Sunday, April 20, 2014
  1. World Affairs

    The End of the Two-State Solution

    Mohammed Ayoob
    World Affairs

    The End of the Two-State Solution

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     welcomes the collapse of an Israeli-Palestinian peace process that was all process and no peace.

    Newsart for The End of the Two-State Solution Marco Bottelli/Demotix

    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. READ MORE

  2. Economics

    The Future of Economic Progress

    Kemal Derviş
    Economics

    The Future of Economic Progress

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     homes in on the key questions surrounding the nature and measurement of contemporary growth.

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    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. READ MORE

  3. Education

    Big Data for Poor Students

    Jin-Yong Cai
    Education

    Big Data for Poor Students

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     champions new tools to broaden access to high-quality, affordable education.

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    If we are to end poverty, reduce unemployment, and stem rising economic inequality, we must find new, better, and cheaper ways to teach – and on a vast scale. Fortunately, we live in an age in which information technology gives us the right tools to broaden access to high-quality, affordable education. READ MORE

  4. Politics

    Venezuela’s Unending Ordeal

    Rodrigo Pardo
    Politics

    Venezuela’s Unending Ordeal

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     sees no near-term resolution that would halt the country's descent into violence.

    Newsart for Venezuela’s Unending Ordeal andresAzp/Flickr

    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. READ MORE

  5. Economics

    The High-Tech, High-Touch Economy

    Adair Turner
    Economics

    The High-Tech, High-Touch Economy

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     explains how a fresh wave of automation is transforming employment and much else.

    Newsart for The High-Tech, High-Touch Economy

    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. READ MORE

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Cold War II?

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