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The Trouble with Universal Education

‘It is time to abandon this unrealistic goal in favor of an achievable, targeted, and cost-effective approach’ by Bjørn Lomborg COPENHAGEN – With the deadline for the United Nations Millennium Development Goals fast approaching, the world is gearing up to establish a new set of goals for the next 15 years. Given limited resources, policymakers… Keep Reading


The Framing of MH-17

Characterizing the downing of MH17 publicly as a war crime may prove beneficial in apprehending the perpetrators PHILADELPHIA – US President Barack Obama called the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 an “outrage of unspeakable proportions,” whereas Russian President Vladimir Putin termed it an “accident” and a “terrible tragedy.” Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko branded it… Keep Reading


China’s Climate Commitment

‘This transformation promises not only to benefit the environment, but also to create new sources of economic growth’ BEIJING – In what some might consider a surprising development, China – currently the world’s largest emitter of carbon dioxide – is emerging as a global leader in climate policy as it seeks to build a cleaner… Keep Reading


The Waste of War

‘As was the case a century ago, vain and ignorant leaders are pushing into battle without clear purpose’ by Jeffrey D. Sachs NEW YORK – Karl Marx famously wrote that history repeats itself, “the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.” Yet when we look around nowadays, we can’t help but wonder whether… Keep Reading


Safer Climate Disasters

Climate change has forced us to change fundamentally the way we analyze disaster risk management NEW YORK – Too often, participants in the climate-change debate make an erroneous distinction between protecting ourselves from the longer-term impact of global warming and better preparing ourselves against today’s extreme weather events. Recent reports from the United Nations Intergovernmental… Keep Reading


Do Europeans Really Fear Migrants?

In places where the rhetoric surrounding immigration flies off the handle, as in the UK, perceptions are sometimes grossly distorted LONDON – Far-right parties are set to make substantial gains in the upcoming European Parliament election. Though analysts differ on whether this populist wave is fleeting, whether it will seriously harm European Union policymaking, and… Keep Reading


Migration on the Move

‘International law requires that the human rights of all migrants, whatever their status, are respected’ LONDON – In 2000, the United Nations established the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to drive progress on important development objectives, such as reducing poverty, promoting gender equality, and curbing disease. But the architects of the MDGs neglected one critical issue:… Keep Reading


Putin’s Kampf

‘Putin regards the breakup of the Soviet Union as the greatest catastrophe of modern times, and he has sought relentlessly to refashion Russia’s lost empire’ BRUSSELS – Russia’s seizure of Crimea is the most naked example of peacetime aggression that Europe has witnessed since Nazi Germany invaded the Sudetenland in 1938. It may be fashionable… Keep Reading


MSNBC puts Czechoslovakia back on map

Czech Republic remains a mystery to news networks, social media There is nothing like a crisis in Europe to show how little the American news media knows about even the basics of Europe. Cable news channel MSNBC has aired a map of Eastern Europe showing Czechoslovakia sharing a border with troubled Ukraine. Czechoslovakia hasn’t existed… Keep Reading


A Statue for Stalin?

Stalin was responsible for the deaths of very large numbers of civilians, outside any war or military campaign PRINCETON — Hitler and Stalin were ruthless dictators who committed murder on a vast scale. But, while it is impossible to imagine a Hitler statue in Berlin, or anywhere else in Germany, statues of Stalin have been… Keep Reading

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