Daily Policy Digest

International Issues

FOOD FIGHTS

Some of the world's most bitter conflicts have nothing to do with access to resources, ethnic chauvinism or the balance of power, but with food, say observers...

BUSINESS CLIMATE LESSONS FROM CANADA

Canada is now in a far better economic situation than the United States, say observers...

RUSSIA PARLIAMENT VOTES TO STRENGTHEN KGB SUCCESSOR

Russia's parliament on Friday voted to boost the powers of the successor to the Soviet KGB, allowing it to summon people it believes are about to commit a crime and threaten jail for those who disobey its orders...

BARACK OBAMA'S ATTACKS ON BP HURTING BRITISH PENSIONERS

President Barack Obama has been accused of holding "his boot on the throat" of British pensioners after his attacks on BP were blamed for wiping billions off the company's value...

SINGAPORE, HONG KONG SURPASS THE UNITED STATES IN COMPETITIVENESS

Despite high unemployment and debt, and continued market instability, the United States is better placed than European nations and others to attract new investments and help companies grow, according to report...

CRONYISM AND CORRUPTION ARE KILLING ECONOMIC FREEDOM IN ARGENTINA

The entire political economy of Argentina is blighted by "crony capitalism," say observers...

THE GREEK ECONOMY EXPLAINED

In terms of overall ease of doing business, Greece comes in 109 out of 183 countries around the world, according to survey...

BRITAIN LEADS THE WAY ON WAGE FREEZES

In Great Britain there is political consensus that government employee compensation must be reined in, says Josh Barro, a senior fellow with the Manhattan Institute...

BEIJING'S PLAN FOR NATIONAL DECLINE

China's extremely unpopular one-child policy has long outlived its usefulness, say observers...

IS GREECE JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG?

The average European Union country would need to have more than four times (434 percent) its current annual gross domestic product in the bank today, earning interest at the government's borrowing rate, in order to fund current policies indefinitely, says economist Jagadeesh Gokhale...


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