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  • The defeat of Europe

    Le Monde diplomatique - English edition
    Yanis Varoufakis
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:19 am
    The Eurogroup — which has no legal standing — is anti-democratic, disdainful of the European Commission, which it now commands, and internally fractured. This is what it did to Greece. In 2010 the Greek state lost the capacity to service its debt. Put simply, it became insolvent and thus lost access to capital markets. To prevent a default on fragile French and German banks that had irresponsibly lent billions to irresponsible Greek governments, Europe decided to grant Greece the biggest (...) - 2015/08 / Open access, 2015/08 - Euro
  • Iran nuclear deal bigger than partisan politics: Your Say

    USATODAY - Opinion
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:25 pm
    The Obama administration defended the Iran deal before a House panel this week.         
  • Encouraging Work

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    Andrés Velasco
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Few policies manage to be economically illiterate and heartless at the same time. But Britain’s Conservative government has achieved just that, by cutting tax credits for low-income workers.
  • Money changes North Korea

    Le Monde diplomatique - English edition
    Martine Bulard
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:19 am
    Pyongyang now has consumers, spending liberally, and the regime is setting up special economic zones. But it still keeps a very close eye on the rare visiting journalist. In the middle of the afternoon the crossroads was jammed with cars hooting furiously. It could have been Paris or Milan, but in fact this was Pyongyang, in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK, North Korea). The chaos was caused by the Spring International Trade Fair at the Three Revolutions exhibition centre , (...) - 2015/08 / Password
  • Room for Debate: The Next 50 Years for Medicare and Medicaid

    NYT > Opinion
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:31 am
    Are the major government health care programs sustainable for future generations?
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  • Clinton attacks the GOP on climate change. But her plan has a glaring gap.

    Editorial Board
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:10 pm
    HILLARY CLINTON has a new plan to ramp up emissions-free renewable energy. That puts her head-and-shoulders above her GOP rivals, who range from climate chickens to climate deniers. Nevertheless, her plan is plainly worse than what she ran on eight years ago — and it has a glaring gap.Read full article >>
  • It’s time to act to stop South Sudan’s sad unraveling

    Editorial Board
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:02 pm
    THE SPECTACLE of failure in South Sudan is saddening. A nation that was brought to independence with the enthusiastic support of the United States, ending a long civil war, is now being torn apart by its own leaders. Millions in South Sudan are enduring hunger and disease. In the annals of nation-building experiments, this one may be remembered as ill-fated and short-lived. President Obama is now threatening further punishment of warring parties in a nation he once helped to its feet.Read full article >>
  • The D.C. Council’s commendable effort on ethics

    Editorial Board
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:01 pm
    STUNG BY government scandals, the D.C. Council realized nearly four years ago that it had no choice but to do something about ethics reform. New rules and creation of an ethics board with the juice to go after wrongdoers has helped improve government conduct. Ethics reform, though, must be an ongoing process. So it’s encouraging that there are new efforts to tighten and clarify the rules that govern the conduct of elected officials and government employees. Read full article >>
  • A sensible, state-based answer to gun violence

    Editorial Board
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:54 pm
    ONE WEEK after five U.S. military service members were killed in a mass shooting in Chattanooga, Tenn., a gunman opened fire Thursday in a movie theater in Lafayette, La., killing two people. Some five weeks earlier, a shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C. , left nine people dead. The question that inevitably arises from each event is how can we best keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them.Read full article >>
  • Vladimir Putin is suffocating his own nation

    Editorial Board
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:53 pm
    IN THE tumult and uncertainty that marked Russia after the Soviet Union imploded, when the state was weak and many institutions tottering, a vital lifeline was extended from the West. The U.S. government, as well as foundations and philanthropies, responded generously. The financier George Soros, through his Open Society Foundations, provided small grants that sustained many impoverished scientists. The MacArthur Foundation and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) were vital sources of support to civil society, education and human rights. Read full article >>
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  • J.A. Jance

    24 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    J.A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of both the J. P. Beaumont series and the Joanna Brady Series. She has written 40 novels and she has more than 10 million copies of her books in print. Visit her Web site: JAJance.com.
  • Chuck Wolfe

