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Apr 24, 2014 0 Comments

Obama’s post-Cold War ‘Bizarro World’ foreign policies Articles / Opinion Editorials

Authors: J.D. GORDON

When I was growing up during the Cold War, the geopolitical narrative seemed clear-cut and favored Americans.

The United States and the Soviet Union faced off for supremacy in every corner of the globe, fighting proxy wars in Korea, Vietnam, Central America and beyond. Most American presidents developed reputations as strong leaders, staking their presidencies on promoting democracy, liberty, free-market economies and Judeo-Christian values. Soviet premiers were similarly strong, and equally committed to spreading collectivism, repression and atheistic totalitarianism.

Most Americans knew that Uncle Sam was on the right side of history. The 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union and resulting freedom for hundreds of millions behind the Iron Curtain proved it.

Yet today, it seems Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin have collectively thrown away those playbooks and in essence created a new “Bizarro World” order. Baby boomers will recall “Bizarro World” from ‘60s-era Superman comics as a planet resembling Earth, except instead of spherical, it is strangely cube-shaped, and all things held dear on Earth are despised there. It is, in effect, a counter-Earth. So, it seems, is our world in the Age of Obama.

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Apr 17, 2014 0 Comments

The Toll of China’s Slowdown Depends on Latin America’s Policy Choices Articles / Opinion Editorials

Authors: FERNANDO MENÉNDEZ

The earthquake recently shaking the coast of Chile left relatively little physical damage in that nation but as always with cataclysmic episodes the psychological effects last long after the earth ceases to tremble.  One important lesson learned by Chile, a nation that has used its recent prosperity to buttress itself against earthquakes and other natural calamities, is in preparing itself for bad economic times during good times. 

After a long commodities-driven boom, as China rebalances its economy, the fate of Latin American economies depends largely on what each country has done in the meantime to improve its future potential performance.  Like in a natural disaster, economic recovery after a bust is a function of the socio-economic system’s resilience and dynamism. 

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