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NYT: Unjust Financier Perk

NYT: Unjust Financier Perk

Of the many injustices that permeate America’s byzantine tax code, few are as outrageous as the tax rate on “carried interest” — the profits made by private equity and hedge fund managers, as well as venture capitalists and partners in real estate investment trusts. This huge tax benefit enriches an already privileged sliver of financiers and violates basic standards of fairness and common sense.

IISS: GeoEconomics Strategy

IISS: GeoEconomics Strategy

The IISS Geo-economics and Strategy Programme is designed to analyse global economic trends, their impact on the global governance agenda and their meaning for the global distribution of power. Its broad and global scope will allow for a comprehensive examination of the structural economic changes that are shaping today’s international strategic relationships.

Foreign Policy: New Westphalian Web

Foreign Policy: New Westphalian Web

Nearly 365 years ago, more than 100 warring diplomats and princes got together and created the basic framework for territorial sovereignty: nation-states, demarcated by borders. But 30 years ago, humanity gave birth to the internet. With the flip of a switch, three engineers had undone the work of more than 100 princes and diplomats.

One Earth Future

One Earth Future

The One Earth Future (OEF) Foundation is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization founded in 2007. OEF’s vision is a world beyond war, achieved by the development of new and effective systems of cooperation, coordination, and decision making, i.e. “governance”. As an operating foundation, OEF uses a ‘Think and Do Tank’ model.

Economist: Uses of Difficulty

Economist: Uses of Difficulty

Compared with a hundred years ago, our lives are less tightly bound by social mores and physical constraints. Obstacles are everywhere disappearing. Few of us wish to turn the clock back, but perhaps we need to remind ourselves how useful the right obstacles can be. Sometimes, the best route to fulfilment is the path of more resistance.

Foreign Affairs: Can America Be Fixed?

Foreign Affairs: Can America Be Fixed?

Commentators are prone to seeing the challenges of the moment in unnecessarily apocalyptic terms, yet American democracy is more dysfunctional and commands less authority than ever — and it has fewer levers to pull in a globalized economy. This time, the pessimists might be right.

Rewilding Europe

Rewilding Europe

Rewilding Europe is a conservation vision for Europe, with wild nature and natural processes as key elements, where rewilding is applicable to any type of landscape or level of protection. It is an initiative by WWF Netherlands, ARK Nature, Wild Wonders of Europe and Conservation Capital.

NYT: The Market and Mother Nature

NYT: The Market and Mother Nature

What would help solve our fiscal problem: Give up your home mortgage deduction and wait two more years for Social Security and Medicare, or pay a little extra for gasoline and electricity? These will be our choices. The carbon tax would clean up the air for our kids, drive innovation and make us less dependent on the most unstable region in the world: the Middle East.

NYT: Courts Divided Over Searches of Cellphones

NYT: Courts Divided Over Searches of Cellphones

Judges and lawmakers across the country are wrangling over whether and when law enforcement authorities can peer into suspects’ cellphones, and the cornucopia of evidence they provide. As technology races ahead of the law, courts and lawmakers are still trying to figure out how to think about the often intimate data that cellphones contain.

NYT: When ‘Super PACs’ Become Lobbyists

NYT: When ‘Super PACs’ Become Lobbyists

The “super PACs” and secret-money groups that polluted this year’s election with hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of largely ineffective attack ads are not slinking away in shame. Many are regrouping and raising more money to lobby Congress and the White House on behalf of their special-interest donors.

TRAFFIC

TRAFFIC

TRAFFIC is a wildlife trade monitoring network that works to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals does not threaten the conservation of nature. TRAFFIC is a global research-driven and action-oriented network committed to delivering innovative and practical conservation solutions.

ClimateWise

ClimateWise

International insurers committed to the principles: Lead in risk analysis, Inform public policy making, Support climate awareness amongst our customers, Incorporate climate change into our investment strategies, Reduce the environmental impact of our business, Report and be accountable.

David Lyon: Professor

David Lyon: Professor

David Lyon is the Principal Investigator of The New Transparency Project and Director of the Surveillance Studies Centre. He is also Queen’s Research Chair in Surveillance Studies and Professor of Sociology and of Law.

CERES

CERES

Ceres has been working for more than 20 years to advocate for sustainability leadership. Ceres mobilizes a powerful network of investors, companies and public interest groups to accelerate and expand the adoption of sustainable business practices to build a healthy global economy.

