Progressives Have Won the Battle for the Soul for the Democratic Party

by Robert Creamer Added 29.05.2015
".....by and large, the battle for control for the ideological center of the Democratic Party has been settled – and it is likely that Hilary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren were never the real protagonists." "The only area of major policy division...

The FIFA Syndrome

by Lucy P. Marcus Added 29.05.2015
LONDON – The arrest of FIFA executives on a raft of fraud and corruption charges has been front-page news in recent days. But the charges brought by the Swiss and American authorities focus on bribery and embezzlement, and do not address another...

The Soccer Mafia

by Ian Buruma Added 28.05.2015
“The contemporary alliance of Western interests – in the arts and higher education no less than in sports – with rich, undemocratic powers involves compromises that might easily damage established reputations. One way to deflect the attention is...

China's Territorial Claim at Risk in the South China Sea

by Edsel Tupaz and Daniel Wagner Added 28.05.2015
The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at The Hague has announced that in July it will be holding the first hearing on the 2013 arbitration case the Philippines filed against China questioning the legal validity of China's '9-dash line' claim...

This once-stable Antarctic region has suddenly started melting

by Bert Wouters Added 27.05.2015
Antarctica’s glaciers have been making headlines during the past year, and not in a good way. Whether it’s a massive ice shelf facing imminent risk of collapse, glaciers in the West Antarctic past the point of no return, or new threats to East...

Who's to Blame for the Mess in Iraq?

by James J. Zogby Added 26.05.2015
Despite the prolonged US-led coalition bombing campaign, the so-called "Islamic State" (IS) recently won victories in Iraq expanding the area under its control. In the wake of these advances, fingers of blame have been pointing in every...

The Return of the Balkan Question

by Dominique Moisi Added 22.05.2015
"It has been years since the EU looked so distant, so aloof. The decision by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to abolish the post of Commissioner for Enlargement has been seen as highly symbolic, leaving many in search of an...

A World of Underinvestment

by Michael Spence Added 21.05.2015
MILAN – When World War II ended 70 years ago, much of the world – including industrialized Europe, Japan, and other countries that had been occupied – was left geopolitically riven and burdened by heavy sovereign debt, with many major economies...

No Child Left Out

by Moza bint Nasser Added 19.05.2015
"....UNESCO estimates that every dollar invested in primary schools generates $10-$15 in economic returns." SEOUL – On a recent visit to a camp for Syrian refugees in Turkey, I witnessed some of the most powerful displays of human endurance...

Inspiring Economic Growth

by Robert J. Shiller Added 18.05.2015
"Fear causes individuals to restrain their spending and firms to withhold investments; as a result, the economy weakens, confirming their fear and leading them to restrain spending further. The downturn deepens, and a vicious circle of despair...

Russian Citizens are Main Target of New Law on Foreign Groups

by Tanya Lokshina Added 18.05.2015
This past Friday, Russia’s lower house of parliament adopted in second reading an “undesirable organizations” bill. The third and final reading is practically a formality, and there is little doubt the bill will be soon passed into law. In...

Democracy’s Missing Meaning

by Richard K. Sherwin Added 16.05.2015
"In short, it is a matter of meaningfulness, the presence of which motivates us, connects us to one another, and orders our lives. If it is missing – if, say, democratic ideals and institutions are failing to provide a palpable enough sense of...

Will Russia Protect A Child Bride?

by Tanya Lokshina Added 16.05.2015
The Russian media has been teeming with reports this month about a middle-aged Chechen police chief’s plan to marry a girl from a small village in the region. Nazhud Guchigov, who is known as a close associate of the republic’s leader, Ramzan...

The Strategic Imperative of TTIP

by Jiří Šedivý Added 15.05.2015
"TTIP’s strategic potential can hardly be overstated....... Failure to realize the possibilities created by the treaty would be a terrible economic mistake. It would also represent a major setback for transatlantic relations at a time when the...

