Wednesday, March 4, 2015
  1. Politics

    Bibi Goes to Washington

    Ian Buruma

    Bibi Goes to Washington


     says that, by alienating the US president, Israel's prime minister may have done both countries a favor.

    Netanyahu speech Congress Yin Bogu/ZumaPress

    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's ill-considered decision to accept congressional Republicans' invitation to Washington might be the best thing that could happen to Israel. It is in neither country's interest to be seen as the other's pawn. READ MORE

  2. Culture & Society

    Kremlin Murder Incorporated

    Nina L. Khrushcheva
    Culture & Society

    Kremlin Murder Incorporated


     draws parallels between the murder of Boris Nemtsov and the darkest days of the Soviet Union.

    Nemtsov murder rally Russia Dai Tianfang/ZumaPress

    The murder last week of Boris Nemtsov, a leading opposition politician and a former deputy prime minister, should come as no surprise. But it should come as a shock – and as a wake-up call for those Russians who until now have tolerated a culture of lawlessness and impunity. READ MORE

  3. Economics

    India’s Fiscal Fortune

    Gita Gopinath

    India’s Fiscal Fortune


     explains how revised GDP data has allowed Narendra Modi's government to shun radical measures.

    Narendra Modi Address budget session Partha Sarkar/ZumaPress

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government must be feeling lucky. The decline in world commodity prices, led by crude oil, has made managing the national budget easier – and now, after the Central Statistics Office revised its methodology for calculating GDP data, that task has become easier still. READ MORE

  4. Economics

    Austerity Is Not Greece’s Problem

    Ricardo Hausmann
  5. Economics

    The Negative Way to Growth?

    Nouriel Roubini

    The Negative Way to Growth?


     asks why so many investors are willing to lose so much money.

    Down arrows coba/Flickr

    Monetary policy has become increasingly unconventional in the last six years, with central banks implementing zero-interest-rate policies, quantitative easing, credit easing, forward guidance, and unlimited exchange-rate intervention. But now we have come to the most unconventional policy tool of them all: negative nominal interest rates. READ MORE

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