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International Issues

STARING DOWN THE BARREL: THE RISE OF GUNS IN CHINA

In a nation that bans guns and celebrates them, armed criminals and hunters pose new problems for Chinese authorities...

MCCAIN ON THE IRAQ WAR

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was one of the strongest congressional backers of the Bush administration's decision to send nearly 30,000 more troops to Iraq in early 2007...

OBAMA ON THE IRAQ WAR

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) has held to a timeline of 16 months for the withdrawal of major combat brigades from Iraq...

THE ECONOMIC REFORM WAVE

Many countries around the world are pushing ahead with economic reforms, say observers...

IN LONG RUN, RUSSIA IS STILL THIRD WORLD

A closer look at the Russian economy reveals a nation that is practically a caricature of the stereotypical Third World country, says Richard Ebeling...

ANOTHER $150,000 PLEASE

Each Canadian taxpayer owes C$150,211 (about U.S.$140,472.30) for government debt and unfunded program obligations, say observers...

ETHIOPIA: PAIN AMID PLENTY

Even the best efforts to eliminate hunger in Africa are expensive, slow and uncertain of success, say observers...

THE REMITTANCE CURSE

Remittances may actually encourage government corruption and ineffectiveness, according to a study by the International Monetary Fund...

THE FAILED STATES INDEX 2008

Somalia is the state with the greatest risk of failure, according to the annual Failed States Index...

G8 SHOULD ABANDON CURRENT MODEL OF AID FOR HEALTH

We should completely rethink the way foreign aid is delivered, bypassing corrupt and inefficient government ministries and making far greater use of private organizations, according to report...


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