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[Robert Reich] The distributional games

Every year I ask the students in my “Wealth and Poverty” class to play a simple game. I have them split up into pairs and imagine that I’m giving one of them $1,000. They can keep some of the money...

Updated : 2014.04.18 21:12

Cuban Twitter project was a tweet in the dark

PARIS ― First, Cubans would receive fun little text messages about baseball and music. Then, one day ― bam! ― they would learn via cell phone that they’d been living in a dictatorship for over half a century and would realize that it was time to overthrow the regime.Hopefully American ...

Updated : 2014.04.18 21:12

[Doyle McManus] Reading between the lines

Reading is such an improbable idea ― a miracle, really. Yet simple squiggles on a page, arranged just so, can convey ideas that change the way we think or introduce to us characters we love for a lif...

Updated : 2014.04.17 20:36

Why poverty across world matters to Americans

A child starving in South Sudan should matter to Americans.That was the message delivered last week by Nancy Lindborg, whose job at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is to lead a federal bureau spreading democracy and humanitarian assistance across the world.That world ...

Updated : 2014.04.17 20:36

Just what to do after work in Singapore?

The global financial crash of 2008 not only diminished the savings of workers nearing retirement, but it also altered mindsets about the work cycle. In America, most people have to work their way back to the point where they originally had been ready to call it a day. With welfarism squeez...

Updated : 2014.04.17 20:33

[Kor Kian Beng] Xi still needs Deng’s approach

Capping a year of high-profile and at times provocative diplomatic moves that have stirred unease in Asia and beyond, Chinese President Xi Jinping recently described China as “a lion that has awakene...

Updated : 2014.04.17 20:33

We must stop using Songkran as an excuse

Think of Songkran and two things immediately come to mind: water-splashing fun and deadly road accidents. Midway through the “Seven Dangerous Days,” dozens have been killed in auto accidents, snuffing caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s hopes for “seven days of happiness.”W...

Updated : 2014.04.17 20:33

Taiwan can’t count on the U.S. navy

A lot of noise was made in December after China sent its first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, on a jaunt through the South China Sea. The deployment, termed a “training exercise” by the mainland government, caused great concern in Taiwan and Japan, coming shortly after Beijing’s contro...

Updated : 2014.04.17 20:33

[William Pesek] Japan’s backward reform drive

For Abenomics bulls who still hold out hope that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe intends to make good on his pledges to revitalize Japan, the past week must have been at least a little disconcerting.In that...

Updated : 2014.04.16 20:20

Chernobyl factor in Ukraine crisis

LOS ANGELES ― Twenty-eight years after its Chernobyl nuclear plant exploded, Ukraine confronts a nuclear specter of a different kind: the possibility that the country’s reactors could become military targets in the event of a Russian invasion. Speaking at the Nuclear Security Summit in T...

Updated : 2014.04.16 20:19

Nudging taxpayers to do the right thing

Most Americans comply with the tax laws, but every year many of our fellow citizens don’t. The result is the “tax gap” ― the amount of revenue that the government loses because people are cheating. In one recent year, for example, the tax gap was $450 billion. That’s a lot of money ―...

Updated : 2014.04.16 20:18

[Kim Myong-sik] Reports on North fail to exhibit good journalism

“Any report on the North is either a scoop or a fiction.” This is the sub-headline of an article in Kwanhun Journal 2014-Spring. The quarterly, published by the Kwanhun Club, a fraternity of senior ...

Updated : 2014.04.16 20:18

What Greece could tell us about Ukraine

As tensions escalate in the eastern part of Ukraine, the country’s officials are in Washington looking to put the finishing touches on an agreement with the International Monetary Fund that provides immediate financial relief and opens the doors to help from others. Given the situation on...

Updated : 2014.04.16 20:18

[Lee Jae-min] The tale of two conflicting laws

With the completion of the domestic proceeding in Moscow to annex the Crimean peninsula after the referendum on March 16, the debates have now moved on to the realm of law. The United States and the E...

Updated : 2014.04.15 20:43

India’s election won’t be decided on old lines

Last week, India embarked on what has repeatedly been hailed as the biggest electoral exercise in history. But the bigger grinding noise seemed to come from hundreds of electoral pundits as they cranked up the machinery of received ideas. India’s future, these portentous commentators decl...

Updated : 2014.04.15 20:41