Mar 23, 2015 21:33 UTC

Global water woes mix with trickle of good news

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Men fish next to cracked ground as the Atibainha dam lake dries up due to a prolonged drought in Nazare Paulista

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Earth faces a major water crisis. By 2030, the planet could have 40 percent less H2O than needed, due to rising demand for food and energy from a growing population, the United Nations reiterated in a report published on Sunday to mark World Water Day. The multi-year droughts afflicting California and Sao Paulo, Brazil may be harbingers of doom on a broader scale. But there is enough progress to offer hope.

Mar 23, 2015 21:20 UTC

Elliott emits ray of pragmatism in Argentina feud

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The Citibank logo is pictured at its Nicaragua headquarters in Managua

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Elliott Management has emitted the merest glimmer of pragmatism in its feud with Argentina. The hedge fund, with a U.S. judge’s approval, will allow Citigroup to process two of the country’s bond payments, despite an earlier court-ordered block. It’s a concession to cover the bank’s back, not a broader shift in the intractable spat between holdout creditors and Argentina. But it may qualify as progress.

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Never pay to those vultures, never!

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Mar 20, 2015 16:30 UTC

Review: The lucrative and controversial Blair Inc

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REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Politics has a problem in the era of the global billionaire. The challenge is illustrated by the business empire of Tony Blair – dubbed “Blair Inc” – in a timely new book by veteran reporters Francis Beckett, David Hencke and Nick Kochan.

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A useful review, thanks, Quentin. I won’t bother buying the book. Your criticism hits the very thing I personally dislike — a political commentary posing as analysis. What is needed is an analysis of the business deals Blair has forged – we can make our own conclusions from that. But that would perhaps be too much hard work.

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Mar 16, 2015 16:34 UTC
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M&A world could teach niche U.S. colleges

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By Kate Duguid

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

Sweet Briar College’s collapse bodes ill for small U.S. private schools. The twin pressures of falling enrollment and rising costs threaten to bankrupt the tuition fee-based business model of many small colleges. Efforts to lure students in with deep discounts on sticker prices have locked some institutions into a bank-breaking spiral. Merging may be one way to ease the pressure.

Mar 11, 2015 18:10 UTC

Silicon Valley sexism case tests new M&M color

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By Reynolds Holding

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Silicon Valley’s latest sexism trial is testing a new flavor of M&M’s. Venture capitalists at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers didn’t slip the button-sized chocolates down a woman’s blouse, behavior that prompted a $3.5 million judgment against a law firm’s Palo Alto office two decades ago. But they’re charged with unfairly blocking a female’s rise to the top. It’s a subtler, more toxic type of discrimination that suggests little has changed in the technology world’s ecosystem.

Mar 9, 2015 19:03 UTC
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Hugo Dixon: Greece has no good Plan Bs

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By Hugo Dixon

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Greece has no good Plan Bs. Its only rational course of action is to work with its euro zone creditors to reform its economy.

Mar 9, 2015 15:34 UTC
Edward Hadas

Turkey’s central bank is in a very tough spot

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By Edward Hadas

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Every country with a weak currency has its own story. The euro zone has quantitative easing, Nigeria has falling oil revenues, Russia has oil and sanctions, Ukraine has war. And then there is Turkey. The country faces serious economic challenges, but the biggest threat to the lira is Tayyip Erdogan, the nation’s increasingly autocratic president.

Mar 3, 2015 15:51 UTC

Rob Cox: Silicon Valley’s boom-boom room moment

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By Rob Cox

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

The entrée hadn’t even arrived when the youngest person present at a dinner in San Francisco a few years ago got up abruptly to go see a startup he wanted to fund. That was a bit odd. So was his nervous tic.

Mar 2, 2015 08:06 UTC

India’s infrastructure push could be envy of West

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By Andy Mukherjee

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

India’s infrastructure push is the exception to the global norm. The government has decided to pursue a public investment-led growth strategy, even though it means going slow on fiscal correction. It’s an opportunity that rich nations, which can borrow far more cheaply than New Delhi, are missing.

Feb 27, 2015 20:10 UTC

U.S. student loans could need $500 bln bailout

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By Daniel Indiviglio

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

U.S. student loans could one day need nearly a $500 billion bailout – perhaps the biggest government rescue yet. Borrowing for education has soared over the past decade, ballooning to $1.2 trillion and growing far faster than GDP. With the feds on the hook for much of the debt, it’s a mess in the making.