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July 22 2014

From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Tue Jul 22 2014, 05:00:00

When incompetence in the Kremlin turns murderous, its incumbents can begin to tremble. As news of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine trickled into Russia, people with a long memory recalled the Soviet Union's attack, 31 years ago this September, on Korean Air Lines Flight 007, and its political consequences.

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From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Tue Jul 22 2014, 05:00:00

It is perhaps inevitable that contraception and population growth are controversial topics, given the many perspectives - economic, social, political, and epidemiological - brought to bear on them. Striking the right balance among these different viewpoints is no easy task - but much depends on getting it right.

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From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Tue Jul 22 2014, 05:00:00

Peru may be among Latin America's fastest-growing economies today, but its long-term prosperity is far from certain - not least because its economy is largely dependent on the export of raw materials and hydrocarbons. Worse, though the government recognizes the need to pursue growth-enhancing reform, its approach is all wrong.

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From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Tue Jul 22 2014, 05:00:00

Senior US Federal Reserve officials seem to have slipped back into their pre-2008 ways, ignoring concerns about dangerous financial-sector behavior. That is not only unfortunate; it is also dangerous, because the Fed's political position is much more precarious than its leadership seems to realize.

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From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Tue Jul 22 2014, 05:00:00

Perhaps because of its very relevance to the making of Europe, France mistrusts the changes taking place around it - as though the weight of its nationhood were narrowing its horizons. But no country today can remain isolated from globalization, tame it, or lead it alone. So France must look again to Europe and political union.

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From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Tue Jul 22 2014, 05:00:00

The EU has three broad options as it confronts its economic malaise and increasingly frustrated voters. Unfortunately, the most likely option - business as usual, with improvised fixes to mini-crises - is the one least likely to deliver the growth that Europe desperately needs.

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July 21 2014

From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Mon Jul 21 2014, 09:00:05

Organized collective violence in the industrial age is tragedy, disaster, and devastation; it solves no political problems. War has become a continuation not of politics, as Clausewitz thought, but of political failure.

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From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Mon Jul 21 2014, 05:00:00

There are limits to what outsiders can do in the Middle East. Sometimes, policymakers need to focus on preventing things from getting worse, rather than on ambitious agendas for improvement; this is one of those times.

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From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Mon Jul 21 2014, 05:00:00

The key to the economic-performance gap between the US and the EU in the last three years is the resilience of private consumption by American households. How were US households able to reduce their debt burden during a period of high unemployment and almost no wage gains while sustaining consumption growth?

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July 18 2014

From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Fri Jul 18 2014, 05:00:00

Thomas Piketty's bestseller Capital in the Twenty-First Century is fueling heated debate about the relationship between capital accumulation and inequality. But the broader question is whether these debates will produce real solutions to two of the critical problems of our time: income inequality and limited social mobility.

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