Project syndicate Project Syndicate - The World’s Opinion Page Tue, 26 Sep 2017 01:20:04 +0300 <![CDATA[The Harsh Truth About India’s Godmen]]> Late last month, two Indian states and the national capital were upended by rioting mobs protesting their spiritual leader’s conviction on two counts of raping minor girls. The episode has forced Indians to confront some painful truths about their country.

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<![CDATA[Killing Killer Mosquitoes]]> There have been several recent promising innovations in the battle to eradicate mosquito-borne diseases – such as chikungunya, dengue, malaria, yellow fever, West Nile virus, and Zika virus – that together kill millions of people each year. But, however effective these solutions turn out to be, will they ever be widely applied?

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<![CDATA[Winning the War on Child Sexual Abuse]]> Despite a shared interest in protecting children, sexual predation upends millions of young lives every year. Now, rights advocates and campaigners in India are calling for a global war to end the silence that has sustained this scourge.

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<![CDATA[Surmounting the German Surplus]]> Germany’s substantial and persistent current-account surplus has divided European politicians and economic policymakers for years, because few can agree on its ultimate causes and proximate effects. But, for Europe’s sake – and Germany’s – these and other disputes will have to be resolved by the new German government that emerges from this month’s federal election.

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<![CDATA[Learning from Harvey]]> Hurricane Harvey has left in its wake upended lives and enormous property damage, estimated by some at $150-180 billion. But the storm that pummeled the Texas coast for the better part of a week also raises deep questions about America's economic system and politics.

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<![CDATA[The Arab Autocracy Trap]]> It has been more than six years since the start of the Arab Spring, and life for most Arabs in the Middle East and North Africa is worse than it was in 2011. The stage is now being set for another popular awakening in countries where the authorities have run out of options.

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<![CDATA[How Trump Could Rebuild America]]> At a time when Americans seem to agree on little else, almost everyone agrees on the need to bring the country’s infrastructure into the twenty-first century. The task now is to turn consensus into action.

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<![CDATA[Macron’s Labor Gambit]]> French President Emmanuel Macron’s entourage has been wisely telling anyone who will listen not to expect too much from the proposed new labor code. Indeed, the economics of the reforms suggest that they are unlikely to make a big difference on their own.

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<![CDATA[A Betrayal of America’s Soul]]> For the US – a country of immigrants and their descendants – September 5, 2017, marked a betrayal of the nation’s soul. The announcement by President Donald Trump’s administration that it is ending the so-called DACA program threatens to upend the lives of an entire generation.

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<![CDATA[Pardons Are a Loaded Gun]]> Donald Trump's grant of a presidential pardon to Joe Arpaio, a former sheriff awaiting sentencing for defying a federal judge’s order to stop racially profiling and arbitrarily detaining people who looked Latino, was divisive and unwarranted. So it raises a fundamental question: What if the pardoner doesn't care about justice?

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<![CDATA[Central Bankers’ Shifting Goalposts]]> The themes of the world’s foremost gathering of central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and of the ECB's annual meeting this year, had little to do with monetary policy. Instead, they focused on economic growth, an issue that they can do little to influence.

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<![CDATA[Supply-Side Amnesia]]> Would the tax-reform package that the US Congress will debate this fall yield a net benefit for all or most Americans, or would it be a handout to the super-wealthy? The question itself is dismaying, because Americans learned the answer more than 30 years ago.

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<![CDATA[Ending the Torture Trade]]> Shock belts, spiked batons, and electrified thumbscrews can serve no other purpose than to inflict pain on people. But despite the fact that torture is prohibited by international law, goods such as these are still produced and sold, finding their way to buyers around the globe.

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<![CDATA[Financial Globalization 2.0]]> Aftershocks from the global financial crisis have sharply reduced cross-border capital flows, as lenders, especially in Europe, have focused on domestic markets. But this retrenchment has, paradoxically, improved the overall health and stability of the global financial system.

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<![CDATA[The Hazards Behind the Headlines]]> Western journalists have always been prepared for the risks they will encounter when they travel abroad to cover active war zones, natural disasters, and other crises. But now journalists everywhere must navigate dangers at home, too, owing to new physical, psychological, and digital threats to the profession.

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<![CDATA[China’s Shift to City-Led Growth]]> Though China has achieved some four decades of rapid economic development, one powerful source of growth has yet to be fully tapped: urbanization. Now, the potential of cities as an engine of dynamism and increased prosperity is finally getting the attention it deserves.

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<![CDATA[How Much Does Trump Matter?]]> With a narcissistic personality and a short attention span, and lacking experience in world affairs, Donald Trump tends to project slogans rather than strategy in foreign policy. But just as US global primacy never depended on the personality of its president, so America's ability to retain its geopolitical role may not depend on Trump's.

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<![CDATA[The Power of Monuments]]> Tue, 05 Sep 2017 12:00:17 +0300 <![CDATA[The Normalization Delusion]]> There is a psychological bias to believe that exceptional events eventually give way to a return to “normal times.” But the world economy is far from a return to pre-2008 normality, with most of the obstacles to more robust recovery to be found on the demand side.

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<![CDATA[How African Scholarship Can Reduce African Unemployment]]> With millions of young people unemployed, Africa is failing to take advantage of its most abundant resource. To solve the youth employment challenge, policymakers should engage the continent’s youngest scholars – innovative thinkers who are uniquely positioned to help bridge the gap between theory and practice.

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