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Economic Reform

Returning Poland to Europe

John Feffer | Posted 06.23.2015 | World
John Feffer

Central Europe had been kidnapped, the Czech writer Milan Kundera once wrote in a celebrated essay from 1984. It had been dragged eastward by the Soviet Union after World War II. And like a displaced person yearning to return home, the region couldn't wait until it could rejoin Europe.

The Seismic Shift in Irish Values, and One Reason It Happened

James Peron | Posted 05.24.2015 | Gay Voices
James Peron

The landslide victory for marriage equality in Ireland caught some conservatives off guard. What happened to the staunchly conservative, almost fanatical Catholicism of the Irish people? Paul Valleley, a professor of public ethics at the University of Chester, offered some important suggestions. He lists two major reasons.

The Market Before the Market in Poland

John Feffer | Posted 05.17.2015 | World
John Feffer

In the 1980s, economist Marcin Swiecicki was at the center of the discussions over the path of economic reform in Poland. We talked about his perspective on the economic changes that took place after 1990, his accomplishments as mayor, and his view of the political situation today in Poland.

Romania's Missed Opportunity

John Feffer | Posted 05.29.2015 | World
John Feffer

Could Romania have caught up with the rest of the region if it hadn't delayed implementing economic reforms? "It definitely would have lost fewer years than otherwise," Negrescu responded.

The Leap Into Business in Poland

John Feffer | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
John Feffer

Bogdan Lapinski and I talked about what it was like to get the first IKEA stores up and running in Poland, the tension between resistance and rapprochement in Polish culture, and why the changes of 1989 came along at just the right time in his life.

Challenge and Opportunity for Progressives

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

No challenge in the Democratic Party will have legs unless people are in motion, mobilizing, challenging business as usual, and forcing politicians to get outside of their comfort zone. Dislodging the entrenched interests and big money that dominate our politics won't be easy.

Washington Must Recognize India as Another Great Power to Be

Doug Bandow | Posted 12.25.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

No doubt the Obama administration feels overwhelmed. Who has time for India? But make time President Obama must. India matters today. It will matter much more tomorrow, especially if Prime Minister Modi commits his political capital to eliminate barriers to entrepreneurship, investment and growth.

Draghi's Desperation

Milton Ezrati | Posted 11.30.2014 | World
Milton Ezrati

The European Central Bank (ECB) faces a desperate situation. Remarkably low inflation is stealing its ability to ease the euro zone's fiscal-financial strains and, consequently, its ability to buy time for the zone's governments to implement desperately needed budgetary and economic reforms.

Cement

John Feffer | Posted 11.05.2014 | World
John Feffer

Fyodor Gladkov published his novel Cement in 1925. One of the first examples of socialist realism, it depicted the post-revolutionary construction of the Soviet Union from the point of view of a cement factory.

Why Asia Should Say No to Mr. Abe's Vision of International Law for Asia

Allen K. Yu | Posted 08.24.2014 | World
Allen K. Yu

A few weeks ago at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, Shinzo Abe made a bold pitch to Asia to buy in on a new type of Japanese leadership. According to Mr. Abe, the peace that is at the foundation of the Asia Pacific's unprecedented growth can no longer be guaranteed. Without naming China by name, Mr. Abe warns of a new danger that looms on the horizon. The Asia Pacific needs Japanese leadership and a new affirmation of "international law."

Hungary's Economic Leap

John Feffer | Posted 08.23.2014 | World
John Feffer

Given its position at the head of the pack of countries in the region, Hungary was expected to be the first to make the successful transition to capitalism. But today, Hungary has fallen behind many of the other countries in the region in terms of growth, employment, debt, and other economic indicators.

Common Good Capitalism to Emerge Via Voluntary Movement in the Private Sector

Terry Mollner | Posted 05.21.2014 | Business
Terry Mollner

Thinking the Earth is flat was a stage in our maturation. The current form of capitalism is only a stage in our economic maturation. It is the opposite of collusion for self-interest. It is cooperation for the common good.

Romania's Fraying Social Safety Net

John Feffer | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

One of the reasons why such a large portion of the Romanian population remains mired in poverty is the relative indifference of the government to the needs of the poor.

All Politics Is Local -- Also in the Czech Republic

John Feffer | Posted 03.25.2014 | World
John Feffer

Petr Bratsky is a firm believer in the importance of the local. He is currently in the Czech Senate, affiliated with the Civic Democratic Party founded by Vaclav Klaus in 1991 on the center right of the political spectrum.

A Birdbrained Approach to Income Inequities

Nancy Rubin Stuart | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Nancy Rubin Stuart

Admittedly, pecking order is a rule of nature, even though our American forefathers promoted the concept that "all men are created equal." That is not so today in our country where the biggest bird not only has the advantage of eating the most seed, but shrieking if the little birds attempt to eat at all.

Poland: The Revolution Devours Its Children

John Feffer | Posted 03.23.2014 | World
John Feffer

It might seem as though Poland had a choice in 1990 in terms of what economic reform to pursue. But journalist Jacek Zakowski argues that there really was no choice.

Inequality: The Defining Challenge of Our Time

Arthur Fox | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Arthur Fox

Our middle class is not spending enough to keep everyone employed; they are not spending enough because they don't have the money to spend. A revival of the union movement, or something comparable to it, will be vital to the survival of the middle class and a revival of the economy.

A Year of Delightful Egalitarian Imagination

Sam Pizzigati | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics
Sam Pizzigati

People aren't just talking about how unequal we've become. They're talking about antidotes to the avarice all around us.

An Expats Dream: "The Green Card"

Sriya Chakravarti | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Sriya Chakravarti

The "American Dream" shines brighter in most eyes that I encounter across continents. I have been traveling since I was 18, and every time USA becomes a topic of discussion, the quest for the stars and stripes (green card) seems to be the aspiration of the world.

No Man Is an Island (Fidel Castro Turns 87)

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 10.13.2013 | Latino Voices
Arturo Lopez Levy

Unlike Mao in China and Stalin in the Soviet Union, Fidel Castro seems comfortable with his planned succession

Republicans, White House Meet To Discuss 'Big' Reform

The National Journal | Chris Frates | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics

At least a dozen Republican senators are regularly meeting with President Obama’s top aides in an attempt to plot a way forward on the looming fisca...

Obama To Meet With Greek Prime Minister

AP | Associated Press | Posted 07.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House says Greece's leader will meet with President Barack Obama next month at the White House. Prime Minister Antonis Samara...

What's Xi's Textbook for Upcoming Reforms?

Julian Baird Gewirtz | Posted 09.02.2013 | World
Julian Baird Gewirtz

Observers inside and outside China are trying to figure out what Xi's reform agenda will be -- and, in recent weeks, Chinese leaders have given a new cluster of clues.

Cuba: The Beginning of the Post-Castro Era

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 06.04.2013 | World
Arturo Lopez Levy

In the next five years, the central challenge facing Cuban leaders is to have the audacity, creativity and self-confidence to accelerate economic reforms, without losing control of the ongoing political liberalization.

A Tale of Two Reforms

John Feffer | Posted 05.18.2013 | World
John Feffer

Slovenia and Bulgaria are, respectively, the best-case scenario and the cautionary example of "transition" states. Both have struggled to transform communist-era economic and political structures. Both are now members of the European Union and NATO.