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Jun 16, 2014 0 Comments

The Hidden Costs of Doing Business in Mexico Articles / Opinion Editorials

Authors: FERNANDO MENÉNDEZ

China’s low-cost production of manufactured goods led to a sharp drop in global prices mainly benefiting developed countries and its demand for commodities benefited primary producers in the developing world.  Some developing countries like Mexico, with similar labor-intensive production, found themselves in direct competition with China, while also losing out on foreign direct investment.

As China’s manufacturing costs rise some companies are now giving Mexico a second look.  This month The New York Times ran a story raising the prospect of a rush to locate U.S. investments south of the border.  The rush may be premature given Mexico’s underperforming economy and the deeper structural challenges to further progress.

Statistically, Mexico’s primary attraction rests on a trend seemingly gaining momentum as U.S.–Mexico trade has grown by 30 percent, or $507 billion annually, and U.S. foreign direct investment rising to $35 billion.  For many, Mexico is seen as a major link in a new global supply chain.

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Jun 12, 2014 0 Comments

The Swap is a Dream Come True for the Taliban Articles / Opinion Editorials

Authors: J.D. GORDON

Was the Bowe Bergdahl swap a good idea? For the Taliban, it’s a dream come true. For the United States, a nightmare.

An American president knowingly released five of his nation’s highest ranking enemies in return for one young soldier during wartime. And not just any soldier, one who apparently walked off post after e-mailing his parents that America was “disgusting” and mailing home his uniforms and books.

Such a wartime decision is unprecedented, and has brought American power to a new low.

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Jun 2, 2014 0 Comments

Obama Spins Americans Over Bowe Bergdahl Release, Taliban Exchange Articles / Opinion Editorials

Authors: J.D. GORDON

President Obama has finally done it. The White House had been dropping hints for years, and this weekend our commander in chief made one of our nation’s most shocking wartime decisions. He agreed to allow the release of five top Taliban top leaders from Guantanamo in exchange for our lone prisoner-of-war, Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.

After Saturday’s shocking prisoner swap Mr. Obama is now trying to convince Americans that this is all good news for our country.

How many more Americans will die because of this illegal and ill-advised prisoner exchange?

In a White House Rose Garden announcement on Saturday, Mr. Obama and Bergdahl’s parents, Bob and Jani, acted as if they were all describing America’s top war hero.

While the president tapped into the natural American instinct to leave no soldier behind, when we scratch the surface of Saturday’s surprising news, his decision is even more flawed and dangerous than it is cynical.

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