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No Fighting In The Money Room | Slate Magazine

March 3, 2012

Still, with his new book, The Escape Artists: How Obama's Team Fumbled the Recovery, Noam Scheiber offers a persuasive take on administration policymaking, one in which there are no heroes and no villains, no fools, no saints, not even a clear road not ...

The Insurgent’s Playbook

  • By
  • Fred Kaplan,
  • New America Foundation
February 27, 2012 |

Once again, we find ourselves way in over our heads in Afghanistan, and at the worst possible time: when President Obama, who seems to have recognized this fact, is trying to get out while preserving a modicum of stability—something the Taliban, other insurgents, and possibly well-armed criminal gangs seem determined to block.

Why Don’t We Care About Syria?

  • By
  • Emily Parker,
  • New America Foundation
February 24, 2012 |

The Syrian uprising should be the kind of story that takes social media by storm. It has extraordinary acts of resistance, ordinary citizens fighting for freedom, and the Internet's power to break through a government's wall of silence. On Thursday, a U.N. panel declared that the Syrian government has engaged in “gross human rights violations.”

So why hasn't Syria gone viral?

The Information Welfare State

  • By
  • Evgeny Morozov,
  • New America Foundation
February 20, 2012 |

The great paradox of today's Internet is that the Web feels less and less orderly, even as technology companies preach the virtues of control.

The Real Problem With Google’s New Privacy Policy

  • By
  • James Losey,
  • Thomas Gideon,
  • New America Foundation
February 15, 2012 |

When Google announced impending changes to its privacy policy, users and the media alike were focused on one thing: the inability to opt-out, short of deleting your account. Though Congress keeps pushing Google for more clarification, many users have grumpily acknowledged the Gmail notifications and moved to new privacy concerns like an iPhone app that copied and uploaded users' contacts.

What Happened to a Leaner, Meaner Military?

  • By
  • Fred Kaplan,
  • New America Foundation
February 14, 2012 |

After two earlier rollouts—the announcement of a new “defense strategic guidance” on Jan. 5 and the top-line numbers for the new defense budget three weeks later—the Pentagon today finally released its actual budget request for fiscal year 2013, with all the details attached. When you read through the mountain of pages and appendixes, a curious discrepancy sticks out.

The Other Academic Freedom Movement

  • By
  • Konstantin Kakaes,
  • New America Foundation
February 9, 2012 |

In the summer of 1991, Paul Ginsparg, a researcher at the Los Alamos nuclear laboratory, set up an email system for about 200 string theorists to exchange papers they had written. The World Wide Web was a mere infant—it had been opened to the public on Aug. 6 of that year. The string theorists weren’t particularly interested in making their research widely available (outsiders would have a tough time following the conversation anyhow). Ginsparg’s archive was a way for the theorists to communicate with one another.

Mobile Phones Will Not Save the Poorest of the Poor

  • By
  • Sascha Meinrath,
  • Jamie M. Zimmerman,
  • New America Foundation
February 9, 2012 |

Entrepreneurs, businesses, NGOs, and governments exalt mobile technology as a game-changing tool to fight global poverty. But what if our eagerness to connect the world is inadvertently exacerbating the global economic divide?

Did Obama Just Declare Victory in Afghanistan?

  • By
  • Fred Kaplan,
  • New America Foundation
February 2, 2012 |

In October 1966, as the Vietnam War was spiraling out of control, Sen. George Aiken, R-Vt., now-famously suggested that we simply declare victory and bring the troops home. He added, in a less well-known coda, “It may be a far-fetched proposal, but nothing else has worked.”

Lyndon Johnson would have done well to take the idea seriously. Now it seems Barack Obama is doing just that in Afghanistan.

A Scalpel, Not a Hatchet

  • By
  • Fred Kaplan,
  • New America Foundation
January 27, 2012 |

The Pentagon revealed a bit more of its defense budget today, and, really, the proposed cuts in spending amount to no big deal. It would be hard to justify not making these cuts. If Congress winds up wanting to cut deeper, there’s plenty of room for more hacking.

First, a word of caution: There are many ways to calculate a “cut,” and some will no doubt invoke a few to claim that the Obama administration’s cuts are severe. Let’s go to the numbers.

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