Middle East – Friedman on the stakes of Kerry’s diplomatic efforts
You’ve heard of the BRIC countries? Now we have the Fragile Five – and notice the overlap…
Edsall discusses Piketty’s new book on capitalism and democracy – an excellent read; then look at how Greece deals with some of its economic fallout. (Piketty is with the Paris School of Economics; for the true econ geek, you can find his lectures here.) Edsall’s article definitely has NX implications on economic topics; the article on Greece may, too.
Economics – Porter on our problems, and possible solutions, and Meyerson and Pareene take on plutocrats.
ACA – Emanuel evaluates the GOP health care counter-proposal, now that one with details is finally on the table.
The articles in the Voting folder have been updated, for those writing new cases for this Saturday. Note the addition of the Baude and Franita Tolson articles, and the recent election reform articles.
Wolczuk and Wolczuk explain the latest nuances of the situation in Ukraine.
Krugman on plutocrats.
Public employee unions – point and counterpoint by Lane and Meyerson.
A lot of articles the last few days, but not a lot of critical/outstanding ones. (Extemp files have been updated.) The best of the new articles are below.
Syria – Friedman and Leroux-Martin
Friedman again, on the Arab world, with specific reference to Egypt and Tunisia
Ukraine – Fisher on some background to the protests
More on the rich (and powerful)
Letters in response to the Polk article (posted 1-19)
Robert Reich responds to Brooks article on inequality (posted 1-17)
Resource extraction in the news – Morocco.
Ukraine – how would you react if this happened to you? (And could it/will it some day soon?)
Economics – Nocera on Brazil – with implications for the U.S. The Rousseff quote, and Nocera’s final line, ought to show up in an extemp speech somewhere.
Another reply to Kotlikoff’s call (posted 1-6) to end corporate income taxes.
And, while not originally intended to be a series, yet another article on the really rich. (The world looks different if you’re on, or waiting in line for a seat on, that double-decker bus.)
China, and its use of resources extracted from Africa, came up in some of the rounds I judged last Saturday. Checking back, I found this article from March, and this article from June, that touch on the issue. The second article added an interesting twist to the question of who does or doesn’t benefit from resource extraction.