Wednesday, November 25, 2015
  1. Rehearsals for Retirement

    Brigitte Miksa

    Rehearsals for Retirement


     points out that only a handful of countries are prepared to care for growing numbers of pensioners.

    Elderly couple dancing.

    Over the rest of the twenty-first century, the global population is expected to keep growing; even more important, it will keep growing older. Only four countries – Finland, Norway, the Netherlands, and New Zealand – have adequately prepared to face the looming wave of retirees. READ MORE

  2. India’s Sacred Cows and Unholy Politics

    Shashi Tharoor

    India’s Sacred Cows and Unholy Politics


     blames a recent spate of violence on the growth of Hindu chauvinism under Narendra Modi.

    Cattle on farm.

    The revival of the cow as an instrument of political warfare is one of the current government’s signal illiberal achievements. A recent spate of violence and threats against those accused of killing or eating cattle reveals that Hindu chauvinism is now running amok under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's nationalist administration. READ MORE

  3. Why Gender Parity Matters

    Laura Tyson, ET AL

    Why Gender Parity Matters

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    &  assess the far-reaching benefits associated with improved opportunities for women.

    Men and women in office.

    A new study estimates that the cost of gender inequality is even higher than previously thought – with far-reaching consequences. While reaching gender parity will be no easy feat, it is vitally important, both to improve outcomes for women and girls, and to advance economic development and prosperity for all. READ MORE

  4. Truth, Lies, and Venezuela

    Ricardo Hausmann

    Truth, Lies, and Venezuela


     ponders the nature of evil against the background of the Maduro government's plan to prosecute him.

    Statue of Moses in Venezuela.

    Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, seeking scapegoats for his country's economic collapse, has vowed to prosecute the author. This raises an important question: Can evil be fought by exposing the lies on which it is based and condemning those who propagate falsehood? READ MORE

  5. Alexievich’s Achievement

    Nina L. Khrushcheva

    Alexievich’s Achievement


     praises this year's Nobel laureate in literature for her uncompromising approach to history.

    Svetlana Alexievich won Nobel prize in literature Elke Wetzig/Wikimedia Commons

    Svetlana Alexievich was awarded this year's Nobel Prize for literature for her uncompromising treatment of difficult topics, from World War II to nuclear disaster. The award sends a powerful message – not only about Alexievich's talent, but also about the importance of the female perspective in the public sphere. READ MORE

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