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Mar 19, 2016 0 Comments

Joseph Humire on President Obama’s trip to Cuba Media Appearances, Television Appearances

Authors: JOSEPH HUMIRE

Joseph Humire visits CCTV to discuss President Obama’s trip to the country.

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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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