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Column: ‘Privatisation’ is what makes charter schools great

Do the math, and it’s clear that a majority of publicly funded services are now delivered by private or-ganisations.

Column: Donald Trump’s threat of mass arrests reflects weakness

Trump’s threat of mass arrests is probably intended to no small degree as spectacle and gesture.

Column: Berlin’s property-owning classes are under attack

Landlords complain of “class warfare” and are threatening to hike rents ahead of the proposal coming into force in 2020, which doesn’t seem a good way to win friends. The policy will probably stop them spending on property upkeep, yet I wonder whether most Berliners will care.

Column: 10 things people in finance should never say

What it is about finance that invites these terrible, vapid pronouncements? Do these trivialities reflect a lack of intellectual rigour, or are they merely a refuge for those who do not want to get pinned down?

Column: What Naomi Wolf and Cokie Roberts teach us about the need for historians

While we can and must encourage more people to dig into our past and work to better understand it, we also must understand how critical the specialised toolbox of historians is to getting the past right.

Column: Here’s what gets lost when we rely on GPS

Finding our way on our own – using perception, empirical observation and problem-solving skills – forces us to attune ourselves to the world.

Column: Sunset for oil is no longer just talk

Forecasts more than a decade in the future are easy to make and break, but the same does not go for shorter-term promises to investors.

Jessop: Sargassum presents a continuing challenge

There are indications that the Caribbean may again see this year unusually large amounts of sargassum seaweed washed up on its shores.

Flam: A glimpse of starlight that gave hope to science

Newton formulated gravity as an invisible force between massive objects. Einstein’s replaced it with the notion that objects warped space-time and deflected the paths of other objects. Most people did not understand Einstein’s theory, but they appreciated it nonetheless.

Hewitt: The self-destructive disdain of the left

Despite his biggest mistakes – the media are not the “enemy of the people” and should not be labelled thus; his indifference to staffing the government is sometimes maddening and a few of his appointees were simply not qualified – Trump has generally kept the promises he made during the campaign.

El-Erian: UK voters reject the ‘muddled middle’

The loud messages from the European elections were not limited to the UK. Indeed, they could even carry some insights for US politics in the run-up to the November 2020 elections.

Jessop: Huawei sanctions raise complex questions

China and the US now appear to be moving beyond skirmishing over trade towards what could very easily become an economic war.

Bodden: For whom are we developing?

I wish to be placed on record as stating that the pace and scope of development which your articles describe are unsustainable and bring no long-term benefits to the proverbial ‘little man’ in Caymanian society.

Jessop: A more integrated approach to the environment

Last week, the United Nations published a document which indicated that historically unprecedented levels of human activity were causing dramatic changes to the variety of plant and animal life in the world.

The Conversation: Why is peace failing in the Philippines?

The majority of modern peace agreements fail within five years. What is causing these negotiated peace settlements to collapse?

Fickling: Boeing’s 737 Max defence is a textbook mess

Whether you call them safety features or not, indicators telling pilots that something unexpected is happening to the aircraft can make the difference between life and death.

Jessop: Europe’s very different approach to the Caribbean and Latin America

Astute Caribbean governments clear about their national interest and sovereignty ought to be doing more to explore the flexibility and innovation the new European Communication offers them.

Governor Roper: Defending media freedom

A free media protects our right to speak out and our right to information. It enables society to be free, fair and open and can be the foundation for economic prosperity.
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Bershidsky: Huawei is being held to an impossible standard

No matter what the Chinese company does, the current US administration will keep going after it for a mix of national security, trade and competition-related reasons which are hard to separate from each other.

Beckles: Remembering Sir Alister McIntyre

He was in a hurry. West Indian society, he said, had no time to waste.

Bloomberg: Cuba is a problem that Trump is making worse

The Trump administration came into office betting that Cuba’s government would buckle under pressure, but Havana has withstood much worse than this.

Column: In Sudan, a chance for change

Sudan’s courageous protesters need more than words: They need strong international action for real change to have a chance.

Column: Don’t let rising seas drown the Marshall Islands

Determined to act before it’s too late, the Marshall Islands are transforming themselves into a real-life laboratory for preparing for the effects of climate change.

