Tariq Ramadan in The New York Times with ways to get an Arab democracy "The time has come to stop blaming the West for the colonialism and imperialism of the past," Ramadan writes. "Muslim-majority societies must jettison their historic posture as victims and accept that they are empowered actors." An Arab democracy requires in-depth reflection on historical contradictions. "When it turns to the task, the awakening will truly have begun."
William D. Cohan in Bloomberg View on why the SEC has lost its mind The SEC sent a "cease and desist" letter to the one ratings agency that is paid by investors instead of security issuers. The security-backed ratings agencies are "akin to allowing the Hollywood studios to pay the nation’s film critics for their opinions." But instead of going after those poorly behaved agencies, the SEC is attacking the one ratings agency that responds to investors.
Richard Sander and Stuart Taylor Jr. in The Washington Post on why courts are looking at affirmative action again Supreme Court looked at affirmative action less than a decade ago with Gratz v. Bollinger and Grutter v. Bollinger, and it's hearing another diversity in higher education argument next week because Gratz/Gutter "laid out a strategy for containing affirmative action that clearly, objectively failed." The two required reforming race in admissions, but instead "racial preferences have become larger and more mechanical than before."