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23 февраля, 19:29

How Poor Countries Foot the Refugee Bill

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As the number of refugees from war- and crisis-torn countries continues to climb, rich countries are increasingly diverting their OECD foreign aid to cover the domestic costs of hosting the displaced. These legal but ethically dubious accounting tricks need to stop, now.

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23 февраля, 19:10

PS On Air with Jeffrey Sachs

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[Listen to the podcast here.] Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University discusses his new book, Building the New American Economy, with Christopher Granville, M.D. of TS Lombard, Handelsblatt’s Katharina Slodczyk, and Carlos de Vega of El País.

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23 февраля, 18:59

Why Tuberculosis Persists

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In 2015, more than ten million new cases of tuberculosis were reported, and almost two million people died from it. TB has survived as a global scourge because political leaders ignore its sociological components; scientists lack an effective paradigm for comprehending it; and the rich and famous no longer die from it.

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23 февраля, 18:29

Mapping the Future of AI

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Given the possibility of "deep learning" by artificial systems, it is not surprising that some people foresee a point known as the “Singularity,” when artificial intelligence will exceed human intelligence, by intelligently improving itself. But artificial general intelligence is not in our foreseeable future.

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23 февраля, 17:59

Educating Nigeria’s Survivors

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Aid donors will soon gather in Oslo to mobilize international support for northeast Nigeria. Success could bring hope and the prospect of recovery for millions of vulnerable people, while failure will cost lives.

23 февраля, 13:49

Economists in Denial

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The Bank of England’s chief economist has blamed the failure of its forecasting models, which had predicted a major economic slowdown after last June's Brexit vote, on “irrational behavior.” But what seems irrational to a central bank, not to mention the City of London, may be perfectly rational for a "Leave" supporter.

22 февраля, 18:59

Boosting South Africa’s Diversity Dividend

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South Africa will need much more than improved economic governance if it is to reduce inequality and achieve strong growth. In particular, the private sector must deepen its efforts to improve economic inclusion, and capitalize on the well-known benefits of greater diversity in the workforce and the boardroom.

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22 февраля, 17:19

China’s Weapons of Trade War

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China exports more to the US than the US exports to China, and that makes Donald Trump furious. But with the Communist Party’s 19th Congress set to take place in Beijing this year, Chinese leaders are unlikely to yield to US pressure.

22 февраля, 14:29

Populism Versus the Media

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Donald Trump has launched a war on the media, which his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, has labeled the “opposition party.” But many US journalists, unlike their British counterparts, are fighting back, working to protect civil society from the worst excesses of populism.

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22 февраля, 12:29

The WTO Reborn?

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Recent rebukes of globalization, such as the UK's Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump as US president, suggest that the marginalization of the World Trade Organization will continue. But these outcomes may actually have the opposite effect, owing to three key developments.

21 февраля, 17:59

Europe’s Critical Elections

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Upcoming elections in the Netherlands, France, and Germany will be held in what is arguably the most febrile political environment since the EU’s creation. The post-war liberal democratic order is under threat everywhere, but particularly in Europe, where an alternative to populism is urgently needed.

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21 февраля, 17:29

A Conservative Plan to Combat Global Warming

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A carbon tax is the simplest and economically most efficient way to limit carbon dioxide emissions. Ideally, the tax would be imposed on businesses and households at the same time that cumbersome environmental regulations are eliminated.