In The News

Paris Martineau December 7, 2018
At first glance, giant social media firms like Facebook, PayPal and Tumblr appear to be trying to block hate speech pornography from their websites. But the trend is not simple and suggests an ugly culture war is underway. After Reddit banned forums for incels, the men who identify as involuntary celibates are retaliating. The group distributes content policies of internet firms including social...
Robert Fife and Steven Chase December 7, 2018
The US-Chinese trade war has taken a new turn with news of the December 1 arrest of China’s Huawei Technologies chief financial officer in Vancouver, Canada – about the same time as Donald Trump and Xi Jinping put a pause on the trade war. Meng Wanzhou faces extradition for violation of trade sanctions against Iran. “The decision by Canadian authorities to detain such a high-profile Chinese...
December 6, 2018
The number of migrants worldwide is growing, especially those of working age, reports the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The report details how migrants aged 15 and older make up 4.2 percent of the global population and migrant workers make up 4.7 percent of all workers. About 68 percent of migrant workers work in high-income countries, down from 75 percent in 2013. Almost 60...
Christine Mungai December 5, 2018
Economists and art historians are taking inventory of artwork and cultural artifacts removed from their lands decades or even centuries ago. The British Museum is returning an unknown number of artifacts, and France is returning 25 pieces to Benin. “The decision was made after French President Emmanuel Macron reviewed a report by Senegalese economist Felwine Sarr and French art historian...
Pradumna Bickram Rana and Xianbai Ji December 4, 2018
The world’s 20 largest economies have met annually for 10 years, since the 1997-1998 Asian financial crisis, to plan economic cooperation. At this year’s summit in Argentina, the US and Chinese presidents agreed to a 90-day pause on the trade war and continue negotiations. The United States will delay raising tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. G20 leaders also supported “necessary...
Tim McLaughlin December 4, 2018
Coal producers insisted that chemical treatments could reduce emissions. US electric company Duke Energy reports that refined coal “regularly fails to deliver on its environmental promises,” releasing more nitrogen oxide, not less. “The utility also discovered that one of the chemicals used to refine the coal, calcium bromide, had reached a nearby river and lakes – raising levels of carcinogens...
Robert J. Shiller December 2, 2018
Central banks manage inflation for stability, and Yale economics professor Robert Shiller describes the challenge of “silent inflation” – the practice of central banks setting inflation targets ranging from below or near 2 percent for Europe, the United States and Japan to 13 percent for Egypt. “Such policies cause a sort of magnification of the present in the minds of most people,” Shiller...