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    Tech vs. Democracy

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    • In an age when most people get their news from social media, mafia states have had little trouble censoring social-media content that their leaders deem harmful to their interests. 

    • But for liberal democracies, regulating social media is not so straightforward, because governments must strike a balance between competing principles.
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    Saving Mothers and Newborns

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    • Tens of thousands of mothers and newborns die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth every year, which is why maternal and perinatal mortality is still one of world’s most daunting public-health challenges. 

    • But recent research finds that a comprehensive systems-based approach provides reason for hope.
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    Education in the Digital Age

    While no human will be able to compete with intelligent machines when it comes to reciting facts or performing formulaic calculations, human ingenuity and creativity remain unmatched. We should make the most of that fact, and give young people the opportunity to use their advantages as effectively as possible.

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    The Syrian Tinderbox

    As the conflict in Syria approaches its eighth year, the Islamic State has been all but uprooted, yet President Bashar al-Assad's regime remains firmly in place, and the fighting shows no signs of ending. 

    On the contrary, a further round of escalation may be on the horizon.

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    The Return of the Irish Question

    Over the last 20 years, the UK and Ireland have reaped the fruits of a mutually respectful and peaceful relationship. But, with Northern Ireland's power-sharing government having broken down, and Brexit raising questions about a potential hard border between the UK and Ireland, the historic Good Friday Agreement may be at risk.

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    Trump’s War Psyche and World Peace

    Donald Trump is not the first leader with a severe personality disorder – characterized by intolerable feelings of inadequacy and an overwhelming need for approval – to gain power. But such leaders have usually gained control in smaller countries that lack the world’s most powerful military.

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    Prisoners of the American Dream

    With inequality increasing, many around the world might assume that Americans would want to close the income gap by instituting a more progressive system of redistribution. But the opposite is true: Americans’ perceptions of privilege, opportunity, and social mobility contrast markedly with views elsewhere.

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    The Economic Message from Equity Markets

    Everyone – not just those who hold stocks – should be concerned about a major stock-market plunge. While it is impossible to predict such a plunge, or whether it will coincide with the next recession, it is now clear that last year's unusually low financial and economic volatility is over.

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The show that really matters in Pyegonchang is the peninsular dance between North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, and South Korea’s Moon Jae-in. 

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