The High-Tech, High-Touch Economy

by Adair Turner Added 16.04.2014
LONDON – A recent report revealed that the five richest families in Britain are worth more than the country’s poorest 20% combined. Some of the wealth comes from new business ventures; but two of the five are a duke and an earl whose ancestors...

The Sources of Russian Conduct

by Richard N. Haass Added 16.04.2014
NEW YORK – No set amount of time must pass before journalism gives way to history, but normally historians write with the advantage of perspective that reflects the passage of years, decades, or even centuries. Time is necessary for information...

The 'Fat But Fit' Fallacy

by Jeff Schweitzer Added 16.04.2014
We all like to eat. Most of us want to eat well; at least we try to be good some of the time. We all know that how and what we eat directly impact our health and well-being. Yet few subjects are more prone to confusion and distortion than diet...

Can Democrats Win in November?

by Robert Creamer Added 15.04.2014
Much has been written about the difficult road faced by Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections. But virtually all of it presumes that turnout among reliable Democratic voters will decline three to five percent more from 2012 levels than...

Profiling Should End

by James J. Zogby Added 14.04.2014
Because Arab Americans and American Muslims have been waiting to see when the Obama Administration would finally act to end Bush-era ethnic and religious profiling guidelines and practices, we were troubled to read press accounts this week...

Europe’s Deepening Muddle

by Ashoka Mody Added 14.04.2014
PRINCETON – German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble recently declared that the European Union has “moved sovereignty to the European level” – a startling claim, given that European governments seem to be pursuing their national interests more...

The Chernobyl Factor in the Ukraine Crisis

by Bennett Ramberg Added 14.04.2014
LOS ANGELES – Twenty-eight years after its Chernobyl nuclear plant exploded, Ukraine confronts a nuclear specter of a different kind: the possibility that the country’s reactors could become military targets in the event of a Russian invasion....

I Remember The Day FDR Died

by Bill Moyers Added 12.04.2014
I remember that day well: the 12th of April 1945. The day Roosevelt died. I was 11 years old and FDR had been president since before I was born. My father came home early from work. He had been sitting high in the cab of his truck waiting for...

Losing Interest

by Barry Eichengreen Added 11.04.2014
BERKELEY – Two of the world’s most prominent economic institutions, the International Monetary Fund and Former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, recently warned that the global economy may be facing an extended period of low interest rates....

The West’s Financial Arsenal

by Harold James Added 10.04.2014
PRINCETON – The revolution in Ukraine and Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea have generated a serious security crisis in Europe. But, with Western leaders testing a new kind of financial warfare, the situation could become even more...

How Israel Derailed the Peace Talks

by Juan Cole Added 10.04.2014
Right wing Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday blamed the Palestinians for the collapse of peace negotiations that began last August under the auspices of Secretary of State John Kerry. In fact, the Palestinians took no Israeli...

Philosophy on Top

by Peter Singer Added 09.04.2014
MELBOURNE – Last year, a report from Harvard University set off alarm bells, because it showed that the proportion of students in the United States completing bachelor’s degrees in the humanities fell from 14% to 7%. Even elite universities like...

Why Facts Matter: Science Is Not an Opinion

by Jeff Schweitzer Added 09.04.2014
In a recent tweet,  Donald Trump  threw out this witticism: "In New York, March was the coldest month in recorded history - we could use some GLOBAL WARMING!" The capital letters and exclamation point are his, so sure is he of his deep insight...

Cold War Comforts

by Ian Buruma Added 08.04.2014
NEW YORK – Western relations with Russia have rarely been worse than they are now, in the aftermath of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intervention in Ukraine and decision to annex Crimea. But US President Barack Obama has sought to assure...

A Surplus of Controversy

by Kenneth Rogoff Added 08.04.2014
CAMBRIDGE – When the US Treasury recently added its voice to the chorus of critics of Germany’s chronic current-account surplus, it underscored the deep disagreement over what, if anything, should be done about it. The critics want Germany to...

Russell Conwell: His Theology of Wealth and Today's GOP

by James J. Zogby Added 07.04.2014
I did my doctoral work at Temple University, whose founder was a nineteenth-century Baptist preacher, Russell Conwell. Conwell was, to be sure, an accomplished writer, a captivating preacher, and a visionary entrepreneur, but the theology he...