Column: IPOs creating crisis in San Francisco

No one’s weeping for big tech, but the war on Silicon Valley will not solve the region’s housing crisis, either.

Column: Venezuela’s health crisis is the hemisphere’s problem

Fortunately, Venezuela’s neighbours are better prepared to deal with dangerous outbreaks.

Seymour: On World Health Day, ensuring healthcare access for all

Government will continue to push for still-greater strides to be made in this fundamental field of healthcare.

Column: NATO’s next war is against global tyranny

This should not - and probably will not - look like a formal military alliance encompassing the world’s democracies, or even America’s existing democratic allies.

Analysis: Parties aren’t taking big issues seriously in South Africa’s election campaign

Progress will depend on whether the key interests in the economy and the society are capable of making deals which will address the problems.

O’Connor-Connolly: Meeting our water needs

Water is an essential building block of life.

Column: All the world is watching New Zealand’s Ardern

But not all at Davos were impressed with the charismatic, liberal and young - Ardern is just 38 - world leader.

Column: Index funds sure do not seem like Libor

Some folks have argued that direct indexing is the next innovation that will disrupt the financial industry.

Column: What parents in the college admissions scandal got wrong

Without good measures of what makes a college good, we fall back to the power of popularity and exclusivity. The more applications a school gets and the more students it rejects, the better it seems.

Column: The opportunities and challenges of health tourism

The not-for-profit Global Wellness Institute estimates that international wellness visitors spent 53 per-cent more than the average international tourist in 2017 ...

Column: China’s race to control blockchain

If China can be first and build a blockchain system it controls, such as its own state-controlled internet, Beijing will be able to use the technology to repress its people, expand its influence and subvert the Western rule-of-law based system.

Analysis: How Britain’s economy has wronged young people for decades

Media portrayals of young people compound the problem and are rife with discriminatory language.

Column: US economy keeps sprinting ahead

Contrary to the defeatist narrative that many on the left will surely advance, this economic success is a direct result of the president’s pro-growth policies.

Analysis: Cuba expands rights but rejects radical change

María Isabel Alfonso Cuba has rejected a proposal to legalize same-sex marriage in its new and revised constitution, a move that disappointed some gay rights...

Mitchell: Cayman is a role model for harmony and prosperity

Folks on the left have accused me of “trading with the enemy” for supporting these jurisdictions, but the real story is that we should emulate rather than prosecute these low-tax jurisdictions.

Rahn: Escaping from New York

When it comes to taxes and government services, people’s feet tell more than their mouths.

Column: The Green New Deal means giant tax increases

With her FAQ, Ocasio-Cortez has inadvertently exposed the neo-socialist lie that you can get something for nothing. The Democratic Party’s embrace of that lie is going to get President Trump re-elected.

Rahn: Government debt is the true crisis

Greece provides us with a good example of what happens when government spending grows faster than income, and debt reaches an unsustainable level.

Will: Reality continues to leak from American life

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, averse to government by arrested-development teenagers, dismissed the Green New Deal (GND) as a “suggestion.” Its enthusiasts, buffeted by gales of derision, responded with gusts of dissembling as implausible as the GND: Their fact sheet was a mere draft, or a dirty trick (“doctored”), or something.

Column: The return of the dumbest genre of campaign story

A good deal of campaign reporting is an attempt to take the repetitive events of the campaign trail and not only find something new in them but use the mundane goings-on of the moment as a symbol of something larger and more revealing.

Morici: More foolish noise from the wealth thrashers

Wealth always begins with savings from income and new ideas.

Thiessen: Trump’s big play for the political center

He reached across the aisle, appealed to persuadable voters in the center and asked them to consider his reasonable proposals.

Column: Negotiating with Maduro would be a mistake

The cascade of Western democracies recognizing Guaido sends a strong message to the Venezuelan military, too. It’s telling that Maduro did not give the order this past weekend to disperse crowds of protesters with violence. It suggests that he knows that most of his army would not follow it.

Column: Saving the art market from itself

The exorbitant price tag of the painting has helped fuel the increasingly unhinged conspiracy theories surrounding the painting.

Morici: Western decadence puts democracy at risk

Peter Morici With the fall of France in 1940, Britain and America were left to defend democracy and capitalism – systems built on the ideas...

