Opinion

Does monetary policy still matter?

Monetary - Asia Times

Economic data suggests that the transmission mechanism between monetary policy and the real economy is extremely loose, if not completely broken David P. Goldman Asia Times Whether the Federal Reserve raises the overnight rate to 1% from 0.75% tomorrow rather than at its May meeting, as expected earlier, is a matter of compelling interest in the financial world. It shouldn’t be — not the way in which… Does monetary policy… Read More »

Guide to fake news

Media - DS

Fake news is not just a social media plague that mainstream media can use to emphasize its fact-checking and boost its credibility since the latest example showed that it can just as easily fall victim to its prey Ibrahim Altay Daily Sabah If we had to decide which media issue has been most on the minds of people in 2017, the answer would probably be the ongoing issue about fake news. Brought to the… Guide to fake… Read More »

How behavioural insights can help us stop wasting money on medical tests

Health - ABC

In 2013 and 2014, more than 314,000 CT scans of the lower back were ordered in Australia, most of which showed no abnormalities. Peter Bragge ABC In routine cases of low back pain, X-rays and CT scans provide no meaningful information to guide treatment, exposing patients to unnecessary radiation. A number of… How behavioural insights… Read More »

Utopian thinking: why not put children in charge of their schools?

Education - The Guardian

The future is rapidly changing and uncertain, so our young people need to retain their creativity. Rachel Roberts The Guardian Top-down authority is no longer the way We are living… Utopian thinking: why… Read More »

Australia’s discriminatory constitution would allow a Trump-style travel ban

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Donald Trump has signed a second executive order to close America’s borders to nations with large Muslim… George Williams The Sydney Morning Herald Many Australians think we should follow suit, with a Newspoll finding that 44 per cent (or 52 per cent of Coalition voters) supporting such a… The idea has also been backed by prominent politicians including government MP George… Australia’s discriminatory constitution… Read More »

If Scotland leaves, England will lose the Brexit game

Brexit - Al Jazeera

If Scotland and N Ireland decide to leave the UK after Brexit, the term ‘Little England’ will really come into its own. Alastair Sloan Al Jazeera News The union that binds together the four countries within the United Kingdom has never been more at risk. What nobody in… If Scotland leaves… Read More »

The Never-Ending War in Afghanistan

Afghanistan - NYT

BOSTON — Remember Afghanistan? Andrew J. Bacevich The New York Times The longest war in American history? Ever? When it comes… The Never-Ending… Read More »

Trump shouldn’t buy Merkel’s euro excuses

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When German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Washington next week, she must be expected to argue that Germany’s large trade surplus is beyond her control and that her country has little influence over the euro’s exchange rate. Desmond Lachman AEI President Trump should not buy that argument. However, he should… Trump shouldn’t buy… Read More »

Who opened the gates of hell in Europe?

Daily Sabah

Some European countries seem to be in a race to restrict events organized by Turkish associations that invite Turkish authorities to meet Turks living in those countries. Merve Sebnem Oruc Daily Sabah It is, of course, not surprising, as we are aware of rising anti-Turkish sentiment in Europe; however, the extent it has reached is quite abnormal. European authorities recently… Who opened the… Read More »

The needs of the land and the needs of the people can’t be separated

Environment - The Con-ion

I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. For the trees have no tongues – Dr Zeuss Robert Scholes The Conversation The national conversation about land, always simmering in South Africa, has come to the boil again. What’s often missing… The needs of… Read More »

No space is safe when even our TVs are spies

Tech - The Guardian

‘I’m in a Guildford hotel room, afraid, at 5.45pm. There’s a smart television mounted on the wall behind me’ Stewart Lee The Guardian I only got a “smart” television set 18 months ago, so I have already avoided years of covert surveillance by the CIA, the FBI, MI5, CI5 and NWA. No one is… No space is… Read More »

Why the world should embrace globalization

Asia Times

Globalization means different things to different people. Ken Moak Asia Times For this article it is defined in economic, geopolitical, cultural and social terms. The economics part… Why the world… Read More »

Can Arab Quartet advance two-state solution?

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi attends during signing of agreements ceremony with Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir (unseen) at the El-Thadiya presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt October 5, 2016. Picture taken October 5, 2016. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh - RTX2Q29F

Egypt, the informal leader of the Arab world, is again championing the inter-Arab policy decision-making process. Uri Savir Al Monitor An Israeli official from the Foreign Ministry’s political research center told Al-Monitor on the condition of anonymity that Cairo has been holding intense deliberations with the Arab League, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the Palestinian… Can Arab Quartet… Read More »

The Fillon affair: France’s sick democracy

Fillon - Al Jazeera

This affair reflects the very essence of a system dominated by ruling elite that serves its own financial interests. Ali Saad Al Jazeera News Ever since Francois Fillon was elected as the French conservative party, The Republicans, candidate for the upcoming presidential elections in May, he has been caught up in a controversy surrounding his wife’s “fake job” as… The Fillon affair… Read More »

Australia’s discriminatory constitution would allow a Trump-style travel ban

Trump - Brisbane

Donald Trump has signed a second executive order to close America’s borders to nations with large Muslim populations. George Williams Brisbane Times Many Australians think we should follow suit, with a Newspoll finding that 44 per cent (or 52 per cent of Coalition voters) supporting such a move. The idea has… Australia’s discriminatory constitution… Read More »

Online job sites may block older workers from entering their details

Work - Yahoo

Older Americans struggling to overcome age discrimination while looking for work face a new enemy: their computers. Bob Sullivan Yahoo Finance Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan recently opened a probe into allegations that ageism is built right into the online software tools that millions of Americans use to job hunt. Separate research published… Online job sites… Read More »