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Despite failure of austerity measures, Europe continues down that path and suffers

“If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the theory,” goes the adage. But too often it is easier to keep the theory and change the facts.Austerity has failed....

September 30, 2014, Tuesday


With Vietnam’s upward mobility comes a new tension of the mind

At an ultra-chic bar in downtown Ho Chi Minh City, a well-dressed woman in her mid-20s named Tram tells me that she’s si-tret....

September 29, 2014, Monday


Targeting societal violence in international aid

WHAT is the biggest source of violence in our world? With the brutal conflicts in Syria, Ukraine, and elsewhere constantly in the news, many people would probably say war. But that turns out to be spectacularly ...

September 24, 2014, Wednesday


Does the American Dream still exist today?

When I think of the Vietnamese narrative in America, I think of my mother’s ancestral altar. In her suburban home on the outskirts of San Jose with a pool shimmering in the backyard, my mother prays....

September 22, 2014, Monday


Violence of the 20th century should be lesson in avoidance

One of the most noble and necessary tasks of the historian is to hold up for the rest of us an honest mirror of our past, one that neither distorts the truth nor hides what we would rather not know....

September 19, 2014, Friday


An eloquent case for letting a patient die

“I will take my life today around noon. It is time.”With these words, posted online, Gillian Bennett, an 85-year-old New Zealander living in Canada,...

September 18, 2014, Thursday


City’s underage drinking culture seems out of hand

On any given night in Shanghai there are restaurants, bars and clubs buzzing with conversation, drinking and dancing. Few people look twice at those entering these establishments,...

September 16, 2014, Tuesday


Distorted democracy benefits only the rich

The reception in the United States, and in other advanced economies, of Thomas Piketty’s recent book Capital in the Twenty-First Century attests to growing concern about rising inequality....

September 16, 2014, Tuesday


Manmade cataclysm far worse than global warming

Dear Wan Lixin,Your article in Shanghai Daily (“Epic eruption changed the world, September 5) discussing the 1815 explosion of the Tambora volcano was a welcome reinforcement of the need for urgent,...

September 15, 2014, Monday


Carter sees peace based on US-China ties

AT 90, Jimmy Carter is still full of vigor, wisdom and idealism....

September 12, 2014, Friday




 

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