Tunisia was struck by a terrible act of terrorism today: gunmen, presumably of Islamist persuasion, stormed the Bardo museum in the capital, Tunis, killing tourists indiscriminately. Early news accounts suggest that at least 19 people were killed before security forces stormed the building and killed the terrorists.
Benn Steilâ€™s new Forbes op-ed examines Paul Krugman's data analysis purporting to document definitively that "austerity," defined by declines in real government purchases, damaged growth between 2010 and 2013. He shows that this finding collapses entirely when he excludes countries without independent monetary policies, such as those in the Eurozone. For countries with independent monetary policies, changes in real government purchases had no effect on growth.
If knowledge is power, we should all be feeling more powerful. The defining trend of our time is the ever-increasing connectedness made possible by technologies such as the Internet, satellite communication, and cell phones.With this connectedness comes instant access to a large portion of the worldâ€™s knowledge.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahuâ€™s speech to Congress last week was described here and there as â€śmaximalistâ€ťâ€”meaning, he insisted on the best imaginable terms for any agreement with Iran about its nuclear program. Because â€śMaximalistâ€ť is the title of my book on U.S. foreign policy since World War II, people have asked me whether Bibiâ€™s approach isnâ€™t the one the United States used for its own tough negotiations.
Prime Minister Narendra Modiâ€™s government recently set a target of 100 GW of solar panels in India by 2022, a target that would leapfrog India over all developed countries. Varun Sivaram critically examines how realistic the Modi Governmentâ€™s ambition is for India to become the â€śrenewable energy capital of the world.â€ť
It is often said that academics could do a better job speaking to the general public. It can probably also be said that academics could use a dose of looking at the forest as well as the trees. In the area of regulatory management, both appear to be true.
Author: Adam Mount Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
In the next years, the United States will make decisions that shape its nuclear arsenal for the next century, andÂ it may be now or never for the country to adopt a responsible and affordable plan for its nuclear forces.
In the lasting debate over Thomas Pikettyâ€™s book on outsized returns on capital, a significant fact has been obscured: If you excludeÂ land and housing, capital has not risen as a share of the U.S. economy.
Writing in Foreign Policy, Emerson Brooking argues that, given ISISâ€™ strategically significant use of social media for recruiting and messaging, any comprehensive plan to defeat the terror network must also neutralize its online presence. He proposes the creation of a bounty system that would pay hacktivists in anonymized Bitcoin to flag ISIS social media accounts and disrupt its websites.Â
The latest partisan wranglings over net neutrality areÂ yet another reminder of just how divided Republicans and Democrats are over the costs and benefits of federal regulationsâ€”the vast swathe of rules that govern everything from air quality to auto safety.
After three years of unusual stability around $100 a barrel, oil prices fell steeply in the second half of 2014, dropping from $115 a barrel in June to around $60 by December. With oil critical to national economies, international security and climate change, what does the apparent new world of oil mean?
The U.S. plan to arm Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria looks eerily similar to the infamous 1961 failed Bay of Pigs operation. Micah Zenko argues that a clarification of phase twoâ€”how the United States will support the armed rebels once they are trained and equippedâ€”is needed before the United States proceeds.
In 1934 Sergei Kirov, an old Bolshevik who had been head of the Party organization in Leningrad, was assassinated with a shot to the back. Most of his NKVD bodyguards had been mysteriously removed before the murder. Josef Stalin, the Soviet Unionâ€™s absolute dictator, expressed shock at the murder and promised to investigate personally.
On the surface, there is not much that commends Iranâ€™s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. An anti-Semite, he has frequently questioned the Holocaust and defamed Israel in despicable terms. As a conspiracy theorist, he endlessly weaves strange tales about the United States and its intentions. As a national leader, he has ruthlessly repressed Iranâ€™s once-vibrant civil society while impoverishing its economy.
Rates of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in low- and middle-income countries are increasing faster than in wealthier countries. The Independent Task Force outlines a plan for collective action on this growing epidemic.
The authors argue that the United States has responded inadequately to the rise of Chinese power and recommend placing less strategic emphasis on the goal of integrating China into the international system and more on balancing China's rise.
Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
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