How Ethical Diamonds Are Changing the Industry

February 09, 2019

The diamond industry is responding to consumer demand for ethically sourced stones that are conflict-free.  Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love — and money. Americans will spend nearly $21 billion on sweet things for their sweethearts this year, according the National Retail...

Trump’s at War with US Intelligence… And (for Once) He’s Right

February 08, 2019

By giving America its dumbest and cruelest wars, the best and brightest left room for a dumber and crueler leader to end them. In the TV show Designated Survivor, Kiefer Sutherland plays a neophyte president, Tom Kirkman, who tries to bring decency and common sense to the Oval Office after a...

Can “Opportunity Zones” Lift Up America’s Struggling Towns?

February 03, 2019

Can “opportunity zones” lift struggling towns? Singer John Legend joined experts to discuss this tax incentive at a University of Pennsylvania Law School conference. The $1.5 trillion Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed into law in December 2017, was the subject of heated debate about who mainly...

Should Congress Use Income Tax to Discourage Consumer Drug Ads?

January 30, 2019

The Shaheen bill has the same rhetorical power as earlier proposals to eliminate tax deductibility for consumer ads. New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen and a score of Democratic co-sponsors want to use the tax code to discourage direct-to-consumer advertising by drug companies. Their bill,...

Nationalism in the Balkans Predates Brexit and Trump

January 30, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to political scientist Jasmin Mujanovic. The Balkan region is a volatile area of southeastern Europe. It has been through many ups and downs since the disintegration of Yugoslavia in 1992. Conflicts over borders and unsettled political...

The Next Generation of Cybersecurity in Latin America

January 24, 2019

Security risks will outpace cyber network defenses, unless data safety is bolstered by further regulations and investments. Governments and businesses need to place a higher wager on cybersecurity and create a working system that prioritizes costs upfront on detection and prevention. When...