    19 Jul 2015 | 11:18 pm
    Chuck Wolfe is an environmental and land use lawyer with a graduate degree in regional planning, and over 24 years of experience in environmental and land use law, innovative land use regulatory tools and sustainable development techniques.
  • Candace Calloway Whiting

    16 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    Candace Calloway Whiting has studied and trained dolphins, seals, and orca whales. She is currently a volunteer at the Center for Whale Research at Friday Harbor.
  • Robert A. Brown

    13 Jul 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Just another weblog
  • Dr. Jim Taylor

    7 Jul 2015 | 6:45 am
    Dr. Jim Taylor is internationally recognized for his work in the psychology of business, sport, and parenting. Jim is the author or editor of ten books and hundreds of scholarly and popular articles, and speaks to and consults with businesses, athletes and sports teams, and schools throughout North America, Europe, and the Middle East. To learn more, visit www.drjimtaylor.com.
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  • Letters: Is Florida's death penalty system constitutional?

    Times-Union readers
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:18 pm
    DEATH SENTENCES Florida’s policy at issue Millions of dollars are about to be wasted on the eight death trials scheduled for this fall in Duval County. It is likely these cases will be overturned by a U.S. Supreme Court case that will not be decided until the summer of 2016. The Hurst vs. Florida case challenges Florida’s death sentencing rule that allows for a simple majority, a 7-5 jury vote, to sentence someone to death. This is the lowest threshold in the U.S. for a death sentence. read more
  • Lead Letter: Defending Obama's Cuban policies

    Times-Union reader
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:18 pm
    A Times-Union editorial takes to task President Barack Obama for opening up some relations with Cuba while not addressing human rights violations there. This is all being done under a time-frame analysis of the immediate past six months. In the last 50 years, we essentially cut off all relations with Cuba following a failed attempt to forcibly overthrow Fidel Castro in an effort to end the Castro regime. It doesn’t seem like that policy has worked well. read more
  • Useful information on surgeons is readily available

    Times-Union Editorial
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Surgeons’ histories of complications are now easily available. Now patients have the ability to see how their physicians stack up against others. The data comes from a ProPublica analysis of surgeons’ records on eight of the most common elective procedures: hip and knee replacements, spinal fusions, gallbladder removals, prostate resections and prostate removals. The 2.3 million surgeries took place between 2009 and 2013, the independent investigative reporting website said. Nearly 17,000 surgeons have been rated, including many in this area. read more
  • Sanctuary cities must be ended

    Times-Union Editorial
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:17 pm
    The practice of some cities to regularly flout the law is bringing attention to America’s broken immigration system. Some cities refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities in various ways. They have been dubbed “sanctuary cities.” The issue came to light with the shocking murder of a woman in San Francisco by an illegal alien who had been deported five times previously to Mexico. The killer had a long list of felony convictions for immigration and drug crimes dating to 1991. read more
  • Tonyaa Weathersbee: Sandra Bland case demands our concern

    Tonyaa Weathersbee
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Chevara Orrin was in Peru when she heard about Sandra Bland. Bland, a 28-year-old African-American woman, was found dead in her jail cell July 16 in Waller County, Texas, a week after a state trooper pulled her over for not signaling a lane change. read more
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  • Connecting communities and schools in Baltimore

    Jonathon Rondeau
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:02 am
    A sea change is taking place in Baltimore, and it recently received national recognition. Where it's taking hold, school attendance is up. Chronic absenteeism is down. Student achievement and promotion rates are up. More families are engaged. School climates are being transformed.
  • Planned Parenthood attack part of political agenda

    Amina Chaudhry
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:29 am
    Planned Parenthood is the most trusted women's health care provider in this country. Approximately one in five women in the United States has relied on a Planned Parenthood health center for care in her lifetime. At Planned Parenthood, nothing is more important to us than the health and safety...
  • Overcoming the confidence gap

    Kelsey Twist Schroeder
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:29 am
    When I was sent the link to a Baltimore Sun article about four local girls making the U.S. national Under-19 lacrosse team, I was eager to read it. After all, I had played on that same team 16 years ago, and one of my own students is on the team. So I opened the link, read the first sentence, and...
  • Happy birthday, Medicare

    Robert B. Reich
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Medicare turns 50 this week. It was signed into law July 30, 1965 -- the crowning achievement of Lyndon Johnson's Great Society. It's more popular than ever.
  • Encouraging innovation in Md.

