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The United States added three more Nobel laureates to its roster on Monday, all in economics, bringing the national total to an astounding 347 in the prize's history. That's the most of any country in the world, by far: next-highest ranked is Britain with 120 laureates. Up top is a heat map showing which countries […]
[Joshua Tucker: The following is a guest post from University of Illinois political scientist Milan Svolik in response to previous posts here at The Monkey Cage on the Russian mayoral electoral race between Alexei Navalny and Sergei Sobyanin. The election featured a two-round majoritarian electoral rule: If one candidate won the first round of the […]
It's no secret that China is the world's largest holder of U.S. debt – and that Beijing is, for this reason, expressing a lot of concern about the U.S. shutdown and now possible default that could significantly devalue their investment. … Continue reading ?
Climate scientists sometimes talk about something called "climate departure" as a way of measuring when climate change has really changed things. It's the moment when average temperatures, either in a specific location or worldwide, become so impacted by climate change … Continue reading ?
The U.S. may be about to announce significant cuts to its $1.2 billion in annual military aid to Egypt, according to some U.S. officials. That aid has been a defining feature of U.S. policy in the Middle East for decades. … Continue reading ?
You might not guess it from your Internet bill, but the United States has some of the cheapest broadband in the world -- right up there with Kazakhstan, India and Bangladesh. That’s one of many surprising, and occasionally puzzling, revelations … Continue reading ?
The British street artist known as Banksy has released a satirical video about Syria. His first piece on the two-plus-year civil war, "Rebel Rocket Attack" is a spoof on the YouTube videos that Syrian rebels have uploaded throughout the conflict. … Continue reading ?
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave an interview last week to the BBC's Persian-language station, which is beamed directly into Iran, in which he made a gaffe that ended up drawing quite a bit of criticism. "If the people of … Continue reading ?
On Tuesday, Israel’s long-serving ambassador to Washington officially stepped down after a term that witnessed the Arab Spring uprisings and most of President Obama’s first five years in office. During his tenure, Michael Oren presided over periods of unusual strain … Continue reading ?
One thing about the Chinese Communist Party, which runs the government that runs the world's most populous country, is that it loves slogans. One of its most recent is "public opinion struggle," from an Aug. 19 speech by President Xi … Continue reading ?
Behind the rhetorical excesses of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Tuesday address to the United Nations – Iran's president, he declared, "thinks he can have his yellowcake and eat it too" – was a serious point. Netanyahu does not trust … Continue reading ?
The way we measure income inequality is changing. After years of relying on a complicated metric called the Gini coefficient, some economists argue that we should adopt the Palma ratio, which measures the gap between the rich and the poor … Continue reading ?
Everyone in Spain feels jetlagged all the time, even if they haven't been traveling. That is, at least, the finding of a new Spanish parliamentary report on the country’s labor conditions, which concludes that Spain is needlessly crippled by its … Continue reading ?
In his address to the United Nations on Tuesday, President Obama did his best to rally the organization to action on Syria. His case was forceful but, at moments, the logic seemed strained, even contradictory. And it was all made … Continue reading ?
Israel's representatives at the United Nations plan to walk out from Tuesday afternoon's address by new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. The diplomatic boycott is a show of Israel's deep skepticism about Rouhani, whose entreaties for detente with the West they … Continue reading ?
Anticipation has been building for weeks that this year's United Nations General Assembly would present an historic opportunity for President Obama to reach out to his new counterpart in Iran, the recently elected Hassan Rouhani, who has openly espoused detente … Continue reading ?
President Obama addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday morning, discussing the U.S. approach to the Middle East. He advocated for greater international action on Syria's ongoing civil war, warned against Iran's nuclear program and articulated his vision of … Continue reading ?
NEW DELHI – Even after the fatal gang rape of a young woman in New Delhi in December triggered an uproar, conservative politicians, police and even judges continued to suggest publicly that somehow women in India are asking for it -- … Continue reading ?
BEIJING – Recently transplanted to Egypt after many years in China, New Yorker correspondent Peter Hessler has a unique perspective on both countries. To many China watchers, Hessler represents a kind of gold standard for intimately reported pieces on lesser-known … Continue reading ?