Stuck In An Ideological Divide

by Alon Ben-Meir Added 03.04.2014
The common characteristics and stark differences between Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu and the Palestinian Authority’s President Abbas might just explain why the current peace negotiations are stuck and not likely to lead to any breakthrough...

Reforming China’s State-Market Balance

by Joseph E. Stiglitz Added 02.04.2014
BEIJING – No country in recorded history has grown as fast – and moved as many people out of poverty – as China over the last thirty years. A hallmark of China’s success has been its leaders’ willingness to revise the country’s economic model...

History Strikes Back

by Shlomo Ben-Ami Added 01.04.2014
MADRID – When the Cold War ended and the Soviet Union collapsed, the victors were beyond complacent, for they were certain that their triumph had been inevitable all along. Many in the West assumed that liberal capitalism’s victory over...

Putin’s World

by Ivan Krastev Added 01.04.2014
VIENNA – The West is now living in Putin’s world. It is there not because Putin is right, or even because he is stronger, but because he is taking the initiative. Putin is “wild” while the West is “wary.” While European and American leaders...

Fascism with a Feminist Face

by Naomi Wolf Added 31.03.2014
NEW YORK – Western feminism has made some memorable theoretical mistakes; a major one is the frequent assumption that, if women held the decision-making power in society, they would be “kinder and gentler” (a phrase devised for George H.W. Bush...

Biases versus Realities

by James J. Zogby Added 31.03.2014
Western biases are not only transparently self-serving and flat-out wrong, they can also be so annoying.   As an example, a few weeks back, the Washington Post featured a long lament by a British intellectual pointedly suggesting that because...

Marx and the Mechanical Turk

by J. Bradford DeLong Added 31.03.2014
BERKELEY – The economist Suresh Naidu once remarked to me that there were three big problems with Karl Marx’s economics. First, Marx thought that increased investment and capital accumulation diminished labor’s value to employers and thus...

Explaining America's New Place in the World

by Charles J. Reid, Jr. Added 29.03.2014
There has been a near constant stream of commentary from right-wing pundits claiming that America is in a headlong retreat from the world and that it is all President Obama's fault. If the President only stood taller, if he only spoke louder, if...

Mr. President, Time To Act On Syria

by Alon Ben-Meir Added 27.03.2014
For better or for worse President Obama has not acted decisively with Western allies in an effort to end the horrific civil war in Syria. The tragic loss of nearly 150,000 Syrians, nine  million internally displaced persons and refugees, and the...

Homelands for Plants

by Stuart Pimm Added 27.03.2014
DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA – My day begins with a cup of coffee and ends with hot chocolate. In between, I consume a variety of food and medicines, including my daily 81mg dose of aspirin. A brightly colored orchid enlivens my study, and, through...

The US-Saudi Meeting

by James J. Zogby Added 27.03.2014
President Obama's upcoming meeting with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah comes at a time when transformative developments are convulsing the regional and world order and relations between the US and the Kingdom have become strained. It is a...

No More Resets

by Angela Stent Added 26.03.2014
WASHINGTON, DC – With Ukraine in turmoil and the United States and Russia warily eyeing each other’s every move, the world seems to be on the brink of a prolonged confrontation similar to the Cold War. But is it? Russia, accusing the West of...

A World of Pain

by Steven P. Cohen Added 26.03.2014
BALTIMORE – Pain is ubiquitous in life. Inextricably bound to consciousness, it is an experience that all living creatures with advanced nervous systems share. For our ancestors, whose lives were fraught with danger, pain conferred an...

Saudi Arabia’s Pilgrimage to Pakistan

by Mai Yamani Added 25.03.2014
LONDON – Over the last few years, Saudi Arabia has become increasingly estranged from its long-time protector, the United States. It viewed America’s backing for Hosni Mubarak’s fall from power in Egypt – and its subsequent acceptance of the...

What today’s GOP gets Wrong about Leadership: Obama & Eisenhower, Russian & Israeli Recklessness

by Juan Cole Added 25.03.2014
The usual suspects have been slamming President Obama for an alleged lack of leadership. Trolls for the military-industrial complex like Charles Krauthammer, and megalomaniacs from tiny states like Sen. Lindsey Graham have constructed a...

