Global Issues

Imagine Economics as an Evolutionary Science

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What might an evolutionary perspective mean for the future of economics? Geoffrey Hodgson Evonomics In 1898, the great American institutional economist Thorstein Veblen published an article entitled: “Why is economics not an evolutionary science?” By “evolutionary”, Veblen explained that he meant an economics that took full account of the impact of Darwinism on the social and behavioral… More than a century has passed, and since 1898 there has been a… Imagine Economics as… Read More »

Timor-Leste: Poll Reveals Widespread Optimism, Overwhelming Intent to Vote in Upcoming Elections

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Dili, Timor-Leste—A nationwide poll released today by the International Republican Institute’s (IRI) Center for Insights in Survey Research indicates that survey respondents are optimistic about the country’s future prospects and committed to participating in the… Timor-Leste: Poll… Read More »

Ottawa and provinces should get back to the table on health: Editorial

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Only from the mess of intergovernmental compromise will a better system emerge. The Star Adrian Wyld In opposition and on the campaign trail, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals often rightly denounced the Harper government’s complete abdication of federal leadership in intergovernmental affairs. But after this week’s failed… Ottawa and provinces should… Read More »

American democracy is being derailed. Can faith be restored?

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Not all votes or voters are treated equally – many are thwarted and undermined at every turn The Guardian Richard Wolffe Now that the electoral college has formally selected the next president of the United States, it’s worth taking a deep breath and asking: what kind of democracy do we live in? The will of the people ought to… American democracy is being… Read More »

South Sudan: Rearranging the Chessboard

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President Salva Kiir has played a weak hand well since his main rival was forced out of Juba in July. ICG To avoid new flare-ups in South Sudan’s three-year-old civil war, Kiir and regional states should step up their work on a… South Sudan: Rearranging… Read More »

Berlin attack: security intelligence has limits in preventing truck-borne terror

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The Christmas market truck assault in Berlin, which has left 12 dead and dozens injured, is a disturbing echo of the truck-borne attack on Bastille Day celebrants on the Nice promenade in July. The Conversation John Blaxland How could such events be allowed to happen? Why weren’t intelligence agencies in Germany and France able to stay one step ahead of the perpetrators? After all, we have become used to… Berlin attack: security intelligence has… Read More »

Rise of far-right “idiots” may hit aid and refugees, say laureates, leaders

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“These idiots like Farage, Marine Le Pen propose simplistic solutions to deep-seated problems,” said Nobel peace laureate Jose Ramos-Horta By Nita Bhalla Thomson Reuters Foundation NEW DELHI, Dec 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The rise of far-right politics across the… Rise of far… Read More »

Top Russian Diplomat Was Shot Dead In Moscow Just Hours Before Assassination In Turkey

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A top Russian diplomat was found dead in his Moscow apartment Monday, just hours after Russia’s Ambassador to Turkey was shot dead at an art exhibit in Ankara. The Daily Caller Ted Goodman Petr Polshikov, 56, was discovered with a bullet wound to the head, according to reports. The announcement came just… Top Russian Diplomat Was… Read More »

The solitude of female politicians in South Asia

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To deflect the sexist charge of being barren viragos, female politicians in the region have to deny their sexuality. Al Jazeera News Mukul Kesavan All the women who have become heads of government in India have been single. It’s an unwritten job requirement. Indira Gandhi, who became… The solitude of female… Read More »

Let Ivanka be first lady

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: Ivanka Trump exits Trump Tower November 17, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration.  (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

If she surrenders her business interests, there’s no reason why Ivanka shouldn’t do what other first daughters have done throughout US history. Politico Josh Zeitz The team at Trump Tower turned heads last week when word slipped that Ivanka Trump, the incoming first daughter, is eyeing an office suite in the East Wing normally reserved for the first lady. A spokesperson for the… Let Ivanka be… Read More »

Christine Lagarde: IMF boss to remain despite negligence over state payout to businessman

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde has been found guilty of negligence for failing to challenge a 400 million euro ($575 million) state arbitration payout to a business tycoon in 2008 when she was French finance minister. ABC Despite the ruling, the judges imposed no punishment, citing her preoccupation at the time with the global financial crisis. She had denied the… Christine Lagarde: IMF boss to… Read More »

Andrew Roberts: 2016’s parallels with the revolutions of 1848

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2016 has been a momentous year. BBC Andrew Roberts The UK’s Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump confounded the expectations, while the wars in Syria and Yemen caused more bloodshed. BBC Radio 4’s Today programme asked… Andrew Roberts: 2016’s parallels… Read More »

Turkey, Russia and an Assassination: The Swirling Crises, Explained

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Turkey and Russia, whose up-and-down relationship has helped shape the Syrian war and its related crises, shared a new trauma on Monday after an off-duty Turkish police officer assassinated Russia’s ambassador. The New York Times Max Fisher The killing of Andrey G. Karlov in Ankara caused global alarm and raised questions about the larger consequences. On social media, many drew… Turkey, Russia and an… Read More »

‘Our worst fear has now been tragically realised’: Police Union

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The WA Police Union says its worst fears have been realised after the stabbing death of a woman at Joondalup court on Tuesday. WA Today Phil Hickey The union has been pushing for its officers to be fully armed in WA courts for some time and has previously raised security issues at court buildings in the past. “We have been warning the… ‘Our worst fear has now been… Read More »

Farms to focus on more dairy, hogs; less corn planting in 2017

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The most important and market-moving stories from the Chinese-language media Asia Times Poo Yee Kai and Liu Hsiu Wen China will reduce inefficient planting of corn on 10 million mu (1.65 million acres) of land in 2017 while expanding and improving the dairy and hog industries, the Ministry of Agricultural said in a report by the Shanghai Securities… Farms to focus on more dairy… Read More »

Power Unconstrained

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The federal government attacks its watchers Arena Magasine Spencer Zifcak In recent years the federal government has made an art form of undermining the autonomy of independent statutory offices established to hold it to account. One by one, statutory offices have… Power… Read More »