The Trauma of France’s Jews

by Dominique Moisi Added 28.07.2014
PARIS – “Death to the Jews!” In Paris and other French cities, the hate-filled words ring out. Attacks on synagogues have taken place for the first time since the Dreyfus Affair at the end of the nineteenth century. In suburban areas near Paris,...

The ‘Washington Post’ Fails in Gaza

by James J. Zogby Added 28.07.2014
Press coverage of this ugly war on Gaza has only served to remind us of the fundamental problem that has plagued the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since the very beginning: Israelis are seen as real individual people; while Palestinians are an...

The Gaza Trap

by Shlomo Ben-Ami Added 28.07.2014
TEL AVIV – Israel’s “Operation Protective Edge” against Hamas in Gaza is the kind of asymmetrical warfare that has characterized nearly all Middle East conflicts in recent years. Victories in such wars are always elusive. Whatever the...

The Other Nigeria

by Paul Collier and Acha Leke Added 28.07.2014
LAGOS – Nigeria has been getting a lot of bad press lately, owing largely to the militant Islamist group Boko Haram’s abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls in April, part of a brutal campaign of kidnappings, bombings, and murder. But, while...

One Hundred Days of Servitude

by Gordon Brown Added 26.07.2014
LONDON – Demonstrations around the world were held this week to mark the 100th day of captivity for more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls by the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram. Since their abduction in April, global outrage has not waned; on...

The Facebook Furor

by Esther Dyson Added 26.07.2014
AMSTERDAM – There has been a lot of fuss lately about the psychological experiment that Facebook conducted on nearly 700,000 of its users. In order to gauge how people’s Facebook “News Feeds” affect their moods, the company temporarily...

The Double Folly

by Alon Ben-Meir Added 24.07.2014
The war between Hamas and Israel has exposed the folly of both sides. Hamas’ long-standing objective to destroy Israel has come back to haunt it, which may eventually spell its own demise. Conversely, Prime Minister Netanyahu’s unwillingness to...

The Fertility Conundrum

by Karen Buch and Duksoo Kim Added 24.07.2014
BOSTON – It is perhaps inevitable that contraception and population growth are controversial topics, given the many perspectives brought to bear on them. Reproductive-health activists focus on family planning and a woman’s right to control her...

Europe’s Surplus of Stagnation

by Robert Skidelsky Added 23.07.2014
LONDON – While the rest of the world recovers from the Great Recession of 2008-2009, Europe is stagnating. Eurozone growth is expected to be 1.7% next year. What can be done about it? One solution is a weaker euro. Earlier this month, the chief...

Decentralizing to Munipalities in Arab Spring Countries

by Yossef Ben-Meir Added 23.07.2014
Decentralization - as a way of structuring public administration, in order to give local people and communities more control over their own affairs and to promote human development - is being closely considered for adoption by some Arab Spring...

Putin’s Tipping Point?

by Nina L. Khrushcheva Added 22.07.2014
NEW YORK – When incompetence in the Kremlin turns murderous, its incumbents can begin to tremble. As news of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine trickled into Russia, people with a long memory recalled the Soviet Union’s...

The New Thirty Years’ War

by Richard N. Haass Added 21.07.2014
NEW YORK – It is a region wracked by religious struggle between competing traditions of the faith. But the conflict is also between militants and moderates, fueled by neighboring rulers seeking to defend their interests and increase their...

The Nightmare of Gaza Continues

by James J. Zogby Added 21.07.2014
I can only imagine the horror in Gaza today as Israel intensifies its assault of that overcrowded, impoverished strip. It is a continuing nightmare story of pain and loss, of trauma and devastation. The heartbreaking numbers by themselves tell...

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Was Shot Down for Money

by Daniel Wagner Added 21.07.2014
Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down in Ukraine last week because three crucial actors all played a role, and they all had something in common -- a desire for money. If any one of them had not contributed to the perfect storm in the manner...

The Waste of War

by Jeffrey D. Sachs Added 21.07.2014
NEW YORK – Karl Marx famously wrote that history repeats itself, “the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.” Yet when we look around nowadays, we can’t help but wonder whether tragedy will be followed by yet more tragedy. Here we are,...

Dangerous Personality Disorders in Leading Positions – DR Congo

by Ian Hughes Added 21.07.2014
The story of the Congo wars is one of state weakness and failure – the weakness and failure of Congo to defend its borders, impose law and order in its eastern provinces, and build the institutions of state necessary to improve the impoverished...

Bahrain's Jihadist Dilemma

by Daniel Wagner and Giorgio Cafiero Added 19.07.2014
In recent years Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have waged crackdowns on local Muslim Brotherhood (MB) movements and their alleged sympathizers under the banner of combating "global terrorism." These governments claim that the MB's...

