Argentina's next leader will likely try to end interventionist policies that scare off investment, although any reform effort is sure to hit a wall when it comes to cutting popular subsidies that also distort the economy.
You can't make this up. In recent elections for the U.N.'s 47 member Human Rights Council (UNHRC), some of the winners of the coveted seats are ironically the countries who are among the major global human rights transgressors. The situation ironically evokes the old adage of the foxes guarding the henhouse or of Tony Soprano chairing a Senate subcommittee on organized crime.
About a year ago, as negotiators met at an annual United Nations climate change conference in Qatar's capital Doha, Typhoon Bopha struck the Philippines. Over 1,000 people were killed and tens of thousands were left homeless.
The coverage of the Preah Vihear Temple's promontory might matter for many nationalists but it pales next to the 4.6-square-kilometer area claimed by Thailand that was fortunately not included in the definition of the temple's “vicinity” under Cambodian control by the World Court on Monday.
Already deemed a stronger leader than his predecessors, President Xi Jinping has emerged from his first policy summit looking more powerful than before.
I've more affinity with the south than the north and was horrified by what happened to Tacloban. I like the place, even if it is Imelda Marcos' favorite city, and even if my stomach protests its liberal use of bahalina.
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Although 90 percent of democratic politics is about good timing and seizing opportunities, sooner or later you will have to do the remaining 10 percent and nothing else.
The United States and China are negotiating a bilateral investment treaty. Economic issues come up regularly in the annual Strategic and Economic Dialogue. However, while car tires and chicken meat get the attention of American trade officials, certain Chinese actions with dire consequences for a particular sector in the United States somehow don't seem to get discussed as economic issues.
A day after foreign governments began rushing emergency relief aid to typhoon victims in the Philippines came China's belated offer of assistance.
From Nov. 4-5, the Myanmar government's peace negotiation team and representatives of ethnic armed groups met in Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin state. The meeting took place after a four-day (Oct. 30 to Nov. 2) conference of 17 ethnic armed groups in Laiza, also in Kachin state.