Category: College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Obama’s trade agenda clears key hurdle in Senate

June 23rd, 2015 in 2015, Boston Globe, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Graham Wilson, Initiative on Cities, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Graham Wilson, College of Arts & Sciences, Initiative on Cities

An unusual alliance of President Obama and Senate Republicans resuscitated the president’s foreign trade agenda Tuesday, delivering a sharp defeat to Congressional Democrats, including Senator Elizabeth Warren and the rest of the Massachusetts delegation who have vocally opposed the plan…

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“Given the global nature of many of our industries in Massachusetts, it’s a little surprising. You could cynically say one of the things they got out of this is a vote on the record, and they could take that to the bank in terms of labor unions and other powerful interests in the Democratic base, including environmental groups.”

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Demise of the US Ex-Im Bank would leave the field to China

June 22nd, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Financial Times, Kevin Gallagher, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Pardee School of Global Studies 0 comments

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Co-written by Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies

Former US Secretary of State Dean Acheson famously wrote that his generation was ‘present at the creation’ of the world order that ushered in US leadership…

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Matchmaking Season for Republican Presidential Candidates and Economists

June 20th, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Laurence Kotlikoff, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Laurence Kotlikoff, College of Arts & Sciences

It’s the economists’ version of social networking…

Expert quote:

“The problem with politicians is that they hire economists who instantly become politicians.”

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Gas leaks often caused by avoidable damage to utility lines

June 19th, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Nathan Phillips, Newsmakers, Reuters 0 comments

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Nathan Phillips, College of Arts & Sciences

Many petroleum accidents that can cost lives and cause injuries involve utilities, and the culprit is often homeowners or construction workers damaging or cutting lines, a U.S. study suggests…

Expert quote:

“People don’t realize that gardening or remodeling can cause a leak, and even the experts don’t always know where the pipelines are located.”

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Why Ethiopian migrants brave illegal crossings again – and again

June 18th, 2015 in 2014, Christian Science Monitor, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Michael Woldemariam, Newsmakers, Pardee School of Global Studies 0 comments

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Michael Woldemariam, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies

Among the young Ethiopian entrepreneurs idly sipping coffee near their shops in Addis Ababa, Tariku Temesgen stands out as the joker…

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Why an ‘Inadequate’ Climate Agreement Might Be OK – Or Not

June 17th, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Henrik Selin, Newsmakers, Pardee School of Global Studies, U.S. News & World Report 0 comments

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Henrik Selin, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies

For more than 40 years, scientists, politicians and environmentalists the world over have sounded the alarm about “catastrophic” climate change – specifically, the risk of allowing the planet’s average temperature to rise by more than 2 degrees Celsius from preindustrial levels…

Expert quote:

“It’s a small step forward, a small step in the right direction. But not very quickly adopting the kind of measures that are needed to stay within the 2-degree target is a planetary failure. I find it very difficult to use the ‘V-word’ here. I would not flash my fingers in a victory sign.”

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Syrian regime ‘launches air strike on world famous ancient city of Palmyra’

June 16th, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Michael Danti, Newsmakers, The Daily Telegraph 0 comments

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Michael Danti, College of Arts & Sciences

An air strike by the Syrian regime has caused damage in the world famous ancient city of Palmyra, according to local residents…

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What makes young people drawn to radical terror plots?

June 15th, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Fox 25 News, Joseph Wippl, Newsmakers, Pardee School of Global Studies, WFXT 0 comments

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Joseph Wippl, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies

The terror investigation that led to the arrest of two local men and the shooting death of another suspect, by a Joint Terrorism Task Force, shows the influence the Islamic State has on the minds of some young Americans…

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“There’s a strong element of the martyr instinct, of being there to showing that you have done something, that you have actually been out there, you’ve been engaged.”

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China Sees Backlash To Graft-Busting ‘Tiger’ Hunt: Analysts

June 12th, 2015 in 2015, AFP, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Joseph Fewsmith, Newsmakers, Pardee School of Global Studies 0 comments

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Joseph Fewsmith, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies

The jailing of China’s former security chief Zhou Yongkang marks the highest point of a corruption crackdown pushed by President Xi Jinping, but efforts appear to be slowing with analysts citing opposition from officials…

Expert quote:

“(party) elders would have had to agree with the verdict”.

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China ensures Zhou Yongkang trial sticks to the script

June 12th, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Financial Times, Joseph Fewsmith, Newsmakers, Pardee School of Global Studies 0 comments

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Joseph Fewsmith, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies

It was supposed to be China’s second “trial of the century” in as many years. However, on Thursday night a Chinese court announced that Zhou Yongkang, the highest profile victim of President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign, had been sentenced to life imprisonment after being tried in secret on May 22…

Expert quote:

“The Bo Xilai trial ended up being very messy from the party’s point of view. It had no desire to repeat that exercise, as good as it would have been for advertising the ‘rule of law’.”

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