Tuesday, August 4, 2015
  1. China’s Patient Investors

    Zhang Lei

    China’s Patient Investors


     explains how partnering with Chinese entrepreneurs for the long term can be profitable.

    china stock market 2 dogs/Flickr

    Chinese markets, like emerging markets everywhere, are volatile, and investors there are usually focused on short-term profits. And yet a long-term approach is not only possible; done properly, it can be fabulously lucrative. READ MORE

  2. Reconsidering Man’s Dominion

    Peter Singer

    Reconsidering Man’s Dominion


     praises Pope Francis for defending animal welfare.

    Pope Francis Evandro Inetti/ZumaPress

    Pope Francis’s historical encyclical on the environment has received considerable media attention for its uncompromising call for action on climate change. Less noted has been the fact that it also contains the strongest statement against harming animals ever made by a pope in a document as authoritative as an encyclical. READ MORE

  3. Good People, Bad Judgments

    Ian Buruma

    Good People, Bad Judgments


     criticizes UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s approach to fighting extremism.

    David Cameron number10gov/Flickr

    Despite being remarkably progressive, the 1814 Norwegian constitution contained a clause barring Jews from entering the country, based on the judgment that Jewish beliefs and customs were incompatible with enlightened Western values. This is the same flawed logic being used today to persecute Muslims. READ MORE

  4. Reviving Islam’s Enlightenment

    Daniel Chirot, ET AL

    Reviving Islam’s Enlightenment

    &  urge the West to confront extremist Islam on the battlefield of ideas.

    Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque stratman2/Flickr

    Panicked attempts to march into Muslim countries and extirpate the threat have been counterproductive, only serving to increase the appeal of Islamic extremism. Western scholars who understand Islam and speak some of the many languages of its practitioners need to support these intellectual movements. READ MORE

  5. Tibet After the Dalai Lama

    Brahma Chellaney

    Tibet After the Dalai Lama


     fears that the power vacuum created when the current incarnation dies could give rise to violence.

    Dalai Lama kris krüg/Flickr

    On the 80th birthday of the 14th Dalai Lama, Tibet’s future looks more uncertain than ever. Once he dies, China is likely to install its puppet as his successor, potentially leading to the erosion of the institution – and fueling the rise of a violent separatist movement in Tibet. READ MORE

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