Hedge funds should determine for themselves how transparent to be, without the government stepping in.
D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty plans to wrest control of the city’s public schools away from the elected school board, mimicking a national trend. But results will depend on concrete actions to fix the schools—not on which bureaucracy has control.
With most of American politics focused on the troop surge and partisan maneuverings over its implementation, another story has gotten lost: The Iraqis themselves have made important progress in a basic economic issue that has fueled the sectarian divide.
Those who want to fund new spending with higher rates should acknowledge the future failure their logic presumes.
A brave band of reformers is taking on Kenya’s endemic culture of corruption.
The British and American versions of the popular TV comedy series ‘The Office’ both debunk the authority of the boss, but in ways that distinguish the two cultures. James Bowman explains.
My local liquor store is selling Girl Scout cookies, and last week I chose Thin Mints over gin, thinking myself quite virtuous. Little did I know…
The Burj Dubai, slated to be the tallest building in the world when it’s done in 2009, is rising 160 stories or more (the final height is a secret) in the desert. It’s no anomaly. The terrorist attacks of 9/11 seem to have whetted the global appetite to build taller and taller. Most of the new mega-skyscrapers are in Asia and the Middle East, but the engineers and architects are American. Why the boom? A combination of economic imperatives and powerful egos, both national and personal. Coming soon: the fulfillment of Frank Lloyd Wright’s dream of a mile-high building.
Ségolène Royal, the Socialist candidate for President of France, talks like Mitterrand—but if elected, she may be forced to govern like Lionel Jospin, whose far-left rhetoric was matched by pro-growth policies and extensive privatization.
The Internet is famously resilient—but it would be surprisingly easy to cut millions of people off from the global network.
There’s no accounting for family.
Are markets to blame for bad art?
The state’s malarial litigation climate may deprive its citizens of homeowner’s insurance.
The federal government sometimes takes obscure actions that actually help the economy, big-time. Matthew Rees selects five of the best ever.
The country has found a new use for its most famous business model—a far cry from tech support.
Steven Johnson’s new book shows how we beat cholera, and what we can learn from the experience.
Making Italian football safe for fans is a political challenge.
President Bush is not “cutting” Medicare spending—all the media hype notwithstanding. His plans would, however, eliminate trillions of dollars worth of fiscal liabilities.
Donor countries should let Liberia’s problems, rather than their own favorite causes, guide their aid.
A little-known new project could make it easier to hold congressmen of both parties accountable.