Sunday, April 19, 2015
  1. Sustainability & Environment

    ExxonMobil’s Dangerous Business Strategy

    Jeffrey D. Sachs
    Sustainability & Environment

    ExxonMobil’s Dangerous Business Strategy

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     takes the company to task for advocating the development of Arctic oil reserves.

    Arctic drilling in the Alberta Tar Sands kris krüg/Flickr

    This week, the National Petroleum Council’s Arctic Committee, chaired by the CEO of ExxonMobil, released a report calling on the US government to proceed with Arctic drilling for oil and gas, without mentioning climate change. This is just the latest reminder of the threat that ExxonMobil’s business model poses to the world. READ MORE

  2. Economics

    The Debt Dilemma

    Adair Turner, ET AL
    Economics

    The Debt Dilemma

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    &  propose ways to cut household and government liabilities, thereby ensuring sustainable growth.

    Newsart for The Debt Dilemma JuanG89/Flickr

    The victory of the anti-austerity Syriza party in Greece’s February election has placed debt back at the center of debates about economic growth and stability. But Greece is hardly the only country that is struggling to repay its existing debt, much less dampen borrowing – and the risks are mounting. READ MORE

  3. World Affairs

    The Least We Can Do For Syria

    Lakhdar Brahimi
    World Affairs

    The Least We Can Do For Syria

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     urges people around the world to pressure their governments to protect refugees from Syria.

    Syria fighters console Freedom House/Flickr

    In a conflict as bitter, protracted, and complex as the war in Syria, it is all too easy to become overwhelmed by despair. And yet, however grim or upsetting the situation becomes, people around the world, rather than tuning out the war, should pressure their governments to protect and shelter Syria's refugees. READ MORE

  4. Economics

    Can Trade Agreements Stop Currency Manipulation?

    Kemal Derviş
    Economics

    Can Trade Agreements Stop Currency Manipulation?

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     thinks that national policies affecting the exchange rate are best left to the IMF and the G-20.

    dollars in peoples hands Laura/Flickr

    It is impossible to deny that trade and exchange rates are closely linked. But trade negotiations are not the right forum for discussing the causes and consequences of current-account imbalances and reaching agreements on macroeconomic-policy coordination; that is what the IMF and the G-20 are for. READ MORE

  5. Culture & Society

    Why We Need “Game of Thrones”

    Dominique Moisi
    Culture & Society

    Why We Need “Game of Thrones”

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     watches today's popular television shows and finds societies' deepest anxieties and longings.

    the iron throne Vickie Flores/ZumaPress

    Television series like “Game of Thrones” and “Downton Abbey” increasingly play the role that, say, Balzac or Dickens did in the nineteenth century, serving as both a source of entertainment and fodder for debate. In this sense, our television screenplays have emerged as key tools of social and political analysis. READ MORE

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