What could be sweeter than sugar?

October 20, 2014

A Yiddish proverb says, “Don’t be too sweet lest you be eaten up.” If only.

Should bankers get bigger bonuses?

October 17, 2014

As F. Scott Fitzgerald was famously kind-of quoted, “The rich are different than you and me.”

Employers shouldn’t freeze women’s eggs

October 16, 2014

You know something’s hit a mainstream nerve when the Onion gets in on the act. 

Finger pointing doesn’t bring back Iraq’s dead

October 15, 2014

Last night The New York Times released an astounding report detailing the U.S. military’s discovery and subsequent cover-up of secret caches of chemical weapons in Iraq from 2003 to 2011. 

A different kind of cold war

October 14, 2014

Ukraine is getting the cold shoulder from Russia on two fronts, and that could be bad news for Europe.  As if the military conflict between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces weren’t enough, tensions over unpaid gas bills remain high. Russian energy giant Gazprom cut off supplies of gas to Ukraine in June after Kiev failed to pay $3.1 billion in gas debt, but this is more than just a Ukrainian problem. The European Council on Foreign Relations succinctly frames the issue:

The problem with going back to work

October 13, 2014

Some silver clouds have gray linings.

On the surface, the most recent U.S. jobs report brought good news, with the unemployment rate falling to a six-year low of 5.9 percent.

Who gets what for Ebola relief

October 10, 2014

Really, this isn’t funny. This week funnymen Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert both lampooned the American media’s frenzied coverage of Ebola in the U.S., but in West Africa it is still a catastrophe in the making–with a very real chance that estimates of seven-figure death tolls will become reality.

WhatsApp, Mr. Zuckerberg?

October 9, 2014

What? Zuck worry?

Mark Zuckerberg, apparently channeling the Alfred E. Neuman school of business management, told reporters in New Delhi, India, on Thursday that Facebook does not plan to monetize mobile messaging service WhatsApp any time soon.

Is OPEC heading for a sinkhole?

October 8, 2014

Turmoil is rarely good for the bottom line. Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates are joining Washington’s anti-Islamic State air strikes within the borders of neighboring OPEC member Iraq. Fellow OPEC partner Nigeria just barely dodged an Ebola scare, while founding member Iran remains under sanctions aimed to curb its nuclear ambitions. Meanwhile, Russia, which last year produced an estimated 10.4 million barrels of crude oil a day, doesn’t look set to extricate itself from Ukraine any time soon.

Mapping the winds of marital change

October 7, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court did a whole lot by doing nothing yesterday. In declining to hear petitions challenging three federal appellate courts’ decisions regarding gay marriage, the Court granted tacit approval for gay couples to wed in five more states: Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin.