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  • Ruth Ann Dailey: Billboard win inspires for post-Bayer battle

    Post-Gazette -- OPINION
    By Ruth Ann Dailey
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Someone wise once warned, “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.”
  • Letters: Is It Wise to Cut Military Spending?

    NYT > Opinion
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:21 am
    A discussion about the wisdom of such a move.
  • Contributing Op-Ed Writer: India’s Inverted Abortion Politics

    NYT > Opinion
    MANIL SURI
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:21 am
    The government wants broader access. Doctors don’t. The poor suffer.
  • Sound Off: How residents take precautions to stay safe

    Opinion
    Staff
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Adults and children have been killed in school, in movie theaters, in church, at military establishments and even running in a marathon. We asked members of the Times-Union/Jacksonville.com Email Interactive Group whether they continue to feel safe when going out, or whether they have changed their routines in any way. Here is a representative sampling of the responses (NOTE: Many readers asked us to withhold their names, so we have done so for all the respondents to this question). read more
  • Long-term thinking for welfare

    Washington Post Editorials: Latest Editorial and Editorial Archive
    Editorial Board
    2 Aug 2015 | 4:38 pm
    THE FEDERAL government calls its principal program of cash aid to the poor Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), a product of the welfare reform enacted under President Bill Clinton in 1996. The word “temporary” referred to the program’s goal of moving recipients into jobs as opposed to permitting long-term dependency. Yet over the years, it has acquired a second, ironic meaning: The law itself is temporary. Congress has not enacted a full-blown TANF reauthorization statute since 2005, and since that one expired in 2010, the program has been surviving on a series of short-term…
 
 
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  • Lifting the export ban on crude oil would be a boon to the U.S. economy

    Editorial Board
    2 Aug 2015 | 4:44 pm
    IMAGINE THERE were a simple policy that would spur economic growth, lower gas prices and please international allies. This policy exists: removing the United States’ irrational and outdated ban on exporting domestically produced crude oil. A bill lifting the ban passed a Senate committee last week, a day after House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced that he, too, supported bringing the country fully into the international oil market. Read full article >>
  • Long-term thinking for welfare

    Editorial Board
    2 Aug 2015 | 4:38 pm
    THE FEDERAL government calls its principal program of cash aid to the poor Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), a product of the welfare reform enacted under President Bill Clinton in 1996. The word “temporary” referred to the program’s goal of moving recipients into jobs as opposed to permitting long-term dependency. Yet over the years, it has acquired a second, ironic meaning: The law itself is temporary. Congress has not enacted a full-blown TANF reauthorization statute since 2005, and since that one expired in 2010, the program has been surviving on a series of short-term…
  • Mayor Bowser should get rid of her constituent services fund

    Editorial Board
    2 Aug 2015 | 4:37 pm
    AS MAYOR of the District of Columbia, Muriel E. Bowser (D) has myriad means to help citizens. A $13 billion budget. More than 80 agencies, including one specifically devoted to community relations and services. The power of her personality, and the influence of the city’s top office. So why exactly does Ms. Bowser have a constituent services fund? And why did she see the need to use the recent celebration of her 43rd birthday to rake in more contributions to an account already overflowing with money?Read full article >>
  • Obamacare’s solid progression

    Editorial Board
    1 Aug 2015 | 3:50 pm
    TO MANY critics, the Affordable Care Act is perhaps the most ironically named law ever passed, saddling the country with dysfunctional markets that drive up insurance costs. The situation is so bad, some say, that even a disruptive repeal of the law, as the Senate attempted this week, would be better.Read full article >>
  • Malaysia’s undeserved promotion in an annual report on human trafficking

    Editorial Board
    1 Aug 2015 | 3:50 pm
    EVERY YEAR, the State Department issues a reminder that slavery is alive and well. Its annual trafficking in persons report documents human rights abuses around the world, from girls stolen from their homes and forced into sex work to migrant laborers driven to sweat in the sun from dawn until dusk for no pay. These horror stories, while heartbreaking, are nothing new. What is more surprising is the State Department’s decision to bump up one habitual offender, Malaysia, in this year’s rankings.Read full article >>
 
