Don’t Allow the Buffalo in India to Be Cowed Down

Jul 06, 2020

Italy has a mere 400,000 buffaloes. Yet the country guards them as precious national wealth. The celebrated mozzarella cheese is made from buffalo milk. Italians use this iconic cheese in salads, pizzas, pasta and more. Such is the status of this cheese that “mozzarella di bufala” enjoys legal...

Will COVID-19 Help Us End Food Waste?
Jun 17, 2020

Will COVID-19 Help Us End Food Waste?

Where Is Mohammed bin Salman Taking the Saudi Kingdom?
Jun 10, 2020

Where Is Mohammed bin Salman Taking the Saudi Kingdom?

Can We Save Ourselves From Our Own Progress?
Jun 05, 2020

Can We Save Ourselves From Our Own Progress?

Beijing Wants to Rewrite the Global Rulebook

Beijing Wants to Rewrite the Global Rulebook

Jun 02, 2020

It should be apparent to most observers of international relations that the Chinese government wants the world to play by its own set of rules. Beijing appears to believe that China’s rise and its assumption of global leadership positions are an inevitable extension of earlier periods in its...

Will Qatar Succeed in Hosting the First Carbon-Neutral World Cup?

Will Qatar Succeed in Hosting the First Carbon-Neutral World Cup?

The 22nd FIFA World Cup in 2022 will be hosted by Qatar, meaning that for the first time in history the international association football bonanza will be held in the Arab world. Football aficionados are waiting to see how a Muslim-majority country that beat the United States as host will deliver...

Trump’s Great Disentanglement From China

Trump’s Great Disentanglement From China

May 22, 2020

Economists like to think of the wreckage caused by stock market downturns, widespread bankruptcies and corporate downsizing as “creative destruction.” As it destroys the old and the dysfunctional, the capitalist system continually spurs innovation, much as a forest fire prepares the ground for...

What Will Post-Pandemic Economics Look Like?

What Will Post-Pandemic Economics Look Like?

May 01, 2020

You pay little attention to the systems of your body — circulatory, digestive, pulmonary — unless something goes wrong. These automatic systems ordinarily go about their business, like unseen clockwork, while you think about a vexing problem at work, drink your morning cup of coffee, walk up...

COVID-19 Is a Wake-Up Call on the Shortcomings of Globalization

COVID-19 Is a Wake-Up Call on the Shortcomings of Globalization

Apr 23, 2020

Until recently, globalization was heralded as the major engine of global economic growth and, particularly, of the dramatic reduction in inter-country inequality. Globalization was largely seen as a win-win mechanism for both developed and developing countries. Central to globalization has been...

Playing Catch-Up With the Next Pandemic

Playing Catch-Up With the Next Pandemic

Apr 17, 2020

Congress is already thinking about how to prevent the next pandemic. See how quickly Cory Booker has teamed up with Lindsey Graham to write a letter calling for a global ban on “wet markets.” The current pandemic is reputed to have originated in a wet market in the Chinese city of...

What Hungary’s Nationalist Farmers Have Against Orban

What Hungary’s Nationalist Farmers Have Against Orban

Apr 16, 2020

Balint is a 30-year-old PhD student from northern Hungary, with expertise in organic farming and environmentally friendly agriculture. Well educated and fluent in English, Balint talks with passion about his daily work at an organic farm, hiking and spending time in nature. An expert in the field...

A Planet of Missing Beauties

A Planet of Missing Beauties

Apr 02, 2020

The other morning, walking at the edge of a local park, I caught sight of a beautiful red cardinal, the first bird I ever saw some 63 years ago. Actually, to make that sentence accurate, I should probably have put either “first” or “ever saw” in quotation marks. After all, I was...

Will the Coronavirus Kill Globalization?

Will the Coronavirus Kill Globalization?

Mar 06, 2020

At a dinner party in mid-February, an architect told me that he was having a problem finishing his building projects. It was the carpets. Most wall-to-wall carpeting for big construction projects in the United States, he explained, comes from China. The coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan — and the...

Jeff Bezos to the Planet’s Rescue

Jeff Bezos to the Planet’s Rescue

Feb 19, 2020

Jeff Bezos has apparently realized that for his customers to retain the level of disposable income required to ensure their continued capacity to order goods from Amazon, their survival might be a critical factor. Not everyone can spend $165 million on a residence that will never suffer from a...

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