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International Issues

Where France Goes...

Americans arriving in Paris these days will notice that France's planes, trains and automobiles are all being slowed or stopped by nationwide protests over President Nicolas Sarkozy's proposal to raise the retirement age by all of two years, say observers...

Pension Insanity in France

Many people in France are waking up to the reality that they cannot sustain the welfare state indefinitely, says Lee Doren, communications coordinator at the Competitive Enterprise Institute...

Higher Education: Who Else Should Pay?

A recent report from the Independent Review of Higher Education Funding and Student Finance in Britain says higher education should be paid for by those that benefit from it: graduates, says Mark Harrison, a professor at the University of Warwick (U.K.) and a research fellow at the Hoover Institution...

French Unions Strike, March as Sarkozy Pension Debate Starts

French unions held strikes nationwide and hundreds of thousands demonstrated as lawmakers began debating President Nicolas Sarkozy's bill to raise the retirement age, say observers...

MBAs Are For Wusses

Israel's army does not just train soldiers, it nurtures entrepreneurs, say observers...

Bury The Graveyard

Afghans have long understood the tendency of foreigners to view them as untamable savages and have been happy to leverage the stereotype to their advantage, says Thomas Barfield, an anthropologist at Boston University...

Venezuela, More Deadly Than Iraq, Wonders Why

In Iraq, a country with about the same population as Venezuela, there were 4,644 civilian deaths from violence in 2009; in Venezuela that year, the number of murders climbed above 16,000...

Honesty For Hire

A few countries have found a way to stop graft and foster political stability: hire foreigners to collect their revenue, say Kris Mitchener, a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and Noel Maurer, an associate professor at the Harvard Business School...

Why The Pain In Spain Will Get Worse

Spain's regions outspend the national government two to one, leaving many of them in dire fiscal straits as tax revenues shrivel, say observers...

Solving The Crisis In Mexico

Colombia has made remarkable progress against narcotraffickers; so could Mexico, says Donald C. Chipman, a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps and a national security affairs fellow for 2009-2010 at the Hoover Institution...


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