Russia’s Indefensible Military Budget

by Sergei Guriev Added 15.05.2015
"The Kremlin might even be preparing a major offensive for the coming months. Alternatively, it may have no strategy, with unusually high military spending simply reflecting the higher-than-expected costs of the conflict." PARIS – On May 9,...

A Government Neither By Nor For The People

by Alon Ben-Meir Added 15.05.2015
"The Israeli public, however, must face the reality of the occupation and its devastating repercussions. No sane Israeli should believe that time is in Israel’s favor." The political horse-trading in Israel seen over the past eight weeks, which...

China's Growing Global Military Presence: Walk Softly and Carry a Small Stick

by Daniel Wagner Added 13.05.2015
The alarm bells that are ringing among various governments and in the press with respect to China's growing global military presence are overdone. Yes, in doing so, China is indeed seeking to expand its global political, as well as its ability...

How Greece's liquidity problem could cause an unplanned Grexit

by Panicos O. Demetriades Added 13.05.2015
As Greece moves from one repayment deadline to another, you can be forgiven for thinking that the country’s main daily challenge is finding the money to pay its public sector workers and meet its debt servicing obligations. While this remains an...

Life-Saving Drugs for All

by Peter Singer Added 12.05.2015
"Whereas pharmaceutical companies lack incentives to aid the poor in developing countries" PRINCETON – The deadly outbreak of Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea that began last year highlighted a problem in the production of...

An Initiative Worth Supporting

by James J. Zogby Added 12.05.2015
I have written before of some of my Palestinian American heroes, including men like Ibrahim Abu-Lughod and Zahi Khouri. I want to add to that list, my friend, Sam Bahour. Two and a half decades ago, Ibrahim was a respected tenured professor at...

International Norms in Cyberspace

by Joseph S. Nye Added 11.05.2015
CAMBRIDGE – Last month, the Netherlands hosted the Global Conference on Cyberspace 2015, which brought together nearly 2,000 government officials, academics, industry representatives, and others. I chaired a panel on cyber peace and security...

Your gut bacteria don't like junk food – even if you do

by Tim Spector, with Tom Spector Added 11.05.2015
When Morgan Spurlock famously spent a month eating large portions of McDonalds for the purposes of his documentary Supersize Me, he gained weight, damaged his liver and claimed to have suffered addictive withdrawal symptoms. This was popularly...

What Now for Britain and Europe?

by Giles Merritt Added 08.05.2015
"The clear loser in this election is the anti-EU UK Independence Party." BRUSSELS – The surprise result of the United Kingdom’s general election, which will return Prime Minister David Cameron and the Conservative Party to power for another five...

Anti-Semitism And Israel’s Moral Imperative

by Alon Ben-Meir Added 08.05.2015
Extract: "There is a common failing shared between anti-Semites, Islamic militants, and radical Zionists; namely, an epistemic failure – a belief in their own moral infallibility, which leads to arrogance, indifference, complacency, and a sense...

Do Sanctions Work?

by Daniel Wagner Added 08.05.2015
Economic sanctions have long been used as a foreign policy tool, sometimes perceived as the tool of choice for nations where diplomacy has failed to yield desired results. Yet as widely used as they are, and despite the fact that some sanctions...

Which countries make the most of their older people and who lags behind?

by Asghar Zaidi Added 08.05.2015
Advances in health and social welfare in the 20th century ushered in a golden age for humanity. We’re living longer and in better health than ever before. Someone born in London today, for example, could expect to live 30 years longer than a...

Buy Back or Pay Forward?

by Jim O'Neill Added 07.05.2015
LONDON – When British Prime Minister David Cameron asked me to lead a review into the problem of antimicrobial resistance, the last thing I expected was that accepting the position would lead me to question one of the most popular tools for...

The Rain on Russia’s Parade

by Angela Stent Added 07.05.2015
WASHINGTON, DC – When Russian President Vladimir Putin presides over the military parade commemorating Victory in Europe Day on May 9, he will not attract the crowd he could have expected a couple of years ago. Neither US President Barack Obama...

