Sunday, August 30, 2015
  1. Pope Francis in America

    Chris Patten

    Pope Francis in America

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     examines the growing tension between the Catholic Church and US conservatives.

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    The moral authority that Pope Francis exudes makes his interventions in controversial contemporary issues extremely powerful. Before and during his upcoming visit to the US, his views on three issues – none of which is without controversy in the US – will have a particularly strong impact. READ MORE

  2. Europe’s Nationalist Night Watch

    Dominique Moisi
  3. The Real Demographic Challenge

    Adair Turner

    The Real Demographic Challenge

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     dismisses the view that population aging in advanced countries threatens their economic prosperity.

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    Those who warn that huge economic problems lie ahead for aging rich countries are focused on the wrong issue. Population aging in advanced economies is the manageable consequence of positive developments, whereas rapid population growth in many poorer countries still poses a severe threat to human welfare. READ MORE

  4. The World’s Oldest Public Policy Puzzle

    Aryeh Neier
  5. A Hanging in India

    Shashi Tharoor

    A Hanging in India

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     explains why he favors abolition of the death penalty in his country.

    Death penalty noose India Prabhat Kumar Verma/ZumaPress

    The execution of Yakub Memon for complicity in the serial bomb blasts that killed 257 people in Mumbai in 1993 was widely supported in India. But, however tempting it may be to declare that anyone who kills innocent people deserves to die, revenge is not a worthy motive for a state's actions. READ MORE

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