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  • J.A. Jance

    31 Jul 2015 | 6:00 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.
  • Robert A. Brown

    30 Jul 2015 | 9:56 pm
    Just another weblog
  • 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.
  • 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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  • Women provide crucial leadership in nonprofit sector

    Paula Liang
    1 Aug 2015 | 7:32 am
    When I opened the Times-Union on June 16 and read the editorial about the dearth of women on the boards of Jacksonville-based corporations, I was delighted to see attention brought to this important issue. After all, corporations with the most women on their boards consistently outperform those with the least, and we all want our local companies to succeed. I composed a tweet, thanking the Times-Union for taking the time to cover the topic. read more
  • Sound Off: How residents take precautions to stay safe

    Staff
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Adults and children have been killed in school, in movie theaters, in church, at military establishments and even running in a marathon. We asked members of the Times-Union/Jacksonville.com Email Interactive Group whether they continue to feel safe when going out, or whether they have changed their routines in any way. Here is a representative sampling of the responses (NOTE: Many readers asked us to withhold their names, so we have done so for all the respondents to this question). read more
  • Ron Littlepage: Let the good times keep rolling, Jacksonville

    Ron Littlepage
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:16 am
    Mayor Lenny Curry has had a strong first month in office. And interspersed in that first month was a rebuttal to those who continually grumble that Jacksonville, especially downtown, has nothing to offer. In his inaugural speech on July 1, Curry set a worthy goal for his administration — “one city, one Jacksonville” — hard to achieve but long needed in a city that has often been described as a “tale of two cities,” one dragged down by poverty and crime, and one flourishing. read more
  • Guest column: Lonzie Barton case shows importance of quality child care

    Susan Main
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:15 am
    The recent news of Lonzie Barton has united our community around a tragic case of a missing child and the inevitable community search that follows. In his Times-Union column, Mark Woods asks if we should care about all the other Lonzies now or just wait for the Amber Alert. I applaud Woods for pointing fingers at himself and all of us. The Florida Department of Children and Families recently launched an awareness campaign, “Who’s Really Watching Your Child.” In today’s economy, many families are in similar situations to the Bartons’. read more
  • Sunday's Letters: Reader supports new policy on Cuba

    Letters from readers
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:51 am
    THE BIBLE What it means The Bible does not command or order present day Christians to follow the customs of the ancient Jewish tribes. The Bible is, among other things, a history book leading up to the birth, life and crucifixion of Jesus Christ. read more
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  • Huckabee's 'oven' remark taken out of context

    Jonah Goldberg
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    It's been a hard time for politicians not named "Trump" to get any attention, but Mike Huckabee managed it. He did it by comparing Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler.
  • Ending veterans' homelessness in Baltimore

    Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Adam M. Robinson Jr.
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Homelessness is a complex condition. About 45 percent of homeless veterans suffer from mental health illnesses, including post-traumatic stress disorder. About 70 percent of homeless veterans suffer from substance abuse and addiction issues. Many homeless veterans suffer from weak social networks...
  • Food access is a basic human right

    Leana Wen
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:54 am
    When people learn that I work in the ER, they ask me about car crashes, stabbings and shootings. They are surprised when I talk about patients who are seen for the number one medical problem, the leading killer in our city: heart disease.
  • New assault reporting law should improve prevention

    Tara Richards, Jane Palmer
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:54 am
    Marylanders will soon have a better idea of the extent of the problem of sexual assault in our institutions of higher education - as well as what our institutions are doing to respond. Thanks to House Bill 571, which goes into effect Wednesday, all Maryland colleges and universities must survey...
  • Republicans still beating a dead horse on Obamacare

    Jules Witcover
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:54 am
    The Supreme Court's decisive 6-3 vote confirming the right of all Americans to federally supported health-care insurance should end the Republican Party's losing war on Obamacare - but it probably won't.
 
