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Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

God knows why faith is thriving

by Dinesh D’Souzavia San Francisco Chronicle
Sunday, October 22, 2006

A group of leading atheists is puzzled by the continued existence and vitality of religion

Analysis and Commentary

Worthy of a Nobel

by Arnold Beichmanvia Washington Times
Sunday, October 22, 2006

We, starting with President Bush and all believers in democracy and a free press, must not forget the martyred journalist, Anna Politkovskaya, 48 and mother of two…

Analysis and Commentary

What the Swiss Miss

by Kenneth Andersonvia Wall Street Journal
Saturday, October 21, 2006

The Swiss writer Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-90) is remembered in the English-speaking world, if at all, primarily as a dramatist and, in particular, as the author of the 1956 play "The Visit," which was staged on Broadway in an amended version and later made into a 1964 film starring Ingrid Bergman…

Analysis and Commentary

Letter to the Editor: Not a Single Person Has Been Harmed by Genetically Engineered Food

by Henry I. Millervia Wall Street Journal
Saturday, October 21, 2006

Your article "Stalk-Raving Mad -- French Farmers, Activists Battle Over Rise in Genetically Altered Corn" (Marketplace, Oct. 12) failed to put my quote on the long-term effects of genetically engineered crops into the larger context of the process of safety testing done by biotechnology companies in order to gain government approval to introduce a GE crop into the U.S. food system…

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Is insisting on consistency in things wrong?

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom News Networks
Tuesday, October 17, 2006

In my business ethics class, someone recently raised the issue of consistency — why is it desirable to be consistent, why are contradictions frowned upon…

In the News
In the News

Charter Schools against the Odds: Education Experts Propose Reforms to Create Level Playing Field for Charter Schools

with Koret Task Force, Paul T. Hillvia Business Wire
Monday, October 23, 2006

As charter school authorizers from across the nation gather for a meeting today in San Diego, the Hoover Institution’s Koret Task Force on K-12 Education is releasing an important new assessment of the state of the charter school movement…

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Op-ed, explained

with Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, October 23, 2006

To some readers, the Op-Ed page is a bit mysterious…

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Minimum-wage high jinks

with David R. Hendersonvia Chicago Tribune
Monday, October 23, 2006

Economics was dubbed "the dismal science" because it is constantly at war with one of life's most pleasant occupations--wishful thinking…

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A Natural Experiment

by Russell Robertsvia Cafe Hayek
Monday, October 23, 2006

A beautiful natural experiment has just been set in motion…

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Thanks, U Wisconsin, for giving academic respectability to 9-11 denier Kevin Barrett

by Kenneth Andersonvia Kenneth Anderson's Law of War and Just War Theory Blog
Sunday, October 22, 2006

I'd like to offer my heartfelt thanks to the heroic and principled administration of the University of Wisconsin for having given academic respectability to the University of Wisconsin's very own Religious Studies lecturer and 9-11 denier Kevin Barrett…

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More Rubble, Less Trouble?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Sunday, October 22, 2006

There is a new narrative—compare the recent essay in the New York Times Magazine on the supposed resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan—namely that the United States is failing not only in Iraq to win hearts and minds, but also in Afghanistan…

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Is There a Case for Legalizing Polygamy?

by Gary S. Beckervia Becker-Posner Blog
Sunday, October 22, 2006

For a long time I have found the practice of polygamy intriguing, and have wondered why opposition to this form of marriage is so strong in the United States and most of the world –see my A Treatise on the Family, 1981,1993, Harvard University Press…

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Districts, state ponder teacher incentive pay

with Eric Hanushekvia Contra Costa Times
Saturday, October 21, 2006

Revolving doors: fantastic for malls, bad for schools…

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Experts at Washington Forum Warn of Difficulties in Determining Kosovo's Future

via Voice of America
Saturday, October 21, 2006

All of the six presenters suggested difficulties in the months ahead…

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Seeking Quality, German Universities Scrap Equality

with Josef Joffevia New York Times
Friday, October 20, 2006

At the university in this humdrum German town, there are no decorous strands of ivy on the 1960’s buildings, nor is there the kind of scholarly patina that blankets Heidelberg, the older, more celebrated university just up the road…

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Foundation Shifts Tack on Studies

with Paul T. Hillvia Education Week
Friday, October 20, 2006

Five years into an eight-year study of its high school improvement efforts, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is shifting its strategy for evaluating the $1.3 billion grant program…

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Calif. Ballot Battle Over Big Oil May Be Costliest in U.S. History

with James L. Sweeneyvia Washington Post
Friday, October 20, 2006

Call it the battle of Big Oil vs. Silicon Valley with a whole lot of Hollywood funding thrown in…

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Journal of Democracy Book Launch: Electoral Systems and Democracy, What Have We Learned?

with Larry Diamondvia U.S. Newswire
Friday, October 20, 2006

Leading scholars and election experts will mark the publication of the latest Journal of Democracy book, Electoral Systems and Democracy at a panel discussion on Oct. 25 at 5 p.m. organized by the International Forum for Democratic Studies at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, D.C…