Rahn: Mueller’s excessive, theatrical and costly raid

Civil libertarians and others were correctly outraged about the heavy-handed tactics.

Will: Klobuchar could be 2020 contender for Democrats

Klobuchar, who will be 59 in May, is the daughter of a newspaper columnist. Surmounting this handicap, she went to Yale, then to the University of Chicago Law School, then to a law firm.

Morici: Negotiating with China may prove a fool’s journey

It is important to recognize Trump is negotiating with a repressive criminal regime.

McAfee: Education is a public good

With the understanding that an educated populace is a country’s most important resource and that developing human potential is arguably the most significant responsibility of every society, UNESCO is calling on “governments and all partners to make universal quality education a leading priority.”

Will: Why do people like Lindsey Graham come to Congress?

During the government shutdown, Graham’s tergiversations – sorry, this is the precise word – have amazed.

Morici: Engineering a soft landing

The problem is that since the 2000s U.S. long rates have been suppressed by foreign investors. Europeans stuck in a lethargic economy, and Latin Americans and Asians fearful that their corrupt governments will ignite inflation to solve their debt problems, have been buying up U.S. real estate and long bonds.

Mitchell: South Korea’s wrong turn

Even the New York Times is reporting that Moon’s statist agenda is not working.

Rahn: When socialism is romanticized

Restrictions on who was allowed to vote, based on property ownership or literacy, were over time viewed as unfair and eventually abolished, leading to the current crop of elected officials – no more needs to be said.

Will: Brexit shows the dangers of direct democracy

European unification was conceived in fear – Europeans’ fear of themselves, a residue of wars produced by various atavisms, including unhinged nationalism.

Rahn: The return of the tax bullies

Over time, tax abuse by governments is corrected either by violent revolts (e.g. the American Revolution) or by passive resistance (tax avoidance or evasion).

Morici: Britain should quit Europe and unilaterally declare free trade

Britons should read the Declaration of Independence, and get a new prime minister – pronto!

Rahn: Genocide, slavery and immigration

The open borders movement is not just a child of the American left but also has many adherents among libertarians.

Thiessen: Mueller probe could be a disaster — for Democrats

Impeachment would not only raise Trump’s approval with the very suburban voters Democrats just peeled away from the GOP in the 2018 midterms, but it would also energize his base as never before.

Rahn: The uncertainty tax

Business students are taught, when making an investment decision, that what is important is the expected after-tax rate of return after adjusting for risk and uncertainty.

Morici: GM’s shareholders should be calling for Barra’s head

The truth is that Japanese auto makers can sell sedans at a profit, and GM cannot. And GM is struggling to compete on its home turf in SUVs too.

Morici: Why Trump cannot do business with China

It is important to recognize Mr. Trump is negotiating with a repressive criminal regime.

Column: Bloomberg still seems to misunderstand journalism

In his Iowa interview, Bloomberg talked about the possibility of selling his business. Here’s hoping he does – at least the part that is engaged in newsgathering.

Rahn: Bureaucracy run rampant

The British noticed that being part of the EU was making them relatively poorer with a great loss in national and individual freedom – so they revolted by voting to leave.

Emba: Ivy League mania warps students and colleges alike

The story is appalling, and it appeared at a moment when it is clear that our obsession with elite education is out of control. America’s deification of schools like Harvard, Princeton and Yale distorts everything in their orbit – and far too much is.

Considering BVI’s financial independence

By 1971, the BVI was in a deep recession and the Government remained dependent upon Britain to fund its large budget deficit. However, through prudence and determination, the coalition Governments ... steered the territory out of recession and into a robust economic recovery from 1974 onward.

Rahn: The battle against death and taxes

Average life expectancy is a good proxy for how effective a healthcare system is.

Morici: Solving the student loan problem

Faced with tight budgets and pressures to absorb inadequately qualified applicants, colleges and universities lowered standards.

Rahn: The democracy myth

Many Swiss are sufficiently alarmed about the loss of their sovereignty that they recently voted on a referendum that would have required Swiss law to take precedence over international law and treaties.

Mitchell: Theresa May is sabotaging Brexit

Theresa May was not a Brexit supporter. She failed to play some very strong cards and she basically worked to come up with a fake Brexit.

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