The End of 1945

by Ian Buruma Added 06.05.2015
"....a new aspiration toward social and economic equality, and international solidarity, is badly needed." NEW YORK – On May 8, 1945, when World War II in Europe officially ended, much of the world lay in ruins. But if the human capacity for...

A Troubling Response to Brutality

by Jeff Schweitzer Added 04.05.2015
The news on both left and right has been awash with stories of police troubles, each of course with a different angle. On the left we have exposés of police abuse, brutality, corruption and the deaths of suspects in custody or being arrested; on...

Putin on Parade

by Nina L. Khrushcheva Added 04.05.2015
"Unlike China, however, Russia is not a rising superpower. Putin may try to portray his actions in Ukraine as a fight against fascism. But it is really a fight for relevance – a fight he will never win......., he cannot hide the truth: Russia’s...

Kim Jong-un: purges, paranoia, plots and the beloved leader's cancelled trip to Moscow

by Adam Cathcart Added 03.05.2015
After months of public relations flirtation that led the world to believe that Kim Jong-un would be taking his first foreign trip as head of state to Moscow this month, North Korea has abruptly cancelled the voyage, according to a Russian...

Lies, Damn Lies, and the British Election

by Chris Patten Added 01.05.2015
LONDON – Democratic elections cannot be described as competitions aimed at revealing which candidates tell the unvarnished truth. Most politicians try to avoid telling outright lies; they bob and weave like prizefighters when faced with...

The Dollar Joins the Currency Wars

by Nouriel Roubini Added 01.05.2015
NEW YORK – In a world of weak domestic demand in many advanced economies and emerging markets, policymakers have been tempted to boost economic growth and employment by going for export led-growth. This requires a weak currency and conventional...

An Even More Dismal Science

by J. Bradford DeLong Added 01.05.2015
"optimism is out of fashion." BERKELEY – For the past 25 years, a debate has raged among some of the world’s leading economists. At issue has been whether the nature of the business cycle underwent a fundamental change after the end of the “30...

Economic Policy Turned Inside Out

by Stephen S. Roach Added 30.04.2015
NEW HAVEN – The world economy is in the grips of a dangerous delusion. As the great boom that began in the 1990s gave way to an even greater bust, policymakers resorted to the timeworn tricks of financial engineering in an effort to recapture...

China’s Slowing New Normal

by Michael Spence Added 29.04.2015
MILAN – The world’s two largest economies, the United States and China, seem to be enduring secular slowdowns. But there remains considerable uncertainty about their growth trajectory, with significant implications for asset prices, risk, and...

Integration Is The Open Secret To Deradicalization

by Alon Ben-Meir Added 29.04.2015
Extracts: "The rise of violent extremism is only at the early stages....." ".....the number of young American Muslims joining violent extremist groups remains proportionately  considerably less  than the number of British and French Muslims...

How Iran Is Winning

by Shlomo Ben-Ami Added 28.04.2015
Extracts: "....the key question has never been when Iran will develop a nuclear weapon, but how to integrate it into a stable regional system before it does." "If the Palestine issue is not resolved soon, there can be no lasting alliances with...

The Rule of Law Is China's Challenge in the South China Sea

by Daniel Wagner Added 28.04.2015
News that the People's Republic of China is claiming ownership of and enlarging the size of some disputed islands in the South China Sea, and building air strips to enhance its ability to project its air power in the region, has been met with...

Are the Good Times Over?

by Michael J. Boskin Added 27.04.2015
STANFORD – In the 25 years before the Great Recession of 2008-2009, the United States experienced two brief, mild recessions and two strong, long expansions. Globally, incomes grew briskly; inflation abated; and stock markets boomed. Moreover,...

Leading By Engaging

by Anne-Marie Slaughter Added 24.04.2015
WASHINGTON, DC – In his first inaugural address, US President Barack Obama offered an invitation to the world’s most closed countries. “We will extend a hand,” he said, “if you are willing to unclench your fist.” This statement encapsulated the...

