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International Issues

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...

MALTHUSIAN THEORY DOESN'T ADD UP

There are now more people in China than there were on the entire planet in the era of Malthus, and yet their lot is better than it was for most of those alive in the 1790s, says Brendan O'Neill, editor of Spiked...

WHEN LIKING INDIA ISN'T ENOUGH

Few foreigners realize the remarkable progress India has made since it began reforms in 1991, says John Lee, a research fellow at the Centre for Independent Studies...

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...


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