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Mandela and De Klerk: Essential partners

By Princeton N. Lyman
December 9, 2013

When Nelson Mandela and South African President F.W. De Klerk began their historic negotiations to end apartheid, each man professed respect for the other. Indeed their relationship appeared not only professional, but personal.

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On meeting Mandela

By Joyce Purnick
December 7, 2013

Journalists are not easily impressed. We pride ourselves on our skepticism. (Most advisable of us, may I add.)

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Mandela’s message of reconciliation

By Arlene Getz
December 5, 2013

On the day that Nelson Mandela was elected as South Africa’s first black president, I drove across the fault lines of segregated suburbia to watch his fellow citizens vote him into office.

Only paying teachers more will raise Britain to the top of the class

By Guest Contributor
December 4, 2013

–Vikas Pota is chief executive of the Varkey GEMS Foundation. The opinions expressed are his own.–

Bank of England’s focus on growth might stir ghost of inflation

By Guest Contributor
December 3, 2013

–Darren Williams is Senior European Economist at AllianceBernstein. The opinions expressed are his own.–

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Longer lives would lead to better living

By Michael Maiello
December 3, 2013

Last week, the United States Food and Drug Administration ordered the Google-backed genetic testing company 23andMe to stop selling its home testing kits, arguing that the possibility of false positive readings for potentially fatal or debilitating conditions could prompt people to take unnecessary and potentially fatal medical action. The FDA should now work quickly to develop standards so that 23andMe and companies like it can get back to their vital businesses of working to extend the human life span.

Happy Birthday, texting: 21 today

By Guest Contributor
December 3, 2013

–Iain Regan is global head of sales, marketing and customer management at Firstsource Solutions. The opinions expressed are his own.–

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Don’t miss the boat on trade facilitation

By Stephen Green and Harold McGraw III
December 3, 2013

Trade ministers open their meeting in Bali Tuesday with the aim of creating a new multilateral trade reform package worth more than $100 billion to the global economy. The deal -- focusing on measures to cut red tape at borders -- would be a welcome shot in the arm for both global trade and for the World Trade Organization itself.

Sterling destined for safe haven status (at least in the short term)

By Guest Contributor
December 2, 2013

–Torben Kaaber is CEO of Saxo Capital Markets UK. The opinions expressed are his own.–

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A shifting global economy brings Australia to a crossroads

By Dan Steinbock
November 29, 2013

Australia is no longer immune to the stagnation in the West. Despite a resilient housing market, Australia’s economy is slowing. With a worsening labor market, consumption is eroding, along with business confidence.