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  • Cartoons: Trudging off to another school year

    3 Aug 2015 | 4:50 am
    Also: Trump an equal-opportunity slimer.
  • UC feel-good move on minimum wage will cause pain

    ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER EDITORIAL
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    University of California President Janet Napolitano should have listened to one of the school’s professors before raising the minimum wage for UC workers. The raise approved last week will be to $15 an hour by 2017, up from from the 2016 state...
  • Orange County politicians line up to replace Sanchez

    By JOHN PHILLIPS
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    You can always tell how much of a political animal somebody is based on how closely they follow the horse race of politics. The real pros follow the X’s and O’s of elections like they’re ESPN analysts looking at Major League Baseball box...
  • Mixed result in Scott Walker probe

    ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER EDITORIAL
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Thanks to the state Supreme Court, Wisconsin’s “John Doe” probe into Gov. Scott Walker’s 2012 recall campaign is over. The court ruled that the prosecutions were unconstitutional, protecting the First Amendment right to political speech but...
  • Letters: Christ preached individual charity

    3 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Re: “Irvine urged to revive living wage” [Front page, July 29]: Christ said that individuals should help the poor as a duty of Christian charity. He never said that Christians should use government to gang up on employers and force them to pay...
 
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  • Onward and downward

    3 Aug 2015 | 2:06 am
    The videos keep popping up on television. Repeatedly. With employees from Planned Parenthood discussing how to come up with fetal remains for research. And how much to charge.
  • Do it right

    3 Aug 2015 | 2:04 am
    Bob Dole has a new project. Long a champion of this country's veterans, his own withered arm says more about his wartime service and sacrifice than any statue could.
  • Crazy

    3 Aug 2015 | 2:03 am
    Somebody in Ohio--Joshua Newell by name, 35--has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of criminal trespass after he jumped a fence to pet the cougars at the Columbus zoo, and posted a video of it on YouTube.
  • The sad unraveling

    Washington Post
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:02 am
    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.
  • A case of righteousness

    <StaffMember: Charles Krauthammer>
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Christianity, whose presence in the Middle East predates Islam's by 600 years, is about to be cleansed from the Middle East.
 
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    Editorials

  • Mercury News editorial: San Jose State's Qayoumi brilliant but no leader

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    1 Aug 2015 | 1:14 pm
    In the past 20 years there have been two stellar presidents at San Jose State University: Robert Caret, whose eight years starting in 1995 became a golden age of campus building and community partnerships, and Don Kassing, who capitalized on the relationship between SJSU and the Silicon Valley industries for whom it trains the lion's share of engineers. We thought Mohammad Qayoumi would be the third, after several others fizzled and moved on. Perhaps because hopes were so high, his scandal-torn tenure may have been the most disappointing of all.Qayoumi is leaving to become a principal…
  • Mercury News editorial: Boxer-McConnell transportation bill worth pursuing

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:16 pm
    The my-way-or-the-highway approach to transportation funding in Washington needs to end. It's essential to the Bay Area that Congress pass a long-term plan so that the federal share of critically-needed BART, CalTrain and road projects is secure and predictable.But on Wednesday, the House only extended the existing federal transportation bill through October, kicking the can down the road again and forcing the Senate to delay attempting to pass a six-year bill until fall.Oh for the days when the likes of San Jose's Norm Mineta and other members of Congress set partisanship aside, recognized…
  • 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…
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  • Chrysler recalls 322,000 Dodges

    3 Aug 2015 | 7:26 am
    DETROIT -- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said over the weekend it is recalling about 322,000 Dodge Charger sedans in North America because side air bags can deploy when a car door is slammed.
  • Storms, tornado hit Michigan

    3 Aug 2015 | 6:56 am
    GLEN ARBOR, Mich. — Storms carrying powerful winds and heavy rain spawned at least one tornado in Michigan, knocked out power to more than 200,000 homes and businesses and caused damage in several summer tourist destinations in the northern Lower Peninsula.
  • Consumer spending edges up

    3 Aug 2015 | 6:53 am
    WASHINGTON — Consumer spending in June rose by the smallest amount in four months as shoppers cut back on purchases of cars and other big-ticket items.
  • U.S. auto sales strong in July

    3 Aug 2015 | 5:39 am
    DETROIT  — Summer deals and big demand for SUVs and luxury vehicles kept U.S. auto sales strong in July.
  • Missing athlete turns up 350 miles away

