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[Robert Reich] Antitrust laws in Gilded Age

We’re in a new Gilded Age of wealth and power similar to the first Gilded Age, when the nation’s antitrust laws were enacted. Those laws should prevent or bust up concentrations of economic power th...

Updated : 2014.04.24 20:38

Hedge fund guy amplifies Hong Kong crisis

In a decidedly odd twist of fate, Hong Kong’s version of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement has just been thrown a lifeline by a bunch of bankers, whose wealth the movement is meant to abhor. That strange fact alone should give leaders in Beijing pause. This week, in an open letter to Ch...

Updated : 2014.04.24 20:38

Abe’s Yasukuni offering strains regional ties

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe put already frosty ties with China and South Korea under further strain yesterday by sending a ritual offering to the controversial Yasukuni war shrine.Though Abe refrained from visiting the shrine personally, his gesture looked set to complicate a visit ...

Updated : 2014.04.24 20:37

[Ravi Velloor] India elections: The times are a-changing

Last week, I spent two evenings with Naseeruddin Shah, India’s most refined actor.With Singapore businessman George Abraham on guitar, and joined by our wives, we drank, sang Bob Dylan songs and talk...

Updated : 2014.04.24 20:36

Toward an official anthem for our planet

The celebration of Earth Hour on March 29 this year by over 7,000 cities across the world as well as the celebration of Equinox Earth Day on March 20 and Earth Day on April 22 by Earth Day Network are some of the landmark events that make us aware of our responsibilities toward our planet....

Updated : 2014.04.24 20:36

[Margaret Carlson] Hillary as grandma, candidate

There are few happier events than becoming a grandmother, and almost none that says quite so loudly “over the hill.”Even before the announcement that Chelsea Clinton was pregnant, Republicans were i...

Updated : 2014.04.23 19:50

[Jeffrey D. Sachs] Putin’s perilous course and future of Russia

NEW YORK ― The dangers of the crisis in Ukraine cannot be exaggerated. Russian President Vladimir Putin is overtly and covertly inciting separatism in eastern Ukraine, and has declared Russia’s unil...

Updated : 2014.04.23 19:48

Don’t buy the hype on Alibaba’s IPO

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s coming initial public offering is being heralded as a victory for Wall Street, which appears to have lured the Chinese e-commerce giant away from a Hong Kong listing. In fact, the real winner may be Silicon Valley.If you buy the conventional wisdom, this is Ch...

Updated : 2014.04.23 19:48

Threat of Trans-Pacific Partnership

Many supporters of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, trade agreement are arguing that its fate rests on President Obama’s bilateral talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Japan this week. If Japan and the United States can sort out market access issues for agricult...

Updated : 2014.04.23 19:47

Angry Republican foreign policy mess

Republican politicians are at war over the world.Representative Peter King of New York says that Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky encourages “paranoia.” Paul says his critics are distorting his views. Walter Jones, a North Carolina representative seeking his 11th term, is being challenged in a...

Updated : 2014.04.23 19:47

[Robert J. Fouser] How to improve ties with Japan

Over the past several years, relations between Korea and Japan have steadily deteriorated. President Park Geun-hye and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have not had a summit and only speak occasionally at in...

Updated : 2014.04.22 20:39

Does ferry disaster expose Korea’s flaws?

The concept of “balle balle,” or “quick, quick!,” is at the very core of Koreans’ view of themselves. After rising from the ashes of war in the 1950s, bouncing back from financial collapse in the late 1990s, and growing into a technology-and-entertainment powerhouse over the last deca...

Updated : 2014.04.22 20:38

Obama’s good news isn’t getting across

Here‘s a bit of good news for nervous Democrats: President Barack Obama’s health-care law isn‘t going to be the albatross many feared it would be in this year’s congressional elections. Enrollment has soared, and the Congressional Budget Office estimates that the program will cost less...

Updated : 2014.04.22 20:38

[Kim Seong-kon] To young students under the sea

Dear young students under the sea, please forgive us for not being able to rescue you from the ill-fated ferry Sewol. As you have found out by now, we adults are so incredibly incompetent and irrespon...

Updated : 2014.04.22 20:38

The most important book ever is all wrong

It’s hard to think of another book on economics published in the past several decades that’s been praised as lavishly as Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the 21st Century.” The adulation tells you something, though not mainly about the book’s qualities. Its defects, in my view, are great...

Updated : 2014.04.22 20:37