Sunday, February 7, 2016
  1. Economics

    The Global Economy’s New Abnormal

    Nouriel Roubini

    The Global Economy’s New Abnormal


     breaks down the factors underlying the spike in market volatility since the beginning of the year.


    Since the beginning of the year, the world economy has faced a new bout of severe financial market volatility, marked by sharply falling prices for equities and other risky assets. A variety of factors are at work – and will remain so throughout 2016 and beyond. READ MORE

  2. Economics

    Japan’s Wrong Way Out

    Adair Turner

    Japan’s Wrong Way Out


     doubts that the recent introduction of negative interest rates will boost inflation and demand.

    Shibuya, Japan

    Financial markets were surprised by the Bank of Japan’s recent introduction of negative interest rates on certain commercial bank reserves. The problem is that neither negative interest rates nor further expansion of the BOJ’s already huge program of quantitative easing will be sufficient to offset strong deflationary forces. READ MORE

  3. World Affairs

    The Great Populists

    Jacek Rostowski
    World Affairs

    The Great Populists


     says that a new breed of politicians poses a new set of risks to the West.

    Donald Trump rally Yin Bogu/Xinhua via ZUMA Wire

    The rise of a new kind of political leader – as seen in Russia, Turkey, Hungary, and Poland – constitutes a new threat to the global order. If this type, in the form of US presidential candidate Donald Trump and French National Front leader Marine Le Pen, wins in the heart of the West, the risks to stability will rise sharply. READ MORE

  4. Culture & Society

    The Cow Who…

    Peter Singer
    Culture & Society

    The Cow Who…


     makes the case for switching from "that" to "who" in reference to animals.


    In a language like English, which implicitly categorizes animals as things rather than persons, switching from "that" to "who" would embody the recognition that cows, pets, and fish are all sentient beings, unlike tables, cars, and mountains. The personal pronoun would, in short, remind us who animals really are. READ MORE

  5. Politics

    Oil Dictator Dominos

    Bill Emmott

    Oil Dictator Dominos


     thinks that collapsing hydrocarbon prices could topple Central Asia's authoritarian regimes.


    The dramatic drop in hydrocarbon prices will produce economic winners and losers. But the biggest dangers will be political, especially for rigid authoritarian regimes that have depended on high oil prices to remain in power. READ MORE


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