Labor, Trade, & Finance
Darkness at High Noon in Korea

Darkness at High Noon in Korea

As the world focuses on the war in Syria, the refugee crisis in Europe, and the primary slugfest in the United States, the two Koreas are heading toward a catastrophe in the Far East. Although relations on the Korean peninsula have been deteriorating for the better...

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Can the New Left Govern Europe?

Can the New Left Govern Europe?

Over the past year, left and center-left parties have taken control of two European countries and hold the balance of power in a third. Elections in Greece, Portugal, and Spain saw right-wing parties take a beating and tens of millions of voters reject the economic...

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In the Keystone Suit, It’s Big Oil vs. Democracy

In the Keystone Suit, It’s Big Oil vs. Democracy

A few years back, I was one of the hundreds of climate activists arrested while protesting the Keystone XL pipeline outside the White House. So when the president finally pulled the plug on the project last November, it felt like a huge victory — symbolic, maybe, but...

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10 Good Things About the Not-So-Great Year 2015

10 Good Things About the Not-So-Great Year 2015

It would certainly be easy to do a piece about 10 horrible events from 2015 — from the ongoing war in Syria and the refugee crisis to the terrorist attacks in Beirut, Paris, and San Bernardino and the rise of Donald Trump and Islamophobia. But that wouldn’t be a very...

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Obama: The Fairy-Tale President?

In fairy tales, the hero makes a wish. After a few trials the wish comes true, and everyone lives happily ever after. But only in this Disney version of fairy tales is wish fulfillment so straightforward. In Goethe’s modern fairy tale, a scholar dreams of knowledge...

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Seven Wrinkles in the Paris Climate Deal

The headlines from the Paris climate talks tell an inspiring story. Agence France-Presse reported an outbreak of "euphoria" as the international climate accord was sealed. Reuters hailed a global "turn from fossil fuels." The Guardian headlined "a major leap for...

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