    3 Aug 2015 | 5:35 am
    LOS ANGELES — An Albanian athlete who disappeared from the Special Olympics in Los Angeles has turned up safe 350 miles away in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Hayward.
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  • North Korea’s nukes: Object lesson ignored

    2 Aug 2015 | 7:00 pm
    As proponents of the nuclear arms accord with Iran relentlessly defend it against the glare of critical analysis, North Korea provides a timely example of ...
  • Condescending interviewee

    2 Aug 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Eric Heyl’s Q&A “Media enabling Trump” reveals as much or more about the person he interviewed than it does about the subject of the interview. Donald ...
  • Students’ debt to repay

    2 Aug 2015 | 7:00 pm
    I must respectfully correct the Trib’s headline on the Bloomberg News story “Taxpayers may owe billions in student loans” reporting on the demise of many ...
  • U.N. Watch: Follow China’s lead?

    2 Aug 2015 | 7:00 pm
    The United Nations climate chief has found a standard-bearer in China, whose environmental agenda, she says, should be the exemplar for the rest of the ...
  • ‘Preventive care’ canard

    2 Aug 2015 | 7:00 pm
    As more graphic, undercover videos of Planned Parenthood’s baby-parts racket emerge, thanks to the investigative work of The Center for Medical Progress, desperate Democrats are ...
 
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  • The Government is about to encourage landlords to discriminate against anyone with a foreign name

    3 Aug 2015 | 7:57 am
    The Government’s new plan to jail "rogue landlords" for renting out homes to undocumented migrants is an extremely unjust measure for everyone involved in the private housing market. As well as harming undocumented people and needlessly punishing those who rent to them, it will only make help fuel discrimination among landlords and letting agents.
  • No more big characters or Tory clowns like Boris Johnson. London desperately needs a boring mayor

    3 Aug 2015 | 3:41 am
    Right now, political parties are sorting through candidates to choose who's going onto the ballot for next year's London mayoral election. I have just one recommendation: select a compromiser, a bureaucrat. Pick someone dull.
  • No more big characters - London desperately needs a boring mayor

    3 Aug 2015 | 3:41 am
    Right now, political parties are sorting through candidates to choose who's going onto the ballot for next year's London mayoral election. I have just one recommendation: select a compromiser, a bureaucrat. Pick someone dull.
  • A power for good or evil: The technology of 'gene drives' holds immense potential for improving our life on this planet – and also great dangers

    2 Aug 2015 | 7:45 pm
    Every so often, a scientific development appears with an immense potential for good, but at the same time it also carries great risks if misused, either accidentally or deliberately. So it is with a technology called “gene drives” which is a means of spreading genetic traits rapidly through a population of insects or other kinds of fast-breeding organisms, rather like a virus. It “supercharges” genetically modified genes so that they defy the normal rules of inheritance. Normally, GM traits would not spread within a population of wild insects unless they impart a great evolutionary…
  • Not all discounts are welcome: Beware the myopia of company bosses

    2 Aug 2015 | 2:25 pm
    It’s an unfortunate fact of economics and finance that many different concepts seem to have been given the same name. “Current account”, for instance, refers both to someone’s regular bank account and also the difference between an entire nation’s income and expenditure. “Capital” can mean an individual’s financial wealth, the money that flows across national borders, and also, just to add to the confusion, a bank’s safety buffer.
 
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  • To lower LGBTQ people's cancer risk, educate patients – and doctors | Gwendolyn Quinn & Matthew B Schabath

    Gwendolyn Quinn and Matthew B Schabath
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:45 am
    Members of those communities may be uncomfortable sharing their sexual orientation with doctors. And doctors lack comprehensive statistics on their riskGay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or queer/questioning (LGBTQ) people may be at greater risk for seven different cancers than heterosexual and gender-aligned folks are, and a lot of the discrepancy is due to misinformation and lack of regular healthcare in those communities.These factors increase the likelihood that LGBTQ people, who make up some 12% of the population, will avoid important cancer screenings, or be unaware that they are…
  • A warning to antisemites: Britain is hitting back | John Mann

