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New World Order

Does Obama Really Want to Strike Assad?

Obama_irresolute
8 months ago

“I’m not itching for military action.”     — Barack Obama (Friday, September 6) I feel for Obama. The 43rd president has had his share of crises to handle in the first four and and half years in office, but the decision on what to do with regard to Syria is probably his diciest. There are ...

New World Order

European Union: The Trade Perspective

Eurocrisis%20edited
almost 2 years ago

Europe’s economic troubles are reaching a pivotal point. In Spain, where austerity measures has caused a 0.3% economic contraction from Q4 of 2011, unemployment has risen to a record 25% and just over 50% among youth. The Italian economy, already forecast to grow negatively this year, contracted 0 ...

New World Order

Myanmar's Long Road To Reform

Bribe
about 2 years ago

What is the Big Idea? After years of political and economic deadlock, Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) is coming out of stagnation at a dizzying speed. Since he took office in March 2011, President Thein Sein released a number of political prisoners and took steps to reform the economy. And ...

New World Order

Asia's Rise, the West's Fall?

China_boat
over 2 years ago

Editor's Note: The following remarks are from a speech Lionel Barber delivered in Sydney, Australia on 11/17/2011, as part of the Lowy Institute for International Policy's lecture series.   The fundamental question I would like tonight to tackle the proposition head-on: Is the West ...