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Jim Picht

Jim Picht
James Picht is the Senior Editor for Communities Politics. He teaches economics and Russian at the Louisiana Scholars' College in Natchitoches, La. After earning his doctorate in economics, he spent several years doing economic development work in Moscow and the new independent states of the former Soviet Union for the U.S. government, the Asian Development Bank, and as a private contractor. He has also worked in Latin America, the former USSR and the Balkans as an educator, teaching courses in economics and law at universities in Ukraine and at finance ministries throughout the region. He has been writing at the Communities since 2009.
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Cool and hot: Spicy Jalapeño lemonade and sorbet

When you eat peppers, heat is pumped from your core, you sweat more and your body has an easier time shedding excess heat.

Memorial Day Recipes: Gardenia ice-cream

Gardenias are slightly sweet, slightly citrusy, and they smell like summer. And what goes better with summer than ice-cream?

An obituary for the world: A death in the neighborhood

Emotional proximity, spiritual proximity, and human proximity make all of us neighbors if we'll just let each other in.

A history of holocaust, genocide and the evil next door

Genocides aren't just committed by evil people somewhere else; they're managed by nice people in any country, neighbor against neighbor. Anyone can be a killer.

Sean Spicer and Oscar Munoz and the art of bad PR

Syria and United Airlines. Then there was Sean Spicer and the Holocaust. It was quite a week.

Trump’s Syria strike: National security, or politics?

What do we want in Syria? Just to remove Assad? What do we want to replace his regime with, and will our military actions get us what we want at a fair price?

The end doesn’t justify the means: Gorsuch, conservatism’s loss

Neil Gorsuch is a fine jurist who should have been confirmed to the Court, but by normal political means that saved face for Democrats and not by liberal means.

Are universities America’s most exploitative industry?

The PhD, once a ticket to a pleasant, ivory tower job, is now a ticket to unemployment or academic grunt work, but universities keep on cranking them out. Why?

Did Republicans suddenly become weak and ineffective

It was clear even to the blind that the GOP couldn’t do the one thing it has promised to do for seven years, the one thing it says is vital to America’s future.

Dodd-Frank: Understanding why it matters and why it should go

The effect of Doo Frank has been to increase the average size of banks and give a competitive advantage to the largest, already "too big to fail" banks.

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