Most recent Viewpoints blogs and columns

  • Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama (R) attend the opening session of the at the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit on March 24, 2014 in The Hague, Netherlands. The Nuclear Security Summit, held March 24-25, will be attended by world leaders and is aimed at preventing nuclear terrorism. (Yves Herman/Getty Images)

    Obama Travels to Asia but Future of Trade Pact Is Uncertain

    MEDFORD—President Barack Obama’s trip to four Asian nations is aimed in large part to reassure skeptical partners that the announced US pivot to Asia is... Read more

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    With Government Roads, the Customer Is Always Wrong

    From the moment automobiles became commonplace in society, people have been dying in them at astonishing rates. Tragically, over the last century almost 40 million... Read more

  • A boy uses a computer in the East Elmhurst public library branch in the Queens borough of New York, on Oct. 19, 2009. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    Operation Get Galante: Union-Supported Politicians Go After Head of Queens Library System

    Queens Library CEO and President Thomas Galante is having a bad year. His once-solid reputation has taken a hit from allegations of mismanagement and corruption... Read more

  • Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., April 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Pulitzers Awarded at the ‘Taj Mahal of Journalism’ for Snowden Stories While TV Networks Grumble

    First the good news: The Pulitzer Prize for Public Service was not only the best-covered of its awards this year, but it recognized a series... Read more

  • U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and Saudi Arabian King Abdullah Bin-Abd-al-Aziz Al Saud shake hands after their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House June 29, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Roger L. Wollenberg-Pool/Getty Images)

    U.S. and Saudi Arabia: A Loveless Marriage

    Among the would-be therapists of the foreign policy world, the alliance between the United States and Saudi Arabia is a textbook case of a “loveless... Read more

  • Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen participates in a roundtable discussion with students and faculty after touring the College to Careers Program in Advanced Manufacturing at the City Colleges of Chicago's Daley College on March 31, 2014. In earlier remarks Yellen indicated that the economy was far from healthy and that the Fed would continue its policy of maintaining low interest rates. (Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

    Five Things to Know About the Fed’s Obsession With Inflation

    Americans struggle with stagnant wages and rising prices. Yet the Federal Reserve is obsessed with boosting inflation with easy-money policies that may actually discourage reforms... Read more

  • Nobel Prize in literature 1982 laureate Gabriel García Márquez is the subject of this portrait being painted in his hometown of Aracataca, Colombia, on April 18, 2014. García Márquez, the author of One Hundred Years of Solitude, died on April 17 at home in Mexico City with his wife and two children at his side. (Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty Images)

    Gabriel García Márquez’s Lost Legacy

    I met Gabriel García Márquez and Fidel Castro at the Convention Palace in Havana during a medical meeting I attended in Cuba in the early... Read more

  • A scene from Motti Lerner’s “The Admission,” a critical yet nuanced look at the massacre and expulsion of the Palestinian residents of Tantura. The play’s central question is a nagging one: to achieve co-existence, should we bury the past and move on, or dig up the bones and risk fighting those conflicts all over again? (Photo: DC Theatre Scene)

    Asking the Hard Questions About Israel

    Amid floundering peace talks, Jewish artists, historians, and activists are taking an increasingly critical look at Israel’s founding and history. In 1948, the village of... Read more

  • India's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi (L) and BJP candidate for Hazaribagh Parliamentary constituency Jayant Sinha wave to supporters during an election rally in Hazaribagh, India's Jharkhand state, on April 15, 2014. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

    Asia’s Big Democracies Head to the Polls

    Although rarely hyphenated in the manner of India-China, India and Indonesia perhaps have more in common with each other than any other two countries. These... Read more

  • Mourners gather during the funeral Al-Manar cameraman Mohammad Mantash, who was killed in Syria, in the southern Lebanese village of Kfar Sir on April 15, 2014. Lebanon's Hezbollah television channel Al-Manar announced that three staffers were killed while covering the Syrian army's takeover, on April 14, of the Christian town of Maalula. (Mahmoud Zayyat/AFP/Getty Images)

    The Impact of the Syria Conflict on Salafis and Jihadis in Lebanon

    This MEI Policy Paper seeks to address the Syrian war’s effects on Lebanon against the backdrop of exacerbated sectarian tensions and political-religious instability. The study... Read more

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    Scientists Warn the Rise of AI Will Lead to Extinction of Humankind

    Article by Mike Adams, editor of Natural News. Everything you and I are doing right now to try to save humanity and the planet probably... Read more

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    Scarcity, Monopoly, and Intellectual Property

    A Libertarian Critique of Intellectual Property. By Butler Shaffer. Mises Institute, 2013. 62 pages. Few topics in recent years have aroused as much interest among... Read more

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    Economic Progress and the Primacy of the Individual

    Members of an Austrian School of economics forum to which I belong have been discussing the source of economic progress. It began with the usual... Read more

  • A school bus in Manhattan's East Village in New York on Jan. 15, 2013. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

    Milking Public Education

    The building stood facing me, the windows staring ahead like hundreds of scrutinizing eyes. It was larger than I thought it would be. I looked... Read more

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    Which Firm Will Dominate Wall Street? The One That Goes Back to Partnership

    As an integral part of the economy, Wall Street will never disappear. But with a terrible reputation for many years, especially since the Great Recession,... Read more

  • American flags in Rockefeller Center, New York. (Vincent J. Bove)

    Diversity: America’s Heartbeat

    Diversity is America’s heartbeat and essential to reawakening the nation. It expresses a true appreciation of the inestimable value of each human being and a... Read more

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    Politics Makes Us ‘Stupid’ Because the World is Complex

    Ezra Klein has launched his new site,, with an essay on ‘how politics makes us stupid’. The piece is provocative, and Klein uses some... Read more

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    The Sad State of the Economics Profession

    It is not an exaggeration to say the current reputation of economists is probably just below that of a used car salesman. The recent failures... Read more

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    The IMF is Dead Wrong on Low Interest Rates

    In its just-published World Economic Outlook the IMF trumpets the view that the real level of equilibrium interest rates worldwide has declined substantially since the... Read more

  • A Syrian man (R) runs past rubble as smoke billows in the background following a reported air strike by Syrian government forces on March 7, 2014 during the Friday prayers in the Sukkari neighborhood of the northern city of Aleppo. More than 140,000 people have been killed in Syria since the start of a March 2011 uprising against the Assad family's 40-year rule. (Baraa Al-Halabi/AFP/Getty Images)

    Syria’s Real Scoreboard

    It’s simpler when war is binary. Easier to understand – and discuss – when one side is winning, and the other is losing. When it... Read more