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The Real Cost of Trump’s Tariffs

Earlier this month, US President Donald Trump suddenly revealed that a trade agreement between the United States and China was not imminent after all. On the contrary, on May 10, the Trump administration raised its previous 10% tariff on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods to 25%, and threatened to..

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Monsanto, Scientific Deception and Cancer Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

Money may not be able to buy the purest love, but it can buy the best, life-ending cancer. For Monsanto, giant of rule and misrule in matters of genetically modified crops, known for bullying practices towards farmers, things have not been so rosy of late. Ever the self-promoter of saving the world..

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Can the Belt and Road Become a Trap for China?

Critics often claim that China is using its massive “Belt and Road Initiative” as a form of coercive “debt-trap diplomacy” to exert control over the countries that join its transnational infrastructure investment scheme. This risk, as Deborah Brautigam of John Hopkins University recently..

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In Defense of Europe Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

The geopolitical chessboard is back. Following a post-1989 interlude in which the direction of history seemed to tilt toward a peaceful liberal international order, we now witness mounting great-power competition, quests for hegemony, and quasi-imperial expansion. Russia is brazenly breaking..

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A Vote for Populists Is a Vote for Putin

On May 18, European right-wing leaders assembled in Rome for a rally ahead of the European Parliament election this week. Among the attendees were Marine Le Pen of National Rally in France, Geert Wilders of the Dutch Party for Freedom, and representatives from the Danish People’s Party, the Finns..

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Challenging Orthodoxies: Alabama’s Anti-Abortion Law Monday, May 20th, 2019

It seems like a grand ploy of massive distraction. On the surface, the move by Alabama to place the most onerous restrictions on the granting of an abortion has become a lighting-rod of conviction for Democrat agitators. And not just them. The fear, and one with suggestive implication, is that..

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The Global Consequences of a Sino-American Cold War

A few years ago, as part of a Western delegation to China, I met President Xi Jinping in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People. When addressing us, Xi argued that China’s rise would be peaceful, and that other countries – namely, the United States – need not worry about the “Thucydides..

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It’s Cheaper to Talk than to Cut Emissions

Earlier this month, the UK parliament declared that the planet is facing a “climate emergency,” making the United Kingdom the first country to do so after cities like Los Angeles, London, Vancouver, and Basel. It’s a move that sums up all that is wrong with climate policy: politicians are..

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NEED FOR CLIMATE OF GROWTH FOR INDIAN ECONOMY & SOCIETY TO GROW Friday, May 17th, 2019

Millions of Indian citizens are relieved that election campaign for 2019 parliamentary poll has now concluded. Most people felt that it has been a horrible experience for them to constantly read and hear about the abusive language used by various politicians against one another. The obnoxious terms..

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The Resilience of the Arab World’s Pouvoir

Eight years after the Arab Spring, dreams of democracy in the Arab world have been dashed by the harsh reality of autocracy, corruption, and military rule. Yet Algeria and Sudan, neither of which was swept up in the 2011 turmoil, are now trying their luck at challenging the often-surreptitious..

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Modern Monetary Disasters Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Modern Monetary Theory (MMT), a seemingly new approach to economic policy, has become a hot topic, gaining support from leading US progressives such as presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. But MMT enthusiasts should heed lessons learned in..

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Is America Tired of Losing Yet?

Not content with its trade war against China, US President Donald Trump’s administration has also opened bilateral trade negotiations with Japan. Yet whatever Trump hopes to achieve with Japan, it will be far less than what he threw away when he abandoned the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in..

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How Banning Abortion Will Transform America Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

“It was a horrible time,” recounts one Romanian gynecologist, referring to the period between 1966 and 1990, when abortion and contraception were completely banned under the dictatorship of Nicolae Ceaușescu. “Women refused to have sexual lives, resulting in family fights and abandonment,”..

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Why the World Needs National Development Banks

Support for national and multilateral development banks has grown worldwide in the decade since the global financial crisis. And the continued success of national development banks (NDBs), in particular, will be vital to achieve more sustainable economic growth in the future. Development banks..

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Stopping the War on Children

Over a century after its construction, the Peace Palace in The Hague – home to the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Hague Academy of International Law, and the Peace Palace Library – stands as a monument to the soaring ambition and dashed hopes of a bygone..

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INDIA REPOSES FAITH ON ONE MAN WITH HUGE EXPECTATIONS Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

2019 Parliamentary election in India is unique ,since it has not been a contest between political parties but a contest between one man and several others who are..

The Real Cost of Trump’s Tariffs Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

Monsanto, Scientific Deception and Cancer Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

In Defense of Europe Tuesday, May 21st, 2019