Sunday, March 1, 2015
  1. Russia and America at the Oscars

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

    Bjørn Lomborg
  3. Population and the Pope

    Peter Singer

    Population and the Pope


     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

  4. Investing in Immigrant Europe

    Giles Merritt

    Investing in Immigrant Europe


     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

  5. Fanatics, Charlatans, and Economists

    Jean-Marie Guéhenno

    Fanatics, Charlatans, and Economists


     traces today's extremism and terrorism to the post-Cold War eclipse of politics by market logic.

    Recession Economic Growth Inequality Peter Werkman/Flickr

    Throughout the world, economics has been placed on a pedestal and enshrined in politically independent institutions like central banks and competition authorities, leaving politics confined to tinkering at the margins of market allocations. The results have been disastrous. READ MORE

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