The Case for Peace With Iran

by Jeffrey D. Sachs Added 23.04.2015
NEW YORK – The nuclear framework agreement between Iran and the five permanent UN Security Council members (the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China, and Russia) plus Germany is an important achievement in global diplomacy. The deal...

Three Encounters with Hillary

by Bernard-Henri Lévy Added 23.04.2015
PARIS – It is Boston, July 2004. The setting is a downtown restaurant to which the editor Tina Brown has invited Hillary Clinton and a handful of notables, including Caroline Kennedy, filmmaker Michael Moore, and former Senator George McGovern....

Girls, Not Brides

by Graca Machel and Mabel van Oranje Added 22.04.2015
OXFORD – When Memory Banda’s younger sister was forced to marry at just 11 years old, Memory became determined to ensure that no more girls had to experience her sister’s fate. Since then, this remarkable young woman from rural Malawi has helped...

Vorsprung durch realpolitik – what VW power games say about German CEO culture

by Bernhard Rieger Added 22.04.2015
I am distancing myself from Winterkorn. With this short sentence, the powerful chairman of Volkswagen’s supervisory board, Ferdinand Piëch, expressed his misgivings about CEO Martin Winterkorn, who has led Europe’s largest car manufacturer to...

Another Day, Another ‘Foreign Agent’ Designation in Russia

by Rachel Denber Added 21.04.2015
Anyone lucky enough, as I have been many times, to spend an hour with Svetlana Gannushkina, one of Russia’s top advocates for the rights of refugees, migrants, and asylum seekers, gets used to the conversation being interrupted at least a dozen...

A War of Values With Russia

by Anders Fogh Rasmussen Added 20.04.2015
Extracts: "For Russia, the threat posed by the Ukrainian protesters was existential. In demanding change, freedom, and democracy – right on Russia’s doorstep, no less – the protesters challenged Putin’s model of 'sovereign democracy,'..." "The...

Effective Altruism

by Peter Singer Added 20.04.2015
PRINCETON – Can humans really be motivated by altruism? My new book, The Most Good You Can Do, discusses the emerging new movement called Effective Altruism, and, in doing interviews about the book, I am surprised by how often that question is...

The Debt Dilemma

by Adair Turner and Susan Lund Added 17.04.2015
LONDON/WASHINGTON, DC – Greece’s divisive negotiations with the EU have placed debt back at the center of debates about economic growth and stability. But Greece is not the only country struggling to repay its existing debt, much less dampen...
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Inflammatory Claims About Inflammation

by Jeff Schweitzer Added 29.05.2015
"We know for example that serious overeating in one sitting can trigger inflammation: what we need to focus on is eating less, not inflammation. Fixating on inflammation misses the point, unless you are a researcher studying disease.......For...

The Irish Referendum and the Future of Catholicism

by Charles J. Reid, Jr. Added 28.05.2015
"It is my belief that this widespread Catholic response to Humanae Vitae led to a kind of declaration of independence on the question of sexual ethics. And it is this emerging sense of independence that stands in back of the referendum results."...

The Power of Student Travel

by Gareth Evans Added 27.05.2015
BLOOMINGTON – The famously beautiful Indiana University campus, where I have been teaching a summer course for the new School of Global and International Studies, is now almost deserted. Most of its students, like their counterparts across the...

Hudson River Schooled

by Glen Roven Added 22.05.2015
I had a house in Rhinebeck, upstate New York, in the '80s, before Bard College had its very own Frank Gehry theater, before there was edible food on Main Street and certainly before nearby Hudson was hip and happening. Back then, Hudson, a...

Our stone tool discovery pushes back the archaeological record by 700,000 years

by Jason Lewis and Sonia Harmand Added 21.05.2015
"Our finding finally disproves the long-standing assumption that  Homo habilis  was the first toolmaker."

A handful of Bronze-Age men could have fathered two thirds of Europeans

by Daniel Zadik Added 21.05.2015
For such a large and culturally diverse place, Europe has surprisingly little genetic variety. Learning how and when the modern gene-pool came together has been a long journey. But thanks to new technological advances a picture is slowly coming...

