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Handing out multibillion-dollar fines right and left to domestic and foreign financial giants, the United States has taken on the role of the unforgiving global cop of the business world.
 
At the foot of a tall building in downtown Rio de Janeiro, government workers line up for donated groceries, unable to buy their own because their salaries have not been paid.
 
This time, make the 'new you' last
This is a period when love, compassion and forgiveness rule and little else matters. Nonetheless, it can be a bit strange since this season of giving is absolutely man-made, meaning that human beings' best qualities prevail for a few days merely because they want them to.
 
180 days in: why we need to criticize Duterte
Today marks President Rodrigo Duterte's 180th day in office; by one measure, his famous campaign pledge to crack down hard on crime and illegal drugs in six months has reached its deadline.
 
It has been clear ever since Lord Chris Patten, the last British governor, left Hong Kong following its handover to China, that the road to the territory's Government House runs through Beijing.
 
China's craving for hegemony
As 2016 draws to a close, China's economic, political and military posture is higher than ever.
 
There is a lot of curiosity about how President-elect Donald Trump's administration may deal with Pakistan and the broader South Asian region. But there is too much uncertainty still for political analysis to produce anything truly meaningful in response.
 
The year 2016 will be remembered for many things, not least of which for how the old world order got tossed out and a new world order got established.
 
It goes without saying that Christmas is my favorite time of year.
 
Donald Trump spent the past two years attacking rival Hillary Clinton as crooked, corrupt, and weak.
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