    Tom Sadowski
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:10 am
    A recent Kauffman Foundation study found that year-over-year startup activity in the U.S. increased in 2015 for the first time in five years and showed the largest increase in more than 20 years. This is particularly good news from an employment perspective because new firms create the vast majority...
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    Post-Gazette -- OPINION

  • Trump's memory is faulty

    30 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Donald Trump has a memory problem. He touts over and over again how rich he is but forgets that his father left him hundreds of millions of dollars and a thriving real estate development company. He calls people coming over our southern border criminals and rapists and forgets that his company has employed many illegal immigrants. He points to all the buildings with his name on them and forgets that he does not own or run many of them.
  • Gross injustice: Obama should have worked to keep Pollard jailed

    By the Editorial Board
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    American-born Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard will walk free from a U.S. prison in November, and the decision of the Obama administration not to stop him is a gross injustice to the American people.
  • As Others See It: Putin is suffocating Russia

    By The Washington Post
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    An editorial fromThe Washington Post
  • Jailhouse learning: County inmates reap the benefit of e-tablets

    By the Editorial Board
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Too much mindless television is bad for anyone, particularly men and women sitting in jail. In Allegheny County, some inmates now can use electronic tablets to give them a chance to learn something beyond the obvious, the lessons that landed them there.
  • George F. Will: Obama's overreaches on the Iran deal

    By George F. Will
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    It came two days after the announcement of the nuclear agreement with Iran, yet little mention was made on July 16 of the 70th anniversary of the first nuclear explosion, near Alamogordo, N.M. The anniversary underscored that the agreement attempts to thwart proliferation of technology seven decades old.
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    The Orange County Register - News Headlines : Opinion

  • Time is right to strengthen oversight of law enforcement

    30 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    There is an important opportunity for strengthening civilian oversight of law enforcement in Orange County and it must not be squandered. The Orange County Board of Supervisors is to be commended for focusing on this, including by holding a hearing...
  • Why China's stock market turmoil matters here

    30 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    China’s stock-market plunge soon could be crashing like an economic tsunami onto the shores of Orange County and the rest of California. Although it recovered a bit Wednesday, the previous three days saw the Shanghai Composite Index lose 11...
  • With Iran deal, Obama makes bad history

    30 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    WASHINGTON – It came two days after the announcement of the nuclear agreement with Iran, yet little mention was made July 16 of the 70th anniversary of the first nuclear explosion, near Alamogordo, N.M. The anniversary underscored that the...
  • Perils of a pop-culture presidency

    30 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    The presidency is a lonely job. In moments of world-historical gravity, the commander in chief can find the weight of the world resting solely on his shoulders. In such dark nights of the soul, it’s not unusual for the chief executive to turn to a...
  • Cartoons: More bark than bite in immigration policy

    30 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Also: Dentist becomes the lion-killing king; Brady's long-distance toss.
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  • Old times there forgotten

    30 Jul 2015 | 12:54 am
    If heaven ain't a lot like Dixie, we don't wanna go. (Gosh, there's got to be a country song in there somewhere.) But, as recent stories in the newspaper suggest, Dixie hasn't always been all mint juleps and Aunt Bea's cornbread muffins. Like the history of any place, history here is mixed.
  • The Americans are coming

    BILL IEZZI Philadelphia Inquirer
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:53 am
    When a fleet of yachts and schooners from Key West, Fla., sailed into sunny Havana Harbor on May 20, the American flags they flew waved at Cubans lined along the slimy seawall. The Cubans not only waved back but also whistled and flashed two-finger victory signs.
  • Dept. of Strange Coincidences

