Wednesday, July 23, 2014
  1. World Cup America

    Anne-Marie Slaughter
  2. From Beethoven to Beijing

    Chris Patten

    From Beethoven to Beijing


     ponders what the opera "Fidelio" has to tell us about China today.

    Hong Kong Victoria Harbor Hong Kong/Rick Chan/Flickr

    Much of the history of the two centuries since the opera "Fidelio" was first performed have centered on the quest for freedom that Beethoven honored. On the whole, liberty has triumphed, though the struggle is not yet over, as recent protests in Hong Kong have shown. READ MORE

  3. Truth and Consequences

    Alan Doss

    Truth and Consequences

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    &  show why efforts at post-conflict justice are so often a source of frustration for victims.

    Truth or Consequences kxlly/Flickr

    It is all too easy for political leaders to ignore victims or suppress the truth in their quest to end ethnic, religious, or ideological conflict and violence. But recognizing victims’ rights is an indispensable condition for lasting peace. READ MORE

  4. A Class of Its Own

    Dani Rodrik

    A Class of Its Own


     explains why the super-rich are mistaken to believe that they can dispense with government.

    Rich People Private Jets Jason Mrachina/Flickr

    If today's super-rich believe that they no longer need to rely on their national governments, they are making a huge mistake. The reality is that the stability and openness of the markets that produce their wealth have never depended more on government action. READ MORE

  5. Silicon Valley’s Spy Problem

    Martin Kenney

    Silicon Valley’s Spy Problem


     warns that the NSA's actions are undermining the American IT sector's global dominance.

    Silicon Valleys spy problem National Security Agency NSA Logo Alex Milan Tracy/Zuma Press

    Since the scale of the NSA’s Internet eavesdropping came to light, governments and large companies everywhere have been questioning the capacity of American IT firms to guarantee their products’ security. America’s central position in the world’s Internet economy, which seemed secure just two years ago, is now in jeopardy. READ MORE

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