In The News

Nayan Chanda October 22, 2018
The death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul puts a spotlight on Saudi-US relations and investigations that seem more about spinning stories to ease public concerns than getting at the truth. “The Khashoggi mystery is proving hard to solve not because it is such a tough case to crack, but because the known facts are too simple to reach anything other than a damning...
Joseph Goldstein October 22, 2018
A 26-year-old Kenyan working for a Chinese motorcycle company in Ruiru recorded a viral video of his Chinese manager airing frustration after a business deal had gone awry, comparing Kenyans to monkies. After the video drew widespread condemnation, Liu was deported back to China. Such incidents are not a rare occurrence. “Today, many younger Kenyans say that racism is a phenomenon they largely...
October 21, 2018
Donald Trump claims that Russia is not abiding by the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty and therefore the United States plans withdrawal. “The deal banned ground-launched medium-range missiles, with a range of between 500 and 5,500km (310-3,400 miles),” reports BBC News. Barack Obama, Trump’s predecessor, likewise accused Russia of breaching the treaty but heeded concerns from...
Olga Khazan October 19, 2018
For many years, organizations like Women on Web assist women in challenging settings like war zones to obtain medications to induce abortions. Women on Web provides Skype consultations, prescriptions and pills that trigger miscarriages, but also was “inundated with requests from women in countries such as the United States, where abortion is technically legal but growing more difficult to access...
Gregory McCann October 19, 2018
The Chinese have reduced fish stocks along their coastline so fishermen turn to other waters: “Today thousands of Chinese ships are trawling international waters from Guinea to Liberia and Senegal to Taiwan, Palau and Fiji and beyond to Chile and even beyond that, Chinese fishing vessels are scouring the seas for anything that swims, vastly underreporting their catches to the UN Food and...
Don Jergler October 18, 2018
The UN Intercontinental Panel on Climate Change has issued a report on the ongoing risks of droughts, floods, wildfires and storms due to climate change. Corporations already prepare, and the insurance industry must worry both about property damage and coverage as well as an abrupt end to investments in the carbon economy as public opinion tends to shift quickly on such matters. “Institutional...
Zhang Chunlin October 17, 2018
Some of China’s trade partners accuse the country of unfairly subsidizing its state-owned enterprises, and this is part of the reason the United States has imposed tariffs on many Chinese goods. Zhang Chunlin of the World Bank proposes competitive neutrality, a principle advocated by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development: restricting SOES from using state tools to increase...