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Salman Rushdie November 2, 2001
In this New York Times op-ed article, controversial novelist Salman Rushdie rejects the official US stance that the war against terrorism is not about Islam. The US dissociates terrorism from Islam to maintain the global coalition against terrorism that necessarily includes Muslim countries. However, Rushdie says, Muslim demonstrations around the world in support of Osama bin Laden and the much...
Dennis Overbye October 30, 2001
While Europe was lost in the superstition of the Middle Ages, science reigned in the Muslim world as thinkers strove to understand the workings of Allah. The Koran was at once a source of inspiration for studying natural phenomena and comprehending them. Thus, astronomy, math, and other sciences flourished across the Islamic belt for centuries until science, for many reasons, began to decline....
John W. Hunt September 28, 2001
Governments cut costs and improve service by putting more of their information and services online. The main obstacle, however, is access to the internet. A report by McKinsey Quarterly gives a model to implement web-based government services. The model follows three stages: 1) outsourcing of government services to a private supplier, 2) inter-departmental cooperation or “one-stop shopping” to...
James Tobin September 11, 2001
James Tobin, the economist from whom the ‘Tobin tax’ takes its name, explains his reasons for a tax on currency speculation and what problems he originally intended the tax to solve. The tax he proposed was meant to be levied on all currency transactions. The cost of paying the tax would reduce de-stabilizing speculation and also give national central banks enough space to control their short-...
James Harding September 11, 2001
Anti-globalization activism may seem like a single opponent to organizations like the WTO and World Bank that bear the brunt of its attacks; but in reality, the movement lacks a general consensus beyond the slogan: “Another world is possible.” This other world is at least partially defined in the list of concerns, grievances, or failures members of the movement find in globalization. Anti-...
Pulapre Balakrishnan August 20, 2001
Any discussion on free trade must include a discussion of free immigration, for it is people that produce the goods that are to be traded. If the producers are not free to move, then trade itself is not free. As the writer Balakrishnan argues, “immigration cannot be ignored in any global compact on economics.” Balakrishnan is, however, aware what free immigration means to developed countries: the...

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