Category: College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Getting Your Due In Social Security Benefits

March 18th, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Laurence Kotlikoff, Newsmakers, NPR 0 comments

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Laurence Kotlikoff, College of Arts & Sciences

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Obama Abandons Allies on China’s Marshall Plan

March 18th, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Kevin Gallagher, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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By Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences

The Obama administration is looking increasingly left behind as it defies its closest allies and the President’s own party on foreign economic policy in Asia…

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev flag ordered removed from jurors’ view

March 18th, 2015 in 2015, Boston Herald, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Giselle Khoury, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Giselle Khoury, College of Arts & Sciences

A stunning new photo of a relaxed Dzhokhar Tsarnaev shows the admitted Boston Marathon bomber in his Cambridge bedroom while pointing up to a black-and-white banner on the wall above him, written in Arabic…

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Politico’s Ben White: ‘Welcome Back to Debt Ceiling Drama!’

March 17th, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Laurence Kotlikoff, Newsmakers, Newsmax 0 comments

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Laurence Kotlikoff, College of Arts & Sciences

The tumultuous process of raising the debt ceiling has roiled financial markets in recent years, particularly in 2011, when the brouhaha helped lead Standard & Poor’s to lower the U.S. government’s credit rating…

Expert quote:

“Our country is broke. It’s not broke in 75 years or 50 years or 25 years or 10 years. It’s broke today. Indeed, it may well be in worse fiscal shape than any developed country, including Greece.”

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Europe’s economic powerhouses snub US, sign up to China-led ‘world bank’

March 17th, 2015 in 2015, Al Jazeera America, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Kevin Gallagher, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences

France, Germany and Italy on Tuesday joined the U.K. in signing onto the Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), brushing off Washington’s reservations about burgeoning institution and leaving the U.S. on the sidelines of yet another Chinese challenge to the global financial architecture…

Expert quote:

“If we were at the table, we could put all those things on the table.”

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Syria’s Historical Artifacts Aren’t Just Being Destroyed By ISIS, They’re Being Looted

March 13th, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Huffington Post, Michael Danti, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Michael Danti, College of Arts & Sciences

The first reports that Islamic State militants were destroying cultural heritage sites came soon after the group seized large swaths of Iraq and Syria last year. Such accounts have since become commonplace…

Expert quote:

“What we think Islamic State is doing is looting sites for antiquities that they can easily market to middlemen because those antiquities will be hard to trace back to Syria.”

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A Web of Sensors Enfolds an Entire Forest to Uncover Clues to Climate Change

March 13th, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Pamela Templer 0 comments

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Pamela Templer, College of Arts & Sciences

Harvard’s experimental forest is wired up and down to study how changing conditions affect entire ecosystems…

Expert quote:

“We would love to have a crystal ball that says, ‘In 100 years the temperatures are going to increase by x and the forest is going to respond with y.’ ”

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Slow-melting snowpack could take weeks to disappear

March 11th, 2015 in 2015, Boston Globe, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Pamela Templer 0 comments

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Pamela Templer, College of Arts & Sciences

The mounds of snow are finally melting, but it could be more than a month before anyone in the area spies the shoot of a crocus or daffodil, much less wide swaths of grass…

Expert quote:

“All the snow we’ve received is a huge source of nutrients to the forest. Biologically, this has been great, even if it hasn’t been for us.”

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The federal debt debate: Boomers vs. millennials

March 11th, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Laurence Kotlikoff, Newsmakers, Politico.com 0 comments

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Laurence Kotlikoff, College of Arts & Sciences

Economist Laurence Kotlikoff told the Senate Budget Committee last month that the U.S. government is flat broke…

Expert quote:

“I agree, taken by itself, it may be unfair. But it’s not a matter of my opinion as to whether it is unfair or not. Everyone should be informed about everything that is in the law. Once they pay their taxes, they should take advantage of what they can get. It should not be that we get to fairness by not telling people.”

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ISIS’ archaeological destruction creates a new Dark Age

March 10th, 2015 in 2015, Boston Globe, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Michael Danti, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Michael Danti, College of Arts & Sciences

Archaeologists call it a new Dark Age…

Expert quote:

“The destruction is on a scale the world hasn’t seen since World War II, and it’s accelerating. It’s certainly the gravest cultural emergency of our times.”

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