    30 Jul 2015 | 12:53 am
    The commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service swears his people didn't discriminate against right-wing groups seeking to obtain or retain their tax-exempt status. Or rather Commissioner John Koskinen says no evidence that his agency did so has turned up.
  • Disclose those bundlers

    Washington Post
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:52 am
    Apollo, Voyager, Endeavour. These familiar names no longer belong only to space shuttles: They're also how Jeb Bush is categorizing his top donors in the 2016 presidential race. We hope Bush will attach identities to those titles and make them public, as he has promised.
  • Hillary's conundrum

    RAMESH PONNURU Bloomberg News
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:52 am
    Hillary Clinton can't keep her story straight. I'm not talking about her email servers. She can't stick to a consistent line on the rather more central issue of the U.S. economy. It is leading to odd tonal shifts in her campaign and to some foolish policy choices.
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  • Debris in photo said to be of Boeing 777, same model as missing Malaysian plane

    Tribune wire reports
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:54 pm
    Air safety investigators have a "high degree of confidence" that aircraft debris found in the Indian Ocean is of a wing component unique to the Boeing 777, the same model as the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared last year, a U.S. official said Wednesday.
  • As Sanders' Star Rises, State's Liberal Democrats Notice

    29 Jul 2015 | 8:28 pm
    WEST HARTFORD - Nearly 40 years ago, Bill Cibes signed on to support the upstart presidential campaign of a little-known peanut farmer from Georgia.
  • University of Cincinnati cop charged with murder in traffic-stop shooting

    Tribune wire reports
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:08 pm
    A University of Cincinnati police officer who shot a motorist during a traffic stop over a missing front license plate was indicted Wednesday on a murder charge, with a prosecutor saying the officer "purposely killed him" and "should never have been a police officer."
  • Hundreds protest lion killing at Minnesota dentist's office

    Tribune wire reports
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:55 pm
    A Minnesota dentist who has become the target of worldwide outrage for hunting and killing a protected lion in Zimbabwe advised patients Wednesday to seek care elsewhere and said he rarely discussed his big-game hunting because it can be a "divisive and emotionally charged topic."
  • 3 U.Va. graduates sue Rolling Stone over retracted rape story

    Tribune wire reports
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:47 pm
    Three University of Virginia graduates and members of a fraternity profiled in a debunked account of a gang rape in a retracted Rolling Stone magazine story filed a lawsuit against the publication and the article's author Wednesday, court records show.
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  • Mercury News editorial: Inhumane detention of women and children needs to stop

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:04 pm
    Last summer's flood of immigrants, particularly children, fleeing murderous gang violence in Latin America and the subsequent hapless handling of this humanitarian crisis by the Department of Homeland Security faded from the public consciousness over the winter. Thankfully, it's front and center still for immigrant advocates like San Jose's U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren, and for federal courts.On Friday U.S. District Judge Dolly M. Gee gave Homeland Security until Monday to show how the horrible conditions at two privately-run detention centers in Texas and a third in Pennsylvania could be remedied.
  • Mercury News editorial: Silicon Valley can influence Covered California rates

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Covered California's insurance premium rates are rising faster in Northern California than in Southern California. That should be an eye-opener for Silicon Valley.The state's overall 4 percent increase is far lower than Affordable Care Act critics projected, signaling again that President Barack Obama's reforms are working. But Santa Clara County rates went up 7 percent and Santa Cruz County's up 12.8 percent. We've got work to do. Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee attributes the difference directly to the heavier competition among hospitals and doctors' groups in Southern…
  • Mercury News editorial: Maddy's tragedy a parent's worst nightmare

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:41 pm
    Crime is down. We know this. Statistically, it has trended steadily down, with only brief upticks, since the 1980s here and throughout the United States.Yet one look at Maddy Middleton's sweet smile reminds us what cold comfort statistics are. It breaks our hearts.We've all seen her picture, sent out Sunday evening in the hope -- belief, at first -- that she was only lost. Police now think that by the time her family realized she was missing and called them, a little after 6 p.m., Madyson of the beautiful smile was already dead. Her alleged killer? A15-year-old neighbor she apparently…
  • Mercury News editorial: Videos about Planned Parenthood are grossly misleading