Russia, the U.S., and Preservation of the Status Quo

by Daniel Wagner Added 18.07.2014
A variety of foreign policy analysts have, over the past several years, gotten into the habit of referring to Russia/U.S. relations as a new Cold War. This is misguided, for a number of reasons. Bilateral relations between the two nations are...

The Curse Of The Occupation

by Alon Ben-Meir Added 16.07.2014
At a time when hundreds of rockets are fired by Hamas and Islamic Jihad from Gaza against Israel – threatening population centers, including Jerusalem and Tel Aviv – criticizing Israel’s occupation of the West Bank would seem inappropriate at...

Why the Israelis Are Repetitively Violent - An Analysis

by Lawrence Davidson Added 16.07.2014
Part I - Rationalizations With the Israelis once more inflicting collective punishment in Gaza (a tactic which happens to constitute a war crime) it is time to consider the mind-set behind their repeated violent and sadistic behavior. One way to...

Remaking Iran

by Said Amir Arjomand Added 16.07.2014
TEHRAN – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani recently marked the end of his first year in office not only with smiles, but also with further evidence of his efforts at domestic reform and geostrategic reorientation. In Iran’s case, these two...

Global Warming: Winds of Vanity

by Bjørn Lomborg Added 16.07.2014
COPENHAGEN – Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital, wants to be the world’s first CO2-neutral city by 2025. But, as many other well-meaning cities and countries have discovered, cutting CO2 significantly is more difficult than it seems, and may require...

Getting Globalization Right

by Ian Goldin Added 16.07.2014
OXFORD – Recent evidence suggests that much of the world has entered a period of low financial-market volatility. But this is no time for complacency; more turbulent times are likely to lie ahead. Over the last quarter-century, rapid...

Booming Until It Hurts?

by Robert J. Shiller Added 15.07.2014
NEW HAVEN – In recent months, concern has intensified among the world’s financial experts and news media that overheated asset markets – real estate, equities, and long-term bonds – could lead to a major correction and another economic crisis....

The Blatterball Diaries

by Lucy P. Marcus Added 15.07.2014
LONDON – The World Cup has concluded with its usual flourish, and much of the world, as usual, couldn’t help but get caught up in the excitement of it all – which is exactly the outcome that Sepp Blatter wants. Blatter, the president of FIFA,...

The "Morality" of the Powerful

by James J. Zogby Added 14.07.2014
"...we will perhaps in time be able to forgive the Arabs for killing our sons, but it will be harder for us to forgive them for having forced us to kill their sons.”                                     Golda Meir, Prime Minister of Israel (1969)...

From Beethoven to Beijing

by Chris Patten Added 14.07.2014
LONDON – On July 1, 17 years ago, I was sailing on Britain’s Royal Yacht away from Hong Kong where, at midnight the previous day, China assumed sovereignty under the terms of an international agreement with the United Kingdom (tabled at the...

A New Caliphate?

by Bernard Haykel  and Cole Bunzel Added 10.07.2014
PRINCETON – The recent declaration of a caliphate by the militant group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is an unprecedented event in modern times. Regardless of how it turns out, one thing is clear: violent jihadism is now an...

A Class of Its Own

by Dani Rodrik Added 10.07.2014
PRINCETON – The very rich, F. Scott Fitzgerald famously wrote, “are different from you and me.” Their wealth makes them “cynical where we are trustful,” and makes them think “they are better than we are.” If these words ring true today, perhaps...

The Old World’s New Roles

by Joseph S. Nye Added 10.07.2014
CAMBRIDGE – China’s rise has raised many questions for the West, with some wondering whether it is set to usurp a struggling Europe’s global leadership role. As one columnist put it, “there is nothing much European governments can do in East...

Why Collective Bargaining is a Fundamental Human Right

by Robert Creamer Added 10.07.2014
The ability for ordinary working people to organize and collectively bargain over their wages and working conditions is a fundamental human right.  It is a right just as critical to a democratic society as the right to free speech and the right...

Oh Mercy Me, I Do Declare, I Have the Vapors

by Jeff Schweitzer Added 10.07.2014
Excuse me, for I thought when I woke up this morning the year was 2014. Yet a headline  today reads "University Plans to Finally Remove Confederate Flags From Campus." In the article we learn that Washington and Lee University is leaving the age...

Is There A Right To Secede?

by Peter Singer Added 10.07.2014
BARCELONA – The European Union has brought 28 countries into a closer political and economic union. Paradoxically, it has also made it more feasible to contemplate the breakup of some of those countries. Independence for a small state outside of...

