June 2012 Blog Posts (16)

What’s More Important Than Human Rights?

As the owner of a fitness club, I have a unique opportunity to talk in depth with people about their health.  Good health is arguably the most important aspect of living a healthful life.  Despite this, most of us routinely fail to get the exercise we know we need.  The excuses are diverse: “I’m too tired,” “I’m too busy,” and the ever-popular, “I don’t have time.”  The problem with these…

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Added by Kathryn M. Coy on June 30, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

Time for a New Macroeconomics Realization

Unfortunately for the progress of the human race we seem to know very little about how to govern ourselves and the result is a lot of guesswork without apply much science or logic. But there is a means for better understanding of how our system of society or macroeconomics actually functions, which I have developed and which I can supply.

The past history of macroeconomic thought contained several impotant steps toward this development of this science, but it fell short in recent…

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Added by David Harold Chester on June 29, 2012 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Is Pakistan an Emerging Market?

Most people in the West believe that Pakistan is an unstable country on the verge of imminent collapse or an explosion of violence. It is consistently portrayed—by politicians, policymakers, and…

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Added by Seth Kaplan on June 28, 2012 at 7:40am — No Comments

Burying the Case for a World Republic

A very interesting book review over at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists caught my eye this morning. In it, Tad Daley takes a look at the dawn of the nuclear disarmament movement as documented by Lawrence Wittner in his 2009 book Confronting the Bomb. Wittner takes as his jumping…

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Added by Evan O'Neil on June 26, 2012 at 3:38pm — No Comments

A Peaceful Planet, but Not a Happy One?

Last week, the Global Peace Index 2012 (GPI) indicated that the world is more peaceful this year than in 2011. But how should we interpret this in light of the more sober conclusions of the latest Happy Planet Index (HPI)?

The Global Peace Index…

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Added by Alexa van Sickle on June 25, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

CARNEGIE COUNCIL LIVE: Global Rules, Local Rulers with Carnegie UK Trust (12:40 PM)

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Carnegie UK Trust presents original research on the relationship between advocacy groups, citizens, and international organizations that regulate trade, markets, and consumer policy.

To watch this and other Carnegie Council videos AFTER the event, go to our…

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Added by Carnegie Council on June 21, 2012 at 12:20pm — No Comments

The Global Peace Index: Can data tell us if the world is becoming more peaceful?

A few days ago, Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker tweeted a link to the 2012 Global Peace Index (GPI), a metric published by the Institute for Economics and Peace, saying "the world is more peaceful in 2012." The GPI calculates peace using 23 indicators, including political terror, internal conflicts,…

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Added by Alexa van Sickle on June 18, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Left to Education

(It's 6:00 a.m., any day of your choice in August…

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Added by Anukool Chavhan on June 18, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Carnegie Council LIVE: The Leaderless Revolution: How Ordinary People Will Take Power and Change Politics in the 21st Century

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According to innovative diplomat Carne Ross, many of our government institutions are short on money, ideas, and efficiency. What can we do, ourselves, to create lasting and workable solutions? How can we also find senses of meaning and community, both so elusive in the…

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Added by Carnegie Council on June 13, 2012 at 5:46pm — No Comments

A tribute to the magic called: Rain

Rain

A liquefied slice of heaven fell on a rose petal one day

It toggled, turned, danced and swayed

As it moved, it shone different shades of red and purple hue

The shades changed as it made its way gliding down the velvety rue

Then another drop of diamond fell gently on the red carpet as it exuded sweet perfume

That one too made its way to…

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Added by Raji Ajwani-Ramchandani on June 13, 2012 at 12:00am — No Comments

Carnegie Council LIVE: What Does It Mean to Prevent Genocide?





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Tibi Galis, executive director of the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, discusses the question "What does it mean to prevent genocide?" and the distinction he sees between genocide prevention and military intervention policies.

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Added by Carnegie Council on June 12, 2012 at 3:04pm — No Comments

Carnegie Council LIVE: Money and the Good Life: How Much is Enough?

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In 1930, Keynes predicted that by 2030, we'd be working a 15-hour week; but he underestimated our appetite for wealth. Robert and Edward Skidelsky explain why Keynes was mistaken, and…

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Added by Carnegie Council on June 12, 2012 at 11:54am — No Comments

Network News

We are very pleased to announce the newest class of Global Ethics Fellows (bios below). We will be considering one more class of fellows before the end of the summer—again focusing on geographical and topical diversity—so please send us any other…

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Added by Devin Stewart on June 11, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Serbia's New President: A Nationalist, Yes, But a Democrat Too

A brief commentary on Serbia's newly elected President that my wife and I co-authored for The Montreal Review:

Serbia is headed down the drain-again. Or so the analysts would have you believe. The surprising defeat of Serbia's Western-oriented, pro-reformist President Boris Tadic (47.31%), by the former arch nationalist, Tomislav Nikolic (49.54%) in the presidential elections…

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Added by Mladen Joksic on June 6, 2012 at 5:58pm — No Comments

Is the Map of the Middle East About to Change?

If people in the Middle East could democratically choose what country they lived in, would they choose the one they are in now?

Amidst all the talk of an Arab Spring, the fragility of the Arab state is often forgotten.

Whereas developed…

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Added by Seth Kaplan on June 3, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

The Predicament of Poverty

We called him 'Bapu' and he called us 'Bapu' too! Every time we visited Hanuman Sarange's farm, Bapu would greet us "Ram Ram Bapuuu" with a faint smile on his wrinkled face. A few months passed like this and when we got some time alone, I asked bapu about his life and how he ended up with his brother. He started talking, looking away in void, as if his life story was…

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Added by Anukool Chavhan on June 3, 2012 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

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Marlene Laruelle on Europe's Far Right Political Movement

What has led to the rise of far-right parties across Europe and how have they evolved over time? Is immigration really the main issue, or is there a more complex set of problems that vary from nation to nation? What are the idealogical and practical connections between the far right and Russia? Carnegie Council Senior Fellow Marlene Laruelle is an expert on Europe, Russia, Eurasia, and Europe's far right. Don't miss her analysis.

Global Ethics Forum Preview: From the White House to the World with Chef Sam Kass

Next time on Global Ethics Forum, Sam Kass details his time as President Obama’s White House chef and senior policy advisor for nutrition and the links between climate change and how and what we eat. In this excerpt, Kass and journalist Roxana Saberi discuss an uncertain future for food policy in the United States under Trump.

The Rohingya Crisis: "Myanmar's Enemy Within" with Francis Wade

Francis Wade, author of "The Enemy Within," a new book on the Rohingya crisis in Burma, explains the historical background to the persecution of the Muslim Rohingya minority and gives a first-hand account of the terrible situation now. Has democracy been good for Burma? Will some Rohingya refugees become Islamic extremists?

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