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[Andrew Sheng] May into June

April is the cruelest month, so said poet TS Eliot. But one wit remarked that June marks the end of May. Who would have expected that British Prime Minister Theresa May would lose her majority in Parl...

Updated : 2017.06.28 17:42

[Other view] NATO can fight terrorism and help refugees

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization has now formally enlisted in the fight against the Islamic State group. It can begin by helping to stem the flow of refugees trying to reach Europe from North Africa.This would be more than a humanitarian exercise; it would be a counterterrorism opera...

Updated : 2017.06.28 17:42

[Mihir Sharma] Tax reform looks like an Indian wedding

India stands on the brink of one of its most momentous policy reforms in decades unprepared and uncertain. We’re just a few days away from the launch of a new indirect-tax regime, the goods-and-services tax, or GST, and anxiety about its rollout is all-pervasive.The reform, which intends ...

Updated : 2017.06.28 17:41

[Leonid Bershidsky] Macron can follow Germany’s lead on labor reform

The German economy is in a remarkably rosy phase. According to data published Monday by the Ifo Institute, business confidence is at a record high since 1991. The Bundesbank has raised its growth fore...

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[Joel Kotkin] Want to be green? Work at home

Expanding mass transit systems is a pillar of green and “new urbanist” thinking, but with few exceptions, the idea of ever-larger numbers of people commuting into an urban core ignores a major shift in the labor economy: More people are working from home.True, in a handful of large metro...

Updated : 2017.06.28 17:41

[The Baltimore Sun] The Supreme Court’s uneasy compromise on Trump’s travel ban

President Donald Trump called the Supreme Court’s decision to hear cases related to his ban on travel from six Muslim nations and to allow it to go into partial effect in the meantime “a clear victory.” But there’s nothing clear about it, either for his administration or for those who ...

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[Kim Seong-kon] Would you fight change and be left behind?

This is the National Assembly Hearing season in Korea for Cabinet minister-designates proposed by the new administration. Every day, newspaper reporters thoroughly examine every nook and cranny of the...

Updated : 2017.06.27 17:47

[Tyler Cowen] Populism’s success, in plain English

Populist and “alt-right” causes have lately seen some setbacks, including the centrist electoral results in the Netherlands, the victory of Emmanuel Macron and his party in France, the poor showing of the Five Star Movement in local Italian elections and the split of the True Finns party...

Updated : 2017.06.27 17:46

[Leonid Bershidsky] Macron can follow Germany’s lead on labor reform

The German economy is in a remarkably rosy phase. According to data published on Monday by the Ifo Institute, business confidence is at a record high since 1991. The Bundesbank has raised its growth forecasts through 2019. One of the reasons for this surge of optimism is that the German la...

Updated : 2017.06.27 17:46

[Trudy Rubin] Trump’s failing ‘big man doctrine’

King Salman of Saudi Arabia just elevated his somewhat reckless 31-year-old son Prince Mohammed to become crown prince, and the White House is thrilled.The prince has bonded with Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, hosting him and Ivanka Trump for dinner at his home when the pair traveled w...

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[Lee Jae-min] Money is fungible

As a professor teaching international law I receive questions from people from time to time asking me whether UN Security Council resolutions are binding, that is whether they are ‘legally’ binding....

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[Other view] Congress should pass new sanctions on Russia as meddling evidence grows

The Senate recently approved what would be a serious and needed check on the presidency. The bill would prevent President Donald Trump from easing sanctions without congressional review. It also would impose broad new penalties at key Russian economic sectors — punishment for blatant inte...

Updated : 2017.06.27 17:46

[Trudy Rubin] US student’s death should shine light on North Korea’s rights abuses

Anyone with human feelings is outraged by North Korea’s murder of Otto Warmbier.The term “murder” is justified, although we don’t know exactly how this bright, adventurous student was brutalized a...

Updated : 2017.06.26 17:48

[Virginia Heffernan] Ten years later, the iPhone owns us

Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPhone in January, 2007, before an adoring congregation, in his signature “Sermon on the Mount” style. On June 29, it became available to the public. Ten years later, t...

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[Steven Rosenbaum] The real side of fake news

Today’s digital devices and social networks deliver so much information that even the savviest consumer cannot evaluate all of it. We seem to be living in a version of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, where truth is drowned in a sea of irrelevance. But the future need not be the dystopia...

Updated : 2017.06.26 17:48