Translating Trump’s inaugural Speech from the original German

by Juan Cole Added 21.01.2017
Donald Trump’s inaugural speech, like the candidate himself, was a chain of falsehoods, saber-rattling and scary Neofascist uber-nationalism. But it could be difficult to follow because so much of it seemed stolen from the mass politics of the...

Brexit Into Trumpland

by Philippe Legrain Added 20.01.2017
LONDON – British Prime Minister Theresa May is leading the United Kingdom toward a very “hard” Brexit in 2019 – and potentially off a cliff, if the UK leaves the European Union without an exit or trade deal. In her January 17 speech, May...

The Illusions Driving Up US Asset Prices

by Robert J. Shiller Added 19.01.2017
NEW HAVEN – Speculative markets have always been vulnerable to illusion. But seeing the folly in markets provides no clear advantage in forecasting outcomes, because changes in the force of the illusion are difficult to predict. In the United...

Looking Back on Barack

by Jeffrey Frankel Added 14.01.2017
BASEL – Any assessment of Barack Obama’s eight-year US presidency should start at the beginning: his first inauguration, on January 20, 2009. The US economy was in free-fall: financial markets had seized up, GDP was shrinking, and employment was...

New index of economic marginalisation helps explain Trump, Brexit and alt.right

by Andrew Cumbers Added 13.01.2017
If 2016 brought Brexit, Donald Trump and a backlash against cosmopolitan visions of globalisation and society, the great fear for 2017 is further shocks from right-wing populists like Geert Wilders in Holland and Marine Le Pen in France. A new...

Trump’s Crazed Transition

by Elizabeth Drew Added 12.01.2017
WASHINGTON, DC – With Donald Trump’s inauguration as president of the United States fast approaching, the strangest – even craziest – post-election transition in US history is about to come to an end. This period has provided a clear...

Hoping for the Best Against Trump

by Ian Buruma Added 12.01.2017
NEW YORK – Is there any reason for liberals to feel optimistic after a year of political disasters? Is there even a shred of silver lining to be found in the tatters of Brexit, Donald Trump’s election, and European disunity? Christians believe...

Trump’s Defective Industrial Policy

by Dani Rodrik Added 12.01.2017
CAMBRIDGE – US President-elect Donald Trump has yet to take office, but his brand of flawed industrial policy has been on full display since his surprise win in November. Within weeks of the election, Trump had already claimed a victory. Through...

Free Speech and Fake News

by Peter Singer Added 09.01.2017
PRINCETON – About a week before the United States presidential election last November, someone posted on Twitter that Hillary Clinton was at the center of a pedophilia ring. The rumor spread through social media, and a right-wing talk show host...

The year coal collapsed: 2016 was a turning point for Britain’s electricity

by Grant Wilson and Iain Staffell Added 07.01.2017
Socially and politically, 2016 was a momentous year for Britain. It was also a record breaking year for energy and the environment, but thankfully for all the right reasons. Britain’s electricity was the cleanest it had been in 60 years, as coal...

America’s Failures of Representation and Prospects for Democracy

by Rob Johnson Added 07.01.2017
NEW YORK – As the inauguration of US President-elect Donald Trump approaches, the best way to assess the incoming administration may be to focus on the ultimate factors that led to his victory. Trump was not elected in a vacuum, and, as his...

Donald Trump’s North Korean Family Values

by Kent Harrington Added 06.01.2017
ATLANTA – With every new US president arriving in Washington, DC, come a handful of counselors and aides whose personal ties, built over years and forged in election campaigns, give them pride of place in the administration. From the “Irish...

Trump’s Unrealpolitik

by Shlomo Ben-Ami Added 04.01.2017
NEW YORK – Some in the United States have praised President-elect Donald Trump for his supposed realism. He will do what is right for America, they argue, without getting caught up in thorny moral dilemmas, or letting himself be carried away by...

Comrade Trump and the Truth

by Chris Patten Added 04.01.2017
OXFORD – When US President-elect Donald Trump takes office later this month, Americans will be more divided than they have been in years. Never before has an American presidential inauguration been met with so many hosannas from the United...

“America First” and Global Conflict Next

by Nouriel Roubini Added 03.01.2017
NEW YORK – Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States does not just represent a mounting populist backlash against globalization. It may also portend the end of Pax Americana – the international order of free exchange and shared...

Will Europe Let Germany Lead?

by Marcel Fratzscher Added 31.12.2016
BERLIN – The United Kingdom’s Brexit vote, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s referendum defeat and subsequent resignation, and Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States have created a power vacuum in the West, and in Europe....

