Default Settings: The Perils of Undischarged Public Debt

By Brian BrennanPublished October 10, 2013 On October 17, 2013, the American government could enter unchartered territory. If Congressional Democrats and Republicans cannot agree on raising the statutory borrowing limit known as the “debt ceiling,” the government could be forced to default

Alice Munro, Master

By Deborah Jones Alice Munro, “master of the contemporary short story,” is the winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature, the organization announced. The Canadian writer, who at 82 claimed early this year that she had retired – really, this time –

Take China’s threats against Taiwan seriously

This time, the world should pay attention to China’s threatening approach to Taiwan, warns Jonathan Manthorpe in his international affairs column today. An excerpt: Xi Jinping is not the first modern Chinese leader to threaten the island nation of Taiwan with invasion if

China’s Xi renews threat to invade Taiwan

JONATHAN MANTHORPEPublished: October 9, 2013  Xi Jinping is not the first modern Chinese leader to threaten the island nation of Taiwan with invasion if they do not soon agree to hand their sovereignty to the Beijing regime. Indeed, it has become a

Facts before opinions

”You are entitled to your opinion … you are not entitled to your own facts.” That quote by Moynihan is the motto on F&O’s Science page, and it’s a guiding principle of good journalism. We took notice as The Los Angeles Times

Scientists debunk Liberation Treatment for MS

New medical research struck a “death knell” for hopes a magic bullet could aid multiple sclerosis, a devastating disease with some 2.3 million sufferers globally, reports Facts and Opinions in a new Science story. But curiously, Liberation Treatment is now a social-media

Save us from the madness

By Deborah Jones It’s hard to hear sense in North American politics lately: the static of polarized rhetoric deafens reason and impairs mercy. This is especially so in the United States where, astonishingly, the failure of citizens to elect competent politicians has

What’s In a Slogan?

By Brian Brennan The New York Times has used the well-known slogan, “All the News That’s Fit to Print,” for over a century. The motto was coined originally to distinguish the paper from its tabloid competitors, which trafficked in yellow journalism. Today,

The Bead Shop

By Deborah Jones Launching Facts and Opinions made one thing clear: as well as a boutique media outlet, our collection of journalists now owns a digital startup. On some level we knew that from the get-go. But it really only hit me

Thaw in U.S.-Iran relationship isolates Israel

JONATHAN MANTHORPEPublished: October 4, 2013 The charm offensive at the United Nations General Assembly by Iran’s new President has isolated Israel and left the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with few options against Tehran’s nuclear threat. Israel has scant ability to

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