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:28 pm
    Anyone with half a brain can see through the heavily edited "gotcha" videos purporting to show Planned Parenthood officials illegally bargaining to sell tissue from aborted fetuses. The videos are grossly misleading and politically irresponsible.The research that fetal tissue makes possible at respected universities across the country has produced vaccines that have saved millions of lives and now targets Alzheimers, Parkinsons and other fatal, heartbreaking diseases. Planned Parenthood does not profit from it. But Republicans in Congress and in the presidential free-for-all are…
  • Mercury News Editorial: Hayward Sgt. Scott Lunger, another victim of meaningless tragedy

    <br> <p class="Byline Affiliation">Mercury News editorial</p>
    24 Jul 2015 | 4:23 pm
    Any veteran police officer will tell you that there is no such thing as a routine traffic stop. It is a fundamental truth drilled into recruits at police academies everywhere. Traffic stops are always dangerous. The people of Hayward felt the tragic sting of that truth early Wednesday when veteran Hayward Police Sgt. Scott Lunger was gunned down after pulling over a weaving vehicle in a residential neighborhood.Lunger's murder sent shock and sorrow throughout the Bay Area, just as the tragic slaying of San Jose Police Officer Michael Johnson did just four months ago. In his case too, death…
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  • The Thursday wrap

    29 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Boston Mayor Marty Walsh put the kibosh on Beantown’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games by saying he was refusing “to mortgage the future ...
  • Inspiration on ice

    29 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    I never realized that Penguins forward Bryan Rust has a stuttering problem. For someone who stutters, like I do, the Sports story “Penguins winger prospect ...
  • Trump: Stealing the thunder

    29 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    For the life of me, I cannot understand the fuss that conservatives are making over Donald Trump. I understand the liberal media and Democrats fawning ...
  • Don’t leave our military personnel defenseless

    29 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Anytime, anyplace, terrorists can strike. With just his signature, President Obama could eliminate the gun-free zone policies that leave our military personnel defenseless. Late last ...
  • ATI ‘ate its own’

    29 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Re. the Archie Atkinson letter, “ATI fixing past mistakes” (July 21): That sure was a lot of pro-company propaganda. Mr. Atkinson has no clue how ...
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  • Night shifts are wrecking my health – but I can’t seem to give them up | Anonymous

    30 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Not even a type-2 diabetes diagnosis can persuade me to quit the night shifts, and I dread the day that I’m forced toI have been working the night shift on and off for most of my career; since it’s unavoidable in my trade, I’ve come to regard it as a fact of life. I work as a journalist at a TV station, and I’ve become known as the night-shift guy – the person who does the worst and oddest shifts. I used to tell myself, family and friends that I busted my biological clock long ago, that I’m the invincible night-shift guy who wouldn’t be affected so long as I got enough…
  • Nostalgia fatigue: the internet's memory prompts make cherished feelings vanish | Emma Brockes

    Emma Brockes
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:30 am
    If, as a matter of programming, life events are dragged annually into the light, they start to occupy some new, all-encompassing version of the presentI had dinner with a friend of the family this week, who described attending the 50th anniversary of her teenage youth group. They used to play ping-pong in the late 1950s in a recreation room beneath the church hall. When they met again, most of the attendees hadn’t seen each other in the intervening five decades. They were all over 70. My friend looked around, she said, and thought, “Who are all these old people?”The frisson of that…
  • The Hungary PM made a ‘rivers of blood’ speech … and no one cares | Cas Mudde

    Cas Mudde
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:09 am
    All the attention has been on Europe’s neo-Nazi fringe groups, when it’s those in national governments who should be scrutinisedI have been studying radical right politics for almost 25 years. When I started, the Berlin Wall had just come down and only a handful of radical right parties were represented in national parliaments. That one of them would one day be part of a national government in Europe was considered impossible. Today, radical right parties, or parties many would have considered as such in the early 1990s, are part of governments in Finland, Greece, Latvia, Norway, and…
  • Steve Bell's If … 'I've just had King Croesus on the blower'

    Steve Bell
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:10 am
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  • What Jeremy Corbyn offers his supporters is clarity | John Harris

    John Harris
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The under-30s are drawn to this Labour leadership contender by human factors: qualities that are as much about tone as content – and made a Tuesday night in Luton electricAround once a year now, something bubbles to the surface that shows how broken mainstream politics has become. Sometimes these things endure; often they fizzle out. But from the brief season of Cleggmania, through the on-off rise of Ukip and the so-called “green surge”, to the great political reformation in Scotland, Britain is experiencing its own version of the tumult that has broken out all over Europe. A politics…
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  • Are Americans passing up a chance at the best jobs?

