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Sunday, June 7, 2020

A new social contract

By Camilla Lund Andersen As the world seeks to address the rise of populism and nationalism, it is becoming clear that economic insecurity lies at the heart of much of the discontent. In the wake of the global financial crisis, voters in wealthy countries began...

The Secret Lives of Central Bankers

These architects of the global economy pride themselves on being brilliant, aloof and rational. And then they wonder why they’re not more popular.

Self-Fulfilling Financial Crises by J. Bradford DeLong

Many mistaken assumptions about the 2008 financial crisis remain in circulation. As long as policymakers believe the crisis was rooted in the housing bubble rather than human psychology, another crisis will be inevitable.

The New Disappeared by Nina L. Khrushcheva

From China to Saudi Arabia, today's authoritarian regimes are suddenly and covertly abducting people, including well-known figures and high-ranking officials, to be detained or worse. It's an old and effective tactic for silencing opponents, but those reviving its use may end up regretting their decision.

The Big Blockchain Lie by Nouriel Roubini

NEW YORK – With the value of Bitcoin having fallen by around 70% since its peak late last year, the mother of all bubbles has now gone bust. More generally, cryptocurrencies have entered a not-so-cryptic apocalypse. The value of leading coins such as Ether,...

The Chinese model is failing Africa

Struggling infrastructure projects are leading to a debt crisis

Is there a common destiny between Buhari & Trump? by Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa OFR

I have been in the United States of America attending family events and attempting a vacation. Before I left Nigeria, I was really downcast with the turn of events in country, especially the show of shame happening in the political circles: Rumours of planned...

The Scrutiny Of Elon Musk by Stephanie Denning

I write about the paradigm of success in both business and society. Elon Musk’s tweet about taking Tesla private two weeks ago ignited a firestorm around his health and the exacting nature of his job. “This past year has been the most difficult and painful...

Brexit: The End of Global Britain by Mark Malloch-Brown

In the two years since the Brexit referendum, the United Kingdom's global influence has been significantly diminished. A country that once punched above its weight in international affairs now only punches down, and Brexiteers’ aspiration to lead the vast “Anglosphere” into a brave new...

Can the Euro Be Saved? by Joseph E. Stiglitz

Across the eurozone, political leaders are entering a state of paralysis: citizens want to remain in the EU, but they also want an end to austerity and the return of prosperity. So long as Germany tells them they can’t have both, there can be...