The American Public Against Trump

by Alan S. Blinder Added 29.12.2016
PRINCETON – The United States, supposedly the world’s beacon of democracy, is practicing a strange form of it nowadays. One presidential candidate won nearly three million more votes than her opponent, who, with a big assist from a hostile...

The Age of Incompetence

by J. Bradford DeLong Added 27.12.2016
BERKELEY – On January 20, 2017, US President-elect Donald Trump will take office having received almost three million fewer votes than his opponent; and he will work with a Republican Senate majority whose members won 13 million fewer votes than...

Big Day at the United Nations

by James J. Zogby Added 27.12.2016
There was considerable drama leading up to the passage of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 (UNSCR 2334) reaffirming the illegality of Israeli settlements. It began with all hell breaking loose Thursday morning when it became clear...

Trump’s Gathering Trade War

by Stephen S. Roach Added 26.12.2016
NEW HAVEN – During his campaign, US President-elect Donald Trump used foreign trade as a lightning rod in his supposed defense of the beleaguered American middle class. This is not an uncommon tactic for candidates at either end of the political...

The Year That Ended an Epoch?

by Javier Solana Added 22.12.2016
MADRID – As 2016 comes to an end, the outlook for 2017 is shrouded in uncertainty. Tensions in the Middle East are rising, and populist movements have appeared in Europe and the United States. In the Middle East, the tragic conflict in Syria...

Theresa May’s Brexit Problem

by Jacek Rostowski Added 20.12.2016
LONDON – British Prime Minister Theresa May reportedly “needed some time to compose herself” in a recent meeting with her presumed ally Angela Merkel. The German Chancellor categorically rejected May’s proposal to do a “side deal” on European...

2017 Promises to be a Year of Unprecedented Risk

by Daniel Wagner Added 17.12.2016
There is no denying that 2016 was a year filled with significant and tangible unanticipated events in the political, economic and security realms. Whether considering Trump’s election, the first OPEC output cut in 8 years, or the resurgence of...

The Persecution Of Christians In The Middle East

by Alon Ben-Meir Added 16.12.2016
Although Christians have lived in the Middle East – the birthplace of Christianity – for nearly two thousand years, as a result of years of persecution and discrimination, especially in the past 15 years, they now constitute no more than 3-4% of...

Preventing NATO-Russian Escalation

by John McColl Added 16.12.2016
BRUSSELS – After expressing skepticism of the NATO alliance during his campaign, US President-elect Donald Trump is now beginning to craft a foreign policy that could have far-reaching implications for Europe’s fraught security situation. The...

Never mind Article 50, here's why Article 127 could be crucial to keeping Britain in the single market

by Gavin Barrett Added 16.12.2016
Britain’s membership of the European single market has become the most contentious issue in the post-Brexit debate. And the legal issues involved are proving rather tricky. Britain’s single market membership is the product of not one, but two...

The Age of Hyper-Uncertainty

by Barry Eichengreen Added 14.12.2016
BERLIN – The year 2017 will mark the 40th anniversary of the publication of John Kenneth Galbraith’s The Age of Uncertainty . Forty years is a long time, but it is worth looking back and reminding ourselves of how much Galbraith and his readers...

Trump’s Foreign Policy Under Tillerson And Bolton

by Daniel Wagner Added 14.12.2016
With the presumed designation of Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, and former U.S. Ambassador to the UN John Bolton as Deputy Secretary of State, Donald Trump will be sending a clear message to the world: the U.S. is open for...

Will Trump Get Trumped?

by Elizabeth Drew Added 13.12.2016
WASHINGTON, DC – This is not a city overflowing with the holiday spirit. As the US Congress heads home for the holidays, there’s a sense that something ominous lies over the horizon. People might try to avoid discussing the pending inauguration,...

The Lessons of America’s Election

by Michael J. Boskin Added 13.12.2016
STANFORD – Donald Trump’s surprise election as the 45th president of the United States has spawned a cottage industry of election post-mortems and predictions, in America and abroad. Some correlate Trump’s victory with a broader trend toward...

Abusing Churchill

by Ian Buruma Added 10.12.2016
NEW YORK – A bronze bust of Winston Churchill, displayed in the White House since the 1960s, has been the object of a continuing right-wing canard in Washington. The story goes that when President Barack Obama moved in, he returned the bust to...