Putin’s Reality Check for Europe

by Joschka Fischer Added 25.03.2014
BERLIN – For far too long, the West has harbored illusions about Vladimir Putin’s Russia – illusions that have now been shattered on the Crimean peninsula. The West could (and should) have known better: Ever since his first term in office as...

Putin the Great

by Dominique Moisi Added 24.03.2014
PARIS – One day, monuments to Vladimir Putin may stand in Russian cities, bearing the inscription: “The man who returned Crimea to Mother Russia.” But perhaps monuments will be erected on many European squares as well, acclaiming Russia’s...

Dying of Thirst in Harare

by Jane Cohen Added 22.03.2014
Take a short drive through the overcrowded suburbs of Harare, Zimbabwe's capital, and you see long lines at public water holes and women with toddlers at shallow, unprotected wells. In some neighborhoods it's better to keep the windows up –the...

The Wolves of Wall Street

by Robert Skidelsky Added 21.03.2014
LONDON – “What a commentary on the state of twentieth-century capitalism,” mused “motivational speaker” Jordan Belfort as he looked back on his life of fraud, sex, and drugs. As head of the brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont, he fleeced investors...

The Russian Godfather

by Adam Michnik Added 20.03.2014
WARSAW – Russian President Vladimir Putin is behaving like a Mafia boss. In invading, occupying, and finally annexing Crimea, he pointed Russia’s guns at Ukraine and said: your territorial sovereignty or your life. So far, extortion has worked –...

The Global Economy’s Tale Risks

by Robert J. Shiller Added 20.03.2014
TOKYO – Fluctuations in the world’s economies are largely due to the stories we hear and tell about them. These popular, emotionally relevant narratives sometimes inspire us to go out and spend, start businesses, build new factories and office...

The Ukraine Nuclear Delusion

by Gareth Evans Added 20.03.2014
GENEVA – An argument now widely heard is that Ukraine would not be in the trouble it is in had it retained its substantial stockpile of nuclear weapons at the end of the Cold War. This has dangerous policy implications, and must not go...

The Post-Russian World Order

by Giles Merritt Added 19.03.2014
BRUSSELS – Russia’s intervention in Ukraine and the ensuing Crimea crisis is wrongly seen as the start of Cold War II. But, while the fallout from Russian President Vladimir Putin’s defiance of international law and public opinion will be very...

The Ukrainian Revolution’s Jewish Question

by Konstanty Gebert Added 19.03.2014
WARSAW – “And from a Jewish perspective?” I asked Josef Zissels. The veteran Ukrainian dissident, Jewish activist, and passionate advocate of Ukraine’s “Maidan” movement, had just finished briefing a Warsaw audience about the movement’s...

The Forgotten

by Alon Ben-Meir Added 18.03.2014
Imagine the face of a little boy walking while holding his father’s hand, when suddenly the father plunges onto the ground with a bullet in his head. “Oh my God,” the boy screams, “God, please Baba don’t leave me, no, no please, please don’t...

Rethinking the Monetization Taboo

by Adair Turner Added 18.03.2014
LONDON – Now that the pace of the US Federal Reserve’s “tapering” of its asset-purchase program has been debated to death, attention will increasingly turn to prospects for interest-rate increases. But another question looms: How will central...

Crimea’s Sudeten Crisis

by Bobo Lo Added 18.03.2014
LONDON – With Crimea voting for secession, the upheaval in Ukraine is fueling an increasingly charged atmosphere between Russia and the tandem of the United States and the European Union. Are American and European leaders being cast in a Russian...

Poverty and Renewable Energy Sources

by Bjørn Lomborg Added 17.03.2014
MIAMI – According to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, “Climate change harms the poor first and worst.” This is true, because the poor are the most vulnerable and have the least resources with which to adapt. But we often forget that current...

Russia: “Foreign Agents” Law Hits Hundreds of NGOs: Updated March 15, 2014

by Human Rights Watch Added 17.03.2014
In early March 2013 the Russian government launched an unprecedented, nationwide campaign of inspections of thousands of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to identify advocacy groups the government deems “foreign agents” and force them to...

The Death of a Defender in China

by Sophie Richardson Added 17.03.2014
Cao Shunli died  today [Jan 14, 2014]. She was 52 and was last publicly seen in September 2013, when she was detained by police at the Beijing airport attempting to board a flight to Geneva.  She had planned to participate in a training session...