    John Mann
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:37 am
    The rise in antisemitic attacks is worrying – but we have good reason to think that we are on the road to beating the bigotsLast week the widely respected Jewish research and defence organisation, the Community Security Trust (CST), published its antisemitic incident figures for the first six months of 2015, noting a 53% increase in incidents compared with the same period last year. Any increase, whatever the scale, must be condemned. There were 44 violent assaults – and this figure alone is a shocking reminder, if we needed one, that antisemitism is alive and well in modern Britain.
  • Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters aren’t mad – they’re fleeing a bankrupt New Labour | Owen Jones

    Owen Jones
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Instead of mocking Corbynism those on Labour’s centre-left should develop a coherent political vision of their ownHow have the Labour left, from arguably its lowest ebb in the party’s history, apparently ended up on the brink of taking the leadership on a wave of support? If you listen to many self-described “centre-left” voices, it’s because the Labour party has gone quite, quite mad. Cod psychology now abounds to describe the rise of Corbynism: narcissism, people wanting to show off how right-on they are on Facebook, mass delusion, an emotional spasm, and so on. Corbyn supporters…
  • Yes, prisoners need college education. But they need to get their GEDs first | Chandra Bozelko

    Chandra Bozelko
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:15 am
    75% of inmates are illiterate, which is what makes the debate about college funding so misplacedMany progressive groups assume that we must prioritize making college education accessible to prisoners if we are to reduce recidivism. That is why Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Friday that President Obama will temporarily lift the ban on Pell Grants – money from the federal government for who couldn’t afford college otherwise – to see if there is a connection between education and re-offending. But this plan misses one important fact: you can’t get a college degree if you are…
  • Sewing my clothes is an escape from fashion’s dictates. I no longer hate my body | Jenny Rushmore

    Jenny Rushmore
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:08 am
    As I shrugged off set clothing sizes and started making garments that precisely fit my dimensions, the feeling of abnormality and exclusion began to liftI grew up believing that no matter how successful, kind or loved I was, if I was overweight I wasn’t good enough. This feeling was most acute in my teens when, regardless of my nerdy achievements, constant diets and countless sit-ups, I knew I’d failed.Of course, I was hardly alone. Being a woman who doesn’t meet the strictest of beauty standards is, quite frankly, a chore. A queue of critics, particularly online, are waiting to provide…
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  • Switzerland's central bank makes a massive loss

    1 Aug 2015 | 5:56 am
    ON FRIDAY, the Swiss National Bank (SNB), Switzerland’s central bank, reported second quarter losses of SFr20 billion ($20 billion). Following an equally bad first three months of the year, the SNB’s losses so far for 2015 now amount to a whopping SFr50.1 billion, equivalent to 7.5% of Switzerland's GDP.The SNB's losses were large but not unexpected. For years, the Bank has intervened in foreign exchange markets to prevent the Swiss franc from appreciating above its euro exchange rate cap, set at 1.20 francs per euro in September 2011. In January, the SNB abruptly abandoned its currency…
  • Moldova's bust banks, renewable energy and Turkey's flightless economy

    31 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    THIS week's print edition has an array of economics articles that may be of interest. The following have particularly caught our eye:Moldova's economy: Gutted (Finance)Renewable energy: Puffs of hope (Leaders)Turkey's economy: Flightless (Finance)And don't forget to take a look at this week's Free Exchange column, which looks at how ways of fighting poverty.
  • The bears growl

    31 Jul 2015 | 9:22 am
    IT TAKES some guts to be a bear about the sector you cover if you are an investment strategist. Generally speaking, strategists are employed by banks and banks are in the business of selling securities, the clients are fund managers who do well when asset prices rise and thus tend to dislike a party pooper. Albert Edwards of SocGen is a long-standing bear of equities as a class and many owe his longevity to the entertaining way he phrases his opinions. Life is easier if you have independence. John Paul Smith was a strategist at Deutsche Bank but now gives advice from Ecstrat, a research…
  • Line up, line up

    31 Jul 2015 | 7:22 am
    IN JUNE, a report revealed that undercover American government agents, posing as passengers, had repeatedly snuck weapons through security checks at the country’s airports. Of the 70 times they tried to smuggle fake guns and bombs past Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials, it was claimed, they were successful on 67 occasions. Unsurprisingly, an internal safety investigation prompted the ouster of Melvin Carraway, TSA’s acting chief. Peter Neffenger, Mr Carraway’s replacement, is pledging to tighten American airport security. Testifying before Congress this week,…
  • Will Britain or America raise interest rates first?

