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Work In Progress | The Economist

April 21, 2012

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, giving Mr Romney some credit for his promised spending cuts, says his plan would send the national debt up to 96% of GDP by 2021 from 73% this year; it would reach only 76% under Mr Obama’s latest budget. Neither group gives Mr Romney credit for his promise to pay for the cuts by closing loopholes, because he has specified none, though he has reportedly told donors he might eliminate deductions for rich people’s second mortgages and for state and local taxes.

Perilous Journey | The Economist

February 9, 2012

As Anatol Lieven concludes in his splendid recent book, “A Hard Country”, Pakistan, “though a deeply troubled state, is also a tough one”. Its elected civilian government, now in office for four years, might yet become the first in Pakistan's history ...

Technology and Society: Here Comes Anyware | The Economist

October 6, 2011

Others, such as Evgeny Morozov, a visiting scholar at Stanford University, worry that they can easily be abused by repressive regimes to track and monitor opponents. Although talk of “Twitter revolutions” is greatly overblown, there is little doubt ...

Drones in Pakistan | The Economist

July 28, 2011

The New America Foundation, a Washington think-tank, found that up to 2551 people have been killed in the strikes since 2004. Based on press reports, it estimates that 80% of them were militants, rising to a pretty astonishing 95% in 2010. ...

The Ethics of Warfare | The Economist

July 28, 2011

Claims in Pakistan that American drone attacks have killed thousands of civilians are undermined by research (see article) carried out at the New America Foundation, a think-tank, suggesting that in the seven years since 2004, 80% of the fatalities ...

The Dangers of the Internet: Invisible Sieve | The Economist

June 30, 2011

In “The Net Delusion”, which came out in January, Evgeny Morozov attacked what he called the “cyber-Utopian” view of the merits of the internet as a force for liberation and empowerment, pointing out that it can just as easily be used as a tool of ...

The United States, Israel and the Arabs: You Can't Make Everyone Happy | The Economist

May 26, 2011

“He really told him, 'If you give me nothing to work with, America will keep trying to defend you but it will not be enough,'” says Daniel Levy, an Anglo-Israeli former negotiator who works for the New America Foundation, a peacemaking outfit in ...

Lexington: The Kosherest Nosh Ever | The Economist

May 26, 2011

Peter Beinart, the author in 2010 of a scathing critique of the Jewish establishment in the New York Review of Books, says that by drifting right and defending whatever Israel does, AIPAC and other leading Jewish organisations have become “intellectual ...

Good Trash | The Economist

May 5, 2011

Although producers do not hide their agendas, Charles Kenny, an economist, thinks that there could be a “quagmire of a debate over morals and a tangle of regulation”. An increase in divorces, say, may seem like good news to a woman activist, ...

California's Legislature: The Withering Branch | The Economist

April 20, 2011

... The alternative view is that the initiative process, by mutating into a virulent form after Proposition 13, caused the decline of the legislature. This side includes Joe Mathews and Mark Paul, authors of “California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It”. ...

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