Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century has attracted worldwide attention not because he crusades against inequality — many of us do that — but because of its central thesis, based on his reading of the 19th and 20th centuries: that capital “mechanically produces arbitrary, unsustainable inequalities” inevitably leading the world to misery, violence and wars and will continue to do so in this century.
There’s an old adage that when a senator looks in the mirror, he or she sees a future president. Now, five current senators are hoping to turn their reflections into reality and win the White House in 2016.
International negotiators are expected to reach an agreement with Iran in coming weeks over its nuclear program. Reza Pahlavi, whose father ruled Iran as the Shah until he was deposed in 1979, sees danger in any deal with Iran.
Along Hugo Chávez Boulevard in what might pass for downtown Managua, there stands a curious mini-forest of gigantic fake trees. They are saffron in color, each a mass of abstract curlicues, and at night they glow.
The AK-47 round that Nam Van Nguyen took in the leg wasn’t by happenstance. It left the chamber intent on making a name for itself, leaving the South Vietnamese Army officer screaming in horror as his leg snapped like a twig in a Monsoon wind. He went into shock, losing consciousness just as the initial euphoria from the Kalashnikov rifle subsided.
The images, strong enough to pierce the soul, streamed across our television and computer screens last summer: Masked Islamic State terrorists, hunting knife in hand, hacked off the heads of one innocent journalist after another.
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