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At the World Cup, the Empire Strikes Back

  • By
  • Dayo Olopade,
  • New America Foundation
June 15, 2010 |

In July 1978, an obscure Nigerian literary magazine called Third World First published a posthumous essay from South African anti-apartheid activist Stephen Biko. In it, Biko rejects the "lie" of black inferiority reinforced by 19th and 20th century colonialism. "To make the lie live even longer, blacks have to be denied any chance of accidentally proving their equality with white men," he notes.

2010 Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy

Friday, July 30, 2010 - 5:00pm

Is the new European initiative process going to change what you eat and invest in? Has Oregon figured out a better way to find errors in ballot measures? Will robots solicit your signature on referendum petitions? Should California's initiative process be expanded, reformed or eliminated? How does Hong Kong conduct direct democracy in the shadow of the People's Republic of China? Why is tiny Uruguay so good at soccer and direct democracy?

Answers to these and other questions were discussed at this international forum.

Europe's Debt Crisis and Keynes' Green Cheese Solution

  • By
  • Thomas Palley,
  • New America Foundation
May 23, 2010 |

The great German physicist Max Planck remarked that “science advances one funeral at a time.” The situation is worse in economics, which is subject to regress, as happened when the valuable but imperfect insights of Keynesianism were supplanted by the ideological blinkers of neo-liberalism.

Could the U.S. End Up Like Greece?

  • By
  • Anne Vorce,
  • New America Foundation
May 20, 2010 |

Over the past month, we've watched from distant shores as Greece has plunged into a debt crisis. Mounting pressure from global financial markets forced Greece to begin a drastic austerity program.

With a fiscal deficit of 8.1 percent of GDP and government debt of 115 percent of GDP expected this year, Greece has promised to turn itself around by 2013.

Greek Crisis Leads to Positive Steps

  • By
  • Steven Hill,
  • New America Foundation
May 14, 2010 |

Contrary to what the doomsayers have been saying, Greece's debt crisis may turn out to be one of the best things to happen to the European Union.

While the situation has been messy, it also has signaled a badly needed wake-up call to Europe about a flaw at the heart of its monetary union. That in turn has resulted in a move toward reforms that have the potential to lead to sensible financial regulation and transparency, as well as to strengthen Europe's union. These reforms include:

What the Doomsayers Haven’t Been Telling You About Greece

  • By
  • Steven Hill,
  • New America Foundation
April 15, 2010 |

The recent battle over healthcare reform in the United States, in which the Obama administration was barely able to pass weak reform, is just further proof of how far the US has fallen behind Europe. Yet all the media has been able to obsess over for the last couple of months is – the Greek debt crisis!

Europe's Answer to Wall Street

  • By
  • Steven Hill,
  • New America Foundation
April 21, 2010 |

A year and a half after an economic earthquake shook the world, the so-called experts are still trying to figure out what happened and how to move forward. In the shadows of that confusion, new economic models are beginning to find traction.

The Promise and Perils of Direct Democracy

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 12:00pm

In 1911, the state of California adopted a system of direct democracy that its authors based on the Swiss system. A century later, Swiss initiative and referendum is considered a crucial part of that country's formula for efficient, consensus-based government. In California, however, initiative and referendum are considered leading culprits in turning the Golden State into a chaotic, ungovernable mess.

What happened?

A Mosque in Munich

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 - 3:30pm

On May 18th Ian Johnson, author of A Mosque in Munich and the Chief of the Wall Street Journal’s Berlin Bureau joined Schwartz Fellow Nicholas Schmidle to discuss the history of the Muslim Brotherhood in the West through the lens of the chequered history of the Islamic Center of Munich.

Reflecting on a Transatlantic Relationship That We Want to Have Rather Than What “Is”

Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - 12:00pm

**This event has reached capacity and registration is closed**

The Friedrich Naumann Foundation and the New America Foundation invite you to to a speech and luncheon featuring Dr. Wolfgang Gerhardt, member of the German Bundestag.

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