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China and Latin America moving closer to boost trade and growth

AT a time when some countries are resorting to protectionism in balancing their own economies, China and Latin America are mulling moves to further strengthen trade. Santiago Levy, vice president for ...

April 20, 2018, Friday


The US is teetering on the edge, but could be redeemed by virtues

TWO new books remind me of a line from an old comic strip (Pogo) from my youth: “We have met the enemy, and he is us.” While Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury” reveals little about the president that we ...

April 13, 2018, Friday


Chinese vision of tianxia: a model for global peace and governance

CHINESE philosopher Zhao Tingyang, in an article titled “Can this ancient Chinese philosophy save us from global chaos?”, suggested the Chinese concept of tianxia as a way to achieve global governance. Tianxia ...

March 30, 2018, Friday


Ruled by numbers and measures, we compromise our performance

WE live in an age ruled by numbers, even though quantifying human performance compromises our performance. At the beginning of “The Tyranny of Metrics”, author Jerry Z. Muller quotes Aaron Haspel as ...

March 23, 2018, Friday


Are we wasting time on schooling that won’t prepare us for jobs?

WHEN I took up Bryan Caplan’s “The Case Against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money,” I thought about the usual case we made for education. It can allegedly broaden your ...

February 9, 2018, Friday


Are ‘the people’ of US ready for democracy?

IN his address commemorating the bloody Civil War battle fought at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in 1863, Abraham Lincoln said that the government of the United States was by, for, and of the people. But what ...

December 13, 2017, Wednesday


Inequality: Costs and Remedies

WHEN Thomas Piketty’s book Capital was published three years ago, I had hoped it would mark the beginning of a serious discussion about the growing wealth inequality in the United States and, indeed, ...

December 8, 2017, Friday


Deep work in a distracted world

In reviewing “Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World” by Cal Newport, I was reminded of a training session I attended a couple of months ago....

September 1, 2017, Friday


The empty ‘deity’ of capitalism

IN reading Michael Harrington’s “The Politics at God’s Funeral: The Spiritual Crisis of Western Civilization,” I remembered a conversation I had once had with a beloved nephew in which I cautioned him ...

August 25, 2017, Friday


Spreading seeds of compassion in dialogue among civilizations

“Who is he?” my Nepalese guide asked me eagerly about the solemn statute of a monk at the front gate of the Chinese Temple of Nepal at Lumbini, the birthplace of Sakyamuni, founder of Buddhism....

August 11, 2017, Friday




 

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