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CONTENTS

JAN. '15: A JANUARY TRIO

FEATURES

Starr: Dueling Mosques and an American Beacon in Afghanistan

Weil: Corporate "Inversions" Benefit US Tax Collections

Boyd: Praise for a New Biography of Deng Xiaoping

NECROLOGY
News of James Bayne, Charles McKee, Jack Pirozzolo and Lee M. Von Rhau. An obituary for Bill Noble.

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PREVIOUS ISSUES

The Fall '14 Intelligence Squared Debate Series on Yale'62, including FIVE EASY PIECES

NOV. 21, 2014
Summer and Other Vacations A potpourri of updates from Finkle, Truslow, Newberger, Stott, Snider and more.

AUG. 19, 2014
Mirror Selves Zucker on Elihu, Starr on Central Asia, Platt on nicer cities, and more.

JUNE 17, 2014
Arresting Responses to the Normandy Anniversary Edition (Special Edition) Gorry evoked family memories of yesteryear, while Buck focused on current events.

JUNE 11, 2014
Normandy Edition (Special Edition) Hovland and Wortman contribute early memories

APR. 18, 2014
America's Role in the World (Special Edition) Buck, Hughes and Starr weigh in on world events

MAR. 10, 2014
WINTER '14 ISSUE Starr on New Orleans, Barnes on Watch Hill, Garvin on Atlanta, Burton on brain science, Saari on Austria, and more

JAN. 7, 2014
JAN. '14 POST-HOLIDAY ISSUE Metz on biking, Kane on hockey, LeVine on Cuba, and more

SEPT. 4, 2013
SEPT. '13 SUMMER ISSUE Syria, Civil Rights, a Pre-Nup and campus sports

JULY 3, 2013
JULY '13 PATRIOTIC ISSUE Audette's retirement solution, aging concerns, cities...

APR. 2013
Boston Marathon Bombing (Special Edition) Classmate responses

MAR. 2013
Bach Favorites (Special Edition) In honor of the great composer's birthday

MAR. 19, 2013
MARCH '13 ISSUE Science, travel, public policies and a potpourri of other topics


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January 27, 2015
A January Trio

Here are three fine, short articles by classmates (and a grad school colleague) on underlying issues in current news -- about the US's longest war in history (Afghanistan), taxation, and our increasingly-close neighbor, China. Even if you don't follow these subjects or agree with these viewpoints, they'll at least make you feel better informed.
Chris        

OPINION
Reprinted from the January 16 Wall Street Journal. Fred Starr was invited to speak at the American University in Kabul partly on the strength of Lost Enlightenment, his recent book presenting the rich intellectual history of Central Asia. It was excerpted in our August 19, 2014 issue.

Dueling Mosques and an American Beacon in Afghanistan
The Saudis and Iranians are building outposts in Kabul. Meanwhile, a U.S. university there needs bolstering.

By Fred Starr

Students at the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul in July 2013

Two new initiatives focused in Kabul but originating in the Middle East threaten to draw Afghanistan into the vortex of Middle Eastern strife and to undermine prospects for a secular government. America will need to present an alternative to forces that seek to roll back much of what has been accomplished in Afghanistan.

In November, Saudi Arabia launched a huge new mosque and Islamic Center on a hill in Kabul's center. The Saudi ambassador declared unconvincingly that the mosque's purpose is to fight terrorism and "present a moderate and true face of Islam." Iran is also constructing a mosque in central Kabul and, if asked, would probably make the same claim. Click here to read on.


FINANCE
Could Companies Fleeing US Taxes Abroad Actually Generate More US Tax Revenue?

Ed note: The counterintuitive answer to the above question is "yes," according to Roman Weil in a talk he gave recently at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business. He seeks to refute an argument that came up, among other times, when President Obama nominated Antonio F. Weiss, a Yale graduate who is head of investment banking at Lazard, to be an undersecretary of the treasury. (Mr. Weiss eventually withdrew but will become a consultant to Treasury.) As phrased by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, companies moving abroad often "are trying to avoid paying their fair share of taxes." Roman's view is below. C'mon, you financial types: Is he right? Click here to elucidate your reactions.

Corporate "Inversions" Benefit US Tax Collections

By Roman Weil
Emeritus Professor, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Did I get your attention? My thesis is so at odds with the current Administration's view (the President has called inversions "unpatriotic"), and with the views sometimes expressed in the press, that you may think I'm nuts.

Follow the cash to understand the arguments. I begin with some scenarios that have nothing to do with so-called tax "inversions," but only with US companies with foreign operations. Click here to follow the cash with Roman.


CHINA
Sir John Boyd Praises New Biography of Deng Xiaoping, Laments Loss of Deng's Global Rapport



Sir John BoydThough known to a relatively few undergraduates, two significant future experts on China were at Yale with us as graduate students, living in Berkeley College as Clare Fellows. They were the prolific China historian Jonathan Spence, now a Yale professor, and Sir John Boyd, who went on to join the British diplomatic service, serving in China and as British Ambassador to Japan, and being knighted. He now is Chairman of Asia House in London. In a book review he published recently in China Report, he touches on his service in Beijing and points up the "drift" of today's China away from the fruitful approaches that re-energized the country after the Cultural Revolution. Click here to read John's views.







NECROLOGY
NEWLY POSTED

We are sad to report the deaths of James Bayne, Charles McKee, Jack Pirozzolo and Lee M. Von Rhau, which were recently reported to us. We will post full obituaries for them as soon as we are able to prepare them. In this issue of our website, we have a newly posted obituary for William Noble.



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