Dilma Is Likely to Be Reelected, So Why Are Brazilians Celebrating?

by Daniel Wagner Added 10.07.2014
The wind appears to be at Dilma Rousseff's back again, as Brazil's performance at the World Cup has virtually assured that she will be re-elected -- politics working as politics do. Having now been officially named the Worker's Party's candidate...

Juncker’s Make-or-Break Presidency

by Giles Merritt Added 10.07.2014
BRUSSELS – Some say that political theater, not policies, drives democracies, and that’s certainly true of the drama – with comic overtones – that has been playing out in the European Union. The European Parliament elections in late May...

An Open Letter To The Israelis And Palestinians

by Alon Ben-Meir Added 09.07.2014
I have been writing about your conflict for more than three decades. Invariably, I find myself delving into the same themes time and again. The nature of the conflict remains the same. You coexist, and short of self-inflicted catastrophe, you...

The Birth Pains of Arab States

by Shlomo Ben-Ami Added 09.07.2014
TEL AVIV – Caught off guard by the unraveling of the Iraqi state – spurred by the rapid advance of militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) – Americans and Europeans have reverted to their penchant for self-flagellation. And,...

Have We Gone From a Post-War to a Pre-War World?

by Walter Russell Mead Added 08.07.2014
On June 28, 1914, a chauffeur panicked after a failed bomb attack on his boss, took a wrong turn and came to a complete stop in front of a café in Sarajevo where Gavrilo Princip was sitting. Princip, discouraged at the apparent failure of the...

Time for United Nations Intervention

by James J. Zogby Added 07.07.2014
Reactions to the horrific back-to-back kidnappings and murders of three young Israelis and a Palestinian teen have made clear several disturbing realities that must not be ignored. First is the total lack of trust and empathy that defines the...

Why Pick on BNP Paribas?

by Mark Roe Added 06.07.2014
CAMBRIDGE – To Europeans with whom I speak, the $8.9 billion fine imposed on the French financial-services company BNP Paribas for violating American sanctions against Cuba, Iran, and Sudan seems excessive. Yes, BNP did something seriously...

Abe’s Long March

by Ian Buruma Added 06.07.2014
TOKYO – Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo’s coalition government has decided to “reinterpret” the postwar Japanese constitution. According to Article 9 of the constitution, drafted by American lawyers in 1946, when Japan was under Allied...

A Tragedy Should Not Beget Another

by Alon Ben-Meir Added 02.07.2014
There are no words that can adequately condemn the tragic death of the three Israeli teenagers, Naftali, Gilad and Eyal, who have become the latest victims of the long and bloody Israeli-Palestinian struggle. The abduction of any person, be that...

Pakistan’s War at Home

by Shahid Javed Burki Added 02.07.2014
SINGAPORE – Last month, after years of indecision, Pakistan’s military launched a full-scale military operation in the North Waziristan Tribal Agency aimed at eliminating terrorist bases and ending the region’s lawlessness. In particular, the...

The Middle East and the Return of History

by Joschka Fischer Added 01.07.2014
BERLIN – Ever since Francis Fukuyama argued, more than two decades ago, that the world had reached the end of history, history has made the world hold its breath. China’s rise, the Balkan wars, the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the...

The World’s Central Banker

by J. Bradford DeLong Added 01.07.2014
BERKELEY – The US Federal Reserve these days is broadly happy with its monetary policy. But, since mid-2007, its policy has been insufficiently expansionary. The policy most likely to succeed right now would be analogous to that implemented by...

Russia - Escaping the Bear Hug

by Merkhat Sharipzhan Added 01.07.2014
PRAGUE – Three former Soviet republics – Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine – have now signed association agreements with the European Union, despite Russia’s sometimes brutal attempts to obstruct the process. This is certainly a promising...

Making Up History to Make Your Case

by James J. Zogby Added 30.06.2014
After long-simmering sectarian tensions exploded in Iraq a few weeks back, critics from the right and left have had field day taking their shots at the Obama Administration's Iraq policy, or lack thereof. Recognizing that the situation is...

The Poverty of Hillary Clinton

by Naomi Wolf Added 30.06.2014
NEW YORK – Hillary Clinton is annoying people again. Recently, she said in an interview that she and her husband were “dead broke” when they left the White House. This led to unhelpful headlines such as “Bill Clinton: Hillary Is ‘Not Out of...

Looking Beyond Juncker

by Howard Davies Added 27.06.2014
LONDON – The European Union appears to be capable of concentrating on only one problem at a time. This summer it is the question of who will succeed José-Manuel Barroso as President of the European Commission. British Prime Minister David...