For China, climate change is no hoax – it's a business and political opportunity

by Matthew Kahn Added 10.12.2016
In mid-November, while Americans were preoccupied with election returns, China sent some of its clearest signals yet that it will continue to pursue an international leadership role on issues including climate. At an international climate change...

By flirting with isolationism, Trump could be teeing up a third world war

by Phil Arena Added 08.12.2016
Throughout his presidential campaign, Donald Trump repeatedly opined that the US should no longer serve as the world’s policeman. He publicly questioned what the US gets out of its military presence in South Korea and Japan, where it plays a...

The Trump Boom?

by Kenneth Rogoff Added 07.12.2016
CAMBRIDGE – After years of hibernation, will the US economy rouse itself for a big comeback over the next couple of years? With an incoming Republican administration hell-bent on reflating an economy already near full employment, and with...

Can the Iranian Nuclear Deal Survive the Trump Presidency?

by Giorgio Cafiero and Daniel Wagner Added 06.12.2016
Donald Trump’s shocking victory will bear important, albeit unclear, implications for a variety of America’s bilateral relationships, few more important than its relationship with Iran and the impact that may have on the Joint Comprehensive Plan...

Saving the World from Trump

by Ana Palacio Added 06.12.2016
WASHINGTON, DC – If Donald Trump’s victory in the United States’ presidential election was an earthquake, then the transition period leading up to his inauguration on January 20 feels like a tsunami warning. The entire world is speculating about...

Goodbye to the West

by Joschka Fischer Added 06.12.2016
BERLIN – Now that Donald Trump has been elected President of the United States, the end of what was heretofore termed the “West” has become all but certain. That term described a transatlantic world that emerged from the twentieth century’s two...

Preventing the Next Eurozone Crisis Starts Now

by Jean Pisani-Ferry Added 02.12.2016
PARIS – European leaders have devoted scant attention to the future of the eurozone since July 2012, when Mario Draghi, the European Central Bank’s president, famously committed to do “whatever it takes” to save the common currency. For more...

Can Fillon Beat Le Pen?

by Hugo Drochon Added 02.12.2016
CAMBRIDGE – In the French Republican party’s presidential primary on Sunday, François Fillon soundly defeated frontrunner Alain Juppé, winning close to 67% of the votes. Two weeks ago, a landslide victory for the apparent underdog seemed out of...

Europe’s Secret Bailout

by Hans-Werner Sinn Added 02.12.2016
MUNICH – While the world worries about Donald Trump, Brexit, and the flow of refugees from Syria and other war-torn countries, the European Central Bank continues to work persistently and below the public radar on its debt-restructuring plan –...

Is Our Economic Future Behind Us?

by Joel Mokyr Added 30.11.2016
CHICAGO – With the global economy yet to recover from the 2008 economic crisis, concern about the future – especially of the advanced economies – is intensifying. My Northwestern University colleague Robert J. Gordon captures the sentiment of...

Missing the Economic Big Picture

by J. Bradford DeLong Added 30.11.2016
BERKELEY – I recently heard former World Trade Organization Director-General Pascal Lamy paraphrasing a classic Buddhist proverb, wherein China’s Sixth Buddhist Patriarch Huineng tells the nun Wu Jincang: “When the philosopher points at the...

Donald Trump and the New Economic Order

by Michael Spence Added 29.11.2016
HONG KONG – Since the end of World War II, the hierarchy of economic priorities has been relatively clear. At the top was creating an open, innovative, and dynamic market-driven global economy, in which all countries can (in principal) thrive...

How Russia Stays Afloat

by Anders Åslund Added 28.11.2016
WASHINGTON, DC – The long-term sustainability of Russia’s economy is an open question. Cronyism is rife, and Russia’s heavy dependence on oil revenues means that it will suffer whenever oil prices are low. But if the Soviet Union taught us...

Implications Of The U.S. Withdrawal From The TPP

by Daniel Wagner Added 26.11.2016
President-Elect Trump’s threat to withdraw the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) should be taken seriously, despite how mercurial he has already proven to be in failing to follow through on a variety of other campaign promises....

The Achilles’ Heel of Trumponomics

by Stephen S. Roach Added 24.11.2016
NEW HAVEN – Donald Trump’s economic strategy is severely flawed. The US president-elect wants to restore growth via deficit spending in a country with a chronic shortfall of saving. This points to a further compression in national saving, making...

America’s Berlusconi

by Bill Emmott Added 24.11.2016
LONDON – For the past couple of weeks, the world has been guessing at how US President-elect Donald Trump will behave in office and what policies he will pursue, following a long campaign full of contradictory statements. America’s previous...

