Smart Links 28 June 2012
Commentary on the linkages in the global economy, forced abortions in China, the rise and fall of American cities, the case for ending the ‘war’ on drugs, and teaching Omar.
Mr. Prime Minister?
Project Syndicate -- The Great American Mirage
In September 1998, during the depths of the Asian financial crisis, Alan Greenspan, the United States Federal Reserve’s chairman at the time, had a simple message: the US is not an oasis of prosperity in an otherwise struggling world. Greenspan’s point is even closer to the mark today than it was back then.
Economist -- The brutal truth
A shocking case of forced abortion fuels resentment against China’s one-child policy.
New York, New York
Atlantic Cities -- America's Richest Cities, 1978 and Now
In many ways, the contemporary history of America's economy is really a story about cities. Metro areas rise and fall with each generation, buoyed or sunk by the industries and trends that support them.
The stupidest war ever.
Independent -- Archie Bland: It makes sense to wind down the war on drugs
Wars on abstract nouns and inanimate objects are always a bit tricky to define, since it's difficult for the other side to definitively admit defeat.
Bring him home.
Toronto Star -- Unleashing Omar Khadr's inner poet
Guantanamo Bay’s Camp Echo is an unlikely classroom.
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