The Making of A Palestinian Uprising

by Alon Ben-Meir Added 26.06.2014
The abduction of three Israeli teenage boys is a criminal act and hopefully the perpetrators will be caught soon, face the full weight of the law and end the heart-wrenching ordeal of the boys’ parents and relatives. Yet regardless of who is...
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Kafka’s The Trial: Is the Search for Meaning Possible?

by Mary L. Tabor Added 27.07.2014
Note to my readers: This essay is a follow-up to my rereading of Virginia Woolf’s To The Lighthouse, more personal essay than review. I hope to follow my musing on Kafka with another brief essay on James Joyce’s Ulysses —even in the face of the...

How to be a publishing parent – and help diversify children’s literature

by Natalia Kucirkova Added 25.07.2014
Many professional authors are also parents, but recently, there have been a number of success stories of parents simply writing for their own children and becoming very successful. And this recent surge is largely driven by digital technology...

Papal Bull

by Colm Herron Added 18.07.2014
I make it a year and four months since Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected pope. In the light of this I was interested to read that he (Pope Francis as he became) had his first interview with a female journalist just three weeks ago. Her...

Hey, Whiny British Authors…You Want Fries (Ahem, Chips) With That?

by Michael Levin Added 17.07.2014
Whatever happened to that steely British resolve, that famous Churchillian stiff upper lip?  When did the English become as whiny as we Americans? Evidence has arrived in the form of an article in The Guardian [1] , a leading British newspaper,...

Are There 5 Reasons to Stick With Major Publishers? No, There Are Zero Reasons

by Michael Levin Added 14.07.2014
A HuffPost blogger with expertise in publishing suggests there are still  5 reasons to get a deal with a New York publisher: partnership; quality; legitimacy; distribution; and advances. Respectfully, there aren't five reasons to go with New...

Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, and the Persistence of Experimental Popular Music

by David W. Galenson Added 10.07.2014
The summer of 1961 was one of my favorites: Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris were hitting home runs, Whitey Ford was winning games, and "Who Put the Bomp" was a big hit on my transistor radio. I didn't usually like novelty songs, but I liked "Who...

I've Never Met an Atheist or a Religious Believer

by Frank Schaeffer Added 09.07.2014
This is an Excerpt from my new book  Why I Am an Atheist Who Believes in God Which "me" should be running the show? We're all in the closet, so to speak. We barely come out to ourselves and never completely to others. I've never met an...
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Composer Scott Wollschleger: Painting with the Right Notes

by Ivan Ilic Added 19.07.2014
An interview by Ivan Ilic.  I first came across Scott Wollschleger as I browsed the Project Schott New York website.  Instantly, I knew that his Music Without Metaphor was the right piece for a new CD I was preparing. [1]   Wollschleger had...

Pianist Ernest So’s latest discoveries

by Michael Johnson Added 17.07.2014
Chinese pianist Ernest So’s eclectic tastes set him apart from the current run of young Asian keyboard superstars now filling concert halls around the world. He has the technical brilliance of the best of them but more importantly he is a...

Interview With Composer Gregg Lehrman

by Teddy Wayne Added 13.07.2014
Gregg Lehrman is a composer and entrepreneur who has helped score music for a number of big TV shows and films. Lehrman has also invented an ingenious new musical instrument,  REV, which reverses sounds. I spoke with Lehrman about his invention...

Caressing the arpeggios: Shirley Hunt does Bach’s cello suites

by Michael Johnson Added 09.06.2014
The Bach suites for solo cello can leave you suffused, body and soul, with their plangent resonances if you allow them to. These six intimate pieces seem conceived to exploit the sensual nature of the cello. Since the revival of the suites in...

John Cage: ‘More mainstream than ever’

by Michael Johnson Added 05.06.2014
When British music lecturer Julia Winterson offered composer John Cage a cup of coffee, he just looked at her. Ms. Winterson, recalling the 1989 encounter, said she thought maybe he hadn’t heard her or didn’t understand her Yorkshire accent....

Ivan Ilic: A ‘sumptuous’ feast of related pieces

by Michael Johnson Added 01.06.2014
A new CD from Ivan Ilic, the Serbian-American pianist based in France, offers a most refreshing change of pace from the current crop of young keyboard speedsters and clavier hammerers. Titled The Transcendentalist (Heresy 015), this disc will...

Music I (Mostly) Hold Dear: Frederic Rzewski

by Daniel Asia Added 25.05.2014
Frederic Rzewski's  The People United Will Never be Defeated  is one of those pieces that seems to have popped or plopped out whole and near perfect. While now I find it just a bit longwinded, it still works in its proportions and rigorous...
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