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August 22 2014

From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Fri Aug 22 2014, 10:30:09

Creating a more sustainable world requires us to redefine "growth" in a way that encompasses a wide range of economic, social, and environmental factors, not just income. This attests to the importance of "natural capital accounting," which assesses the value of natural resources in development planning and national accounts.

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From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Fri Aug 22 2014, 07:00:10

Three distinct timelines are shaping developments in the Middle East: the short -term timeline of daily struggles and politics; the medium-term timeline of geopolitical shifts; and the long-term timeline of sociocultural transformation. Understanding each is essential to craft an effective strategy in the region.

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From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Fri Aug 22 2014, 02:50:02

Europe's current economic predicament sounds a lot like Japan's in the 1990s, which culminated in a "lost decade" of stagnant growth and deflation from which the country is still working to recover. How can Europe avoid a similar fate?

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August 21 2014

From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Thu Aug 21 2014, 05:00:00

The Chinese economy has been stabilizing in recent months, easing fears of a financial crisis. But, with the economy's fundamental problems - particularly a sharp rise in corporate debt - remaining unresolved, the respite may be brief.

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From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Thu Aug 21 2014, 05:00:00

Italy is now in a triple-dip recession. But it didn't get there by itself: Though the economy's long slide reflects Italian leaders' failure to confront the country's loss of competitiveness, it is a failure that is widely shared in Europe.

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August 20 2014

From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Wed Aug 20 2014, 05:00:00

Kenya's ban on imports of genetically modified crops reflects a troubling trend in a country traditionally seen as an agricultural innovator. A rational, scientific approach must triumph over prejudice, fear, and speculation - and Kenya can lead the way.

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From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Wed Aug 20 2014, 05:00:00

Hospitality businesses are now ranked, analyzed, and compared not by industry professionals, but by the very people for whom the service is intended - the customer. This has forged a new relationship between buyer and seller. As a result, businesses are much more accountable, which creates powerful incentives to improve service.

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From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Wed Aug 20 2014, 05:00:00

In April, when German Chancellor Angel Merkel congratulated Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on his reelection, she let it be known that his large majority implied a "special responsibility" to use good judgment and behave with sensitivity toward opponents. But Orbán has done exactly the opposite, with the EU doing nothing to stop him.

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From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Wed Aug 20 2014, 05:00:00

For 200 years, the world's rich countries grew faster than poorer countries. Why has that trend reversed during the past three decades, and what does the answer imply for development strategies?

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August 19 2014

From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Tue Aug 19 2014, 05:00:00

In an ideal world, universal, high-quality education at all levels would be a worthy international development goal. But, amid competing demands for basic necessities like health care and potable water, narrower, more cost-effective education targets are essential.

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