Why American public schools are failing

2014.06.23 The educational system in the United States is in dire trouble and there seems to be little real hope of effective reform in the near future. Our country’s once top-flight educational system has been in a state of decline for decades and we are rapidly falling behind many other developed countries. This decline in…

How tobacco industry players veil child labour, smuggling as CSR

2014.05.28 More than half a century after scientists uncovered the link between smoking and cancer, triggering a war between health campaigners and the cigarette industry, big tobacco companies in developing countries are still thriving in the trade. Despite the known effects on the health of smokers, and child labour in tobacco farms, profits from these…

Pros and cons of long-term separation

2014.05.13 A recent study concluded that while the vast majority of married couples who separate will eventually divorce (within three years), approximately 15% remain separated indefinitely, even past the 10-year mark. Why would a couple choose to do this? Or, to put it another way, are there actually advantages to long-term separation over divorce?   More on…

Politics-proof economies?

2014.03.26 Governments’ inability to act decisively to address their economies’ growth, employment, and distributional challenges has emerged as a major source of concern almost everywhere. In the United States, in particular, political polarization, congressional gridlock, and irresponsible grandstanding have garnered much attention, with many worries about the economic consequences. But, as a recent analysis has shown, there…