The Piketty Panic

by Paul Krugman “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” the new book by the French economist Thomas Piketty, is a bona fide phenomenon. Other books on economics have been best sellers, but Mr. Piketty’s contribution is serious, discourse-changing scholarship in a way most best sellers aren’t. And conservatives are terrified. Thus James Pethokoukis of the American Enterprise Institute warns…

Syria: Elections in the time of carnage

by Fawaz Gerges Had Assad declined to run for a third term, he’d have shown that the country’s future is more important than one man.  Recent visitors to the presidential compound in Damascus say that Assad seems very confident and convinced that military victory is near, writes Gerges [EPA] As the fighting escalates on the killing…

Why Deal When Israel Holds All the Cards?

by Eric Margolis May 03, 2014 “ICH” – Did anyone really think that John Kerry’s nine-month effort to produce a Palestinian mini-state would ever work? If so, they were either ignorant of the Mideast, naïve, or deeply cynical. The best one could say about Kerry’s fiasco was that it was a charade designed to show America’s…