orthodox fear is that printing money to fund current and past fiscal deficits inevitably leads to...

How Scary Is the Bond Market?

by Robert J. Shiller Added 16.03.2015
  NEW HAVEN – The prices of long-term government bonds have been running very high in recent years (that is, their yields have been very low). In the United States, the 30-year Treasury bond yield reached a record low (since the Federal Reserve...

Sweden Challenges Saudi Rights Abuses

by Adam Coogle Added 14.03.2015
The least surprising aspect of the recent diplomatic dust-up between Sweden and Saudi Arabia is the Kingdom’s typically thin-skinned response to anyone calling them out over their atrocious human rights record. What is surprising is Sweden’s...

From Munich to Kyiv

by Petr Kolář and Juraj Mesík Added 13.03.2015
BRATISLAVA/PRAGUE – In 1938, when British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain returned from Munich proclaiming “peace in our time,” Winston Churchill famously denounced the decision Britain and France had just made. “You were given the choice...

The Digital Transformation of Europe

by John Chambers Added 13.03.2015
SAN JOSE – Europe is on the cusp of an unprecedented technological transformation. I call it the Internet of Everything: the penetration of the World Wide Web into the everyday aspects of our lives. Wearable technology will tell us how well we...

GOP Senate Letter Undercutting Nuclear Negotiations Has No Known Precedent in American History

by Robert Creamer Added 11.03.2015
Ever since Republicans published their letter trying to sabotage U.S. negotiations to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, right-wing pundits have searched in vain to find historic parallels for their action. They have twisted themselves...

Whatever happened to the great European fracking boom?

by Liam Herringshaw Added 11.03.2015
The European shale gas boom has not materialised in the way that some were predicting. We are a far cry from the situation a few years ago, where interest in fracking in Europe was gathering pace on the back of the successes in North America....

American Hegemony or American Primacy?

by Joseph S. Nye Added 10.03.2015
CAMBRIDGE – No country in modern history has possessed as much global military power as the United States. Yet some analysts now argue that the US is following in the footsteps of the United Kingdom, the last global hegemon to decline. This...

GOP Letter to Iran – Breathtaking Attempt to Sabotage U.S. Foreign Policy – Stampede U.S. Into War

by Robert Creamer Added 09.03.2015
According to Bloomberg News:   A group of 47 Republican senators has written an  open letter  to Iran's leaders warning them that any nuclear deal they sign with President Barack Obama's administration won’t last after Obama leaves office.  ...

An Ugly Week in Washington

by James J. Zogby Added 09.03.2015
If "l'affaire Netanyahu" weren't bad enough, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell added insult to injury when he announced that early next week he will move for a vote on a bill requiring the White House to secure Congressional review and...

The “Hindenburg Trap”:  Dump Oil, Coal & Gas Stocks if you Want to Retire

by Juan Cole Added 08.03.2015
What is the actual value of the oil, gas and coal fields owned by big energy corporations, which gives them their stock price and allows them to be counted as assets for borrowing purposes? The real value of those hydrocarbon resources is zero....

A Painful Truth – No Relief for 5.5 Billion People

by Diederik Lohman Added 08.03.2015
A new United Nations  report estimates that about 5.5 billion people – a  staggering 75 percent  of the world’s population – have limited or no access to proper pain relief treatment. Pain is a very common symptom in people with illnesses like...

Why not celebrate someone like you this International Women's Day?

by Anna Einarsdóttir Added 08.03.2015
Every year I hope that someone like you or I will be celebrated on International Women’s Day. But it never happens. Instead we are inundated with inspirational stories about successful businesswomen – and for that read white and seemingly...

Why Iran's Suprime Leader may yet swallow a bitter nuclear deal

by Scott Lucas Added 06.03.2015
Amid the intense discussions between Iran and the US over the former’s nuclear enrichment programme, there are signs that the two sides are closer to a nuclear deal than at any point since talks began in 2003. According to “Western diplomatic...

