Is Putin out to destroy the EU?

Gérard Roland

By Yuriy Gorodnichenko, Associate Professor of Economics; Gerard Roland, Professor of Economics; and Edward W. Walker, Associate Adjunct Professor of Political Science

Since Russia’s annexation of Crimea, tensions between Russia and the West have not abated. Nonetheless, it has been striking how much support Putin still enjoys in Europe, from intellectuals … More >

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Not everyone mourns for Ayotzinapa's students

Gerardo Contreras said:

Ricardo. You do not understand what is happening in Mexico. Media in Mexico is not reliable, so don't believe what they say. These students are very poor and wanted to get more support and better conditions for their school. For instance, they get less than 5 USD daily for food and ... More >

Pointergate: Where to point the blame in media bias

Rasheed Shabazz

What happens when a mayor of a major U.S. city points at a resident while posing for a photo? If that mayor poses with a black male, police officers might accuse that mayor of throwing up gang signs.

That’s what happened when Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, while canvassing for GOTV (Get … More >

The Big Bang. The Lean LaunchPad explodes at University of Maryland

Steve Blank

The University of Maryland is now integrating the Lean LaunchPad® into standard innovation and entrepreneurship courses across all 12 colleges within the University. Over 44 classes have embedded the business model canvas and/or Customer Discovery including a year-long course taken by every single one of its bioengineering majors.

It’s made a big … More >

If black lives matter, end the War on Crime

Jonathan Simon

From the perspective of tens of thousands of protesters around the nation this week, the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and Eric Garner in Staten Island reflected an unfathomable decision by white police officers to kill unarmed black men engaged in trivial criminal (if any) behavior. To thousands of … More >

What’s a university to do about climate change?

Severin Borenstein

About a year ago, I blogged about the fossil-fuel divestment movement at universities, arguing that it is unlikely to have any effect, and that even if it did it would be to raise fuel prices, which we could do more directly with a carbon tax.  I said that those of … More >

‘Imitation Game’ honors my hero, Alan Turing, world-changer persecuted in his time

Christos Papadimitriou

In 1936 a young man of 24 years took a long walk in the crisp air of the Cambridgeshire spring, and during that walk had an idea that changed the world. The idea was his answer to a question whose time had come: “What is a computer?”

The young man was … More >

Title IX and babies?

Mary Ann Mason

This fall, Gov. Jerry Brown signed two bills that could greatly improve the lives of women in California higher education, and serve as models for the nation. The first, the “yes means yes” law makes  California the first in the nation to have a clear definition of when people agree to … More >

Reclaiming the street for Real Americans

Michael O'Hare

Some things are central to being a Real American, things that make us the best country; others are not.  In the first category are driving alone anywhere I want;  with light traffic, few stoplights, and no tolls, pedestrians, or bicycles; parking free when I get there; and two-dollar gasoline.  The … More >

Which University?

Claude Fischer

As I start this post, I hear voices on bullhorns in Sproul Plaza (ground zero for the Free Speech demonstrations 50 years ago) calling Berkeley students to walk out of classes today (Nov. 24) to protest the tuition increases approved last week by the University of California Regents for the … More >