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...

Brexit: 60 years on and the ghosts of Suez have come back to haunt the Tories

by Simon Hall Added 07.07.2016
As a broken David Cameron made his dramatic resignation statement outside Number 10 Downing Street on the morning after the referendum, the ghosts of Suez seemed to hover ominously in the air. It was 60 years ago that Britain and France, acting...

How Israel Is Losing America

by Shlomo Ben-Ami Added 06.07.2016
TEL AVIV – The late American diplomat George Ball once argued that Israel needed to be saved from its own suicidal policies “in spite of herself.” In a 1977 Foreign Affairs article, he called for an even-handed push by the United States for an...

Tony Blair took Britain to war in 2003 – but most of Fleet Street marched with him

by John Jewell Added 06.07.2016
"Alastair Campbell noted that in the week before the fateful vote on Iraq in March 2003, Rupert Murdoch phoned Blair three times. Campbell writes that Murdoch warned the PM of the dangers of delay and that was he was “pressing on timings, saying...

Post-Brexit power plays put Germany firmly in charge of Europe

by Patricia Hogwood Added 05.07.2016
Irrespective of petitions, speculation about when Article 50 will be triggered and the implosion of the UK’s two leading political parties, one thing is certain in post-referendum Britain – the country has voluntarily and irrevocably surrendered...

Letter to David Cameron – split your party and start a new one to save Britain

by David Sanders Added 02.07.2016
Dear Mr Cameron, As you know, you are responsible for the most disastrous development in the UK’s political and economic history since 1945. Your error has been far more serious than Eden’s at Suez. His foray into latter-day gunboat diplomacy...

The Future of Computing

by Bruno Michel Added 01.07.2016
ZURICH – Ever since the American computer scientist John McCarthy coined the term “Artificial Intelligence” in 1955, the public has imagined a future of sentient computers and robots that think and act like humans. But while such a future may...

Little England and Not-so-Great Britain

by Ian Buruma Added 29.06.2016
AMSTERDAM – As an Anglo-Dutchman – British mother, Dutch father – I cannot help but take Brexit rather personally. I’m not a wholehearted Euro-enthusiast, but a European Union without Britain feels like losing a limb in a terrible accident. Not...

Brexit impact will be worse than the 2008 crash

by Anastasia Nesvetailova and Ronen Palan Added 28.06.2016
Britain’s Chancellor George Osborne tried to calm tumultuous seas on Monday morning as markets struggled to understand the implications of the vote for the UK to leave the European Union. It’s unlikely it will be the last time. The truth is that...

Why did older voters choose Brexit? It's a matter of identity

by Paul Whiteley and Harold D Clarke Added 27.06.2016
"Since 2010 the government has systematically reduced funding for deprived areas of Britain. It is a safe bet that when the government started cutting the budgets for deprived communities in the North of England, it did not realise the decision...

The Meaning of Brexit

by Jeffrey D. Sachs Added 25.06.2016
NEW YORK – The Brexit vote was a triple protest: against surging immigration, City of London bankers, and European Union institutions, in that order. It will have major consequences. Donald Trump’s campaign for the US presidency will receive a...

A British Tragedy in One Act

by Chris Patten Added 25.06.2016
".......one of Churchill’s more famous aphorisms: 'The trouble with committing political suicide is that you live to regret it.'.......In fact, many 'Leave' voters may not live to regret it. But the young Britons who voted overwhelmingly to...

Brexit is not Democracy in Action, It is Democracy in Crisis

by Ian Hughes Added 25.06.2016
".....the EU is the region in the world with the strongest protections for individual rights and the most developed systems of social democracy which provide public services regardless of ability to pay." The UK vote to leave the European Union...

Are Democrats Really Better for America’s Economy?

by Jeffrey Frankel Added 22.06.2016
CAMBRIDGE – Hillary Clinton has repeatedly claimed in recent months that the US economy does much better when a Democrat is in the White House. Coming from the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, that probably sounds like political...

Brexit in Context

by Michael Spence Added 20.06.2016
MILAN – I do not believe that foreigners contribute usefully by issuing strong opinions about how a country’s citizens, or those of a larger unit like the European Union, should decide when faced with an important political choice. Our insights,...

The Return of the Jordanian Option

by Shlomo Ben-Ami Added 18.06.2016
TEL AVIV – France’s initiative to hold an international conference to re-launch direct talks between Israelis and Palestinians, aimed at the ever elusive “two-state solution,” is the child of a resilient fantasy. But after decades of failed...

Don’t Appease Putin

by Guy Verhofstadt Added 16.06.2016
BRUSSELS – Both US President Barack Obama and Donald Trump, the Republican party’s putative nominee to succeed him, have criticized European members of NATO in recent months for failing to fulfill their defense-spending commitments. They have a...

Putin’s Illusion of Reform

by Nina L. Khrushcheva Added 15.06.2016
MOSCOW – Last November, when the performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky set fire to the central door of Moscow’s Lubyanka – the headquarters of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) and formerly of the Soviet Union’s security service, the KGB –...