Netanyahu’s Speech Adds Injury To Insult

by Alon Ben-Meir Added 05.03.2015
Following Prime Minster Netanyahu’s speech to a joint session of Congress, the question being asked is whether the speech will adversely or positively impact the negotiations between the P5 +1 and Iran, led by the US. The simple answer is...

Netanyahu, Other Iraq Hawks, Try to Push U.S. Into War with Iran

by Robert Creamer Added 02.03.2015
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who will speak before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, will try to convince lawmakers to scuttle a potential agreement being negotiated between Iran, the U.S. and other world powers. The...

Netanyahu’s Legacy: a Fractured Israel and a Divided America

by James J. Zogby Added 02.03.2015
In a few days, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will mount the podium of the US Congress to speak before a joint session of the House and Senate. He will use the occasion to blast Iran and issue dire warnings about the current US-led...

Netanyahu's Takeover Bid

by David Bromwich Added 02.03.2015
The speech that Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, will deliver to Congress on March 3rd  aims to scuttle an agreement on nuclear inspections and technology between Iran and the United States. Netanyahu would like to sow a...

The Negative Way to Growth?

by Nouriel Roubini Added 01.03.2015
NEW YORK – Monetary policy has become increasingly unconventional in the last six years, with central banks implementing zero-interest-rate policies, quantitative easing, credit easing, forward guidance, and unlimited exchange-rate intervention....

Making Do With More

by J. Bradford DeLong Added 26.02.2015
BERKELEY – In the United States, just three out of ten workers are needed to produce and deliver the goods we consume. Everything we extract, grow, design, build, make, engineer, and transport – down to brewing a cup of coffee in a restaurant...

As U.S. Home Ownership Hits a 20-Year Low, Can the Recovery Be for Real?

by Daniel Wagner Added 26.02.2015
A number of pundits continue to say how well the economy is doing, that inflation and unemployment are under control, that jobs are being created at a rapid and consistent pace, and that our economy is growing at rates not seen in more than a...

How Israel's military stopped Netanyahu attacking Iran

by Scott Lucas Added 26.02.2015
A release of top-secret documents indicates that Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has exaggerated – and possibly lied – with his repeated claims that Iran is on the brink of a nuclear bomb. In September 2012, Netanyahu, armed with a...

A Five-Step Plan for European Prosperity

by Michael J. Boskin Added 25.02.2015
WASHINGTON, DC – Though the Greek crisis has been placed on pause, the economic situation in Europe remains bleak. Eurozone growth is up slightly from its near-recession levels of a few months ago, but projections by the International Monetary...

Angela Merkel’s Moment of Truth

by Joschka Fischer Added 25.02.2015
BERLIN – In the last two weeks, the two crises confronting Europe – in Ukraine and Greece – both escalated. In each case, Germany and its chancellor, Angela Merkel, were at the heart of efforts to achieve a diplomatic resolution. This is a new...

A Message To Netanyahu: Enough Is Enough

by Alon Ben-Meir Added 25.02.2015
The killing of a security guard at a synagogue in  Copenhagen  over two weeks ago has renewed Netanyahu’s call for mass immigration of European Jews to Israel. Although he has made such impetuous appeals before, he now makes a new brazen  claim...

The Price Paradox

by Robert Skidelsky Added 25.02.2015
LONDON – In 1923, John Maynard Keynes addressed a fundamental economic question that remains valid today. “[I]nflation is unjust and deflation is inexpedient,” he wrote. “Of the two perhaps deflation is…the worse; because it is worse…to provoke...

The Economic Opportunity of Greece’s Exit

by Alberto Bagnai, Brigitte Granville, Peter Oppenheimer, and Antoni Soy Added 25.02.2015
TILTON – The first sentence of the 1957 Treaty of Rome – the founding document of what would eventually become the European Union – calls for “an ever-closer union among the peoples of Europe.” Recently, however, that ideal has come under...

The Not-Ready-for-Prime-Time Republicans

by Elizabeth Drew Added 24.02.2015
WASHINGTON, DC – Shortly after America’s Republican Party trounced the Democrats and gained control of the Senate in last November’s midterm congressional elections, Mitch McConnell, the new Senate majority leader, appealed to his colleagues not...

