Thursday, August 25, 2016
  1. Brecht on Brexit

    Howard Davies

    Brecht on Brexit

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     rules out dissolving the British people, but is strongly in favor of shaking them up.

    Brexit protests Mike Kemp/Getty Images

    In the wake of the 1953 workers’ uprising in East Germany, the playwright Bertolt Brecht dryly suggested that the government might find it easier to “dissolve the people and elect another.” It is a sentiment that resonates with many in the UK today, in the aftermath of June’s Brexit referendum. READ MORE

  2. The Olympics’ Lesser Gods

    Lucy P. Marcus

    The Olympics’ Lesser Gods

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     calls out the Games' governing body for its many FIFA-like characteristics.

    Newsart for The Olympics’ Lesser Gods Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

    In a sense, the Olympics are as much about inspiration as they are about competition. But, thanks to the International Olympic Committee and its national branches, as well as the associations representing particular sports, it is also about something much darker: greed, exploitation, and rank hypocrisy. READ MORE

  3. Cleaning Up the Olympics

    Yuriko Koike

    Cleaning Up the Olympics

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     promises that, on her watch, the city will prevent waste and corruption in planning the 2020 Games.

    Newsart for Cleaning Up the Olympics NurPhoto/Getty Images

    The Olympic Games too often bring waste and corruption to the city hosting them, because responsibility for preparation is dispersed between national and city governments, local commissions, and organizations like the International Olympic Committee. When everyone is “responsible” for everything, no one is responsible for anything. READ MORE

  4. Free Trade’s Diminishing Returns

    Jomo Kwame Sundaram, ET AL

    Free Trade’s Diminishing Returns

    &  suggest that free-trade deals neither raise advanced-economy incomes, nor serve poor countries.

    Newsart for Free Trade’s Diminishing Returns Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

    Given more than a decade of stagnant and falling incomes across the developed world, policymakers in advanced economies may want to reconsider growth policies based on free trade. Meanwhile, policymakers in the developing world should be especially wary of the non-trade provisios included in recently proposed free-trade agreements. READ MORE

  5. Europe’s Brexit Hangover

    Nouriel Roubini

    Europe’s Brexit Hangover

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     worries that the relative mildness of the post-referendum shock could lull the EU into complacency.

    Newsart for Europe’s Brexit Hangover Jim Dyson/Getty Images

    The market reaction to the Brexit shock has been relatively mild, because it was regional rather than global, with the impact concentrated in the UK and Europe. But the risk of European and global volatility may have been only briefly postponed. READ MORE

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