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On International Mother Language Day: Use science driven approaches to improve local language literacy

by |February 21st, 2018

Previous research suggests that teaching in local language that the children are familiar in makes them literate faster. Many countries have formulated policies to ensure that local language is the language of instruction at school. However, many countries still prefer English or French as their official language at school. Research suggests that it takes at… read more

Ending America’s Disastrous Role in Syria

by |February 16th, 2018

As featured on Project Syndicate | February 16, 2018 Much of the carnage that has ravaged Syria during the past seven years is due to the actions of the United States and its allies in the Middle East. Now, faced with an alarming risk of a renewed escalation of fighting, it’s time for the United Nations Security… read more

Categories: Peace, Policy

The World Bank Needs To Return To Its Mission

by |February 9th, 2018

As featured on Project Syndicate | February 9, 2018 The World Bank declares that its mission is to end extreme poverty within a generation and to boost shared prosperity. These goals are universally agreed as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. But the World Bank lacks an SDG strategy, and now it is turning to Wall Street to please… read more

The West’s Broken Promises on Education Aid

by |January 17th, 2018

As featured on Project Syndicate | January 17, 2018 The Global Partnership for Education, a worthy and capable initiative to promote education in 65 low-income countries, is having what the jargon of development assistance calls a “replenishment round,” meaning that it is asking donor governments to refill its coffers. Yet the fact that the GPE is begging for… read more

Categories: Education

A bold bid for climate justice

by |January 11th, 2018

As featured on | January 11, 2018 Americans are paying a fearsome price for global warming. The federal government’s National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration reported earlier this week that the three powerful Atlantic hurricanes of 2017 — Harvey, Irma and Maria — cost Americans $265 billion, and massive Western forest fires another $18 billion. Scientists have shown that human-induced… read more

Categories: Climate Policy

The bitcoin bubble will likely burst, and here’s why

by |January 3rd, 2018

As featured in The Boston Globe | January 3, 2018 It is hard to see bitcoin’s price surge as anything other than a bubble that will ultimately collapse. Bitcoin’s ostensible social function as an anonymous, nongovernmental means of payment carries big risks of its demise. And while blockchain, the platform that records bitcoin transactions, may well have staying… read more

Categories: Economy

A Trump Christmas Carol

by |December 29th, 2017

As featured on Project Syndicate | December 29, 2017 This Christmas, America’s gift to the world was a $285 million cut in the United Nations’ regular budget. Technically, the UN regular budget reflects a consensus decision of the body’s 193 member states, but the United States was clearly the prime mover in pushing for the cut. Indeed, Nikki… read more

Categories: Policy, Politics

America’s health is declining — and corporations are stoking this crisis

by |December 27th, 2017

As featured on | December 27, 2017 America’s powerful corporations made a killing with the passage of the Republican tax cuts. The tax cuts will hand trillions of dollars to the companies and their moneyed owners following a massive corporate lobbying campaign. Yet the US government announced this month an even graver corporate killing. According to the Centers… read more

Categories: Health, Policy

Stopping Armageddon

by |December 14th, 2017

As featured in The Boston Globe | December 14, 2017 American arrogance and President Donald Trump’s delusional worldview have brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. Before it is too late, American citizens must make overwhelmingly clear that we do not want millions of Americans or others to perish in a reckless attempt by the Trump administration… read more

Categories: Politics

Decency Wins

by |December 13th, 2017

As featured on Linked In | December 13, 2017 Those words, tweeted by Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, perfectly describe Doug Jones’ victory in Alabama. The ballot issue was decency: would the brand of Trump-Bannon-Moore indecency triumph over the common interests of Alabamians and Americans. A coalition of mainly urban, campus, and African-American voters registered a historic No! They turned out to… read more

Categories: Politics