IL Governor Rauner Gets $750,000 Tax Break – Proposes Slashing Services to Middle Class and Poor

by Robert Creamer Added 24.02.2015
Illinois’ new GOP Governor, Bruce Rauner, will personally receive a $750,000 per year tax cut as a result of his decision not to continue the state’s temporary 1.25% income tax surcharge that expired last year. His taxes were cut by an amount...

The Parkinson’s Mystery

by Gill Nelson and Brad A. Racette Added 24.02.2015
JOHANNESBURG – Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative neurological disorder that affects around seven million people globally, and one million in the United States alone, usually afflicting people older than 50. The disease strikes 2% of those...

Joseph Nye's 'American Century'

by Philip Seib Added 24.02.2015
In a February 1941 editorial in  Lifemagazine,  Time  and  Life  publisher Henry Luce called on his readers to "create the first great American Century." The term radiates hubris, but it has proved long-lived. In today's hyperpartisan America,...
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Personality may be down to where you come from – but this doesn't mean we can't change

by Christopher Boyce Added 28.03.2015
How exactly do we become the people we are? A study published earlier this week found that there are vast regional differences in personality within the UK. Londoners are more extroverted, for example, while people in north England and areas of...

POPPIN' FRESH: Three generations

by Glen Roven Added 28.03.2015
In my never-ending quest to become hip, cool and trendy -- and of course to feel younger and assuage the ravages of time -- I have subwayed to distant Williamsburg to eat at the latest bohemian restaurant, I have taxied to the Lower East Side to...

The British Museum's definition of (Greek) beauty should have featured Jeff Koons

by Jessica Hughes Added 27.03.2015
“Do I love you because you’re beautiful, or are you beautiful because I love you?” muses the Prince to Cinderella in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. It’s a question that many great thinkers have struggled with in some form or another. Is...

Apocalypse now: what Islamic State and Pope Francis  have in common

by Crawford Gribben Added 26.03.2015
As the Middle East descends ever further into chaos, Rome suddenly finds itself in the crosshairs of Islamic State (IS). Doubtless with an eye on its own security, the Vatican has legitimised the use of military force against IS – but given the...

The Truth about Medical Consent

by Daniel Sokol Added 24.03.2015
LONDON – Is it acceptable for doctors to withhold information from their patients? Some claim that it is not only acceptable; it is desirable. Hope, they argue, is critical to aid recovery, and a bleak diagnosis should not be allowed to kill it....

When A Brother Dies

by Judith Newton Added 19.03.2015
"Even siblings we don't see, who live differently from us, who move in their own world, may be shoring up our lives, our sense of family, our feeling of being at home in the world without our knowing it." Two years ago, in March, my younger...

Mmm, Mmm, Good

by Glen Roven Added 18.03.2015
What qualifications do I have to review a restaurant, especially one with a Michelin star? None, really, except for the fact that I have eaten every meal out (I mean virtually every meal) for thirty years. I have spent my time and money in...

We Are All Atheists

by Jeff Schweitzer Added 18.03.2015
So a Rabbi and an Atheist walk into a bar. What is funny about this joke entree is that the encounter made real news, in the form of a nice talk about  good and evil, with the implication that an atheist cannot tell the difference. In another...

Being Great In Old Age

by Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. Added 17.03.2015
Recently, a friend sent me a list of people who did great things when they were old. It was a friendly gesture, meant to support my belief that it is possible to age "successfully." The list included Bizet, Cervantes, Cezanne, Churchill, El...

Impossible Dreams: Cézanne and Frenhofer

by David Galenson Added 17.03.2015
Paul Cézanne famously declared "I seek in painting." He spoke of his art in almost spiritual terms, as a quest to reach the distant goal he referred to as "realization." In a letter of 1904, the 65-year old master wrote that "I progress very...
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How music helps resolve our deepest inner conflicts

by Leonid Perlovsky Added 25.03.2015
Billions of people enjoy music; many feel that they can’t live without it. Why? It’s a question that has puzzled scientists and philosophers for centuries. 2,400 years ago Aristotle wondered, “Why does music, being just sounds, remind us of the...

