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Austerity Lite | The Economist

February 17, 2011

First, according to Maya MacGuineas of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, the projected fall in the deficit relies on rosy assumptions and “magic asterisks”. By using more optimistic assumptions about underlying economic, ...

The Exercise of Power: Running the World | The Economist

January 27, 2011

The term “sweeping” hardly does justice to the ambition of Indian-born Parag Khanna. In his third book, “How to Run the World”, Mr Khanna, a pundit and think-tanker at the New America Foundation, sets out to diagnose the failings of today’s diplomacy and treat them with his own formula for global governance. ...

Politics and the Internet: Caught in the Net | The Economist

January 6, 2011

In this gleefully iconoclastic book, Evgeny Morozov takes a stand against this “cyber-utopian” view, arguing that the internet can be just as effective at sustaining authoritarian regimes. By assuming that the internet is always pro-democratic, he says, Western policymakers are operating with a “voluntary intellectual handicap” that makes it harder rather than easier to promote democracy. ...

The War on Terror: History of an Unfinished Fight | The Economist

January 6, 2011

To read “The Longest War” by Peter Bergen, an American journalist and al-Qaeda watcher, is to be amazed afresh at how badly America has handled the affair. Largely ignorant of al-Qaeda, Islam and weak states, the Bush administration’s response to September 11th was, he argues, conditioned more by its existing prejudices and strategic impulses than by any proper assessment of the terrorist threat. ...

Technology And Monopolies: Separation Anxiety | The Economist

December 29, 2010

Readers of “The Master Switch” by Tim Wu, an academic at Columbia University, will appreciate why Sir Tim is sounding the alarm. Mr Wu shows how a series of ...

Routing it Right | The Economist

December 2, 2010

Rebecca MacKinnon, a fellow at the New America Foundation and an expert on China's internet, reports that Chinese bloggers are already wary of buying ...

The Future of NATO: Fewer Dragons, More Snakes | The Economist

November 11, 2010

Many (possibly including Robert Gates, America's defence secretary) agreed with an article by Fred Kaplan, a commentator, in Slate, an online magazine, ...

Blogging in China: Breaching the Great Firewall | The Economist

October 28, 2010

Rebecca MacKinnon, an internet analyst, says anyone wanting to organise something “truly subversive” would not use microblogs anyway, since the government ...

Technology and Protest: A Town Crier in the Global Village | The Economist

September 2, 2010

As Evgeny Morozov, a writer on the internet (including for The Economist) points out, Avaaz has lost whatever monopoly it had over the creation of instant, ...

The Future of the Internet: A Virtual Counter-Revolution | The Economist

September 2, 2010

Their nightmare is what Tim Wu, a professor at Columbia University, calls “the Tony Soprano vision of networking”, alluding to a television series about a ...

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