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How did Trump politics happen? Economists have answers. They're not pretty.

"Versions of Trump and the kind of politics he represents are popping up everywhere." [Read More]

Companies new activity on controversial issues "may signal a major shift in corporate public relations"

Pfizer presented blocking of its drugs for lethal injection in a values framework: "Pfizer makes its products to enhance and save the lives of patients we serve. Consistent with these values, Pfizer strongly objects to the use of its products as lethal injections for capital punishment." [Read More]

Young Saudi Crown Prince to run world's largest sovereign wealth fund

Mark the date: April 25, 2016. [Read More]

NYT in "a struggle for survival and its very soul", says its departing Public Editor

Ending a "bumpy but exhilarating" four years as the reader-advocate at the New York Times, Margaret Sullivan presents a worrisome forecast not only for The Times but, by inference, for the traditional journalism business model as many of us have known it. [Read More]

Yale finds a "third way" on its endowment climate-change investments

Yale University's hired money managers, facing a climate-change investment challenge, went to an old playbook. [Read More]

Possible new model: C.E.O.s "going public" on tough social issues

"Over the past few years, chief executives ... have been taking public stances on controversial issues like race relations and gender equality that are unrelated to their core business. [Read More]

Business commitment to the UN 2030 SDGs -- It's "The Real Deal"

Doubters of UN's 2030 SDGs desist: The powerful international private sector -- with NGO partners -- is now firmly in pursuit of the goals. It was demonstrated time and again at yesterday's New York full-day working meeting of some 150 sustainable development leaders. [Read More]

Staying rational on immigration under dire circumstances --"Brussels"

It's one of those occasional grand ironies when life should make you stop and think. [Read More]

"Free Trade", the double-edged sword, gets new scrutiny in the presidential campaigns

Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are riding the populist "winter of our discontent". Global trade is their target. [Read More]

"Bashing Big Business" in politics -- the antidote

It takes a good dose of "chutzpa" and hubris to take issue with BloombergBusinessweek. Especially the Bloomberg part. But here goes: [Read More]

Apple vs. FBI: Clash of a company's moral obligations

Does a company have a soul? That is, does it have "moral obligations"? [Read More]

Not the proverbial "best kept secret", but certainly under-reported in the West: CSR, Islam and global business

“There is a vital but unseen rising force in the Islamic world -- a new business-minded middle class – that is building a vibrant new Muslim economy … their distinct blending of Islam and capitalism is the key to bringing lasting reform and defeating fundamentalism … They are the people the West can and must do business with.” [Read More]

"Think Global, Act Local" gets real: A company and a foundation deliver

FedEx Corp. and The Rockefeller Foundation, each applying core competencies, are heralding initiatives addressing critical community needs throughout the world. [Read More]

Largest investor to companies: Tell us more about your vision and future plans

What if most macro money managers -- and corporate top managements -- thought like Laurence D. Fink, "the world's largest investor"? [Read More]

New international business flowing to Iran; how long before "Iran Air" takes off?

An Iranian jetliner lands at JFK. [Read More]