Government & NGOs, Society & Culture
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In an eloquent speech, First Minister Salmond, leader of the government in Scotland, makes the case for an independent Scotland. In addition to compelling economic reasons, he argues that clearly, the best people to take decisions about Scotland are the people who choose to live and work in Scotland.
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Alan S. Blinder, Princeton professor, Wall Street Journal columnist, and former vice chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, explains how the worst economic crisis in postwar American history happened, what the government did to fight it, and what we can do from here.
[LESS INFO] 1 VIEWS | ADDED 14:13:08 04/08/13
Cyprus is the latest European state to need a bailout from the Troika of the EU, the IMF, and the ECB. But this time, individual depositors are being asked to pick up part of the tab. Should taxpayers have to bear the burden if banks fail?
[LESS INFO] 0 VIEWS | ADDED 15:59:06 04/05/13
The good news is that you need a little bit of talent to be a leader, but, like in music, like when you are playing a violin, the talent is only part of the deal. You can train people in leadership skills, and leadership skills are transferable.
[LESS INFO] 0 VIEWS | ADDED 20:18:09 04/03/13
If you start distributing your human rights videos on YouTube, it's really hard for the government to suddenly say, 'We're going to shut down YouTube. We want nothing to do with all of that.' And if they do, they reveal themselves as censors.
[LESS INFO] 1 VIEWS | ADDED 14:05:45 04/01/13
A new book claiming that bonobos can feel empathy suggests that morality may be biological. If this is the case, what purpose does religion serve? Is it still a useful tool for moral guidance or can we get all our answers from science?
[LESS INFO] 1 VIEWS | ADDED 19:53:57 03/27/13
Yale's Thomas Pogge describes the Health Impact Fund, which creates incentives for the pharmaceutical industry to develop new drugs and then keep prices down so poor people can afford them.
[LESS INFO] 0 VIEWS | ADDED 15:11:14 03/27/13
Ian Morris demonstrates that social development can be measured across thousands of years. Based on past trends, what can we expect in the future? For one thing, the pace of change has accelerated. Morris predicts that the 21st century is going to be a race between shifts in the balance of power, a transformation of humanity, and catastrophe.
[LESS INFO] 3 VIEWS | ADDED 14:03:45 03/25/13
Apple and Google will, reportedly, both soon be selling computers that you can wear. But will the trove of details that these devices will be able to collect be an invasion of privacy? Do advertisers stand to gain more from this technology than consumers?
[LESS INFO] 1 VIEWS | ADDED 20:16:35 03/19/13
[LESS INFO] 1 VIEWS | ADDED 14:10:22 03/18/13
A recent nuclear test and renewed threats from North Korea has led to new sanctions from the UN Security Council. Does this mean that China's patience with North Korea has finally run out? Or will humanitarian and geopolitical concerns keep the two allied?
[LESS INFO] 4 VIEWS | ADDED 20:37:26 03/13/13
He's not just a constitution designer. He's certainly not a political scientist. For him, this philosophic exercise, the real purpose of it was to provide the moral grounds for which statesmen should strive to attain peace, because it was hypothetically possible.
[LESS INFO] 1 VIEWS | ADDED 20:52:34 03/12/13
Economic growth is driven by successive processes of trial and error: research and invention and then experiments in exploiting the new economic space opened by innovation. Today, however, with the state frozen as an economic actor and access to public equity markets only open to a minority, the innovation economy is stalled. Warburg Pincus's William Janeway discusses how to get this vital economic sector moving again.
[LESS INFO] 2 VIEWS | ADDED 21:02:28 03/11/13
In this eye-opening conversation, renowned bioethicist Dr. Wolpe grapples with the ethical issues raised by advances in biotechnology and neuroscience, including brain fingerprinting and eventual mind-reading.
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The world's eyes are on Venezuela as Hugo Chavez's death leaves many questions. Will he be remembered as a champion of the poor or will his legacy be stained by Venezuela's high crime rates? Was he a repressive tyrant or a victim of American propaganda?
[LESS INFO] 2 VIEWS | ADDED 15:53:29 03/04/13
With the Syrian civil war about to turn two years old and the death toll approaching 70,000, some are saying it is time for the U.S. or the UN to intervene. Could arming the anti-Assad rebels bring an end to the war? Or would it bring greater instability to the region?