A Tale of Two Debt Write-Downs

by Adair Turner Added 13.06.2016
SINGAPORE – At the end of 2015, Greece’s public debt was 176% of GDP, while Japan’s debt ratio was 248%. Neither government will ever repay all they owe. Write-offs and monetization are inevitable, putting both countries in a sort of global...

In Response to the Tragedy in Orlando - America Should Launch a New War - Against Intolerance and Hate Speech

by Robert Creamer Added 13.06.2016
We will not know all of the facts surrounding the unfathomable tragedy in Orlando for some time – perhaps, many days. But one thing is certain: intolerance and hatred inevitably lead to violence and death. That is why our primary response to the...

Illiberal Democracy or Undemocratic Liberalism?

by Yascha Mounk Added 11.06.2016
CAMBRIDGE – How did it come to this? In the space of a few short months, the prospect of a President Donald Trump has gone from preposterous speculation to terrifying possibility. How could a man with so little political experience and such...

Russia and the Post-Oil Economy

by Vitaly Kazakov Added 10.06.2016
MOSCOW – It is difficult to overstate the importance of the oil industry to the Russian economy. Globally, Russia is competitive in defense products, space launches, nuclear power, mineral resources, and information technology. But none of these...

What kind of loser will Bernie Sanders be? He's got three choices

by Mark McLay Added 08.06.2016
During his barnstorming rallies to massive audiences, Bernie Sanders is fond of declaring “enough is enough!” And after the latest round of primary results, many Democratic party leaders will be hoping Sanders now feels similarly about his own...

Springtime for Fascism?

by Ian Buruma Added 07.06.2016
NEW YORK – Are we seeing a new dawn of fascism? Many people are beginning to think so. Donald Trump has been compared to a fascist, as has Vladimir Putin and a variety of demagogues and right-wing loudmouths in Europe. The recent tide of...

Confronting the Global Threat to Democracy

by Ngaire Woods Added 04.06.2016
OXFORD – Across the world, populists are attracting votes with their promises to protect ordinary people from the harsh realities of globalization. The democratic establishment, they assert, cannot be trusted to fulfill this purpose, as it is...

Populists and Productivity

by Nouriel Roubini Added 04.06.2016
NEW YORK – Since the global financial crisis erupted in 2008, productivity growth in the advanced economies – the United States, Europe, and Japan – has been very slow both in absolute terms and relative to previous decades. But this is at odds...

Do We Want Powerful Leaders?

by Joseph S. Nye Added 03.06.2016
"And  some commentators fear  that if Donald Trump wins the US presidency in November, he could turn out to be an 'American Mussolini.'........" ".........In the early United States, James Madison and the new country’s other founders saw that...

Uncertainty at the Fed

by J. Bradford DeLong Added 01.06.2016
BERKELEY – The US Federal Reserve is increasingly at risk of losing credibility – and for good reason. As Narayana Kocherlakota, former President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, recently argued, Fed officials seem be balancing their...

The Secret of Putin’s Survival

by Andrei Kolesnikov Added 01.06.2016
MOSCOW – Two years ago, a long process of growing authoritarianism and isolationism under President Vladimir Putin culminated in Russia’s annexation of Crimea. But even as much of the international community condemned the move, Russians seemed...

The Sanders Phenomenon

by James J. Zogby Added 30.05.2016
"I believe that should he win in California, Sanders can make a strong case urging the party's super-delegates to support his candidacy."   There is a Sanders phenomenon. It is real and the factors that have prompted its emergence need to...

Republicans Ride the Trump Tiger

by Theda Skocpol Added 30.05.2016
"Trump’s core supporters are wrongly thought to be displaced and economically insecure blue-collar workers. In fact, his voters’ average annual income, about $72,000, is well above the US median of $56,000." CAMBRIDGE – During a typical week in...

A Post-Referendum Agenda for Britain

by Chris Patten Added 27.05.2016
LONDON – The end of the wretched campaign to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union against the advice of our friends around the world is less than a month away. The Brexiteers, as they have come to be called, deny all evidence of the...

Three men and a vote: EU referendum is turning into a Tory boys' own story

by Dominic Wring, David Deacon and John Downey Added 25.05.2016
It would have come as something of a surprise to a fair few of the Mail on Sunday’s readers when they opened their copy of the May 22 edition and found the headline “Brexiteers' logic begins to crumble” over a story that said that the leave camp...

America’s Saving Perils

by Stephen S. Roach Added 24.05.2016
NEW HAVEN – US politicians invariably bemoan trade as the enemy of the middle class, the major source of pressure on jobs and wages. The current presidential campaign is no exception: Republicans and Democrats alike have taken aim at both China...

Sykes-Picot, the Secret Middle East Pact by Great Britain and France, Dead at 100

by Joschka Fischer Added 24.05.2016
BERLIN – On May 16, 1916, in the middle of World War I, Great Britain and France signed a secret pact in London. Officially known as the Asia Minor Agreement, the deal, negotiated by the diplomats Mark Sykes and François Georges-Picot, has...

It's irresponsible to compare the EU to the failed demagoguery of Hitler and Napoleon

by Charles Esdaile Added 20.05.2016
It was always inevitable that history was going to take its place in the European debate: not only do historians have a duty to reach out beyond the ivory tower and engage with and inform public debate, but the last three centuries are replete...
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Letter from the Editor

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...

