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How To Save the Planet and Help the Poor in 2013

At this time of year thought naturally turns to New Year’s resolutions, and there’s one that the team at Via Meadia is thinking hard about making.Resolve to do something this year that will help poor people in rural areas of Africa, promote healthy African development, and help preserve endangered wildlife. And have a thrilling good […]

This is What a Real Fiscal Cliff Looks Like

Income taxes are going up by a third in Portugal on January 1. The FT reports: “A fiscal earthquake”, “armed robbery”, “tax napalm”. Descriptions of the income tax increases facing Portuguese families from January 1 make the fiscal cliff looming in the US sound tame by comparison.Lisbon plans to lift income tax revenue by more […]

BRICs: Fear of Capitalism Still Holds Them Back

For the BRICs, 2012 is ending on a sober note. Taken as a group, stocks in the once red hot markets of Brazil, Russia, India and China are trailing global equity averages. Currently, India is running scared and moving towards a new round of reform as growth slows. Brazil on the other hand has been […]

Peak OPEC?

By all appearances, 2012 was a very good year for OPEC. The cartel’s net oil revenue rose to one trillion dollars this year, with average Brent oil barrel prices the highest they’ve ever been. In real terms, OPEC made more money this year than ever before, exceeding  even the record highs reached during the oil crises […]

The Battle for Al-Azhar, the Institution at the Heart of Moderate Islam

Depending on who you ask, al-Azhar University in Cairo is the oldest or second oldest educational institution still operating today. It has a unique status throughout the Sunni world as the most reputable and respected school of Islamic jurisprudence and the opinions of its leading scholars are closely read. Al-Azhar is also a bastion of […]

Argentina Gets Some Help from US Attorney General

Argentina’s embattled Libertad gunship has been freed from its three-month imprisonment in a Ghanian port, but the lawsuits from angry American creditors continue. Fortunately for its wounded national pride, Argentina has a new ally in its U.S. court battles: the U.S. attorney general’s office. The Wall Street Journal reports that the AG’s office filed a […]

One in Six Philly Public Schools To Close

Facing dismal student performance, collapsing enrollment due to competition from charters, and a crumbling infrastructure, the Philadelphia school district has proposed to shutter about one out of six schools and plow the money saved back into its existing schools: The 237-school district faces a cumulative budget deficit of $1.1 billion over the next five years, […]

Top Chinese Scholars Call For Democratic Reform

As Xi Jinping prepares to succeed President Hu Jintao, a group of 73 Chinese intellectuals has released an open letter on the internet warning that the failure to enact political reform could lead to widespread social unrest: “If reforms to the system urgently needed by Chinese society keep being frustrated and stagnate without progress, then official corruption and dissatisfaction […]

New Year’s Eve: A Short Guide to What You’re Celebrating

It’s one thing to be a Jew on Christmas in a majority-Christian land like the United States, a meme made famous (infamous?) by recent cultural creations stretching all the way from Adam Sandler to South Park. But it’s another to be a Jew on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. That meme isn’t famous […]

Yule Blog 2012-13: Meaning in 3-D

Now it gets tough. Yesterday’s post looked at what divides Christians and other theists from atheists; today we cut deeper and look at what separates Christians from believers in other religions.And the truth is that nothing separates Christianity from other religions like Christmas. That little baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying so cutely in […]

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A Field Day for Oil

Egypt’s huge offshore gas discovery isn’t just good news for Cairo. It’s also a stabilizing force for the region.

Brave New Digital World

When it comes to safety and privacy in the internet age, the old U.S. system of balancing civil liberties, government power, and the safety of the community seems to be working even now.

Dolce Far Niente

Greece may have just hit upon a trick that Italy has been pulling on the EU for years: the country agrees to reforms and looks superficially busy implementing them—and all the while the bureaucracy does its best to de-fang every effort.

Falling BRICS

Brazil has officially entered a recession, and its people are nervous about the currency. With China’s troubles perhaps just beginning, the future is not looking too bright.

Policing the Police

Our best hope is to hire high-quality professionals who self-monitor and perform complicated tasks out of professional pride.

gender wars

The transition to a post-industrial economy has generally been kinder to women than men from an economic perspective. However, this female-friendly economic landscape also seems to have contributed to a no-strings-attached sexual landscape that is, on the whole, more suited to male than to female preferences.

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