Monthly Archives: September 2014

Thinking Aloud: Making the Rich Less Invisible

Sept. 30,  2014 by Darius  Yesterday’s New York Times featured an op-ed by Princeton University economist Paul Krugman entitled “Our Invisible Rich.”  It makes the argument that most Americans have no idea how rich the rich have really become in the … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “South Sudan Hangs on Rebel’s Next Move”

“South Sudan Hangs on Rebel’s Next Move” The Wall Street Journal, September 27-28, 2014, p.A9 http://online.wsj.com/articles/south-sudan-hangs-on-rebel-chiefs-next-move-1411774229 “Riek Machar earned a doctorate from a British university and in 2011 became vice president in South Sudan’s first democratic election.  He now commands 100,000 … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Landslide”

Sept. 29,  2014 by Darius  Today, I attended talk by US political reporter Jonathan Darman about his new book Landslide: LBJ and Ronald Reagan at the Dawn of a New America. In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson won one of the most … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Hong Kong Protesters: Students See a ‘Chance to Set People Free'”

“Hong Kong Protesters: Students See a ‘Chance to Set People Free’” The Christian Science Monitor, September 29, 2014 http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2014/0929/Hong-Kong-protesters-Students-see-a-chance-to-set-people-free-video “But the fourth straight day of unrest – the bluntest challenge to China’s ruling Communist Party since the Tiananmen protests in 1989 … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Poised For the Future, Mauritius

Sept. 28,  2014 by Darius  [A month ago, I introduced my Poised for the Future Index, a metric which combines improvements in a country’s levels of educational attainment, its corruption levels, and its political stability to identify countries that seem positioned … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Trapped in Violence and Forgotten”

“Trapped in Violence and Forgotten” The Washington Post, September 28, 2014, p.A1 http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/world/2014/09/27/in-congo-trapped-in-violence-and-forgotten/ “It is a war that has claimed an estimated 5 million lives, many from starvation, disease and other conflict-related causes, since 1998 — more casualties than the wars in … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Jihad 3.0”

Sept. 27,  2014 by Darius  A few days ago, I saw a panel discussion entitled “Jihad 3.0” detailing the current situation with ISIS.  Overall, the panel didn’t break any new ground, but there were a few interesting comments. Jon Alterman of … Continue reading

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