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The Chinese Way: Power Of But Never For Or By The People

Brutal evictions of poor migrants in Beijing's outskirts are part of a long history of cynica...

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Washington: On Missing Squares And The Meaning Of A Park

WASHINGTON — This is an elegant city. It is smooth and soft-spoken. It’s clean and well kept, possibly because most of the residential buildings in the city are family townhouses. Low, two, ...


Tiananmen To Apple Stores, Who Owns Our Modern Spaces?

Apple has opened the doors of its new 175-acre campus, built in the shape of a gigantic UFO, where 12,000 employees will be working. It will cost Apple $5 billion – five times as much as NASA's ...

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North Korea Brinksmanship And My Pyongyang Memories

In May 1999, I visited North Korea. I was based at the time in Beijing as a correspondent for a Slovenian newspaper, and it was impossible not to visit the country that had aroused so many ...

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How "Standard" Pricing Became A Thing Of The Past

NEW YORK CITY — The 19th-century French sociologist Gabriel Tarde defined the marketplace as a war between buyers and sellers. He called price "a truce" obtained by haggling. It was because of ...

United Kingdom

Ode To Joy? Not Really. A Meditation On Europe

-OpEd- WASHINGTON — Late last summer, my wife and I took a ferry from Doolin, on the West coast of Ireland, to Inishmore, the smallest of the three Aran Islands. The tiny ferry, with perhaps no ...


Berlusconi Lessons Two Months Into The Trump Era

What Silvio Berlusconi's 20-year hold on Italy tells those looking to bring down (as fast as ...

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Chairman Trump? Revisiting What The Donald Shares With Mao

WASHINGTON — The world seems to be stepping into a new era — literally. As if, all of a sudden, the Gregorian calendar is no longer valid and the world needs to start counting from the beginning. ...