Saturday, March 14, 2015
The U.S. debate over inequality has turned its focus to an old front: the role labor unions play in boosting incomes of workers.
Israel uses a proportional voting system that fosters pluralism but has also led to repeated failures to form stable government coalitions.
The barbarians are inside the gates of Nimrud, the ancient Assyrian city in northern Iraq now being plundered, pillaged, and bulldozed by the forces of Islamic State (IS). The destruction of Nimrud, a city dating from 900 B.C. follows the planned and systematic smashing of priceless Mesopotamian statues and artifacts in the Mosul Museum weeks earlier.
Friday, March 13, 2015
Italy's scandal-prone former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has come out clean from the so-called “bunga bunga” affair, but faces an uphill task in trying to remain politically influential amid slumping poll ratings and growing turmoil in his Forza Italia party.
Despite Western and Arab hopes he would be consigned to the dustbin of history, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad enters his fifth year of war with an increasingly tight hold on power.
The markets came down last week when China announced its projected growth rate for 2015 at 7 percent, after clocking the slowest growth in 24 years last year (at 7.4 percent). The nervousness flows from China's key role in contributing substantially to global growth in output and international trade since the Asian financial crisis of 1997.
Two years after Pope Francis swept into the Vatican vowing to shake up the Church, his opponents are playing a waiting game as they seek to put the brakes on his reform drive.
Palestinians throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip are hoping Israel's general election will bring about change, but even if it does, many still doubt their lot will improve.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
As Syria's civil war rages into a fifth year, the daily suffering of its people has been overshadowed by atrocities committed by the Islamic State (IS) group that have sparked international horror.
For decades Spanish politics was a two-horse race, but it has turned into a four-way tag-wrestling bout ahead of several potentially transformative elections this year.