Theresa May and the Three Brexiteers

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

Trump’s Pro-ISIS Foreign Policy

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

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

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

The Hidden Danger of Big Data

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

Demystifying Monetary Finance

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

Populism, Past and Present

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

Britain fails to understand the nature of globalisation at its peril

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

Putting People First in Europe

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

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

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

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

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

Saving Freedom of Movement in Europe

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

Hair of the Top Dog

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

Defeating ISIS And Ending Sunni-Shiite War In Iraq

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

Trump the Traitor

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

The Globalization Disconnect

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

Hillary Clinton and the Scandinavian-American Dream

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

Britain in Search of a Country

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

The Global Economy’s Hesitation Blues

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

The Strongman’s Power Trap

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

The Federalist Threat to Europe

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

Obama’s Last Hurrah

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

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

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

The Nice attack and the corrosive effects of anxiety

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

Remaking Britain

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

China and The Philippines’ Dual South China Sea Challenge

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

The Abdication of the Left

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

The Promise of Regrexit

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

The Brexit Alarm

by Adair Turner Added 07.07.2016
LONDON – As a passionate European, the outcome of Britain’s referendum on European Union membership horrified me. It will almost certainly result in our exit from the EU. But I have feared for many years that large-scale immigration to the UK...

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...
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Civil Rights lawyer Lisa Bloom: "Why The New Child Rape Case Filed Against Donald Trump Should Not Be Ignored"

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

Time for degrowth: to save the planet, we must shrink the economy

by Jason Hickel Added 28.08.2016
What is so refreshing about the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals is that they recognise the inherent tension between economic development and the ecology of our planet. Or so it seems. The preamble affirms that “planet Earth and its ecosystems...

Donald Trump: the Politics of Fear and Violence

by David Coates Added 25.08.2016
Editor's pick from the article: It was Mitch McConnell, after all, who committed his party to making the Obama Administration a one-term phenomenon. The Republican Establishment started this fire, and it needs now to put it out. The Republican...

What a Party of the Working Class Looks Like

by Charles J. Reid, Jr. Added 18.08.2016
There has been talk, in the pages of the New York Times and elsewhere, that the two political parties may be in the process of reversing their traditional demographics. The Republican Party, it is said, may become the party of the working class,...

How work can lead to suicide in a globalised economy

by Sarah Waters and Jenny Chan Added 18.08.2016
A Paris prosecutor recently called for the former CEO and six senior managers of telecoms provider, France Télécom, to face criminal charges for workplace harassment. The recommendation followed a lengthy inquiry into the suicides of a number of...

Voodoo Medicine: Time To Stop

by Jeff Schweitzer Added 13.08.2016
The world’s most celebrated athlete standing on the podium in Rio in honor of receiving yet another gold medal has something important in common with your lazy uncle throwing back a cold one in his Barcalounger. Yes, swimming powerhouse Michael...

Why so serious? The untapped value of positive psychology

by Tim Lomas Added 13.08.2016
All we can ever hope to do, Sigmund Freud once wrote, is “to change neurotic misery into common unhappiness”. This pessimistic statement from arguably the most influential psychological theorist of modern times captured the mood that prevailed...

Rolling Back Republican Voter Suppression

by Charles J. Reid, Jr. Added 11.08.2016
Donald Trump is not an aberration in the modern Republican Party, though many would wish it were so. In fact, ever since the Republican Party chose, in the middle and later 1960’s, to adopt its infamous “Southern strategy” of coded appeals to...

Opinions Are Overrated

by Jeff Schweitzer Added 11.08.2016
The disparate problems facing us today can seem overwhelming in their diversity and magnitude. Our political foundations seem to be crumbling. Polarization has reached extremes on both right and left, yielding a rift in society perhaps not seen...

I already live in the future — and so should you

by Vivek Wadhwa Added 11.08.2016
I drive a Tesla electric vehicle, which controls the steering wheel on highways. My house in Menlo Park, Calif., is a “passive” home that expends minimal energy on heating or cooling. With the solar panels on my roof, my energy bills are close...

Is it true that what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger?

by Pam Ramsden Added 06.08.2016
It may seem that wise, strong people typically have gone through a few hard times in their lives. By comparison, those who have led a very sheltered and privileged life often appear to crack more easily under pressure. But is it really true that...
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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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Interview with Serge Bulat: Grappling with the concept of time

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

How to negotiate the tricky territory of 'fascist music'

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

Music day and night: a summer festival in France

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

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

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

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

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

Big hair: Classical pianism meets show business

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

Prokofiev on fire in Bordeaux

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

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

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

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...
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Five films that Donald Trump should watch

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

When life imitates art, and believable fiction inspires national politics

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

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

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