Exporting Pollution

Posted on July 18, 2013

For many years Yale University has published the Environmental Performance Index or EPI. Columbia University publishes a similar metric known as the Environmental Sustainability Index or ESI, but it is far less user-friendly. The folks at Yale rank nations based on a number of factors relating to the environment, public health and the eco-system. The [...]


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Ideological Ignorance

Posted on July 14, 2013

On October 12 last year, masked gunmen boarded a school bus in the Swat District of Pakistan and asked a 15-year old girl to identify herself. They then shot her and two friends. Malala Yousafzai had won international attention for her blogs about the rights of girls to an education. The Taliban had issued an [...]


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Slow and Fast

Posted on July 11, 2013

Somebody once observed that God made us with two ears and one mouth for a reason. But today I heard somebody say it better: “Listen fast and speak slow.” I’m sure most of my friends would say that I have failed miserably on both counts. But they are my friends. They’ll forgive my compulsion to [...]


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Fractionating and Factionating

Posted on July 6, 2013

I miss my morning newspaper. I still read the “paper” of course: a screen of pixelated words I pull up every morning on an iPad. Or, in the case of the Wall Street Journal and FT, at the office on a desktop. But it’s not the same thing. And the reasons have nothing to do [...]


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Celebrating July 4 in Cairo

Posted on July 4, 2013

Yesterday the world watched thousands of fireworks exploding over Tahrir Square in Cairo.  The Army had just deposed Mohammed Morsi, the first democratically elected president of Egypt who had presided for a year.  The crowds rejoiced. The Obama administration is perplexed about how to respond.  How can we applaud a military coup if we truly [...]


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