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International Issues

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...

CHAVEZ DECAFFEINATES VENEZUELA

The collapse of the coffee industry is emblematic of the wider economic catastrophe brewing in Venezuela, says columnist Mary Anastasia O'Grady...

JAPAN TRIES TO FACE UP TO GROWING POVERTY PROBLEM

Japan's poverty rate, at 15.7 percent, is close to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development's figure of 17.1 percent in the United States, say researchers...

VACATIONING A "HUMAN RIGHT"

Traveling is now a "human right," according to Antonio Tajani, the European Union commissioner for enterprise and industry...


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