Review of Benjamin Grosvenor’s piano recital

by James Bash Added 24.03.2015
Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor unleashed the subtlest of dynamics and blessed them with just the right tempi during his performance on March 9 at Lincoln Hall at part of Portland Piano International’s recital series. His meticulous artistry brought...

Coming soon: Deljavan’s new Schumann CD

by Michael Johnson Added 14.03.2015
Alessandro Deljavan, the charismatic Italian pianist whose playing created a sensation at the 2013 Cliburn International Piano Competition, has produced his much-anticipated CD of Robert Schumann works. Distribution is scheduled for the end of...

Simon Barere’s ‘pearls of sheer light’

by Michael Johnson Added 02.03.2015
When the thunderous introduction to Grieg’s piano concerto erupted in Carnegie Hall on a spring evening in 1951, the audience was poised for a great musical experience. Pianist Simon Barere (in the picture) was making his first appearance with...

Review of Seattle Opera’s production of Handel’s “Semele”

by James Bash Added 02.03.2015
You might think that watching a Baroque opera with its endless da capo arias would be akin to watching paint dry, but Seattle Opera’s all-new production of Handel’s “Semele” tosses that notion out the window. This “Semele” has everything going...

Meet the artist......Ivan Ilic, pianist

by Frances Wilson Added 26.02.2015
Frances Wilson: Who or what inspired you to take up the piano and make it your career? Ivan Ilic (in the picture below): The San Francisco Symphony concerts I attended as a child were my inspiration.  I also attended concerts by brilliant young...

Matthew Polenzani and Joyce DiDonato in my Backyard

by Glen Roven Added 19.02.2015
As a long-time West Sider, I've happily traipsed through the bowels of Brooklyn for my last few posts in pursuit of the most happening events in classical music, theater and opera. But sometimes, as L. Frank Baum and Judy remind us, there is...

Nice Jewish Music

by Glen Roven Added 19.02.2015
When American song writer Jerome Kern announced he was going to write a show based on Marco Polo, an enthusiastic reporter asked, “Mr. Kern, your new musical is based on an Italian who crossed the Alps and then the Leviathan desert, got to...

Arturo Fuentes’ Snowstorm takes a bow in Bordeaux

by Michael Johnson Added 12.02.2015
The world premiere of Snowstorm, a 20-minute feast of orchestral colors and clashing dynamics, was brought to life in Bordeaux Wednesday night (11 February) by the Ensemble Intercontemporain, the Paris-based experimental group created by Pierre...

Review of Portland Opera’s Carmen

by James Bash Added 12.02.2015
On Friday night (February 6) at Keller Auditorium, Sandra Piques Eddy gave one of the best performances of Carmen that anyone can possibly imagine. She captivated Portland Opera’s audience with a tantalizing combination of emotions that made...
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Films like Still Alice are crucial to keeping debate about dementia alive

by Catherine Bailey Added 12.03.2015
In the week following the release of Still Alice, the Oscar-winning film about early onset Alzheimer’s, the disease has again made headlines with the story of Chris Graham, a former soldier who has the disease and is already showing symptoms age...

Still Alice is far from a good thing for dementia awareness

by June Andrews Added 10.03.2015
Still Alice tells the story of a university professor who is diagnosed with an aggressive early-onset dementia. Her intellectual and physical capacity declines cruelly, and it’s certain that she has passed the genetic mutation she inherited on...

Surviving street prostitution: two new films on harrowing realities for women in America

by Karen Boyle Added 04.03.2015
Fresh from its success at Sundance, where the British filmmaker Kim Longinotto picked up the World Cinema Documentary Directing Award, Dreamcatcher has had its UK premiere at the Glasgow Film Festival. A devastating but ultimately hopeful film,...
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