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December 2 2014

From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Tue Dec 2 2014, 10:50:04

After Nigeria's successful fight against Ebola, President Goodluck Johnson has the opportunity to greatly improve the country's health-care system. The National Health Bill awaiting his signature would establish national standards, guarantee basic health care for all Nigerians, and cement his legacy ahead of elections in February.

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From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Tue Dec 2 2014, 10:20:04

Among the most chilling developments in the rise of the Islamic State is that citizens of Western countries have joined, becoming suicide bombers and beheading hostages. Why do hundreds of Muslims, many of them educated and from middle-class backgrounds, leave comfortable Western democracies to join a brutally barbaric movement?

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From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Tue Dec 2 2014, 08:50:05

In his classic comedy, Molière shows that allowing pride, rather than reason, to dictate one's actions invariably ends badly. French President François Hollande appears to have an advanced case of Tartuffe's malady, repeatedly making political pledges that he cannot honor.

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From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Tue Dec 2 2014, 07:00:15

President Vladimir Putin's policy toward his country's "near abroad" and the West has been badly misunderstood. Instead of trying to turn Russian policy into a psychodrama, observers should focus on the effect of the 2007-2008 financial crisis on global politics.

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December 1 2014

From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Mon Dec 1 2014, 11:50:05

A lot is riding on next year's United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, which could shape strategies to reduce global greenhouse-gas emissions until 2050. But, unless world leaders expand their focus from emissions reduction to carbon pricing, the summit will be a failure.

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From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Mon Dec 1 2014, 09:30:20

The responsibility to reconcile global commerce with the protection of basic human rights does not fall first and foremost on consumers. Conflict prevention and human-rights protection are primarily the responsibility of states, and it is increasingly recognized that businesses must play their part as well.

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From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Mon Dec 1 2014, 08:50:05

Do British voters hate foreigners, or merely freeloaders? That is essentially the question British Prime Minister David Cameron posed in his long-awaited speech on immigration from other EU countries - a speech that, though clever, missed the mark in terms of the debate about the UK's relationship with Europe.

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From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Mon Dec 1 2014, 07:50:05

The recent decision by the Bank of Japan to increase the scope of its quantitative easing is a signal that another round of currency wars may be under way. The cause of the latest currency turmoil is clear: In an environment of public and private deleveraging, monetary policy has become the only available tool to boost demand.

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November 30 2014

From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Sun Nov 30 2014, 09:30:12

Although the economic costs of income inequality are substantial, the political costs may prove to be the most damaging and dangerous. Indeed, in the US, income inequality has risen to levels that threaten not only the economy's growth, but also the health of its democracy.

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From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Sun Nov 30 2014, 08:50:07

With European growth barely visible, and dangerously low inflation causing real interest rates to rise, the weight of public and private debt has grown very heavy, and another lost decade may be at hand. France and Germany - which largely drove European integration for more than six decades - must not resign themselves to this fate.

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