GETTING AWAY WITH (FINANCIAL) MURDER

he terms “scandal” and “banks” have gone hand-in-hand ever since the financial collapse of 2008. Even with laws like the Dodd-Frank Act and other regulatory measures, banks continue to be convicted of fraud and other…

SLOWING TO A CRAWL

here is a concern that the slowdown in the emerging markets is spilling over into the developed world. The upsurge that the global economy depended on from emerging markets (except during the global financial crisis)…

A TALE OF TWO CLIMATES

ne of the most influential men on the planet, Pope Francis, recently wrote an encyclical for the Catholic Church which focused on Climate Change and its impacts on areas of poverty. It is an important…

RADICAL MAYORS

new wave of leftist leaders is taking over in city halls across Spain, replacing established politicians sullied by corruption scandals. Generally political neophytes, they were elected as candidates backed by left-leaning parties and citizen movements…

SHEDDING LIGHT FROM THE SHADOWS

J onathan Ossoff, a UK documentary producer, joined South African journalist Nwaebuni for Al Jazeera’s series Africa Investigates. Nwaebuni brought to light, in collaboration with the police, among other stories, illegal abortions in Nigeria. Only major international networks are able…

BIG OIL GOES SHOPPING

s oil prices plunged, so did much of the investment made by large oil corporations. Many projects have been either delayed or scrapped completely. Smaller companies have taken on significant debt, including many US shale…

THE PRODUCTIVITY MYSTERY

n analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies has revealed the weakness of the recovery. Estimates are that real median incomes have dropped 4% between 2009-2010 and 2011-2012. This is similar to what happened in…

CRACKS IN THE SULTAN’S PALACE

he recent presidential election in Turkey was one for the record books, in which voters have paved the way for major governmental reform. For the first time since 2002, the AKP party, under Recep Tayyip…

THE EU’S NEGLECTED NEIGHBORS

f the European Union was ever to show courage and take a risk on its eastern neighbors, the Eastern Partnership (EaP) summit in Riga would have been the time to do it. Instead, the EU…

PARCHED PLANET

 ith stunning coastlines, towering redwoods, and the gold rush of the eighteen-hundreds, California has stood as a natural wonder on its own. Today, a conversation about the state would cover its progressive culture, the Golden…