Crisis looming over global economy without free trade

Multilateral free trade is a key to global economic stability, global leaders at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) have agreed. Russian President Vladimir Putin warned about the deepest crisis the global economy has ever seen, if protectionism prevails. “The system of multilateral cooperation, which took years to build, is no longer allowed to […]

The Trump administration is pushing the US further away from Europe and key allies in its response to the Gaza crisis

Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters The Trump administration’s response to the violence in Gaza this week once again places it at odds with Europe and key US allies. The UK, France, and Germany have responded more forcefully to the violence than the US and have expressed concern about Israel’s response to the demonstrations against the new US embassy […]

Bhutan, a country known for its index that measures happiness, is dealing with a mental health crisis

Health in Bhutan is largely measured by its Gross National Happiness Index, which was written into the constitution when the nation became a constitutional monarchy 10 years ago.  Known as the happiest country in the world, Bhutan is now facing high rates of alcoholism and domestic violence since modern technology has shifted Bhutanese identity. With few […]

America’s biggest companies are sounding the alarm on a crisis plaguing the trucking industry

Scott Olson/Getty Truck drivers are increasingly scarce. On quarterly earnings calls, several executives have described the pinch of rising costs, and how their businesses are being impacted.  Even Amazon cannot escape the woes plaguing the trucking industry.  The retail juggernaut, loved for Amazon Prime, its free two-day shipping product, announced last week that it would […]

Where will the next crisis occur?

INTEREST rates are heading higher and that is likely to put financial markets under strain. Investors and regulators would both dearly love to know where the next crisis will come from. What is the most likely culprit? Financial crises tend to involve one or more of these three ingredients: excessive borrowing, concentrated bets and a […]

Tesla Autopilot crisis deepens with loss of third Autopilot boss in 18 months

Enlarge (credit: Spencer Platt | Getty Images) It is no secret that Tesla’s Autopilot project is struggling. Last summer, we covered a report that Tesla was bleeding talent from its Autopilot division. Tesla Autopilot head Sterling Anderson quit Tesla at the end of 2016. His replacement was Chris Lattner, who had previously created the Swift […]

Can This Small Town Lead America in Fighting the Opioid Crisis?

Chris Sheperd lost 14 friends to heroin overdoses, including a girlfriend who was pregnant with his child. But what made him stop using heroin was an organic gardening class he took while incarcerated in Greenfield, Massachusetts. Ninety minutes west of Boston, Greenfield has a population of 17,000, and like so many rural places across the […]