God and Morality: Never the Twain Shall Meet

by Jeff Schweitzer Added 15.03.2014
Ah for every one step forward two steps backward. The Pew Research Center just published a  survey  conducted in 40 countries demonstrating that many people in the world still hold onto the idea that one must believe in god to be moral. That...

Seeing Depression in the Wrong Light

by Jonathan Rottenberg Added 15.03.2014
Depression affects one out of five Americans and is poised to become the biggest source of worldwide disability. Why is depression reaching such epidemic proportions? One important, and overlooked, factor: the dreadful effects of modern lighting...

Fallen Tiger, Shaken Dragon

by Minxin Pei Added 14.03.2014
CLAREMONT, CALIFORNIA – Less than 18 months after becoming General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, Xi Jinping is poised to cage the biggest political “tiger” – a corrupt top official – in the history of the People’s Republic. Although...

Emerging Markets’ Bubble Troubles

by Jomo Kwame Sundaram Added 14.03.2014
ROME – Some of the developing world’s larger countries, flush with capital after being recognized by investors as “emerging-market economies” (EMEs), have been pursuing policies with little regard for the lessons of the financial crises of...
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Catherine Ryan Hyde Pays It Forward

by Loren Kleinman Added 16.04.2014
Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of 24 published and forthcoming books, including Where We Belong, Walk Me Home, When You Were Older, Don’t Let Me Go, When I Found You, and Second Hand Heart. Forthcoming are Take Me With You, and Pay It...

Cartoon life at the New Yorker

by Michael Johnson Added 14.04.2014
One of the biggest events in Robert Mankoff’s life was the day Nancy Pelosi stole a caption from his cartoon and used it without attribution. But Mankoff, editor of the  New Yorker  cartoon desk, was over the moon when it happened to him. “It’s...

Why Twentieth-Century Art is So Different from All Earlier Art

by David W. Galenson Added 10.04.2014
In the introduction to his excellent history of modern art, George Heard Hamilton observed that: In the half-century between 1886, the date of the last Impressionist exhibition, and the beginning of the Second World War, a change took place in...

Pulitzer Prize Preview: First a Rant, Then Some Predictions

by Scott Porch Added 10.04.2014
First, a rant: Every year, the Pulitzer Prize Board announces the nominees and winners in mid-April. The nominees and winners are announced the same day. There is no Nominations Day followed a few weeks or months later by Announcement Day. There...

Is Charles Koch “Un-American”? Let Thomas Jefferson Decide

by Richard Eskow Added 08.04.2014
In a surprisingly self-pitying Wall Street Journal  editorial, billionaire Charles Koch has put forward the proposition that the nation’s “collectivists” have unfairly characterized him as “un-American.” What Koch calls “character...
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Naboré’s love affair with the daunting Diabelli

by Michael Johnson Added 15.04.2014
Contrary to many keyboard artists, pianist William Grant Naboré seems perfectly at home with Beethoven’s daunting Diabelli Variations. I saw him in performance at Steinway Hall in London a few years ago and watched him attack the keyboard the...

Italian flavor with a difference

by Michael Johnson Added 11.03.2014
The expatriate young pianist Mauro Bertoli, now artist in residence at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, brings his feathery Italian touch to a new CD, Italian Memories, featuring his personal collection of little-known Italian keyboard...

Messiaen’s magic monument

by Michael Johnson Added 03.03.2014
Every few years, music lovers should try to attend a live performance of Olivier Messiaen’s Turangalila Symphonie. Not just to clean one’s pipes but to be reminded what a composer’s volcanic imagination can do with an orchestra. In one recent...

Contemporary sonorities resound in Bordeaux

by Michael Johnson Added 23.02.2014
Pierre Boulez’s brainchild from 1976, the renowned Ensemble Intercontemporain, is on the road again with a combination program of standards and some striking new sounds from the world of new music. Audiences are responding with rapture. Young...

The very classical Labèque sisters in modern mode

by Michael Johnson Added 11.01.2014
When Katia and Marielle Labèque, the French piano duo, brought their New York minimalist avant-garde show to Bordeaux recently (Jan. 10) I was afraid for them. True, their act was sugar-coated with some Arvo Pärt and an accessible piano...
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