Elon Musk biography portrays a brutal character driven by lofty dreams

by Ashley Dove-Jay Added 20.05.2015
There’s this guy that’s pretty sure the thing you’re looking at right now is one of the greatest threats to humanity. No, he’s not talking about our growing obsession with staring at sheets of digitised glass, and the unhealthy sedentary...

The world's most expensive painting is too sexually explicit for Fox news

by Andrew Smith Added 17.05.2015
If Pablo Picasso were still with us he’d be doubly proud – one of his pieces has sold for the highest price ever achieved for a painting: US$179m for his Women of Algiers. Not only that, but he would no doubt take pride his work prompted an art...

Five ways universities have already changed in the 21st century

by Paul Ashwin Added 15.05.2015
"....focus on students’ experience has been an important corrective to traditional teacher-focused approaches to teaching in higher education. However, the danger is that highlighting the “student experience” has obscured the essential role that...

Velazquez in Paris

by David W. Galenson Added 15.05.2015
Diego de Velazquez, the greatest of court painters, ironically was an unlikely candidate for that job. The prototypical court painter was a conceptual artist who could present detailed sketches of his paintings in advance for a patron's...
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Bordeaux falls in love with Lupu

by Michael Johnson Added 27.05.2015
When an aging Radu Lupu sauntered onstage in Bordeaux Tuesday evening (27 May) a hush fell over the packed Auditorium. This pianist is generally recognized as one of the world’s most accomplished keyboard artists, and the full house of 2,200...

Humor and seriousness collide in Seattle Opera’s “Ariadne auf Naxos”

by James Bash Added 08.05.2015
One can easily imagine an opulent home of a Seattle billionaire like Bill Gates or Paul Allen as a setting for Richard Strauss’s “Ariadne auf Naxos.” So after the curtain went up for Seattle Opera’s opening night (May 2) at McCaw Hall, the...

Producing for Patricia Racette

by Glen Roven Added 22.04.2015
When legendary soprano Patricia Racette, currently starring at the Met in Pagliacci, called and asked if I would like to produce her new CD, I had to pinch myself. This is the kind of request that can make my day, week and month. My heart was...

LaRosa rattles the church windows

by Michael Johnson Added 20.04.2015
Young Boston area players performed a broad range of instrumental and vocal works by the up-and-coming Boston University (BU) composer Christopher LaRosa (in the picture) Friday night at Boston’s United Church of Brookline, virtually rattling...

Contrasts and Dreamscapes

by Michael Johnson Added 11.04.2015
Music Director Andris Nelsons’s Thursday [April 9, 2014] BSO program, comprising a wide range of musical styles and eras, induced an enthusiastic reception in the nearly full house. The program will be repeated tonight (Friday), Saturday and...

Boston Symphony raises the rafters with new Gandolfi work and Mahler SixthS

by James Bash Added 02.04.2015
When scheduling an orchestral program a year or more in advance, it is probably impossible to know how a brand new piece will match up with any other work, but Michael Gandofi’s “Ascending Light,” which received its world premiere last weekend...

H+H delivers mesmerizing performance of Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion”

by James Bash Added 29.03.2015
The Handel and Haydn Society celebrated its 200th anniversary with an intense and moving performance of Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” before a full house at Symphony Hall (Boston) on Friday (March 27). H+H’s Music Director Harry Christophers...

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...
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Girlhood is remarkable – a film brimming with messages of empowerment

by William Brown Added 07.05.2015
Girlhood, Céline Sciamma’s new film, opens with one of the most remarkable sequences that I have ever seen in a cinema. Figures play a game of American touch football under the glare of floodlights set to Dark Allies by New York-based retro...

Celebrity twat or man of the people? Russell Brand is both in The Emperor's New Clothes

by William Brown Added 29.04.2015
A few moments from the end of The Emperor’s New Clothes, the new documentary made by the prolific Michael Winterbottom in collaboration with Russell Brand, the celebrity anarchist pretends to receive a phone call as he puts forward a proposal...

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...
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