In the Unverified Digital World, Are Journalists and Bloggers Equal?
Amongst the many challenges facing the field of journalism in the move from print to digital, and what distinguishes a journalist from a blogger.
Wall Street Bonuses Versus the Minimum Wage
Purveyors of Ferraris and high-end Swiss watches keep their fingers crossed toward the end of each calendar year, hoping that the big Wall Street banks will be generous with their annual cash bonuses.
For Another View of World War I, Look to Lord of the Rings
In the year of the World War I centenary, much renewed attention has been paid to war poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon and tables in bookshops are groaning under the weight of their work.
Austerity Led to a Rise in Male Suicide. It Wasn’t Inevitable
A 20-year decline in suicide in the UK came to an end in 2007. Since then the suicide rate has been rising, especially among men.
Despite Rhetoric, Russia and US Can’t Afford Another Cold War
Despite the considerable strains in their partnership, the US and Russia remain linked by many important security issues.
Who Are ‘The People’?
The people have spoken. They have elected a government. No, wait, I hear the angry shouts of a demonstration in the streets. “We are the people,” they are crying. The crowd is getting larger and larger. They are pressing against the gates of parliament and the presidential palace. And now the ...
How Measuring GDP Encourages Government Meddling
In a review of Diane Coyle’s GDP: A Brief but Affectionate History, aptly titled “Measuring the Unmeasurable,” James Grant highlights many of the difficulties involved in aggregate statistical attempts to measure economic activity. Grant summarizes critical problems in one succinct sentence, “Imagine deciding which nation produces what in a global supply chain. ...
Can ASEAN Respond to the Chinese Challenge?
China and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN, resumed consultations on the South China Sea in Singapore Tuesday. In theory, active work on a declaration and code of conduct for the South China Sea—the arena of conflicting territorial claims—should ease tensions, but the opposite may be true.
Toward a Permanent Nuclear Deal with Iran
There are still significant challenges to reaching a permanent deal on Iran's nuclear enrichment program, but there's plenty of room to compromise.
Despite the Rumble of Russian Tanks the Main Weapon in Ukraine is Information
“In the information age, success is not merely the result of whose army wins, but also of whose story wins.” The words of Harvard scholar Joseph Nye have been borne out in Ukraine. At the moment, the Moscow narrative appears to have the upper hand both in Crimea and in ...
Bad Neighbor, Good Neighbor: Libya-Egypt Relations
In 2011, observers predicted closer relations between Libya and Egypt, but the realization of this prediction appears unlikely.