Spain was dancing in the streets after winning the World Cup last year. Now, thanks to the Euro-zone economic crisis, crowds are protesting 21 percent unemployment, food price inflation and a shrinking middle class.
Gold prices have been rising, and many experts cite demand from the growing economies of China and India as the reason. But that's wrong. Gold is trading higher because of loose monetary policy and the purposeful devaluation of the US dollar.
If Dominique Strauss-Kahn's political career is cut short, that would be a true loss for France. His defining role in globalization is vital to a world that is still trying to sort out what form of capitalism it can live with.
The classic safe-haven investment has seen a strong uptrend in value since the autumn of 2008. Various factors have been credited as drivers of this move, but what is the risk gold could lose its luster?
When listening to the many ways that economic dogma has diverged from economic reality among the supposed "experts", it began to seem as if capitalism, like communism, is a system that has rotted from within.
I interviewed Roth on the state of giving today, George Soros' recent $100M gift to his organization, the International Criminal Court, Obama's foreign policy, the future of human rights, and much more.
As INET Executive Director Rob Johnson said, "last year's conference punctured the mystique of market stability (not to mention real events). This year, the conference will shatter the illusion of control."
When we attach the word "revolutionary" to every new development, we debase its meaning. We become more than a little superficial -- not to say a little more prone to the true revolution we never saw coming.
America does not have a magic wand to turn totalitarian regimes into well-functioning democracies, but there are times when the balance in America's strategic relationships must shift toward the vital importance of popular will.