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Niall Ferguson: Are We On The Brink Of A Second Korean War?
At the beginning of February I was asked to make a five-year prediction. This was what I came up with: “By 2022 the Second Korean War will have ended in a stalemate. (Thirteen years later a comedy series about the war will be launched on Alibaba’s Netflix platform.)” Because I regard predictions over any timeframe longer than six months as little better than astrology, I was being facetious. But suddenly that prediction looks a little too close for comfort. Learn more
The Big One Is Coming, And It’s Going To Be A Flu Pandemic
Experts say we are “due” for one. When it happens, they tell us, it will probably have a greater impact on humanity than anything else currently happening in the world. And yet, like with most people, it is probably something you haven’t spent much time thinking about. After all, it is human nature to avoid being consumed by hypotheticals until they are staring us squarely in the face. Such is the case with a highly lethal flu pandemic. And when it comes, it will affect every human alive today. Learn more
One Powerful Weapon To Use Against North Korea
In dealing with North Korea, the Trump administration should look to Iran. Specifically, it should take a page out of the Obama administration’s Iran sanctions playbook and apply against North Korea the tool used successfully to bring Iran to the nuclear negotiating table — “secondary sanctions” on those who do business with the regime. Learn more
Sheila Bair On America’s Middle Class: ‘It’s Hard To Find Real Opportunity’
The Pew Research Center released a major report Monday on America’s shrinking middle class. MarketWatch spoke to several people about what it means to be middle class in the U.S., and the pressures facing this group. Sheila Bair, the president of Washington College and former chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, reveals how stagnant wage growth has affected today’s middle class. Learn more
Newt Gingrich: Three Critical Things Everyone Needs To Know About Trump’s Syria Airstrikes
There are some fascinating parallels between President Trump’s decisive but low-key military response to the Syrian chemical attack and President Reagan’s equally decisive but low-key response to provocation by Libya in 1981. In both cases the military was left underfunded, under strength and undercapitalized so the incoming president had to advocate for a substantial military build-up. Learn more
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