Lebanon’s 2014 Presidential Elections: When Local and Regional Power Arenas Collide

Tamirace Fakhoury

The original version of the article was published in French and Spanish in Afkar/Ideas42

Lebanon’s presidential elections were supposed to be held by May 25, 2014, the day the six-year term of President Michel Sleiman came to an end.   However, the two contending political coalitions – the pro-Syrian March 8 and the anti-Syrian … More >

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MH17

Alex Kaminsky said:

The complacency of the international community is reminiscent of the events that led to World War II. Putin must be dealt with, if not militarily, then by swift and decisive sanctions - cutting off all gas imports from Russia, its bread and butter.

Is the U.S. Falling Behind Mexico? News from Ambos Nogales

Michael Dear

In the Mexican border town of Nogales, I sat finishing my lunch when Alma, a Sonoran friend who had been watching the diners, spoke quietly: “That’s something you would never have seen a year ago – Mexican men eating salads.” It was, she explained, because of the rising awareness of … More >

Pro-Choice: The game of the name

Robin Lakoff

Oh rats!

They’re at it again. According to an article in the July 29 issue of the New York Times, some leaders of women’s reproductive rights organizations are advocating changing the name from Pro-Choice, as it has been for the past 40 years, to something else – anything else (no possibilities … More >

Detroit’s water crisis: The flood of inequity

Rasheed Shabazz

Declaring “Water is a Human Right,” hundreds marched in the streets of Detroit on July 18 to protest the city shutting off water services for thousands of residents too poor to pay their utility bills.

Since March of this year, the Detroit Sewage and Water Department (DSWD) has cut off running … More >

Macroeconomic stimulus for Ukraine

Yuriy Gorodnichenko

After years of mismanagement and looting, Ukraine faces a number of economic challenges. The situation is so critical that weak economic performance in the next few years could undermine the very independence of the country. Just yesterday, President Poroshenko signed a degree setting up the National Council for Reforms to … More >

Getting Lean in Education — By Getting Out of the Classroom

Steve Blank

This week the National Science Foundation goes Lean on education by providing $1.2 million to educators who want to bring their classroom innovations to a wider audience.

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The I-Corps programstarted when the U.S. National Science Foundation adopted my Lean LaunchPad class. Their goal was to train University scientists and researchers to use Lean Startup methods … More >

What ‘Ivory Tower’ gets wrong

Nicholas Dirks

The documentary film Ivory Tower takes on national debates about higher education and renders them as compelling dramas, stories, and scenes. Andrew Rossi, the film’s talented director, previously used similar techniques to raise probing questions about the future of print journalism in an age of digitalization in his film Page One. Now … More >

MH17

Yuriy Gorodnichenko

I flew to Ukraine on July 16, 2014. It was a typical flight and travelers thought they could abstract from the war in the East of Ukraine. The next day changed everything. Pro-Russian separatists shot down MH17, a passenger airplane with 298 people aboard, 80 of which were children.

This is an … More >

Life in prison with the remote possibility of death: the death penalty and California’s broken punishment paradigm

Jonathan Simon

This week’s 39-page opinion by U.S. District Court Judge Cormac Carney — finding California’s death penalty unconstitutional — is already setting off a wave of debate in the media. We will see yet whether it catches any political fire in this dry, but so-far politically placid, season in California.

There is much to recommend in the … More >