Lars Martin Johans

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Turning Weapons Into High-End Watches

Here's a gift idea that's hard to top: a $195,000 watch, made partly from recycled components of assault rifles seized in Africa. Not only is it an attention-getting item, but it's also a chance to do good. Each purchase funds the destruction of 1,000 weapons in central Africa.<p>The man behind the …

40 Percent Of The World's Cropland Is In Or Near Cities

Urban agriculture is clearly taking off around the world — in backyards, on rooftops and on local farms.<p>But just how much of the world's cropland can we really call urban? That's been a big mystery.<p>Now, a study published in the journal <i>Environmental Research Letters</i> has an answer: Somewhere around …

India wins U.S. support for food scheme, ends W.T.O. blockade

India won U.S. support for a massive domestic food stockpiling scheme on Thursday, rescuing the biggest global trade deal in two decades and giving …

Asian shares weaken ahead of Chinese data

Progressives Lost the Election, but Their Ideas Are Winning

Cheer up, liberals.<p>Progressives, these days, are a gloomy bunch, and it's not just because of the outcomes of last week's election. As they see it, there's much to be gloomy about: Poverty levels are stuck, they say, with little improvements made in recent decades. What's more, according to the …

Top White House Adviser: "We Believe In The Process" On Keystone

In an interview with BuzzFeed News on Wednesday, Valerie Jarrett steered clear of telling Capitol Hill what to do on the pipeline. The White House said Thursday the administration has a "dim view" of plans to vote on Keystone.<p>The White House has a "dim view" of the proposals to vote on the Keystone …

Progressives’ overlooked winning formula: How Democrats can rebound in 2016

The post-election consensus is that the party is missing a broad economic message. It need only look to the left<p>The big post-election consensus is that Democrats believe, as <i>The</i> <i>New York Times</i> put it, they were missing “a broad economic message to enthuse supporters and convert some independents.”<p>So …

The 30 Least Prosperous Countries In The World

According to Legatum Institute's Prosperity Index, sub-Saharan Africa accounts for many of the least prosperous nations of the world. The rest come from countries rocked by revolution and/or war.<p>The annual index measures 142 countries based on 89 different economic analysis variables that measure …

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