    30 Jul 2015 | 1:28 am
    “IT DOESN’T hurt to get more education”, argues Donald Trump, a Republican presidential candidate. But too few Americans are acting on Mr Trump’s insight. Wage inequality has spiralled since the 1980s. In theory, as the returns to education grow, people should invest in more of it. The growing ranks of the educated, in turn, should cause the premium that skilled workers can command to shrink.While this might have happened in the past, economists argue that more recently the supply of skilled workers seems to have fallen behind demand. Americans are blithely ignoring market signals.
  • On the economics of the end of the world as we know it

    29 Jul 2015 | 7:25 am
    In December talks in Paris involving more than 200 countries may result in a new agreement aimed at reducing carbon emissions. In the months leading up to the conference, The Economist will be publishing guest columns by experts on the economic issues involved. Here, Christoph Rheinberger (pictured right) and Nicolas Treich (at left) of the Toulouse School of Economics explain why quantifying the cost of global climate change is so difficult.CLIMATE change puts humanity at risk. The Pope’s celebrated encyclical letter on the subject released last month emphasised this risk “for…
  • Lighting a beacon

    29 Jul 2015 | 6:57 am
    SITA, an aviation technology firm, reported last month that 44% of airlines planned to install beacon technology over the next three years. Beacons are short-range location devices that typically interact with mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Currently only around 9% of airlines use them, largely as a means of informing travellers of details such as boarding gates and flight times. However, over the next three years they will fulfil a variety of functions from directing people to departure lounges and baggage collection to sending targeted duty-free offers to travellers.The…
  • Peaks and valleys

    28 Jul 2015 | 10:58 am
    FED watchers mull automating monetary policy, emerging markets feel the effects of China's stockmarket slump and exchange-traded funds surpass hedge funds
  • America's rail fail

    28 Jul 2015 | 9:36 am
    COMMUTERS to New York received some overdue welcome news over the weekend. Anticipating substantial delays on Monday, New Jersey Transit pre-emptively allowed them to use their train tickets on private buses and ferries instead. By this point, rail-service interruptions had become so predictable that New Jerseyites were probably happy to traverse the Hudson River by boat. Four of the five workdays last week brought long delays on the line, largely the product of electrical failures in the octogenarian overhead wires running through the centenarian train tunnel under the Hudson.Chris Christie,…
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    Le Monde diplomatique - English edition

  • The defeat of Europe

    Yanis Varoufakis
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:19 am
    The Eurogroup — which has no legal standing — is anti-democratic, disdainful of the European Commission, which it now commands, and internally fractured. This is what it did to Greece. In 2010 the Greek state lost the capacity to service its debt. Put simply, it became insolvent and thus lost access to capital markets. To prevent a default on fragile French and German banks that had irresponsibly lent billions to irresponsible Greek governments, Europe decided to grant Greece the biggest (...) - 2015/08 / Open access, 2015/08 - Euro
  • The Europe we don't want

    Serge Halimi
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:19 am
    The Eurogroup and the International Monetary Fund have crushed the hopes of a youthful movement that sought to transform a nation and rouse a continent. Beyond the shock that events in Greece have given supporters of the European project, there are other noteworthy features. The EU is becoming increasingly authoritarian, as Germany imposes its wishes and obsessions unchecked. Though founded on a promise of peace, the EU seems incapable of drawing lessons from history, even when recent and (...) - 2015/08 / Open access, 2015/08 - Euro
  • Money changes North Korea