What Stalin’s Great Terror can tell us about Russia today

by James Harris Added 29.07.2016
Between the summer of 1936 and 1938, the regime of Joseph Stalin summarily executed 750,000 Soviet citizens without trial or any legal process. In the same period, more than a million others were sent to the labour camps of the Gulag, from where...

We All Think We’re Individuals. Here’s Why That’s Not True, And Why The Lie Is Told.

by Henry Rosemont Jr. Added 23.07.2016
The book from which the following two excerpts  are taken was written in the belief that the world capitalist economic system has become so dysfunctional in the 21st Century that it cannot be defended rationally, but requires a particular...

Where Did Donald Trump Come From?

by Charles J. Reid, Jr. Added 21.07.2016
Let’s begin with the obvious. Donald Trump is manifestly unfit to serve as President of the United States. He has appealed to the worst instincts of the American people. He has revealed himself to be racist, xenophobic, hateful, and buffoonish....

Trump, The Tea Party, The Republicans and the Other

by Lawrence Rosenthal Added 20.07.2016
  In the spring of 2015 it looked as if the 2016 Republican primary season was going to be a near replay of 2012. In 2012, as this year, the campaign drama emanated from the Republican civil war: the party’s “establishment” versus its insurgent...

A tragic reminder that policing takes a toll on officers, too

by John Violanti Added 15.07.2016
The recent police shootings and the murder Thursday of five police officers put a spotlight on the troubled occupation of policing. Recent public perception of police has reached a 22-year low in the United States, with a 2015 poll showing that...

I was a white police officer in the US – I know how deep the crisis of racism is

by Heather Panter Added 15.07.2016
I served as an police officer and a detective for more than 12 years, and I have felt a particular connection to the the tragic events of recent weeks. There is clearly a massive gap between black Americans and the police departments that are...

Celebrity Apprentice:  Vice Presidential Edition

by Charles J. Reid, Jr. Added 09.07.2016
A half-century ago, there was a predictable quality to the way presidential nominees selected their running mates. They would do so at their nominating conventions in a moment of often high drama. In 1960, word broke during the Republican...

Tony Blair’s Day of Reckoning

by David Coates Added 09.07.2016
The very long (and indeed very long awaited) report of the Chilcot Inquiry was finally published in London on July 6th. Set up in 2009, its much-delayed arrival allows us one last large-scale public examination of the key event that so...

The Humble Nobility of Elie Wiesel

by Bernard-Henri Lévy Added 05.07.2016
"Wiesel’s greatness was to have remained, under all circumstances, one of those humble Jews whom he considered the crown of humanity." PARIS – It begins in a world now gone, lying at the borders of Ruthenia, Bukovina, and Galicia, forgotten...

Remembering a Great Artist

by David Galenson Added 01.07.2016
During the 1960s, three great artists used nature as their canvas: Yves Klein painted the sky, Robert Smithson sculpted the earth, and Nicolas Garcia Uriburu painted the water. Strangely, the one of these that spawned a movement was not...
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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....

Dinnertime storytelling makes kids voracious reader

by Anne Fishel Added 18.09.2015
"Rare words, those that go beyond the 3,000 most common ones, are 10 times more likely to show up in dinner conversation than in storybooks. " As a young child, I loved to imagine myself as a pioneer girl in Little House in the Big Woods, eating...
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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...

Sharp contrasts and rarefied beauty from the Cantata Singers

by Michael Johnson Added 04.04.2016
In an adventurous programming gambit Friday night (April 1) the Cantata Singers and Ensemble under David Hoose matched up two opposites – Johann Sebastian Bach and Anton Webern – and concluded with the monumental Brahms Requiem, all impeccably...

Nagano’s Quebec orchestra triumphs in Boston

by Michael Johnson Added 18.03.2016
Kent Nagano made a triumphal return to Boston Wednesday evening (March 16) with his Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, conducting there for the first time in many years before a wildly enthusiastic audience. Amid the seven curtain calls and two...

Soprano substitute wins the day in Seattle Opera’s “Maria Stuarda”

by James Bash Added 17.03.2016
Joyce El-Khoury [picture below] made her Seattle Opera debut in grand style, replacing an ill Serena Farnocchia with just a couple of days’ notice, and sang her heart out in the title role of Donizetti’s “Maria Stuarda” (“Mary Stuart”) on...

Georges Cziffra’s ‘tiny hot pearls’

by Michael Johnson Added 07.03.2016
Pianist Georges Cziffra couldn’t believe his eyes when a young soldier delivered an upright piano to him on a military base in Hungary in 1942. The soldier called it “that little cupboard you tap on to make music – sorry, I don’t know the word...
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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...

SPOTLIGHT illuminates the unique power of journalism to uncover societal scandals

by David Pilgrim Added 04.02.2016
Like All The President’s Men before it, Spotlight, which was released recently to critical acclaim, reassures its audience that the American mass media is not all soundbites and superficiality at the behest of owners. Both films are stories of...
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