    30 Jul 2015 | 9:45 am
    AMERICAN and British central bankers face a similar tough choice. On both sides of the Atlantic, the economy is growing moderately, and unemployment is closing in on 5%­­. As a result, wage growth is picking up. But inflation remains low: 0.2% in America and zero in Britain, according to the central banks’ respective preferred measures. And nobody is certain how much slack remains in labour markets­­—a key determinant of inflationary pressure. In this mixed environment, when is the right time to raise rates? And which rate-setters will go first?First, take growth. This week new GDP…
 
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    Le Monde diplomatique - English edition

  • Dealing with mass killings in America

    Karen J. Greenberg
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:50 am
    Imagine that you're in the FBI and you receive a tip — or more likely, pick up information through the kind of mass surveillance in which the national security state now specializes. In a series of tweets, a young man has expressed sympathy for the Islamic State (ISIS), al-Qaeda, or another terrorist group or cause. He's 16, has no criminal record, and has shown no signs that he might be planning a criminal act. He does, however, seem angry and has demonstrated an interest in following ISIS's (...) - Open page
  • 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
 
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  • Sandra Kyle: All hunting is animal cruelty

    2 Aug 2015 | 7:05 pm
    When Cecil the lion was lured out of his sanctuary in Zimbabwe, a train of events started that ended in his beheading and an American trophy hunter going underground. Dentist Walter J. Palmer's capped teeth smile may well be all...
  • Hard to assess risks in secret trade talks

    2 Aug 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Should we be dismayed or relieved at the disarray the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations are in? Sorry, but on the information to hand it is impossible to say.It is ironic that the conclusion of an agreement supposed to reflect...
  • William Pesek: China's market intervention just another method of QE

    2 Aug 2015 | 2:29 pm
    It's time to call Beijing's stock-market intervention what it really is: quantitative easing, Chinese style.With deflation pressures mounting, China's central bank would seem to have plenty of incentive to follow counterparts in...
  • Man's best mate sure knows how to guilt trip

    2 Aug 2015 | 2:26 pm
    We have a dog. His name is Colin. He's an 8-month-old miniature schnauzer, jack russell cross. He's my best buddy. I love him. He used to love me. Now he hates my guts.One of my favourite parts of the day was arriving home to an...
  • Four big questions we really need to ask

    2 Aug 2015 | 2:19 pm
    When did it suddenly become normal to do the splits? I went to the gym for the first time in a year, and during the hamstring stretches, from memory something that used to involve bending over, half the class actually carried on stretching...
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  • A Marshall Plan for the United States

    Dambisa Moyo
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    When a major highway bridge in California collapsed last month, the impact on the entire southwestern United States once again highlighted the country’s serious infrastructure problem. Indeed, in a sense, the world’s largest economy is falling apart.
  • The Government the Eurozone Deserves

    Yannos Papantoniou
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:50 am
    A move toward fiscal and political integration is the price that Europe must pay to maintain its unity and global relevance. The alternative is inconsistent – if not arbitrary – enforcement of the current rules, inducing divisiveness among member states, and eventual fragmentation.
  • Clowns on the Campaign Trail

    Ian Buruma
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Disaffected voters can be found everywhere, whether in the US, Europe, or India. But they are not only turning away from mainstream political parties and following populists who promise to clean out the corrupt elites from the centers of power; they also share a taste for entertainers.
  • Can the Euro Be Repaired?

    Jean Pisani-Ferry
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:50 am
    When Wolfgang Schäuble, Germany’s finance minister, recently tabled the option of a Greek exit from the euro, he wanted to signal that no member country could abstain from the monetary union's rules. But his initiative triggered a much broader discussion of the euro’s governance and the very rationale for its existence.
  • The Profit-Sharing Economy

    Laura Tyson
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:20 am
    As the income of the top 1% of US households soars, wages for the majority of American workers continue to stagnate, which is undermining long-term economic growth and prosperity. The introduction of more broad-based profit-sharing arrangements could be a key step toward ameliorating this trend.
 
