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The hidden crisis we ignore at our peril

2014.07.01 Among all the many big crises that take up newspaper and television space – civil war in Ukraine, the expansion of ISIS in Iraq, poverty and hunger in sub-Saharan Africa, and so on – it is easy to lose sight of another crisis that we see everyday. One which in many ways seems intensely…

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Chaos and capitalism not so good for Iraq

2014.06.24 And so it goes: years after George W Bush stood on that battleship and proclaimed Mission Accomplished, Iraq is once more teetering on the edge of a chaos that many hoped was fading. All the attempts at nation-building, at creating a unified police force and army, of building up a native political establishment –…

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Economic slavery, as pushed by the west

2014.06.20 A new report from the International Labor Organization has found that the proceeds from ‘forced labor’ amount to as much as $150 billion dollars per year worldwide. To give you an idea of just how much money that is, if the people benefiting from this forced labor were to form their own country, they…

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What the U.S. can learn from the rest of the World about how to treat fathers

2014.06.17 This Father’s Day, let’s forget the beer and golf balls and give dads what they really need: paid paternity leave. Given that the U.S. is the only high-income country in the world without statutory paid maternity leave,* paid paternity leave might feel like wishful thinking. It shouldn’t. Parental leave is not simply a luxury,…

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Bursting the housing bubble

2014.06.17 To read the newspapers in the UK, you might think that the housing market is both the most important thing in the country, and something that is of innate benefit to all citizens. There is constant jubilation over rising house prices, and that seems to be about the most important thing to publications like…

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