    Martine Bulard
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:19 am
    Pyongyang now has consumers, spending liberally, and the regime is setting up special economic zones. But it still keeps a very close eye on the rare visiting journalist. In the middle of the afternoon the crossroads was jammed with cars hooting furiously. It could have been Paris or Milan, but in fact this was Pyongyang, in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK, North Korea). The chaos was caused by the Spring International Trade Fair at the Three Revolutions exhibition centre , (...) - 2015/08 / Password
  • The appeal of the righteous cause

    Laurent Bonelli
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:19 am
    Many of the foreign fighters of the past century — from the International Brigades to IS volunteers — have been fleeing their own lives as much as pursuing what they believe to be a better world. “We don't know how many will come back; of those who do, we don't know how many will turn to violence. But given the numbers, it's very worrying,” said Gilles de Kerchove, the EU's counter-terrorism coordinator, referring to 3,000 EU citizens who have gone to fight for IS (Islamic State) or the Al-Nusra (...) - 2015/08 / Password
  • Investing in public transport

    Hélène Richard
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:19 am
    After the fall of Communism, all Russian cities suffered from a crisis in public finances and Moscow's local authorities failed to invest in the city's public transport system. Travellers deserted the trams (from 1.4bn passenger journeys in 1995 to 250m in 2008) and trolleybuses (1.6bn to 378m); some of them turned to private minibuses, which are quicker and more frequent. The fall in passenger numbers on the Metro was less pronounced (from 3.1bn to 2.6bn journeys per year). With its widely (...) - 2015/08 / Password, 2015/08 - Moscow roads
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    nzherald.co.nz - Opinion

  • Shift left predicted after privatisation shambles

    29 Jul 2015 | 7:21 pm
    It is a truism of today's political analysis that, over the three or four decades since the onset of the so-called "free-market" revolution that swept across the western world, the centre of political gravity has moved substantially...
  • Geoff Simmons: Ban junk food marketing to kids

    29 Jul 2015 | 4:45 pm
    One in three Kiwi kids are overweight or obese. They face a life where they are 3-10 times more likely to be obese, and this weight will be harder for them to shift than it is for others. Long term, diabetes, heart disease and an...
  • Shelley Bridgeman: Six reasons I hate cafés

    29 Jul 2015 | 3:35 pm
    We're supposed to be a café society. One New Zealand tourism website devotes an entire page to our so called "Café Culture". I must have missed the memo about this because
  • Let's fly a flag that really says New Zealand

    29 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    In a small moment in Parliament last week that only tragics like me will have seen, the flag debate was raging between Andrew Little and John Key.Andrew, who by the way is cutting a good figure in the house - which is important...
  • Andrew King: Property investor or trader?

    29 Jul 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Latest Reserve Bank lending data showed that the proportion of lending to investors has risen from 29 per cent to 33 per cent over the last year.Following this release, some headlines have read "Investors head first-home buyers",...
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  • Letting China’s Bubble Burst

    Michael Spence
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    As China’s capital markets expand, they are outstripping policymakers' capacity to manage prices and valuations. The only practical way forward is for the authorities to focus on regulatory and institutional development, while following through on their commitment to permit markets to self-correct.
  • It’s Time to Ban the Bomb

    Hans Blix
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    Seventy years ago next month, the nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki opened the darkest chapter in the long history of humanity’s wartime horrors. The international agreement to curtail Iran's nuclear program, while welcome, also serves as a reminder that the chapter remains open – and that it must be closed for good.
  • In Defense of Varoufakis

    Mohamed A. El-Erian
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Greeks and other Europeans may fault Yanis Varoufakis, Greece's former finance minister, for pursuing his agenda with too little politesse while in office. But the essence of that agenda was – and remains – largely correct.
  • No Agnostics in the Climate Foxhole

    John Hewson
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Those who claim to be "agnostic" on climate change are rejecting the scientific consensus no less than outright climate-change deniers. As financial institutions and others begin to respond to the threat of global warming, those who refuse to recognize the dangers will be left out in the cold.
  • Encouraging Work

