Category Archives: Commentary

Calestous Juma on Biotechnology

Persecuting Biotechnology By Calestous Juma Technology and Policy blog “In a widely circulated speech, UK environmental activist Mark Lynas has apologized for his past history of demonizing transgenic crops and masterminding the anti-biotechnology campaign. Such apologetic statements help to signal the … Continue reading

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Juliette Kayyem on U.S. Politics

Action on Guns and Immigration Needed By Juliette Kayyem Boston Globe “It is hard to remember, on President Obama’s second inauguration, that less than a decade ago he was a relatively unknown Senate candidate. It was in 2004, at the Democratic … Continue reading

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Juliette Kayyem on Veterans Affairs

Walmart’s Veterans Program is Temporary Relief By Juliette Kayyem Boston Globe “Walmart, the world’s largest private employer with over two million retail workers, deserves credit for doing what no other major company has done before. It has promised to hire 100,000 … Continue reading

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Martin Feldstein on Japanese Monetary Policy

The Wrong Growth Strategy for Japan By Martin Feldstein Project Syndicate “Japan’s new government, led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, could be about to shoot itself in the foot. Seeking to boost economic growth, the authorities may soon destroy their … Continue reading

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David Ignatius on Saudi Women’s Rights

Newfound Status for Saudi Women By David Ignatius Washington Post “King Abdullah announced Jan. 11 that 30 women would join the kingdom’s Shura Council, a consultative body of 150 persons, and that women henceforth would hold 20 percent of the seats. … Continue reading

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Rami Khouri on Israel’s General Elections

Israel’s Election Will Have Sharp Consequences By Rami Khouri Agence Global “The expected victory of a coalition led by the current prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, in Tuesday’s general elections is likely to continue the militant and predatory Zionist trends of … Continue reading

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Lawrence Summers on U.S. Budget Deficit

End the Damaging Obsession With Deficit By Lawrence Summers Financial Times “The concerns are partly economic – there is a recognition that debts cannot be allowed to grow indefinitely faster than incomes and the capacity to repay them. Then there … Continue reading

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Juliette Kayyem on Chuck Hagel

Chuck Hagel Will Set Policy By Juliette Kayyem Boston Globe “The BATTLE lines are already being drawn for the upcoming confirmation of Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense. The attacks being put out by Hagel’s detractors are myths: that his earlier … Continue reading

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Chuck Cogan on Hagel

Mainstream Support of Hagel: Is This a Crack in the Wall of Intimidation? By Chuck Cogan Huffington Post “This habit of Mr. Hagel of telling it like it is, is enough, in the prevailing group-think of the American establishment, to … Continue reading

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Ben Heineman on Obama’s Chief of Staff

Obama’s Chief of Staff Will Be the Most Important Appointment of His Term By Ben Heineman The Atlantic “President Obama will soon make what could be the most important appointment of his second term: his chief of staff.”

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