Structurally Irrelevant? The Future of Men in the Digital Economy

Oct 07, 2019

A recent article in The Atlantic addressed a new and emerging trend — the “sex recession.” Apparently, or so serious studies suggest, youngsters today have less sex than previous generations. This trend is not confined to the United States. Researchers in Britain, Finland, Australia, the...

Smart Brainbelts, Not Donald Trump, Are Making America Great Again

Jul 29, 2019

In 2016, Antoine van Agtmael and Fred Bakker published “The Smartest Places on Earth.” Van Agtmael, a personal friend and a donor to Fair Observer, asked me to review the book. Unfortunately, day-to-day writing, editorial and administrative tasks in a crazy year ensured that this fell off the...

Finland Is Warming at Twice the Global Rate

May 21, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Satu Hassi, Finland's former environment minister. Finland is a country of fascinating and stark contrasts — long and glittery summer nights and short, snowy winter days, the midnight sun and the winter darkness. The country earned its...

Why Does Happiness Elude India?

May 08, 2019

India needs to introspect as to why it has fared so miserably when it comes to being happy. The UN's 2019 World Happiness Report released in March shows that India is on a declining trend when it comes to happiness. The county ranked 117 in 2015, 118 in 2016, 122 in 2017, 133 in 2018 and is now...

Indonesia Is Spending Big on Infrastructure

Feb 25, 2019

With an election on the horizon, President Jokowi needs to justify his spending on Indonesia’s infrastructure. On April 17, Indonesians will head to the polls for a presidential election. To help choose the best person for the job, election debates have been held between the two candidates,...

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