Growing Out of US Leadership

by Adair Turner Added 23.11.2016
BEIJING – Donald Trump’s election has been greeted around the world with justifiable bewilderment and fear. His victory – following a fact-free, vicious election campaign – has trashed the brand of American democracy. But, while Trump is...

Donald Trump and the Sense of Power

by Robert J. Shiller Added 22.11.2016
NEW HAVEN – US President-elect Donald Trump campaigned in part on a proposal to cut taxes dramatically for those with high incomes, a group whose members often have elite educations as well. And yet his most enthusiastic support tended to come...

Donald Trump’s Choices in the Middle East

by Shlomo Ben-Ami Added 21.11.2016
TEL AVIV – US President-elect Donald Trump has said a lot about foreign affairs, without really saying anything at all. His muddled statements offer little insight into what kind of foreign policy he will actually pursue, and there is not much...
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Brilliant Light Power on CNN

Over the years Facts & Arts has reported about a company called Brilliant Light Power, previously Black Light Power. The company claims that the electron in the hydrogen atom can be moved closer to the proton, which - I understand - is not...

M. L. King Day 2017: A Time for Principled Defiance

by Robert Creamer Added 16.01.2017
This M. L. King Day, 2017 is an especially important time for us to celebrate and emulate the principled defiance of Dr. Martin Luther King.  Persistent, unapologetic – doggedly non-violent – Dr. King stood like a rock – defiant of the bigotry,...

How Finland could see benefits from its basic income experiment

by Surraya Rowe and Chris Parry Added 14.01.2017
One of the greatest political challenges in the 21st century is coming up with a welfare system which is both effective and fair. Recipients and non-recipients of benefits payments are both quick to point out apparent deficiencies in the status...

Why 2017 is the year of the bot

by Vivek Wadhwa Added 07.01.2017
In the 2013 movie “Her,” Theodore Twombly, a lonely writer, falls in love with a digital assistant designed to meet his every need.  She sorts emails, helps get a book published, provides personal advice and ultimately becomes his girlfriend. ...

Preparing for the Normalization of a Neofascist White House

by Juan Cole Added 03.01.2017
It is 2017, and shortly the White House will be inhabited by an unscrupulous, corrupt narcissist who has shamelessly mobilized the Neo-Nazi fringe of the Republican Party to get into power. Despite all the cries of ‘no’ to normalization on the...

2017: The Beginning of the Era of Disruption

by Daniel Wagner Added 02.01.2017
In this era of dramatic, rampant, and incessant political change, predictions about the future can no longer be based either on conventional wisdom or historical precedent. We are, after all, in the middle of a paradigm shift that is shredding...

Was 2016 just 1938 all over again?

by Julie Gottlieb Added 31.12.2016
On December 31 1937, Cambridge classicist and man of letters F L Lucas embarked on an experiment. He would keep a diary for exactly one calendar year. It was, as he put it: “an attempt to give one answer, however inadequate, however fragmentary,...

Troubling Omens as We Approach the Presidency of Donald J. Trump

by David Coates Added 31.12.2016
  These are early days of course. Nothing has happened yet to directly justify a rush to judgment. But enough happened during the campaign, and enough is happening now in the interregnum between the election and the inauguration, to give genuine...

Fringe helped elect Trump by crossing over into mainstream

by Lawrence Rosenthal Added 19.12.2016
The self-described “alt-right” represents what for many decades has been an offshoot of radical conservatism, mixing racism, white nationalism and populism. At its most extreme, we find virulently antiblack and anti-Semitic groups like the Ku...

Donald Trump’s Angry Narcissistic Fog is a Threat to Democracy Everywhere

by Ian Hughes Added 17.12.2016
Trump’s campaign forcefully reminds us that psychology is central to politics. Despite the so called ‘Goldwater Rule’, which prohibits psychiatrists from commenting on a public figure’s mental health without having personally examined the...

How class and the rise of China won Trump the White House

by Vassilis K. Fouskas Added 07.12.2016
Most explanations concerning the reasons that led Trump to victory in the US presidential election are unconvincing for two simple reasons: they brush off the issue of class and the rise of China in the global political economy. In fact, these...
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Elie Wiesel’s Early Work: Four Novels

by Mary L. Tabor Added 07.01.2017
A Talmudic question has much intrigued me: Two men are stranded in the desert. Only one has water. If he shares it, they both die; if he keeps it, he lives and his companion dies. What should he do? Rabbi Akiva taught that the man has the right...

