Saturday, February 6, 2016
  1. Economics

    The Global Economy’s New Abnormal

    Nouriel Roubini
    Economics

    The Global Economy’s New Abnormal

    15

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

    Globe

    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. Politics

    The Limits of German Power

    Volker Perthes
    Politics

    The Limits of German Power

    2

     pins hope of a greater global role on a strong, unified European foreign and defense policy.

    Darts with French, German, and British flag designs

    In the last two years, Germany has adopted leadership roles regarding the conflict in Ukraine, the civil war in Syria, and the refugee crisis. While this is a welcome development, German leaders must bear in mind that their country's EU membership remains its most potent source of power. READ MORE

  3. Culture & Society

    The Cow Who…

    Peter Singer
    Culture & Society

    The Cow Who…

    2

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

    Cattle

    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

  4. Politics

    Oil Dictator Dominos

    Bill Emmott
    Politics

    Oil Dictator Dominos

    4

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

    Dominoes

    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

  5. World Affairs

    The Death Throes of Oil

    Harold James
    World Affairs

    The Death Throes of Oil

    7

     highlights the increased political instability that is likely to result if prices remain low.

    Oil drill

    The price of oil, often used as a sort of thermometer to measure the health of the world economy, is also a barometer, warning of approaching geopolitical storms. And the security challenges implied by falling oil prices are likely to be more significant than the economic risks. READ MORE

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