India’s Gendercide Doesn’t Stop At Birth
Yesterday we noted demographer Nicholas Eberstadt’s horrifying research into the fate of unborn girls around the world; India was one of the countries where women bearing unborn female children are either persuaded or forced to abort. From the Times of India comes word that the girls who make it out of the womb aren’t out […]
What is Governance?
I’m beginning a new project at Stanford/CDDRL called “The Governance Project.” The intention is to focus on conceptualizing and measuring governance, and applying those measures to two specific countries, China and the United States. The beginning point of the project is definition of governance that excludes the degree to which governments are either democratic or […]
Obama Meets Saakashvili; Words, Words Words
President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili is in Washington this week for a meeting with President Obama, a meeting that is all talk and smiles but no substance. Russia, Georgia’s main rival, joined the WTO recently. Georgian opposition was the “last stumbling block” in that process, and the White House likely promised Saakashvili a meeting with […]
American Segregation at Historic Low
Over the past six months, Via Meadia has found itself in the unfortunate position of having to report on bad news from all over the world. So it’s a refreshing change of pace when we come across some news that is unequivocally good, as we have today. An article in the Wall Street Journal reports […]
Swanky California College Caught Redhanded in Big Lie
Tongues are wagging at at least one head is rolling at Claremont McKenna College, a small liberal arts school in Southern California, following news that a member of the admissions department had repeatedly lied about incoming students’ SAT scores to boost the school’s ranking in the (in)famous U.S. News & World Report survey. Further investigation […]
Of French Cuffs and E-Commerce
Bespoke shirts used to be exclusive. Describing the nightclubs of Paris, Evelyn Waugh defined the gold standard of style: “shady young men in Charvet shirts sit round the bar repairing with powder-puff and lipstick the ravages of grenadine and crème de cacao.” The House of Charvet has clothed the likes of Charles Haughey, Bernard-Henri Lévy, […]
Moon Colony To Be Occupied By Lego-Men
Newt Gingrich’s moon colony may be crowded by trespassers soon after it is settled. Two Canadian teens(!), investing about $400 and under five months of work, recently launched a small Lego man 25 km (15.5 mi) above the earth, reaching the stratosphere. A hundred years ago, spaceflight was science fiction. Fifty-five years ago, the Soviet […]
India To US: Not Too Close!
India has announced two important decisions that underline an important theme in the emerging Asian order: even as India aligns its strategic approach with the US, it asserts its independence at every turn. The most recent signs: India’s decision not to cut oil imports from Iran, and its award of a multi-billion dollar jet fighter […]
New World Trade Center Skyscraper: Worth It?
One World Trade Center, North America’s tallest building currently under construction at Ground Zero, is going to be by far the most expensive skyscraper ever built. The Port Authority now estimates the total cost of the building to be $3.8 billion, versus $220 million for the two towers the first time around. Even taking inflation […]
Hamas is on the move–and in more ways than one. Having uprooted its longtime Damascus headquarters for safer shores, the group’s leader just paid a landmark visit to Jordan’s King Abdullah, as the Financial Times reports (subscription required): The long-awaited meeting between Khaled Meshal and King Abdullah marked the first official visit to Amman by […]