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  1. rpersaud18_Marvin Ibo Guengoer - GES SportfotoGetty Images_saudiarabiaworldcup Marvin Ibo Guengoer/GES Sportfoto/Getty Images

    The World Cup Syndrome

    Raj Persaud reflects on the effects that loving the “beautiful game” can have on one’s health and finances.
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    Has the FTX Debacle Discredited Effective Altruism?

    Peter Singer argues that Sam Bankman-Fried's alleged financial malpractice was an unjustified means to a laudable end.
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    Africa’s Education Opportunity

    Julius Maada Bio offers example of how policymakers can foster inclusivity and improve learning outcomes.
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    Facebook Is Failing Journalists

    Arzu Geybulla says that in the struggle for press freedom under repressive regimes, Meta is squarely on the wrong side.
  6. zizek11_Eyal WarshavskySOPA ImagesLightRocket via Getty Images_israelBen-Gvir Eyal Warshavsky/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

    Ethics on the Rocks

    Slavoj Žižek laments the shifts toward illiberalism and intolerance on both the right and the left.
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    The World Cup’s Education Goal

    Gordon Brown & Yasmine Sherif see the event as an occasion to push the Taliban to end its ban on girls' education.
  8. singer211_ Iranian Supreme Leader Press OfficeHandoutAnadolu Agency via Getty Images_khamenei Iranian Supreme Leader Press Office/Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

    Free Speech for Whom?

    Peter Singer unpacks Elon Musk’s reference, after purchasing Twitter, to promoting “healthy debate” on the platform.
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    Should I Stay or Should I Go?

    Ian Buruma describes the dilemma faced by anyone deciding whether to leave their homeland for freedom outside it.
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    Rebooting the World Bank

    Suma Chakrabarti & Chris Humphrey outline key reforms that could help the institution regain the trust of developing countries.
  2. ahzhang7_ NOEL CELISAFP via Getty Images_chinaprotest Noel Celis/AFP via Getty Images

    No Easy Exit from Zero-COVID

    S. Alex Yang & Angela Huyue Zhang propose a strategy for loosening China's pandemic restrictions without triggering a nationwide health crisis.
  3. james198_Michael M. SantiagoGetty Images)_ftx Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

    Faking It, Making It, Losing It

    Harold James

    The spectacular rise and fall of FTX and its founder Sam Bankman-Fried were driven by effective marketing, trickery, and financial speculation. In that, they bear a striking resemblance to the disastrous eighteenth-century experiment that fueled the Mississippi Company bubble and created the template for all future Ponzi schemes.

    draws parallels between the FTX collapse and economist John Law’s infamous eighteenth-century scheme in France.
  4. davies83_ Peter MacdiarmidGetty Images_bankofengland Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

    The Regulators’ Revolt

    Howard Davies traces the rise and fall of the UK government's recent effort to wield the power to rewrite financial rules.
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    A Missed Opportunity in Bali

    Stephen S. Roach

    The summit between US President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, was, at best, a public-relations effort to provide a brief respite in the ominous progression of conflict escalation. But there was no substance, no strategy, and no path to de-escalation.

    explains why the Biden-Xi summit yielded little more than lofty rhetoric – and proposes a new approach.
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    Will Crypto Survive?

    Kenneth Rogoff assesses the strategies regulators could adopt in the aftermath of the FTX debacle.
  7. spence156_SAUL LOEBAFP via Getty Images_bidenxi Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

    Done With Deglobalization?

    Michael Spence sees reason to hope that the scales may soon tip back from international confrontation to cooperation.
  8. velasco131_Chris McGrathGetty Images_bitcoin Chris McGrath/Getty Images

    The Unbearable Uselessness of Crypto

    Andrés Velasco explains why FTX's collapse should sink a hyped-up lie bobbing on an ocean of libertarian technobabble.
  9. sinn107_Sean GallupGetty Images_germanyenergycoal Sean Gallup/Getty Images

    Is Germany Sick Again?

    Hans-Werner Sinn pours cold water on the fantasy that European economies can weather gas shortages with minimal pain.

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