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April 17 2014

From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Thu Apr 17 2014, 05:00:00

US Secretary of State John Kerry's valiant effort to save the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is about to end in failure. Though achieving a substantive settlement was always a pipe dream, this latest disappointment will render the US unable to prevent the emergence of a binational state, which might not be a bad thing.

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From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Thu Apr 17 2014, 05:00:00

When politicians around the world tell the story of global warming, they cast it as humanity's greatest challenge, but promise that they can meet it at low cost while improving the world in countless other ways. Nonsense - on all counts.

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From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Thu Apr 17 2014, 05:00:00

Venezuela is descending ever deeper into violence, with street protests spreading rapidly across the country and President Nicolás Maduro's efforts to suppress them becoming increasingly brutal. Unfortunately, there are no upcoming elections that might resolve the worsening power struggle - and no outside actors willing to intervene.

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April 16 2014

From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Wed Apr 16 2014, 05:00:00

Though we live in the hi-tech virtual world of the Internet, the most physical things - including urban land and service jobs - are rising in importance. But there is no contradiction: In an age of information and communication technology, it is inevitable that we value what an ICT-intensive economy cannot create.

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From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Wed Apr 16 2014, 05:00:00

To ensure that the denial of scientific evidence does not put the wider community at risk, advocacy groups must be held responsible for their messages. Australia's government recently did just that, rescinding an anti-vaccination advocacy group's tax-exempt status and forcing it to change its name.

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From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Wed Apr 16 2014, 05:00:00

American boardrooms are filled with MBAs, especially from Harvard, while firms in the rest of the developed world (with the possible exception of Germany) seem to prefer professional managers over technical or scientific talent. But organizations that put experts in charge almost always perform better.

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From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Wed Apr 16 2014, 05:00:00

The release of the latest Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI), published by the consultancy Z/Yen in London, shows stability at the top of the table and volatility below. But do such rankings really contain valuable insights into how the global financial system is evolving?

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From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Wed Apr 16 2014, 05:00:00

The strategy needed to resist Putin's efforts to expand Russia's influence beyond its borders - and to induce change within them - resembles nothing so much as the "containment" doctrine that guided Western policy for the four decades of the Cold War. The sooner the West updates that doctrine, the better off everyone will be.

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April 15 2014

From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Tue Apr 15 2014, 05:00:00

Slowly but surely, the debate about the nature of economic growth is entering a new phase. The emerging questions are sufficiently different from those of recent decades that one can sense a shift in the conceptual framework that will structure the discussion of economic progress - and economic policy - from now on.

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From Project Syndicate RSS-Feed Tue Apr 15 2014, 05:00:00

With global rebalancing set to be high on the agenda at the next G-7 and G-20 meetings, Germany, with its persistent export surplus, will again come under pressure to boost household demand. But the German consumer is a sideshow, while the main acts are investment demand and monetary policy.

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