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Mar 25, 2016 0 Comments

Europe damaged by careless immigration Articles / Opinion Editorials

Authors: Candice Malcolm

The enemy is now within. In Europe, anyway, and specifically in Belgium.

The Brussels’ neighborhood of Molenbeek has become a base for radical Islamic terrorism in Europe.

The 2004 Madrid subway bombings — the deadliest Islamic terrorist attack on the continent to date — had links to Molenbeek. More recently, the Paris attacks were planned from Molenbeek and carried out, in part, by terrorists born and raised in the neighborhood.

This time, they’ve struck closer to home in Brussels. On Tuesday, Islamic terrorists known to authorities blew themselves up in simultaneous blasts that killed dozens and injured scores more.

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Mar 18, 2016 0 Comments

Arab Spring’s hope gave way to disaster Articles / Opinion Editorials

Authors: Candice Malcolm

Five years ago, pro-democracy protesters took to the streets in cities across the Middle East, in a movement that came to be called the Arab Spring. Authoritarian dictatorships in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Syria were suddenly challenged, and, in the former three countries, were soon toppled.

There was much optimism and excitement at the time. These citizen-led protests gave new hope that democratic revolutions would bring freedom and economic growth to a long-troubled region.

But now, five years out, these countries have slid back into chaos. So what happened?

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Mar 15, 2016 0 Comments

Feeling the China Effect Globally Articles / Opinion Editorials

Authors: FERNANDO MENÉNDEZ

One indicator of China’s ascent as a global power is its ability to have an economic impact far beyond its border. In today’s world, events in China, both positive and negative, are affecting nearly every continent.

During the period of China’s spectacular growth, world markets were particularly transfixed on Chinese trade, investment, and loans. China continues to contribute about 30 percent to global economic growth, down from a 50 percent contribution between 2009 and 2011. Its demand unleashed a commodities boom that benefited nations in Africa and Latin America. Growth at 10 percent and massive trade surpluses helped to ease the worst effects of the global recession of 2008-2009, with the United States and Europe borrowing Chinese cash to pay for their stimulus programs.

China’s economic slowdown, or more accurately, its shift from export and investment-driven development to consumption, has had an equally dramatic effect around the globe.  The world is starting to feel this shift as countries that became overly dependent on the Chinese demand for commodities are feeling the pain.

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