Sunday, November 16, 2014
The recent drop in world oil prices — from more than US$100 a barrel in June to about US$80 a barrel now — will benefit the global economy, American consumers and a beleaguered U.S. foreign policy. And there are reasons to think oil could remain in the US$75-to-$95 range for the next two years.
Saturday, November 15, 2014
The Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP), which generally promises greater benefits than other regional trade pacts currently under negotiation, has finally got off the ground a decade after it was first broached by Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders.
Three recent judicial review applications have ruffled the feathers of many conservative Muslims in Malaysia.
East Timor is facing an uncertain future as resistance hero Xanana Gusmao prepares to step down as prime minister after helping hold the tiny nation together during the chaotic early years of its independence.
One of my favorite activities in the “Assassin's Creed” games is diving off the top of a tall building into a conveniently placed haystack. I've done it hundreds of times over the franchise's seven-year run, but until now I've never gotten stuck in the hay.
Friday, November 14, 2014
Not much of Pakistan operates on merit. Connections procure jobs, recommendations procure promotions, an uncle in this bureaucracy, a brother in that one, all of it together amounts to the favors and facilitators that are needed to get where one wants to be.
From celebrations in united Germany marking the 25th anniversary of the Berlin Wall's fall to those in the United States over midterm elections delivering a more evenly divided Washington, what a week it has been for division, past and present.
“Indonesia under my administration is open to business. But Indonesia, like other sovereign nations, must ensure that no harm comes to our national interests,” President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo told Indonesia's neighbors ahead of the full implementation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) late next year.
On Oct. 29, the U.S. Federal Reserve Board announced the end of what is now called QE3, the third round of Fed quantitative easing purchases of Treasury bonds and agency mortgage-backed securities to keep the economy going.