NYT: Johnson discusses Kaufman

NYT: Johnson discusses Kaufman

To break the grip Wall Street has over political power would take a broad citizens’ movement, a groundswell of educated opinion focused on breaking that power, but the biggest Wall Street firms are larger and probably now more powerful than they were in the run-up to 2008.

CorpWatch

CorpWatch

The actions of private corporations have very real impact on public life. CorpWatch employs investigative research and journalism to expose corporate malfeasance and to advocate for multinational corporate accountability and transparency.

Center for Constitutional Rights

Center for Constitutional Rights

The Center for Constitutional Rights, non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change, is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Amnesty International

Amnesty International

Amnesty International works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied. As the world’s largest grassroots human rights organization, it investigates and exposes abuses, educates the public, and helps transform societies to create a safer, more just world.

Center for Progressive Reform

Center for Progressive Reform

The CPR believes sensible safeguards in the areas of health, safety, and the environment, serve important values including doing the best we can to prevent harm to people and the environment, distributing environmental harms and benefits fairly, and protecting the earth for future generations.

American Constitution Society

American Constitution Society

ACS works for positive change by shaping debate on vitally important legal and constitutional issues through development and promotion of high-impact ideas to opinion leaders and the media, and by building networks of lawyers, law students, judges and policymakers dedicated to those ideas.

The National Security Archive

The National Security Archive

The National Security Archive is an investigative journalism center, a research institute, an archive of U.S. documents, a public interest law firm defending and expanding public access to government information, a global advocate of open government, and an indexer and publisher of former secrets.

Center for Responsive Politics

Center for Responsive Politics

The Center for Responsive Politics is the nation’s premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. The organization aims to create a more educated voter, an involved citizenry and a more transparent and responsive government.

Why Politicians Get Away With Lying

Why Politicians Get Away With Lying

Maybe it’s a sign that the public has given up on honesty from presidential candidates. The assumption seems to be that politicians will always lie and that voters’ defense against that is fact checking by journalists. But … why do voters let politicians lie to them?

Principles for Responsible Investment

Principles for Responsible Investment

The UN-backed PRI Initiative is a network of international investors working together to incorporate environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues into decision-making and ownership practices to better align their objectives with those of society at large.

Brian Collins: The Great Shock

Brian Collins: The Great Shock

The global financial system still teeters on the brink of collapse, and virtually nothing has been done to avert another disaster. With the spectacle of “extend and pretend” unfolding, what needs explaining is why even the well-informed and high-minded remain committed to so unpromising a status quo.

NYT: A Facial Theory of Politics

NYT: A Facial Theory of Politics

On April 21, 2012, Leonard Mlodinow published an Op-Ed in the New York Times Sunday Review titled, A Facial Theory of Politics. The article describes studies made into the effect of visual cues on electoral results. “How important is a political candidate’s appearance? We’re all worldly enough to understand that looks matter. You probably know about the famous 1960 presidential debate between an unshaven and tired Richard Nixon and a tanned and rested John F. Kennedy: those who watched on television generally thought Kennedy won the debate, while those who listened over the radio overwhelmingly favored Nixon. Still, even the most jaded politico assumes that appearance is a relatively small factor — and one that we are basically aware of. Everyone knew that part of Kennedy’s appeal was how he looked…”

NAIC: Int’l Insurance Relations

NAIC: Int’l Insurance Relations

The mission of the International Insurance Relations Committee is to strengthen the international insurance regulatory system and provide a forum for cooperative efforts between the NAIC, international regulators, and multi-national associations of regulators on issues of mutual interest.

PI: Debt and Development

PI: Debt and Development

The Peterson Institute’s research related to Debt and Development covers topics including Corruption and Governance, Debt Relief, Foreign Aid / Technical Assistance, Technology and Developing Countries, Transition Economies, and World Bank and Regional Development Banks.

OECD: Regulatory Reform

OECD: Regulatory Reform

The OECD Int’l Regulation Database compiles a set of quantitative indicators to measure cross-country differences in product market regulations in recent years. The database is used in reviews of regulatory reform and analyses of regulation on economic performance in Member countries.

OECD: Regional Development

OECD: Regional Development

The OECD’s Territorial Development Policy Committee is a unique international forum for policy analysis and exchange of information on regional development, regional competitiveness, urban development, rural development, multi-level governance and regional statistics and indicators.

OECD: Public Governance

OECD: Public Governance

The Regulatory Policy Division builds policy support for the development of good regulations in member countries. Particular emphasis is placed on researching and disseminating information on best practice relating to regulatory policy, institutions and tools.

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