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Cuba's New Foreign Investment Law Is a Bet on the Future

William M. LeoGrande | Posted 04.09.2014 | World
William M. LeoGrande

The new foreign investment law passed unanimously last Saturday by Cuba's National Assembly is a key component of President Raul Castro's program to "...

China To Unblock Banned Websites: Report

Reuters | Posted 11.23.2013 | Technology

SHANGHAI, Sept 24 (Reuters) - Facebook, Twitter and other websites deemed sensitive and blocked by the Chinese government will be ac...

Public Diplomacy and the Arab World's Future

Philip Seib | Posted 10.21.2013 | World
Philip Seib

The key to an improved future in the region is less political than it is economic. Democracy is a worthy goal, but it will be reached only slowly.

Economy Sick, Politics Deadlocked? How About a Trade Deal!?

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The economy faces a persistent budget crisis. Pushback from Wall Street has gutted most of the banking reforms, unemployment is stuck around 8 percent, corporate profits have been soaring while there is no wage growth -- and the newest White House proposal is... a free trade zone with Europe. This idea of a Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Area was tossed in, reportedly at the last moment, to President Obama's State of the Union, and is being promoted in the government's latest report on trade. You don't know whether to laugh or cry. This is a classic case of changing the subject to a cause that will not address any of the economy's deeper ills and could well worsen them. It recalls the very old joke about the drunk looking for his keys under a lamp post. He mentions to a cop that he lost the keys somewhere else, but "this is where the light is."

Are We On the Right Track?

Valerie Berset-Price | Posted 12.06.2012 | World
Valerie Berset-Price

I applaud the concept of a unified region in the Middle East that would promote economic growth to millions of people in need. But it is once again an effort from the West to push a region to emulate its trading pattern. The West is not in the same turmoil as the MENA region.