Friday, March 6, 2015
  1. Thomas Piketty’s Japanese Tour

    Yuriko Koike

    Thomas Piketty’s Japanese Tour

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     asks why income inequality has become more salient in one of the world's most egalitarian countries.

    Newsart for Thomas Piketty’s Japanese Tour Yury Zap/Shutterstock

    Six months after Thomas Piketty's book Capital in the Twenty-First Century generated so much buzz in the US and Europe, it has become a bestseller in Japan. But vast differences between Japan and its developed counterparts in the West, mean that Piketty's argument, like so many Western exports, has taken on unique characteristics. READ MORE

  2. Russia and America at the Oscars

    Nina L. Khrushcheva
  3. Gender Equality as a Development Goal

    Bjørn Lomborg
  4. Population and the Pope

    Peter Singer

    Population and the Pope

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     questions the morality of the Catholic Church's continued opposition to modern birth control.

    Pope Francis crowd philippines papa francis John Jerome E. Ganzon/ZumaPress

    Last month, media worldwide were buzzing about Pope Francis's statement that Catholics should practice “responsible parenthood," rather than breeding “like rabbits." But fewer reported another, more problematic comment he made on the subject: no outside institution should impose its views about regulating family size on the developing world. READ MORE

  5. Investing in Immigrant Europe

    Giles Merritt

    Investing in Immigrant Europe

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     wants the European Commission to refocus its €300 billion investment plan on housing and schools.

    African immigrants arriving in Lampedusa Italian Navy Press Office/Flickr

    The attacks in Paris last month unleashed a welter of opinion about how to prevent further violence – whether by jihadist terrorists or against Muslim communities. But the focus of that debate risks eclipsing the much wider question of whether Europe has sown the seeds of disaffection through neglect of its immigrants. READ MORE

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