Dec 20, 2014

A better way to spend yen on schools

by Walt Gardner

Japan's Finance Ministry wants to increase the number of students in each class to save ¥8.6 billion in personnel costs. This will result in 3,325 schools being shuttered and up to 4,000 teachers cashiered. A good idea perhaps, but why not prioritize spending on ...

Dec 19, 2014

Did the U.S. auto industry learn anything?

by Edward Niedermeyer

With General Motors' Chevrolet Volt and Chrysler's government-mandated 1.4-liter turbocharged engine failing in the marketplace, the two American automakers find themselves falling further behind in a technological arms race that has as much to do with innovation as it does with saving the environment.

Broken U.S. moral compass

Dec 19, 2014

Broken U.S. moral compass

by William Pfaff

The most disturbing and basic question with regard to the maintenance of Guantanamo and any one of the so-called Black Sites in recent years is why American officials seemed to want so badly to torture when to do so was known — even to ...