Why Bob Dylan deserves his Nobel prize in literature

by Richard Brown Added 14.10.2016
To the surprise of many, Bob Dylan has become the first singer-songwriter to win the Nobel prize in literature. As the news broke, I was in the middle of teaching James Joyce to some undergraduates – an author who did not win the Nobel, but is...

The man behind Matilda – what Roald Dahl was really like

by Pojana Maneeyingsakul Added 13.09.2016
It is 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl – considered by many to be the world’s number one storyteller. His books have received enthusiastic responses from millions of children all around the world. And his tales of the unexpected continue...

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...
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Impresario Leiser fears young piano talent will get left behind

by Michael Johnson Added 17.12.2016
  Veteran impresario Jacques Leiser, summing up his 60 years of toil with some of the world’s greatest performers, is worried about today’s drift in the music business. He believes that too many young artists fail in their first few years...

Young Russian brings personal élan to Mussorgsky’s Pictures

by Michael Johnson Added 13.12.2016
  Ilya Rashkovsky is a rising young Siberian pianist, now based in Paris, whose new CD injects fresh élan into Modeste Mussorgsky’s delightful Pictures at an Exhibition. The performance shows no sign of battle fatigue despite being a mainstay of...

Angelich revives a Beethoven warhorse

by Michael Johnson Added 18.11.2016
The Franco-American pianist Nicholas Angelich delivered a freshly crafted version of a Beethoven warhorse, Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat, Op. 73, together with the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine conducted by Paul Daniel, in the...

Big Songs – the Power Behind the Old Broadway Musicals

by Michael Johnson Added 03.11.2016

Three Delightful Sides of Thomas Adès

by Michael Johnson Added 01.11.2016
Visiting star composer-pianist-conductor Thomas Adès put on a bold show of musical versatility Sunday afternoon at Jordan Hall, joining the Boston Symphony Chamber Players in selections ranging from Purcell to Stravinsky. Thomas Adès A true...

Soprano Nadja Michael stars in stellar production of “The Makropulos Case” at San Francisco Opera

by James Bash Added 21.10.2016
Humans have always had the desire to live forever. Even today there are those wealthy enough to have their bodies frozen in a cryogenic state and others who fervently believe that the wizards of Silicon Valley will preserve them digitally. Leoš...

Why Pianist Roberto Plano turned his back on Italy

by Michael Johnson Added 13.10.2016
  Italian piano virtuoso Roberto Plano has made the big career move so many artists dream of – leaving home to find a better musical life elsewhere. Plano’s move leaves Italy behind and takes him to the United States, to an environment that he...

The intimate John Cage

by Michael Johnson Added 05.10.2016
Virtually all writing, talking and thinking about American experimental music in the 20th century turns eventually to the defining genius of the era, John Cage. His life, his anarchic music and his writings upended traditions beginning in the...

“Just Call Her ‘Tailleferre’ ”

by Michael Johnson Added 01.09.2016
We have come a long way since the day when female composers suffered denigration for their supposed inability to compose anything of substance. That battle is over, and the women have won. There is no longer any such thing as “women’s music,” if...

Così Fan Tutte: racial and sexual abuse should shock audiences, not the titillation

by Eleanor Smith Added 30.08.2016
The new production of Mozart and Lorenzo da Ponte’s classic opera Così Fan Tutte has attracted no shortage of controversy. After its premiere in Aix-en-Provence in France in July, the organisers of the Edinburgh International Festival wrote to...
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Scorsese’s Silence is admirably faithful to the original Japanese novel

by Mark Williams Added 07.01.2017
The blogosphere has been awash this month with reviews of Martin Scorsese’s latest movie, Silence. The work represents a powerful reworking of the novel of the same name by the Japanese novelist, Endō Shūsaku and I, for one, shall never forget...

The Crown may be inaccurate but it's a cracking period drama

by Gabriele Neher Added 16.11.2016
The Crown, Netflix’s most ambitious and expensive original drama, had a reported budget of over US$100 million. The ten-part series charts the ascension of Elizabeth Windsor to the throne as Queen Elizabeth II, and follows the young monarch as...

How the rise in TV 'crime porn' normalises violence against women

by Ruth Penfold-Mounce Added 25.10.2016
Violence against women in television drama has always been high. But in recent years the graphic portrayal of this violence – particularly sexual attacks and murder of women – is on the increase, and the corpse count is rising. This type of...
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