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  • #StoryofMyLifein4Words

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    2 Aug 2015 | 11:08 am
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    2 Aug 2015 | 8:15 am
    “Urban farming has transformed our lives.” The post Farm to Balcony appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Big Cats Without 9 Lives

    DW
    1 Aug 2015 | 2:23 pm
    “They knocked off Cecil… This ain’t nature, it’s the Sopranos.” The post Big Cats Without 9 Lives appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
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    DW
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:49 am
    “Wanna see my microfiber pillow collection?” The post #SaidNoOneEver appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • #BetterWaysToSpend55K

    DW
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:52 pm
    “I don’t know about your relationships… But your stocks are down 55K” The post #BetterWaysToSpend55K appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
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  • Escapadas desde Madrid: El Atazar

    Beatriz Benés
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:04 am
    DECA MADbudget publica una series sobre Escapadas desde Madrid. Lugares cercanos a la capital y que muchas veces desconocemos. Descubriremos qué hacer, cómo llegar o dónde comer. Hoy viajamos hasta El Atazar. Este municipio está situado en el borde nordeste de la provincia de Madrid. Su territorio es muy accidentado con altitudes que alcanzan los 1.389 m. y los 1.439 m. de los Montes de Pinilla y Somosierra en el norte, y 730 m. en la cuenca del Lozoya, al sur. Este río, embalsado por la presa de El Atazar sirve de frontera natural con el vecino Patones y en él desembocan los arroyos…
  • Looking for Tapas in Venice? Ask for Cicchetti

    Valentina Damin
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:58 am
    Are you flying from Spain to Venice? Want to feel at home among the canals? Looking for tapas in Venice? Call them chicchetti and you’ll have what you are looking for. Famous for its beautiful canals and amazing palaces, Venice boasts a dream-like atmosphere that only a city built on water can evoke. And one of the main tradition of real Venetians, is having the so-called aperitivo time with a glass of white sparkling wine and a cicchetto. Just like Spanish. A link between cicchetti and Spanish tapas Did you know that Cicchetti came from the Spanish word chico? The reason why is that…
  • Events | Apply Now for the Youth Time Global Forum, Barcelona, October 28-31, 2015

    Ashley Allen
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:10 am
    Are you a young, innovative person looking to make a change in your environment, as well as in the world? If so, then look no further! Youth Time Global Forum in Barcelona, Spain, is an event attempting to bring together over 100 different people from all over the world. The goal of this event is creating, expressing and discussing resolutions for the most prevalent issues faced by today’s youth. You will get the chance to hear and learn about different problems being faced in the communities, and ways to put an end to them all. WHAT? This year’s topic is The New Era of Employment and…
  • Voluntariado | Apoyo en talleres para niños en el Líbano, 4-6 horas mensuales

    Beatriz Benés
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:57 am
    ¿Qué? Mujeres en misión humanitaria es una ONG implicada en la acción humanitaria desde hace más de 20 años. Las misiones y objetivo global de la ONG consisten en facilitar el acceso a la lectura de la lengua francesa y el árabe, ofrecer animaciones pedagógicas y actividades culturales y desarrollar para los niños y niñas libanesas actividades de arte, música y artes plásticas. ¿Dónde? Mtein a 35 km al este de Beirut, Líbano. ¿Cuándo? Empieza el 30/07/2015 y tendrá una duración mínima de un año. El voluntario dedicará entre 4 y 16 horas mensuales de lunes a viernes. El…
  • Indonesia’s Must Visit Heritage Sites

    Annisa Indrasari Pulungan
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:26 am
    Wherever you are in the many islands that make up the country of Indonesia, an abundance of cultural sites and heritages are scattered throughout the islands. Ranging from grand temples and myths and legends, to lush tropical national parks, interesting traditional living that has been held since a long time ago, to islands and islands and islands and islands and more islands. There are always cheap choices to travel through the islands, yet this information could also be for those wanting to go to only specific areas of the country, and in addition, the food and accommodation, if chosen…
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