Daily Policy Digest

International Issues

FOSTERING AN EFFICIENT AND RESPONSIVE FOOD ACCESS PIPELINE

There are a number of financial tools that could be used to improve the effectiveness of food-assistance agencies, according to report...

WHY ARE THE FRENCH SO PRONE TO SUICIDE?

The French suicide rate is 14.6 per 100,000 people, one of the highest rates in Europe, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development...

BRAZIL BATTLES THE "OIL CURSE"

In order for Brazil to profit from the giant oil fields found deep below the floor of the Atlantic, Brazil will have to beat the "oil curse," say observers...

MEXICO LAUNCHES PROGRAMS FOR SENIORS AS NATION AGES QUICKLY

The population 60 and older in Mexico is growing twice as fast as in the United States as life expectancy climbs and birth rates drop, say observers...

WHY CHILE IS MORE ECONOMICALLY FREE THAN THE UNITED STATES

Not only is Chile now at the top of rankings on free trade and transparency, but it is expected to be a developed country by 2018, the first in Latin America...

JAPAN: STUCK IN NEUTRAL

Japan's long-standing inability to rebalance its economy is bad for the world and even worse for its own people...

DRUNKEN-DRIVING CASES SPIKE IN CHINA

China is considering the death penalty for drunk drivers...

AFRICA'S CAPITALIST REVOLUTION

Many economies in Africa have remained largely sheltered from the global financial crisis. To keep economic development there on track, the West must avoid protectionist impulses...

JAPAN'S FISCAL FRAILTY

Japan's state social security spending could reach Y41,000 billion ($430 billion) in 2015, up 42 percent from 2006...

ASIA WILL LEAD THE WORLD IN INNOVATION?

Reports of the death of America's technological leadership are greatly exaggerated, say observers...


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