    Andrés Velasco
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Few policies manage to be economically illiterate and heartless at the same time. But Britain’s Conservative government has achieved just that, by cutting tax credits for low-income workers.
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  • #ChangeTheWorldInFiveWords

    29 Jul 2015 | 2:42 pm
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    29 Jul 2015 | 11:56 am
    “Career changers are turning to coding & making six figures.. Us old dogs can learn new tricks too.” The post Over 50 Techies appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
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    29 Jul 2015 | 9:16 am
    “Fake attitude requires real expensive handbags.” The post Cash & Carry appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Lions & Bears & Bullets

    28 Jul 2015 | 4:37 pm
    “Cecil murdered by a dentist?  Dude, that guy has a felony on his record for shooting your Wisconsin cousin.” The post Lions & Bears & Bullets appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
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  • Formación | 11 jóvenes periodistas irán al Parlamento Europeo, ¿serás uno de ellos?

    Beatriz Benés
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:53 am
    ¿Qué? El Parlamento Europeo en cooperación con la Prensa Europeo de la Juventud busca 11 jóvenes periodistas deseosos de unirse al equipo organizado para la edición 2015 de la Youth Media Jornadas Europeas. Es uno de los mayores eventos dedicados a los periodistas jóvenes en Europa. ¿Dónde? Se llevará a cabo en la sede del Parlamento Europeo en Bruselas (Bélgica) ¿Cuándo? El evento tendrá lugar entre las fechas del día 20 al  día 22 octubre 2015. ¿Quién? Jóvenes estudiantes o recién graduados en la carrera de Periodismo, motivados y con espíritu de equipo que cumplan…
  • Who Scares USA?

    Irene Tutone
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:09 pm
    The new century began with a fateful event for the USA, such a catastrophe never occurred before in history. A catastrophe that fatally awarded the US of the uncomfortable task of protecting the world from an enemy without face. DCIA John O. Brennan, September 11, 2013, Message to the Workforce – “Today we mark twelve years since the terrible attacks that shook our Homeland on September 11, 2001 – a tragedy that had a profound impact on our Agency, the Nation, and the world. While much work still needs to be done on the counterterrorism front, CIA officers should be proud of…
  • Voluntariado | Colabora con organizaciones de ayudas al menor en España

    Beatriz Benés
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:40 am
    ¿Qué? La Fundación ANAR es una ONG con 38 años de experiencia en la protección de la infancia y la adolescencia, labor que desarrolla en hogares de acogida, programas de voluntariado y programas de educación. Esta fundación también está presente en Colegios e Institutos con acciones formativas para alumnos, profesores y padres como ‘Escuela de padres’, ‘Violencia de género’, ‘Bullying’ ¿Dónde? Las actividades que se desarrollan pertenecen a cualquier campo de la infancia, adolescencia, juventud y familia. ¿Cuándo? El tiempo de duración no es exacto, el voluntario…
  • Historia de un teatro: San Carlos de Napoles

    Fabio Pariante
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:13 am
    El teatro de San Carlos de Napoles es uno de los mas famosos teatros del mundo. La primera vez que se abrieron las puertas de esta importante estructura, fue el 4 de noviembre de 1737 y fue diseñado por Antonio Niccolini. El rey de Nápoles y Sicilia, Carlos III de España quiso un teatro nuevo, en cambio del teatro San Bartolomeo y así el San Carlos fue terminado en solo 9 meses gracias al arquitecto Giovanni Antonio Mediano, con la inauguración en 1737 con la obra de Achille in Sciro con la música de Doménico Sarro. Desde este momento, el San Carlos de Nápoles representó un modelo…
  • Can We Try to Stop Immigration?

    Alessandro Luciani
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:40 am
    One can really stop the flow of immigration? One can prevent to move thousands of people across the world? The situations in the Middle East and in many parts of Africa are increasingly complicated. In addition to poverty, hungry and difficult economic conditions – which are always been reasons that push people to migrate to other countries or even continents – the outbreak of many civil wars have deteriorated even more the living conditions. Actually the civil wars in Iraq and Syria, the gang war in Lybia, the conflicts in Niger, Mali and Eritrea push people to run away as soon as…
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