Why American public schools are failing

June 23, 2014
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

Why girls’ education can help eradicate poverty

June 18, 2014
2014.06.18 Educating girls and young women is not only one of the biggest moral challenges of our generation, it is also a necessary investment for a peaceful and poverty-free world. Until we give girls equal access to a good quality education, the world will continue to suffer from child and maternal mortality, disease and other

How tobacco industry players veil child labour, smuggling as CSR

May 28, 2014
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

Childless couples have higher risk of dying prematurely but adopting may reduce chances of an early death

May 23, 2014
2014.05.23 Most parents have claimed at one stage that their children will be the death of them – but the reverse could be true. A new study suggests being childless may increase the risk of dying prematurely, especially in women. Scientists say the study throws new light on the age-old question of whether life fulfilment

Pros and cons of long-term separation

May 13, 2014
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

Marketing to women: One-third of all women are single “indies”

May 7, 2014
2014.05.07 It’s a new day for women and there is even a new term for the group that are over 27, not married, not living with a partner, and without children.  They are called the Indies. This group has been growing and currently include some 31 million women, about a third of all adult women.  They

Divorces rise as economy recovers, study finds

May 5, 2014
2014.05.05 Married couples promise to stick together for better or worse. But as the economy started to rebound, so did the divorce rate. Divorces plunged when the recession struck and slowly started to rise as the recovery began, according to a study to be published in Population Research and Policy Review. From 2009 to 2011,

Japanese prepare for “Abenomics Failure”, scramble to buy physical gold

April 3, 2014
2014.04.03 As we reported yesterday, the world’s most clueless prime minister, Japan’s Shinzo Abe, has suddenly found himself in a “no way out” situation, with inflation for most items suddenly soaring (courtesy of exported deflation slamming Europe), without a matched increase in wages as reflected in the “surprising” tumble in household spending, which dropped 2.5% on expectations of

The dollar cannot be devalued and Suicidal bankers

March 31, 2014
2014.03.31 “If the U.S. inflates and devalues the dollar, gold will go much higher in price”  Jim Rickards The last dollar devaluation took place under President Roosevelt in 1934, when from being worth 1/20.67th of an ounce of gold in 1933, the dollar was devalued to 1/35th of an ounce of gold. The last opportunity for

Politics-proof economies?

March 26, 2014
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